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      08-11-2013, 11:22 PM   #1
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Question Looking for something to protect the wheels

I took the wheels off the car and cleaned them from the inside. It is not a job I want to be doing each week. I put some cleaner/wax on but I don't expect it will last long.

Do they make anything for a wax or sealant that can stand up to spray on wheel cleaners?

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Opti coat: Any downsides to it? Will tar or brake dust go into it?
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Opti coat: Any downsides to it? Will tar or brake dust go into it?
I haven't heard of any downsides. I know there's other wheel products available, e.g. Rim Wax, Gtechniq C5, etc, but Opti Coat has been proven to last

I have Opti coat on my paint and its holding up well.

As soon as I get a chance I want to put OptiCoat on my wheels too.
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Opti coat: Any downsides to it? Will tar or brake dust go into it?
Here's how it's supposed to work. You give the wheels a full cleaning and prep it properly for opti coat. Once the wheels are finished all you will need is soap and water with some various brushes to keep your wheels clean. No need for any type of wheel cleaners at this point. Brake dust and tar will settle on the wheels but when they are properly sealed it will make your life much easier in the cleaning process. Depending on how dirty you let your rims get, the dirt will come right off with a nice stream of the pressure washer
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Yes sir, I used opticoat 2.0 on a new set of zcp. I use my electric pressure washer to clean them. I dont have to touch them with a brush.
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Can't wait to do my opticoat job on them, currently cleaning my ZCP wheels reminds me of brushing a dinosaurs teeth. It sucks.
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Any opinion on rejex. I've used it to help keep rubber marks from being so bad on my e46. Was planning on using on my stoptech calipers so clean up is easier after track days also.
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Looks like Opti Coat is the favorite. Seems like no downsides have been found. I may have to try it.
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Any opinion on rejex. I've used it to help keep rubber marks from being so bad on my e46. Was planning on using on my stoptech calipers so clean up is easier after track days also.
i had rejex on my wheels and it lasted for a good amount of time but honestly these new sealants have far more advanced properties in them. if i thought rejex was good then most likely opti coat would blow my mind
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i had rejex on my wheels and it lasted for a good amount of time but honestly these new sealants have far more advanced properties in them. if i thought rejex was good then most likely opti coat would blow my mind
+1 Rejex was ok when it arrived a long time ago. Today's sealants last much longer and are much slicker. If you still have it, use it up and pick up something new when that's done.

I have a ton of sealants sitting around because I keep buying the newest thing and not finishing what I have.
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How often does opticoat need to be reapplied?
i can't remember what they claim for durability but you should easily see 1-2 years. There was a test I saw on another site where opticoat was still intact with great beading and sheeting after 1.5 years and the owner only did washes with dawn and never added any spray wax or quick detailer to the paint.
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i can't remember what they claim for durability but you should easily see 1-2 years. There was a test I saw on another site where opticoat was still intact with great beading and sheeting after 1.5 years and the owner only did washes with dawn and never added any spray wax or quick detailer to the paint.
I'd expect sealant on wheels to not last as long because the wheel surface takes much more abuse than paint. Also, the high temps from the brakes break down the brake pad material and deposit it on the wheels which burn in to the surface.

I've been using UPGP on wheels due to the ease of application. Works well and lasts about 3 months of daily driving. I'd give opticoat a year at most.

We applied Opticoat to a friend's car which is parked outside and washed once every 6 months or so. Still looks good after a year. Looking forward to see how long it lasts.
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I'd expect sealant on wheels to not last as long because the wheel surface takes much more abuse than paint. Also, the high temps from the brakes break down the brake pad material and deposit it on the wheels which burn in to the surface.

I've been using UPGP on wheels due to the ease of application. Works well and lasts about 3 months of daily driving. I'd give opticoat a year at most.

We applied Opticoat to a friend's car which is parked outside and washed once every 6 months or so. Still looks good after a year. Looking forward to see how long it lasts.
woops sorry i was thinking of paint when i wrote that response. you're right for the wheels it will have a shorter life, but i'm not surprised at the one year life span on your friend's rims. i think if you do proper maintenance it will last you longer and obviously depends on how much you drive and what type of driving style you execute everyday
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Guys.... There are two versions of Option Coat. There is 2.0 and Pro. The Pro is definitely more durable and has more benefits all around.
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Guys.... There are two versions of Option Coat. There is 2.0 and Pro. The Pro is definitely more durable and has more benefits all around.
I believe the main difference is there's more solvent in the 2.0 (consumer version) so it takes longer to cure, i.e. allows you more time to fix an application.

The Pro is supposedly thicker and doesn't need as much time to cure. That also implies a thicker coating may be actually applied to your paint/wheels, but I'm sure there's a bunch of variables.
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More resin in the pro as well.
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Guys.... There are two versions of Option Coat. There is 2.0 and Pro. The Pro is definitely more durable and has more benefits all around.
I believe the main difference is there's more solvent in the 2.0 (consumer version) so it takes longer to cure, i.e. allows you more time to fix an application.

The Pro is supposedly thicker and doesn't need as much time to cure. That also implies a thicker coating may be actually applied to your paint/wheels, but I'm sure there's a bunch of variables.
These factors give the pro the benefits. I've used and seen both in actions over the last few years.
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Could this be used on the wheels as well?

http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-opti-seal.html
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Could this be used on the wheels as well?

http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-opti-seal.html
Yes, this is the direct competition to the Ultima Paint Guard Plus (UPGP) I mentioned above. Very easy to use, just wipe on - no need to wipe off or buff. Durability is no where near Opti-Coat but if you are looking for something easy to apply, this is one of the easiest.
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