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Protecting Aluminum wheels
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QuicksilverDon
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are all probably correct - unprotected aluminum would turn white pretty fast if not clearcoated.
I've only dealt with chromed or painted aluminum wheels.
Thanks.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GT Bruiser wrote:


I use GIBBs on freshly polished small parts like the Turbo Housing I just did. It does do a pretty good job. So well that if you go to paint anything after it has been applied if you do not use acetone and wash well the paint fish eyes.


I have never tried it on large objects like wheels. I may have to try that?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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!


Just ordered some Gibbs - only gripe I have was that shipping was nearly as much as the product!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

QuicksilverDon wrote:
Just ordered some Gibbs - only gripe I have was that shipping was nearly as much as the product!

That's why I buy mine like this!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GT Bruiser wrote:
QuicksilverDon wrote:
Just ordered some Gibbs - only gripe I have was that shipping was nearly as much as the product!

That's why I buy mine like this!

Too late now.... Sad

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GT Bruiser wrote:
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!
A big X2 on the Gibbs Brand. We refer to the stock wheels as "chrome" but they are not chromed steel, they are aluminum that happens to be chromed. The Gibbs Brand is not a clear coating like paint or powdercoat. It is a penetrating dressing that prevents or retards oxidation, especially on alloys, chromed or not. So it will never peel or blister but it can be re-applied as part of routine cleaning and maintenance. It doesn't flake or peel so nothing can get under it like paint or powdercoat.

You can use it on new wheels to keep them looking new. Or you can use it on used wheels that are showing a bit of exposure to the elements to stop any further damage. I bet it will even wick into the open areas of failed clearcoat to prevent or slow the progress of the failure.

Use whatever you want. I know what I'm going to be using. winking

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah I totally forgot what I have planned for my wheels.

Plastic-dip.... change the color and it protective...

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bosch wrote:
Oh yeah I totally forgot what I have planned for my wheels.

Plastic-dip.... change the color and it protective...

Another good one, in my opinion.

It's easy to remove and redo when needed, and one can custom mix the colors or change them on a whim. Jo, thanks for jogging my memory on PD. Now I have ideas brewing in my melon for the other GT we're getting. That has SRT wheels, and I think they'd look great in the Anthracite gray metallic finish.

Just scheduled my second mod for the new car! Early April. First one is a Maddog STS with a Gemstone Shift Knob from 2Step.

Regards!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GT Bruiser wrote:
Just scheduled my second mod for the new car! Early April. First one is a Maddog STS with a Gemstone Shift Knob from 2Step.
I'm thinkin' I should custom make you a shift knob out of a snow shovel handle. It should feel right at home in your hand. Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2step wrote:
I'm thinkin' I should custom make you a shift knob out of a snow shovel handle. It should feel right at home in your hand. Evil or Very Mad

LOL... smart ass!

All-in-all, I rarely touch a shovel for snow removal. I live in a neighborhood with an Association. It's technically a townhouse community, but they're all detached single family multi-story units. Even if I did have to shovel the drive... it's more of an apron being all of 8' long x 16' wide.

Besides that, the shift knob is for Melissa's car.

Ok... so make it a snow shovel handle grip. She does shovel the front walk.

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Jeebis H! Sorry for the threadjack, Don. We're done on my off-topic. You'll really like the Gibbs. Might I suggest the first time you use it, make sure your wheels are cleaned enough to get the grime and brake dust off (spraying the dust means it won't oxidize is all). Spray on the Gibbs and let it soak for a couple of days, then wipe it off. Repeat several times over the next couple of seasons and you're set to just leave them alone for the next 6 months. You'll see water, dirt, grime slide right off like Rain-X does with water on glass.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's all good-
I'm rubbing a sore palm where handle of ice-chipper set so I appreciated 2-steps idea of a snow shovel handle shift knob.

Thanks for the Gibbs tips - it's on the way, as are the wheels (I hope).

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GT Bruiser wrote:
Bosch wrote:
Oh yeah I totally forgot what I have planned for my wheels.

Plastic-dip.... change the color and it protective...

Another good one, in my opinion.

It's easy to remove and redo when needed, and one can custom mix the colors or change them on a whim. Jo, thanks for jogging my memory on PD. Now I have ideas brewing in my melon for the other GT we're getting. That has SRT wheels, and I think they'd look great in the Anthracite gray metallic finish.

Just scheduled my second mod for the new car! Early April. First one is a Maddog STS with a Gemstone Shift Knob from 2Step.

Regards!


Exactly a nice dark grey will be happening to the wheels on my GT, have the rattle cans sitting here waiting. To damn cold here, still not your witches tit cold you guys are getting but still to cold for paint.

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