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Old 03-07-2013, 03:50 PM   #1
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Just received my ARC-8s. They're beautiful and I want to do whatever I can do before even having the tires mounted and before letting a molecule of brake dust to hit them to ensure they stay nice and fresh. I'm considering a couple coats of WheelWax, but wonder if I should let the paint cure for awhile before doing so. Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:53 PM   #2
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If they were powder coated then your paint is already fully cured. You'll be fine waxing them.
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Congrats on very nice wheels. jealous. they only come in 18s right? I want LTW5s.. though unsure yet. maybe i'll just fine some nice rears. P/O left my rears chipping after a bad wheel respray. my fronts are near perfect

important stuff first though so i haven't gotten around to it.

I think you are fine w/ just wax. though i don't know how heat resistant it is.
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Some wax actually attracts dust. Most isn't heat resistant.

You can put a coating on them that prevents brake dust corrosion/buildup as I have. I still have to wash the wheels, but they will basically never pit.

http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-opti-coat.html

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Some wax actually attracts dust. Most isn't heat resistant.

You can put a coating on them that prevents brake dust corrosion/buildup as I have. I still have to wash the wheels, but they will basically never pit.

http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-opti-coat.html

Interesting. So it's like another clear coat? How do you protect that coat?

Does it really make dust slide away? Dull finish at all?
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Interesting. So it's like another clear coat? How do you protect that coat?

Does it really make dust slide away? Dull finish at all?
No dull finish. It doesn't make dust slide away, it's just a surface that's very hard for anything to bond to. Some people get their whole cars coated. It does not leave a slick finish, so some think they should wax their car after. However, the wax does not stick just like anything else, and will come off the first time you wash the car/wheels.

Apparently- it keeps the car slightly cleaner, but the biggest thing is how much easier it is to clean everything with the coat applied. They say permanent- but it's not true. Mechanical abrasion will eventually wear it down- for a DD people estimate in 2-5 years or so.

It is heat resistant.

An example of how easy it is to clean something that is normally a PITA:



An example M3 with Opti-Coat applied.





http://www.elitefinish.com.au/bmw-m3...nt-protection/

When you see my car it will hopefully be entirely Opti-Coated. There are competitors (all nano based)- like C-quartz, G Techniq, and Wolf's.

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