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Old 11-29-2011, 05:25 PM
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Hey guys snows just around the corner and I was wondering what do you guys recomend to put on rims to protect it from the salt? I planed to get a set of winter rims but the money isn't there anymore plan to next season but I am just worrid I'm going to ruin these brand new rims. Any suggestions on what to put on? I've been told paste wax and heavy duty silicone. but are there anything that you guys have tried that is known to work? thanks a ton!
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There are a couple options, all in my personal opinion.

1) Wax or sealant. A sealant is the best choice based off of it's polymer cross linking with the surface itself. A good sealant would be something like FK1000P. Or, a wax, like Collinite 476S.

2) Plastidip. Why not? It might cost $30 for the cans of PD, but you can temporarily change the look of your rims, and create a barrier from the elements. You can even buy Clear PD.
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about the plastic dip would it permenatly be on there and would it be able to come off for summer? I still want the rims for summer i just need something to get through this winter. thanks!
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I like te idea of the plastic dip just wondering how easily it would be removed in the spring .. Think I would go with the clear the first time around !
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me too! its just how easy would it be to remove? sounds like it would be just put it on once and your set for the winter!
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Ive just done alot of the research on the exact topic you are looking for advice on. i just prepped my vehicles for winter including rim protection on the ram. I can not stress enough, don't buy your car care stuff OTC at WALMART or other big box stores. find a reputable detailing supplier and you will not be disappointed in the uality of the products without really paying much more for far less quality products.

I cleaned my painted aluminum wheels (not the chrme clad plastic ones) with Sonax Wheel Cleaner Full Effect and i couldn't be more impressed. It even cleaned the grime and dust off from behind the rim without removing them with a very gentle agitation from my wheel brush. i then topped it with WheelWax (wheelwax.com) and so far the stuff is amazing, beading up and resisting brake dust just as it claims) So easy to clean, you can wet the rim and just wipe the brake dust away with your fingers. As Leadfootluke stated, I have also been advised to use a good paint sealant or Colonite (due to its commercial applications and high temperature thresholds), but figured since i spent a bundle on some new supplies, what was 10 bucks more for the wheel wax.
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about the plastic dip would it permenatly be on there and would it be able to come off for summer? I still want the rims for summer i just need something to get through this winter. thanks!
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me too! its just how easy would it be to remove? sounds like it would be just put it on once and your set for the winter!
PlastiDip should be sprayed onto clean wheels. The cleaner they are the better. When it comes time to remove it [regardless of how long it has been on], you will be able to grab a corner and remove it in chunks. I have a chrome clad grill that I sprayed with PD, and when I didn't like it, it took one pull to remove it all cleanly.

My grill has seen 4500 miles and all types of bugs and weather and it has held up perfectly. I would imagine you will have no issues.

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Ive just done alot of the research on the exact topic you are looking for advice on. i just prepped my vehicles for winter including rim protection on the ram. I can not stress enough, don't buy your car care stuff OTC at WALMART or other big box stores. find a reputable detailing supplier and you will not be disappointed in the uality of the products without really paying much more for far less quality products.

I cleaned my painted aluminum wheels (not the chrme clad plastic ones) with Sonax Wheel Cleaner Full Effect and i couldn't be more impressed. It even cleaned the grime and dust off from behind the rim without removing them with a very gentle agitation from my wheel brush. i then topped it with WheelWax (wheelwax.com) and so far the stuff is amazing, beading up and resisting brake dust just as it claims) So easy to clean, you can wet the rim and just wipe the brake dust away with your fingers. As Leadfootluke stated, I have also been advised to use a good paint sealant or Colonite (due to its commercial applications and high temperature thresholds), but figured since i spent a bundle on some new supplies, what was 10 bucks more for the wheel wax.
You got that right. SFE is an incredible cleaner. I have painted wheels, so I have used APC's to clean the face, and an Acid based cleaner to clean the barrels, but if I had more delicate wheels, I would have it at all times.

And a quality wax/sealant is definitely worth the extra money. Even collinite 845 is 12-15 dollars online, and shipped for free off ebay. That's not much more than you would pay over the counter.
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My dad used to coat his chrome wheels with vaseline for the winter. Wouldn't look great but come spring you take off the vaseline & the wheels look like brand new. Works great on chrome or aluminum
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I used the clear plastidip on my chrome rims and it turned them a flat silver colour not too bad in my opinion. I did this last year on my silverado rims and took about an hour to remove all of it in the spring. Worked well im my opinion and well worth it.
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plasti dip!! Yo unever know you might fall in love with the new look
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