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Car wax on Wheels & Headlights?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by KirthGersen, Nov 19, 2018.

  1. Nov 19, 2018 at 10:26 AM
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    KirthGersen

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    Just bought a set of new takeoff wheels -- 2018 "TRD Offroad" , gloss black with clearcoated aluminum highlights.

    > Any worries using a good quality, non-abrasive, car wax on the wheels, given that wheels can get very hot from braking?? Wouldn't want the wax to melt into gooey mess.

    > What about car wax on the plastic headlights & taillights? Any issues?

    FWIW, my go-to wax lately has been 3M #39526 "Perfect-It Show Car Paste Wax".
    I have little interest in evaluating the "boutique" waxes requiring 10 hrs to do their special 13-step process :sarc:
     
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    I always wax my headlights and rims when I wax the truck.
     
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    Yep. Me too
     
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    Usually, I don't (I use Collinite wax). On the headlights and taillights, I use Plexus or Original Bike Spirits Spray Cleaner and Polish. Both are designed for use on plastic and both work very well (the Plexus is just more expensive). If you do use a wax, make sure it is plastic safe and is not a polish or cleaner wax.

    --Matt
     
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    Treat them just like you do a regular painted surface and you'll be fine.

    -Jason
     
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    WD40 work the best for wheels. But just me
     
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    Not nearly enough room here!
    1012180846.jpg I've been using Duragloss Aquawax after a good claying/polish/paste wax. It's been great for everything including Trim,Glass and Wheels. Applies in Sun or Shade. Just recently tried Carguys Tire Treatment and was really impressed. I'm trying their Spray Sealant pretty soon.
     
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    Heat is the enemy of carnuba wax...and on wheels, it will break down quickly. I use McKees Wheel Sealant on mine, and have never used anything more than soap and water to clean them since. I've also used PoorBoys wheel sealant on them with good results
     
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    Stumpjumper

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    I use McQuires plastic polish on headlights and taillights. I use nothing but soap and water on the wheels. Back in the days when I had chrome wheels I used chrome polish.
     
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    I don’t think it’s going to melt into a mess, it just won’t hold up for very long. Something like McKees wheel coating is easy to use, but expensive.

    This is what I’ve used for the most part:

    https://www.waxaddictusa.com/copy-of-leather-balm
     
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  11. Jan 14, 2019 at 10:51 AM
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    Car Guys has some good stuff, and isn’t mentioned often. Their trim restore is really good.
     
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    I use collonites 845 and Jescar power lock sealer. I usually use plexus on the lenses for the lights front and rear. It was designed for aircraft windshields and eisenglass boat enclosures. It also kicks ass on my "plastic chrome" cheesy ass grille. I also like to clay bar my windshield and glass and wax it with 845. It does better and lasts longer than rain x. I accidentally stumbled onto fluid film for tire black. It works well. As for rims I wash then with dawn dish soap or simple green if the dust is bad. I do wax the rims with the jescar every so often. When I rotate tires is when I go after the rims.
     
  13. Jan 19, 2019 at 6:16 PM
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    I tried this and it made my rims really glossy. It makes your headlights slick as well.2D967EB6-BE84-421A-82C7-1E5F67DEFAA1.jpg3D6BF937-3824-4EE6-B245-DA5A6C16E106.jpg
     
  14. Feb 9, 2019 at 9:53 PM
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    I just used some left over clear bra on the headlights. Holds up well. Protects it from rock chips and other things. Plus replace it later when it gets worn down.
     
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    I wax the lights just to meet them looking clear.
     
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    Fantastic product.
     

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