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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:32 pm    Post subject: Protecting Aluminum wheels Reply with quote

Okay, my daughter needs new tires on her GT, and I located a set of 16" rimes from a PT Dreamer - polished aluminum.
Any chance of protecting the rims with rattle-can polyurethane?
Anybody tried it?
Her chrome rims are peeling and 16" tires are cheaper and last longer (depending on tire of course).
She will not spend time polishing rims, I know it.
Advice welcome.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

get her steelies.

Problem solved.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bosch wrote:
get her steelies.

Problem solved.


Very Happy

Logical, but as I said, I have a set of rims lined up...

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use VHT SP184 Clear Coat Wheel Paint on chrome wheels. It will delay the chrome from peeling due to weathering,help more easily clean the brake dust off and kinda protect them from small pebble impacts.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I asked this same question when I replaced my peeling OEM 5-spokes with a nicer set. I ended up just going with Gibbs Brand penetrating oil. I've applied it twice since late last spring, and the wheels still look as good as new. If anything, it keeps the wheels clean of brake dust and general grime, while water just beads up and sheets right off like Rain-X on glass. Nothing to cover or hide the chrome so they're extremely crisp and shiny.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guys he is talking aluminum, the chrome wheels are dying so they will go to the chromer in the sky.

Polished uncoated aluminum, is what he needs info on protecting.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bosch wrote:
Guys he is talking aluminum, the chrome wheels are dying so they will go to the chromer in the sky.

Polished uncoated aluminum, is what he needs info on protecting.


Are we sure they're uncoated? The polished aluminum ones for my Solstice were clearcoated...

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bosch wrote:
Guys he is talking aluminum, the chrome wheels are dying so they will go to the chromer in the sky.

Polished uncoated aluminum, is what he needs info on protecting.


The VHT wheel clear I posted works on polished aluminum very well. And is also rated at 250F normal application but can be cure to resistance up to 900F. I have used it on rear caliper before after doing paint and metal work for show.

If you have never tried it ,try it ,you will get spoiled using it!


VHT SP184 Clear Coat Wheel Paint

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LiquidPT wrote:
Bosch wrote:
Guys he is talking aluminum, the chrome wheels are dying so they will go to the chromer in the sky.

Polished uncoated aluminum, is what he needs info on protecting.


Are we sure they're uncoated? The polished aluminum ones for my Solstice were clearcoated...


I don't have them yet - I was told they're polished aluminum = definitely not chromed, dunno about clearcoat.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

QuicksilverDon wrote:
LiquidPT wrote:
Bosch wrote:
Guys he is talking aluminum, the chrome wheels are dying so they will go to the chromer in the sky.

Polished uncoated aluminum, is what he needs info on protecting.


Are we sure they're uncoated? The polished aluminum ones for my Solstice were clearcoated...


I don't have them yet - I was told they're polished aluminum = definitely not chromed, dunno about clearcoat.



Most every Magnesium and Aluminum custom wheels going all the way back to the 70's and most all factory Aluminum wheels were clear coated and most all of them are today as well?! Cool

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NitroPT wrote:
QuicksilverDon wrote:
LiquidPT wrote:
Bosch wrote:
Guys he is talking aluminum, the chrome wheels are dying so they will go to the chromer in the sky.

Polished uncoated aluminum, is what he needs info on protecting.


Are we sure they're uncoated? The polished aluminum ones for my Solstice were clearcoated...


I don't have them yet - I was told they're polished aluminum = definitely not chromed, dunno about clearcoat.



Most every Magnesium and Aluminum custom wheels going all the way back to the 70's and most all factory Aluminum wheels were clear coated and most all of them are today as well?! Cool


That's kinda what I thought. The aluminum wheels on CaptainCog's early 70s Camaro are raw, but aluminum will oxidize if it's not coated

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LiquidPT wrote:
NitroPT wrote:
QuicksilverDon wrote:
LiquidPT wrote:
Bosch wrote:
Guys he is talking aluminum, the chrome wheels are dying so they will go to the chromer in the sky.

Polished uncoated aluminum, is what he needs info on protecting.


Are we sure they're uncoated? The polished aluminum ones for my Solstice were clearcoated...


I don't have them yet - I was told they're polished aluminum = definitely not chromed, dunno about clearcoat.



Most every Magnesium and Aluminum custom wheels going all the way back to the 70's and most all factory Aluminum wheels were clear coated and most all of them are today as well?! Cool


That's kinda what I thought. The aluminum wheels on CaptainCog's early 70s Camaro are raw, but aluminum will oxidize if it's not coated


I use to hate when the wheels were old and the clear coat started to peel off. You would have the unprotected area's looking really oxidized and the clear coat still looking good.

There is a powder coat now that is clear which is nice to get raw material now coated with either satin or traditional clear.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was just seeing everyone talking about chrome and not aluminum I thought I would hit the brakes on the thread.

I didn't see a specific spot where Don said they were coated so I went on the side that were not coated to get the response more to what I thought he needed.

Clear powder coat? Sweet stuff right there.. I would so use a flat coat on a set of dark grey wheels..

/thread jack..

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bosch wrote:
I was just seeing everyone talking about chrome and not aluminum I thought I would hit the brakes on the thread.

I didn't see a specific spot where Don said they were coated so I went on the side that were not coated to get the response more to what I thought he needed.

Clear powder coat? Sweet stuff right there.. I would so use a flat coat on a set of dark grey wheels..

/thread jack..

That's specifically why I recommended Gibbs Brand. It was developed to restore and protect raw aluminum and magnesium parts. Whether the parts are plated, polished, cleared, or raw, the Gibbs does wonders at protecting against the elements. I had outstanding results on my chromed OEMs. I had asked about powdercoating clear or any of the available clears out there, but 2Step and RallyD changed my mind.

I'm glad they did.

Regards!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just assumed that the polished aluminum wheels on the 2005 Dream Cruiser were clearcoated.
So, I simply use a spray on wax occasionally, and wipe & buff off the excess.
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