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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:45 pm 
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Thanks for the wheel cleaner mitt / brush links. This is never ending!

I was all set to seal my Polo wheels last night then I ran out of daylight and it has poured down all day. Never mind, anyway I noticed some black sticky spots, which I presume are tar, after rinsing off the purple mess that the Iron Out brought off the wheels.

Whilst I'm getting some of this AF Revolution wheel shampoo you rave about (along with mitts / brushes), I might as well get some AF ObliTARate, and really get the wheels as clean as humanly possible before sealing them again.

One more question: Does a sealant exist that doesn't dull the finish of your alloys, if that makes sense? I can't upload them right now but I took a pic of a Mazda wheel during & after use of Iron Out, then another after polish & 2 coats of sealant applied. I kind of prefer the shinier look of the post-iron out, pre-sealant photo I took. Would something like the AF Mint Rims wax achieve this? That said, you get half as much in the tub and pay double for it! Or is a wheel wax like that totally different from a sealant?

Thanks for your help


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:46 pm 
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You probably won't be surprised to know, that I have a tin of Mint Rims but haven't used it yet, so can't really comment on your question. Sealants tend to last longer than waxes and I'm guessing this would be the same on a wheel.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:46 am 
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mulder, thanks for the AF Revolution wheel soap tip, this stuff is brilliant and smells great too! I've been using the Dodo Juice Captain Crevice microfibre wheel mitt and a Valet Pro 1 inch brush for the wheel nuts. The brake dust really does glide off now so I must have done a better job this time of prepping the wheels before sealing them (further back in the thread I wasn't convinced about the effectiveness of sealant).

I had the front wheels off the Polo for the first time ever and did a deep clean including wash, iron out & tar removal. I'll post some pics soon but I was surprised at the state of the barrels. It was quite therapeutic getting them as good as possible before sealing & putting back on car. Need to do the back wheels now !

I don't see any reason to change from Rev wheel soap now especially as it claims to help the sealant. Will stay away from AG Clean Wheels after your advice


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 11:14 am 
By the sound of it, you have got to grips with which products and when to use them on your wheels. :D

To expand upon your understanding of why sealants are better than using a wax on wheels ..... it is all to do with the melting point of the wheel's protective coating. Brake dust is very hot and the tiny particles easily imbed themselves into a wax (lower melting point). Whereas Sealants are synthetic and are chemically engineered to have a higher melting point. This higher melting point is higher than the temperature of break dust. Therefore the brake dust can't penetrate through the sealant. This makes them far easier to clean on a regular basis.

Don't be fooled by the name some manufacturers give their wheel wax's....whether it's in liquid or paste form, it is still a sealant. Some are better than others.....a typical sealant can resist temperatures up to 300C, but I saw one the other day which can resist up to 500C (designed for high performance track and supercars).


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