Great polish / sealer for alloy wheels

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Alan W
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Great polish / sealer for alloy wheels

Post by Alan W » Sun 30 Nov, 2014 17:17

With all the poncey expensive car cleaning products on the market its nice to find something cheap that does the job just as well or better for less.

Saw this Wilko silicone pushbike cleaner which is water repellent and only costs £3.50

Washed car today and then applied this and it has made the alloys sparkle like new and hopefully the brake dust wont stick as much.

I also found it perfect for the wheel arch liners and made them look like new too..

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Davejue1
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Re: Great polish / sealer for alloy wheels

Post by Davejue1 » Sun 30 Nov, 2014 19:57

Please post back after a few days. Be interesting to see if it does repel the break dust a bit. My daily driver is terrible for it. :)

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Alan W
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Re: Great polish / sealer for alloy wheels

Post by Alan W » Sun 30 Nov, 2014 20:21

Hi Dave,

Unfortunately my cars all clean and away in the garage now and wont be coming out unless we get a remarkable day and I get the urge for a spin so I won't know the answer to that for a while. However, I've used the Armoral wheel stuff which works well, it doesn't stop the dust from building up but it comes off a lot easier when washing and its about £8 on Amazon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DEJ3Tzd73c

The consensus of opinion (including mine) is that although Armoral won't stop brake dust from being deposited on your wheels it gives a protective barrier resulting in the dust being less adhesive to the wheels and therefore easier to clean off.

Having used Armoral the Wilko silicone bike polish seems very similar but you get three times as much for a third of the price.

Unfortunately there is no ultimate cure-all for the brake dust blues but if your car is an every day driver why don't you get a tin of Armoral and a tin of the Wilko stuff and do a test using one product on the nearside wheels and the other on the offside and let us know how you get on, I'd be willing to give you half the cost to see how these products compare...
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Davejue1
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Re: Great polish / sealer for alloy wheels

Post by Davejue1 » Sun 30 Nov, 2014 20:26

Thanks for the reply Alan. I will give them ago and see if it's worth a regular application after each wash. :)
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Alan W
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Re: Great polish / sealer for alloy wheels

Post by Alan W » Mon 01 Dec, 2014 13:02

:) :) :)
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Re: Great polish / sealer for alloy wheels

Post by Southernboy » Tue 02 Dec, 2014 09:57

Cleaning brake dust off wheels is a PITA...especially if the wheels are like the BBS style with spokes and small tight areas to clean. I have found that using some engine degreaser in a plastic spray bottle it comes away easily...spray the degreaser onto the wheel and use a powerful jet of water to rinse it off, then simply wipe them to remove any extremely fine brake dust... if any. Degreaser is cheap and can be used elsewhere on the car too.
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