Wheel protective coating

Discussion in 'Exterior and Interior' started by Caboose302, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. Caboose302

    Caboose302 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,601
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    May 19, 2013
    Location:
    Dayton Oh
    I keep hearing horror stories about the replica wheel chrome and paint flaking off after a few months. Wondering what everyone uses to protect them. Just a new coat of clear or something else?
     
  2. DropTopPony

    DropTopPony Administrator Staff Member Admin SN95 Supporter

    Messages:
    15,342
    Likes Received:
    119
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2006
    Location:
    South Jersey
    I wax mine (painted).
     
  3. CC'S95GT

    CC'S95GT Legend

    Messages:
    10,738
    Likes Received:
    172
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2008
    Location:
    Hampton ,Ga.
    As far a peeling chrome, Not much you can do about that. I feel it's a flaw in the plating process.
    If the wheel is machined then clear coated you should treat it just like paint.
    Polished, just be careful what cleaners you use. Some will stain the aluminum.
     
  4. OnyxCobra

    OnyxCobra Legend

    Messages:
    14,794
    Likes Received:
    233
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2006
    Location:
    Rochester, NY
    yeah I can't imagine anything you could do would prevent chrome from flaking, seems like if it's gonna flake it's gonna flake. One solution would be go with another finish, or go with a quality wheel.
     
  5. Caboose302

    Caboose302 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,601
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    May 19, 2013
    Location:
    Dayton Oh
    They aren't chrome. I was just using that as a reference to replica wheel quality. They're White Saleens. I just wanted to see what are the best ones so they won't discolor them being white or cause the clear coat to break down any faster.
     
  6. RichV

    RichV Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,227
    Likes Received:
    247
    Joined:
    May 6, 2012
    Location:
    CO
    A close friend does powder coating, he told me there is a clear powder that protects polished metals from dulling out. Wonder if that would work.
     
  7. torch318

    torch318 Active Member

    Messages:
    332
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2014
    When I got my last set of wheels they had a care sheet with them and they said to treat your wheels like you treat your paint wash with mild soap and regularly wax them.
     
  8. Caboose302

    Caboose302 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,601
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    May 19, 2013
    Location:
    Dayton Oh
    I know a guy who does powder coating so I'll ask him thanks!
    Were they the cheap replica wheels like I got? Lol. I'm supposed to get two of them today so I guess I'll find out.
     
  9. torch318

    torch318 Active Member

    Messages:
    332
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2014
    Yup chrome fr500 replicas
     
  10. ttocs

    ttocs Legend

    Messages:
    25,459
    Likes Received:
    2,479
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2009
    Location:
    Evansville Indiana
    Short of soap/water and a light wax I am not sure I would recommend anything else unless they are polished maybe a sealer.
     
  11. Caboose302

    Caboose302 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,601
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    May 19, 2013
    Location:
    Dayton Oh
    Talked to him and he said the clear will discolor the white in the oven. It has to all be baked at the same time.
    Nothing in mine but since most of these come from Wheel Replicas anyway I'm assuming theyre all the same.
    I have a finishing wax that I obviously can't use on this car so I'll give them a coat once I get some tires mounted.