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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:40 pm 
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Just given my Polo a good wash (first time by hand) after couple of years being lazy and taking it to the hand car wash. Used the guides on here and did a proper 2 bucket wash & dry. Had a go at some scratches after drying and then polished & waxed. Found it all very therapeutic and particularly enjoyed seeing the alloys come up so well. I've noticed that the Megs Hot Rims pink cleaner bottle does not look like I will last long for £10. Also only just discovered you can use a wheel sealant to keep the brake dust & dirt at bay for longer. Sounds like a great idea!

So, do these wheel sealants really work and which do you recommend? Also after the Megs is gone, which wheel cleaner works well and gives better value for money? Presumably if you've got the wheel sealant on then you won't need to use the cleaner as much anyway?

Thanks for the help!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:40 pm 
yeah, it certainly is theraputic and the end results are satisfying. :D


There are wheel cleaners and then there are wheel cleaners! As to how much you use from a bottle depends upon how fine the spray is, if it is a 'gel' type and if you already have the rims sealed. The sealing also enables the rims to be easily cleaned at the next wash with minimum effort and products used.

I use Scholl's Rim7 or R222's gel wheels cleaners and use so little of these products that I still am using the original bottles I bought 4 years ago!

There are some excellent rim sealants available... and not all will break the bank.

FinishKare do a sample sized amount of their high temperature paste sealant, which can alco be used on the paintwork and exhaust.

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/sample-sizes/finishkare-1000p-high-temp-paste-wax-sample/prod_666.html


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:28 pm 
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Have a look at Auto Finesse's Deep Cleaning Wheel Kit

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:02 pm 
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Thanks. Anyone tried Autoglym Wheel Protector? I can pick one up around the corner and they have a display showing half a wheel with protector applied and half without, it does look impressive.

Edit: Googling around, there doesn't seem to be a lot of love out there for aerosol type wheel sealants. It looks like paste / wax is the way to go. Do folks on here concur with this?

Poorboys Wheel Sealant & Chemical Guys Wheel Guard at £14 each on here look to have good reviews, I may try one of these. If each application lasts a couple of months then I guess the tub will last for a while and make cleaning a lot easier with each wash. . .


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:42 pm 
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Like paint, for the sealant to bond properly, your wheels need to be as clean as possible, so wheel cleaners, possibly a decontamination product and/or a tar&glue remover may be required, to achieve this; hence the link to a kit :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:50 pm 
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Thanks, but I don't want to spend £55. I've got some Megs Hot Rims cleaner they come up clean enough for me with that, I just want some decent sealant


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:15 pm 
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Just got myself some Poorboys Wheel Sealant. Plenty of good reviews so thought I'd try it. Instructions suggest to clean AND polish the wheels before applying a couple of coats of the sealant. Does anyone bother actually polishing them first?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:23 pm 
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But of course.

You can use Autoglym's Super Resin Polish, which will also add a little sealant down, prior to applying the Poorboy's Wheel Sealant. The cleaner the surface, the better the bond :wink:

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:29 am 
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Just a quick follow up - I really don't feel that the sealant helps a great deal. From what I'd read, I thought that once sealed, you can pretty much hose off brake dust as you wash the car and use very little / if any wheel cleaner. I feel like I'm spraying on the same amount of wheel cleaner each time I wash them, which begs the question is it worth applying the sealant?

Before I apply the sealant, the wheels are cleaned and polished, I then put on 2 coats on sealant. It was mentioned further back in the thread that for the sealant to bond properly I may need to use a decontaminant / fallout remover. I presume this is used after washing and before polish/sealant applied? If this stage really makes a difference in helping the sealant do its job, then I guess its worth the extra product? If so then what decontaminant / fallout remover do people recommend?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:35 am 
Iron-x to remove fall out however, if you get hold of some Tardis it'll remove tar and basically everything but needs to be used carefully.

I've used PB wheel sealant for years with brilliant results, you still need to wash the wheels but the brake dust simply glides off and you certainly don't need to use a wheel cleaner, at least not until the sealant is wearing off which I have found to be after 10k miles or so.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:44 pm 
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One dirty-ish wheel

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After the application of a wheel cleaner, the introduction of an "Iron Remover" product

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One clean(er) wheel

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Ready for an application of wheel sealant :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 3:01 pm 
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Thanks. mulder, your 'dirty-ish' wheel doesn't look that dirty to me. Some of you must clean your car every other day if that's a dirty wheel!

The difference after the iron remover is noticeable though. Which iron remover did you use there, Iron X? How often do you use an iron remover, I guess every few months before applying sealant and not at every wash?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:25 pm 
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I'm currently using Auto Finesse's Iron Out Contaminate Remover. I probably use this every 2 -3 months, if needed. The wheels in question have not been treated with Iron Out, since those photo's were taken and the wheels have only just been sealed, within the last couple of weeks, using Obsession Wax's Taranis Wheel Wax.

Our Audi A5's wheels, were sealed, over a year ago with Dodo Juice's Supernatural Nano Ceramic Wheel Sealant and I think I may have used a wheel cleaner and Iron Out on these wheels, maybe once or twice over this period and certainly not since last Winter!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 11:28 pm 
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Cheers, will order some Auto Finesse Iron Out Contaminate Remover, looks like good stuff


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:25 pm 
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Dave79 wrote:
Cheers, will order some Auto Finesse Iron Out Contaminate Remover, looks like good stuff


If you haven't placed an order yet, I would also highly recommend Auto Finesse's Revolution Wheel Soap, I wouldn't be without it now and it's the only shampoo/soap I use to clean my wheels with.

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