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Old 01-21-2006, 09:02 PM   #1
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i just got a new set of wheels, is there anything i could do beforehand that could help keep em cleaner/look nice longer?
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Old 01-21-2006, 09:58 PM   #2
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...wax 'em......as many coats as ya can stand to put on 'em.....5 is good....10 is better
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Old 01-22-2006, 08:33 AM   #3
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What Uncle Scotty said!

BTW, I have found Nu Finish polish holds up very well. Use it as a base and if you want a "deep gloss " shine apply wax over the top.
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Old 01-22-2006, 12:10 PM   #4
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k, imma put a lot of coats of wax right before i get the tires mounted and balanced, thank you as always
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Old 01-22-2006, 10:55 PM   #5
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Brake dust is a significant element in causing wheels to look dirty. Michelin Wheel and Tire Cleaner and brake dust repellent goes a long way to keeping wheels clean and making it easier to clean them when they get dirty.

This is a two step process, first clean your wheels with Michelin Acid Free Wheel and Tire Cleaner (part #M-0030), then Apply Michelin Brake Dust Repellent (part #M-0016).

After that, cleaning is just a matter of spraying off the wheels with a hose. If they're particularly dirty, wiping with a cloth is all that is required. This process has lasted about 4 months on my BBS wheels (without reapplying), making cleaning them a snap instead of a PITA.
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Old 01-22-2006, 11:13 PM   #6
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Brake dust is a significant element in causing wheels to look dirty. Michelin Wheel and Tire Cleaner and brake dust repellent goes a long way to keeping wheels clean and making it easier to clean them when they get dirty.

This is a two step process, first clean your wheels with Michelin Acid Free Wheel and Tire Cleaner (part #M-0030), then Apply Michelin Brake Dust Repellent (part #M-0016).

After that, cleaning is just a matter of spraying off the wheels with a hose. If they're particularly dirty, wiping with a cloth is all that is required. This process has lasted about 4 months on my BBS wheels (without reapplying), making cleaning them a snap instead of a PITA.
Wow. Great tip. If I think of all the hours in my life spent cleaning wheels I would shudder. Just spraying off, sounds like a dream come true
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Old 01-22-2006, 11:15 PM   #7
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...on new wheels, ya can skip the cleaner....but DO the wax in any addition to any 'repellant'
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Old 01-23-2006, 10:45 PM   #8
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How is that Michelin stuff? I heard mixed reviews about it.

I tried a similar product from Zymol once and it sucked...expensive and not long-lasting at all. The only thing it repelled was about 15 bucks but it sure did smell nice.

I'm with Scotty, wax works well. Spray wax would probably work decent too...perfect for the lazy man.
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Old 01-24-2006, 02:40 PM   #9
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...on new wheels, ya can skip the cleaner....but DO the wax in any addition to any 'repellant'
ya i was thinking i could skip the the cleaner part, but should i put the repellant on the wax or under it? and should i wax every nook and cranny or just parts where its only gon be seen
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Old 01-24-2006, 03:18 PM   #10
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Wax for sure. I also pull my wheels off every other month to give them a real good scrubbing.
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Old 01-24-2006, 03:46 PM   #11
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ya i was thinking i could skip the the cleaner part, but should i put the repellant on the wax or under it? and should i wax every nook and cranny or just parts where its only gon be seen
I clean my rims with P21S gel wheel cleaner. It's expensive but worth it imho. Then I put 2 coats of Klasse Sealant glaze on them. I try to get every nook and cranny and even the inside and backside of the rim. Afterwards the rims look amazing and I can go probably about a week without any dust sticking to the rim and after that all I do is hose them off and they look perfectly clean again. The one problem I've had is if you use a low quality wax, the heat from your brakes can evaporate the wax pretty fast making not worthwile. That's why I started using Klasse Sealant Glaze.
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Old 01-25-2006, 02:55 AM   #12
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I recommend new pads. The ones that came with my '06 STI used to dust horribly and were very hard to clean off of the wheels. They also groweled (spelling)? and made a little noise. I now have Carbotech Bobcats. 1/4 of the dust and none of the growling. Better stopping too.
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