Maintaining alloy wheels is an essential part of car ownership, and applying a ceramic coating can provide long-lasting wheel protection. However, due to the nature of the product, it requires careful attention to detail, including the use of gloves and a face mask during the application process. If unsure, it is advisable to seek professional advice.
To apply a ceramic coating, it is crucial to first clean the wheels thoroughly, ideally by removing them from the car, spending as much time that is needed to fully decontaminate. The application process varies depending on the product used, so following the instructions is crucial. For example, Gtechniq C5 Wheel Armour (up to) 2 Year Coating requires the surface to be cleaned and prepared, then the coating applied to one alloy at a time, with 30-60 seconds bonding time before removing the residue and buffing it to a high gloss finish. 12 hours is needed to fully cure the coating.
To ensure the best results, it is important to follow some standard rules, such as working in a well-ventilated area and avoiding direct sunlight. Once the coating is applied, it can last for a couple of years with regular upkeep and maintenance, depending on the brand and product used.
To keep the ceramic-coated wheels clean, rinse them with a power washer, apply a non-acidic alloy cleaner, and rinse again. Decontaminating the wheels with an iron remover every few months is necessary to avoid clogging the coating. Dry the wheels and spray them with a quality tyre dressing for a showroom look. Regular cleaning is essential to maintain the glossy shine and non-stick protection of the coated wheels. Protecting alloy wheels with a ceramic coat is an investment in their longevity, and it is recommended to consider adding it during a full detail.
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