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      01-18-2014, 05:28 PM   #1
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Coating new wheels Opti-Coat 2.0

Quick post on how I coat new wheels before mounting.

Used Opti-Coat 2.0 to protect the new HRE’s. Winter here in the great, lol, make that the wretched North East so all work being performed in my basement.

Got to it first thing this AM. 

Pretty clean but with tiny bits of sealant residue from mounting, stickers and glue no scratches, small amounts of dust from cutting of wheels in lug bolt holes.



Adhesive and dirt cleans right up with Griot’s Garage Rubber Prep just wipe on and let dry, no rinsing. Preps tires for dressing as well, great product.



Wash all surfaces with ONR to clean and remove dirt, dust, fingerprints, etc.






All cleaned and ready for coating.



Wiped down 2x with IPA 50/50 as final prep for Opti-Coat 2.0. Final OCD inspection with light before sealing, making sure all is well.

Applied Opti-Coat with Opti Dual Pro Applicator separated the two halves and cut in half (any soft foam pad will work). Used the more flexible side worked better on these intricate wheels, the other side was too rigid. Used small foam swabs in very tight spots want to get everything well coated while wheels are off the car (way easier). The backside bolt area was a pain, use too much Opti-Coat and you get high spots, too little and you miss a spot.





Removed center caps for coating as well.





Final results:







Opti-Coat 2.0 added shine to polished gloss lip and maybe added a hint of shimmer/sheen (not sure you can even tell) to satin sections. Protected and ready for spring.
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2013 M3 Coupe Melbourne RedÖhlins Road & Track, MPE Exhaust, Brembo GT 380 BBK, HRE S104 Wheels, iND Painted License Plate Frame, M3 Painted Rear Badge, BMW M3 Edition Grills & Gills, BMW Aluminum Pedals

Last edited by Semi-Poor; 01-20-2014 at 02:47 PM.