A few years ago i had i think it was a turtle wax dust barrier polish that you just sprayed on and wiped after washing the wheels. So fancied something like that again as i can't find it on the internet. Anyone know something that does the same thing, just a spray and wipe round the wheels and it comes off in the next wash or two but just makes life easy? Thanks
A very good recommendation.Some good recommendations here, thanks.
My suggestion would be not to spray any slippery stuff directly onto wheels, but to spray it onto a cloth or other applicator then wipe it on the wheel. In this way you don’t contaminate the inevitability exposed brake disc with overspray.....
You definitely seem to be on the right track with with the KKD. A bit pricey but it is considered a second generation sealant, a step up from the ubiquitous Gtechniq C5 Wheel armour and with a variant available for non-gloss wheel finishes to boot.Hi im having my wheels refurbed ready for better weather im contemplating using KKD-EVOLVE after i get them back, but the wheels will be matt black with diamond lip not gloss (as they should be) most ceramic coatings are not recommended for matt any advice?
You definitely seem to be on the right track with with the KKD. A bit pricey but it is considered a second generation sealant, a step up from the ubiquitous Gtechniq C5 Wheel armour and with a variant available for non-gloss wheel finishes to boot.
Krystal Kleen Detail R-evolve Matte @ £44.99 delivered
So, a bit of an update.I use a can of furniture polish with beeswax. £1.50 but needs applying every time after a clean, but very easy to use and cheap.
I have fairly recently used KKD revolve on my refurbed wheels. I haven't waxed them since they were treated, so I'll see how I get on with cleaning them once it stops being so very very cold outside
This is my wheel now ( all 4 basically the same) going for refurbishment on monday diamond lip again please tell me yours look better than these and is it worth the £45 for kkd matt ?20200824 112025 — Postimages]So, a bit of an update.
I have (a bit late) swapped my summer wheels for winter wheels this weekend, and tonight I have been cleaning.
I applied 2 coats of KKD R-evolve in the summer to my freshly refurbed front wheels, and it was a real pain to apply. My comments are here
In summary, it was 24 degrees and really sticky and a nightmare.
This evening, cleaning the ceramic coated wheels took a real effort. They are in the bath with overhead shower.
There was so much iron particular bonded in the barrel of the wheel, repeated coats with the fallout remover and glue and tar remover, and back to the fallout remover. In the end, I had to use a medium bristle brush with fallout, then GTR, with rinse and blow drying in between. No touch wasn't an option and the following 'washing' products didn't touch it:
Bilt-hamber snow foam.
Autobrite snow foam.
Dodo born to be mild.
Foaming pH neutral alloy wheel cleaner.
Alkanline wheel cleaner.
It was only really going at it with the fallout>GTR>fallout>GTR in repeated cycles over about an hour or more per wheel that got most of it off.
A quick test with a clay bar in the barrel after revealed there was almost nothing left after that so the intensive cleaning had worked.
So, my experience of ceramic coatings is..... they are not as good at preventing iron particulate from adhering to the wheel as a wax product that is removed and re-applied after every wash.
On a more positive note, the faces of the alloys cleaned up really easily and looked good. A light flick round with Dodo shampoo and a hogs hair brush was enough (after pre-wash stages).
One other interesting thing. I thought I would apply the old beeswax furniture polish trick that I mentioned previously, after the clean, so next time, I would see what it's like to remove the iron particulate.
I could tell the KKD is still on there and still working, because I couldn't apply the furniture polish! It was just beading and running off.
Tomorrow I'm going to try a "hybrid ceramic" paste wax, and see if that takes and can work as a sacrificial layer. I'm just going to apply it to the barrels, which suits me fine as it's much easier than applying to the spokes and the worst affected part of the wheel by a mile.
In bad new, there are very very tiny traces of lacquer deterioration on my diamond cut wheels after about 7 months and very few miles
I hoped that with the ceramic coat and taking good care of them I would have had better than average luck with durability, but it seams not. They are deteriorating at sharp edge detail on the wheel, in areas that can't possibly have been damage by handling, and far to specific a repeated location to be stone damage. I'm now wishing I'd had them just plain powder coated either sparkle or hyper silver now. Would have been cheaper too.
Mine have never been refurbed as im aware of i see what your saying about diamond lip true can only be done so many times but a diamond white c63 doesn't look right (IMO) With a single colour wheel against the red calipersMy wheels look as they did when they were refurbed, except around the 5 small holes that are in between each bolt hole, where I'm getting lacquer lift. See this thread
If during refurb and prior to the base powder coat, a burr rotary tool had been used to smooth of the corners on the wheel bolt holes and the decorative holes I have between each of those, then this would have be avoided.
My dead serious advice is if you are going for refurb, then just go for a single colour powder coat. Either hyper silver (standard on some Mercs I believe) anthracite, or a custom metallic grey close to that.
Alloys should also only be diamond cut twice I believe, after that not enough metal would be remaining for a third or more cuts.
Gloss wheels are easier to clean. The KKD is cheaper for gloss.
I'd also ask the alloy wheel refurber if they could ensure that the same level of gloss is applied to the barrel as the outer face (outer face is great, barrel is dull on my refurbs). Aesthetically this is pointless, but I wonder if from a maintenence and cleaning perspective whether this would be advantageous?