Best Product for OEM Black/Chrome Rims?

  1. dieter21

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    Hey Everyone -- Just a quick question on what products people like to use on the OEM rims with majority black with the silver inserts in the spokes. Every time I clean my car, the rims seem to not be that clean when I'm done. They just don't shine like I expect them to. So just curious on any products people love that keep them looking nice and new and shiny.
     
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    I have different after market wheels, but I used Wheelwax. It made them shine for about 2 weeks, but the brake dust builds up quickly. Over the weekend I used Cquartz ceramic coating on my entire car including the wheels so I will see how that turns out.
     
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    My ‘19 Si seems to make a lot of brake dust, and the black inserts on the rims are dusty looking within a week or so. I have been washing at least once every two weeks. My car is very new, so I can’t say it has required any special product to keep them shiny after a wash, but perhaps a good old clay bar is needed after a while?
     
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    A good wheel woolie (not a hard bristle brush), and a good lug nut cleaning brush.

    I like mcguiar’s hot rims cleaner for painted wheels. It’s not super expensive and works great. Specifically formulated to be safe on painted wheels. (The paint on the Honda OEM wheels is pretty thin and chips easy) There’s probably better, but it works fine. If you are actually taking time to clean the wheels properly, it doesn't matter what you use.

    Simply spraying and rinsing is not enough to get the dust off. You need to agitate the dust in a way that won’t scratch the soft thin paint on the wheels. It’ll take at least 15 minutes each wheel to do it properly, but it’s worth it.
     
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    I use Jescar Power Lock Polymer sealant for my wheels twice a year and they look great. This sealant is also amazing for the car paint and super easy to apply with a dual action orbital polisher. I'll also apply Double Black Bead Maker after each of my 3 week maintenance washes. You should definitely try to wax your wheels every time you get a chance to wash and wax your car.
     
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    #6 Prelude2CivicX, Oct 7, 2019
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    Ive been using Brake Buster as a cleaner for my wheels. It dissolves all the debris and brake dust without having to scrub it. I don't leave it on for more than 15 seconds then power wash off. Then finish the wheels off with CG Waterless Wax and Wash. Does the job for me. I should add that I dilute the Brake Buster wheel and tire cleaner.
     
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