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Wheel sealant for winter use recommendation wanted

dp_motley Oct 5, 2019

  1. dp_motley

    dp_motley 2019 A3 35TFSI S line

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    Hello everyone! What rim protective sealant/wax would you recommend for winter wheels? My new winter alloys (v2 rotors) have the diamond cut that isn't covered with any clear coat. I don't have time and money to apply the clear coat, so I think I should try and protect the wheels with a kind of sealant/protector/wax. There are many products available online and all of them have mixed reviews. My main concern is road salt that can destroy the diamond cut. Also, as the rims are satin grey, it would be nice if the end result was not shiny. I would appreciate your recommendation.
     
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  3. RS03_SEN

    RS03_SEN Registered User

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    Carbon collective Platinum Wheels?

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  4. Adam14

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    Carbon collective platinum wheels are very good! Or the Gtechniq offering C5 I think it is?

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  5. dp_motley

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  7. Bulldog

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    Gtechniq C5
     
  8. JWAM

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    I put 3 coats of car pro cquartz UK 3.0 on my winters and they did well. I think in a fit enthusiasm I also did 2 top coats of gliss. I have c5 on my summer set and think the car pro ceramic seemed to hold up a bit better - but I did use more layers for the car pro. Not much in it tho. Really easy to apply both products. Personally I'd go for a ceramic over a wax for wheels. The consumer grade stuff is almost fool proof as long as you follow instructions.
     
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  9. dp_motley

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    Thank you guys for the recommendations! I read about all the recommended products, all look great. After all considerations, I'm close to purchasing the carpro dlux. The C5 looks great too, as well as the kamikaze, but the carpro dlux is available in Denmark and less expensive. I'll try it on a set of my winter wheels and hope I won't screw it :)
     
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  10. Bristle Hound

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    @dp_motley - Planet Polish Wheel Seal & Shine gets my vote
    3 coats 20 mins apart gives around 6 month durability
     
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  11. dp_motley

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    According to the title of this product, it makes your wheels shine. My wheels are matte grey and I want to keep them matte.
     
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  13. Bristle Hound

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    @dp_motley - I’ve used this product not only on gloss black & silver alloys but also on Matt alloys that are found on the B8.5 S4’s
    Doesn’t make Matt alloys shine lol
     
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  14. jassyo06

    jassyo06 T-Cut King !

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    Your wheels will have a clear coat on them a matte one
    Go for a ceramic all others aren't durable enough nor give you anywhere the protection a ceramic does
     
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  15. dp_motley

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    I don't want to scratch in order to check, but if there any clear coat, it's really invisible. Don't forget that I have replica alloys and they can be different from the oem ones. But anyway, I'm going for a ceramic.
     
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  16. dp_motley

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    I bought CarPro DLUX and was going to apply it this weekend. But then I thought that I got new alloys, no tyres were fitted yet. I thought of applying the ceramic coating first then fit the tyres. But would the balancing weights stick to the ceramic coating? Also, when tyres are being fitted, they rub the rim. Can it remove or damage the coating? Someone recommended to fit the tyres first. What do you think, guys?
     
  17. tcardio

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    no brainer mate! Someone else takes off the wheels and installs tires, then you clean them off the car so you can get into all the nooks and cranies and then coat them on the ground and let them cure for 24 hours and then someone installs them. I usually have my tires installed on a late saturday and then tell the installer I will pick up the car on Monday so they dont charge rack time
     
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  18. JWAM

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    I'd do the coating after tyres and weights fitted. At least that's what I did!
     
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  19. RS03_SEN

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    They're gonna need cleaning after having tyres fitted anyway so hold out till they're done. No point cleaning twice mate.

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  20. dp_motley

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    @tcardio , @JWAM , @RS03_SEN , thank you guys! I think I should use your experience and coat the rims after the tyres fitted.
    Before, I thought of coating the alloys before the tyre fitting because they are clean already. I thought to wipe them with carpro erasure and ceramic coat right on a kitchen table in a warmth of my house and let them cure in a living room for a day or two. I didn't want to bring the tyres inside of my house and it's rainy and windy outside. But I don't see another option than to follow your advise.

    P.S. what if I coated the rims first, than used masking tape to protect the coating where it could be damaged in a tyre shop? Agree, I'm overthinking :)
     
  21. NevMan

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    Definitely fit the tyres 1st then coat mate. Tyres will be new so not going to make house dirty. Get them fitted, give a good clean (to remove tyre fitting stuff..whatever it is), and then clean and coat alloys. Take your time and do small sections at a time, and go with at least a couple coats. Protects alloys and makes cleaning so so easy
     
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  22. JWAM

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    As @X3man says, tyres will be clean when new. Still worth lining them up outside and scrubbing the faces a few times with degreaser or a wheel cleaner of your choice (surfex HD at either 5:1 or 10:1 as the wheels and tyres are new; or bilberry wheel cleaner at 5:1 are my go to) to remove the releasing agent will be easier to do than when fitted. You'll also make light work of any remaining tyre sealent the fitters get on the wheels. With the releasing agent off the tyres (wash till the degreaser/cleaner is foaming without a brown tinge) any tyre dressing will last longer and be easier to apply off the car.
    Now its getting cold you'll get more reliable behavior from the ceramic coating applied indoors, they takes ages to 'flash' and be ready to buff in the cold and I suspect you may be outside the recommended working temp if you apply outside on cold wheels now.
    I did mine in the dining room. Wheels on old towels for the coating and actually didn't make any mess. I left the wheels/tyres in the house for a day for temp to come up before the coating and then for 24h or so after I finished. It was fine! Even my wife didn't complain; (acid test!) good luck, it really is quite straight forward.
     
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    I just topped my C5 up with 2 layers of C2v3 hopefully get me through the winter months.

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    Do they still make this stuff ?
     
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  27. RS03_SEN

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    What car is that???

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  29. dp_motley

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    Put one layer of carpro dlux this evening but didn't have time for a second layer. From what I read/watched, the second layer should be applied one hour after the first one. Can I apply the second one tomorrow, after approx. 20 hours? Would it adhere to the first layer, already cured to that time?
     
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    I got mine ceramic coated when the car got done.


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