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New Wheels and 9 hours of my life I will never get back!

I've just bought a set of good condition 17" multispoke rims (thanks Gary in Glasgow!). However, they were filthy and have spent the last 3 nights cleaning them. They now look good as new after the following treatment:

Rinse
Soapy wash with wheel brush to remove large deposits.
Rinse.
Soak between spokes and other bad stains with Gunk and work in with toothbrush. This stage took about 3 hours for 4 wheels until I was happy with the results, you will see why it took so long when you see the design of the wheels! I also tried WD40 which worked well to remove the stains but was a bit worried about the film of oil it would leave... Opinions?
Rinse.
Wash with Carplan Shampoo to remove any Gunk.
Rinse.
Chamois Dry.

Took them inside and painstakingly applied Autoglym Super Resin Polish and buffed - Again, this took about 3 hours for 4 wheels.
Dressed the tyres with Autoglym Instant Tyre Dressing.
Make Tea.

I now have a choice with regard to sealing the wheels, or rather which product to use. I have Autoglym Alloy Wheel Seal and Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection. What should I use? I was thinking about conducting an experiment and using each product on opposite sides, I would then judge which lasted longer and was easier to clean!

All my previous cars I have just washed with a bucket of soapy water and sometimes a bit of turtlewax, the Alfa is the first to get a decent amount of time and effort spent. I have been very impressed with the Autoglym products and I still cant believe the deep shine, water beading and ease of future cleaning that a proper wash, polish and wax gives! The only thing left is the get a car with no bloomin' scratches!

As I mentioned I am pretty new to this so would appreciate any advice.

Here is some pics of the wheels, they are 17x8 with 225/45/17 rubber. Pics were taken before I dressed the tyres, sorry!







They all seem to have a fairly good layer of polish on them but I would still like to add some kind of sealant, any recommendations are much appreciated.

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Re: New Wheels and 9 hours of my life I will never get back!

Good Job
JETSEAL 109, HOWEVER this is best applied before the wax
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AG alloy wheel sealer is good but Turtle Wax nano wheel wax is better.
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Love them wheels Look great
 
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Re: New Wheels and 9 hours of my life I will never get back!

Nice job Those wheels would look good on my GTV. As for waxing them, i use Collinite 476 on my wheels. Bought my wheels over two years ago now and they still look new (when clean)
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Re: New Wheels and 9 hours of my life I will never get back!

Poorboys Wheel Sealant, it's pink and very good. Just need to wash with shampoo and water.
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Try Rim Wax, smells like bubble gum and is pink but seems to work OK.
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Cracking job Iain. I have Poorboys wheel sealan t and Collinite 476 also (which I haven't used yet). I think any of the ones mentioned here would be good.
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Beautiful wheels.

I also recommend Smartwax Rimwax. Apparently also made by Poorboys/Chemical Guys and marketed under a different name??

After sealing them, whatever you do, do NOT use any "wheel cleaner" as it will simply strip any wax you have applied and may very well ruin your alloys.

Wash as you would the rest of the car but use a separate bucket.
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they look a great buy, the egp you used will be ok put some wax over if you want
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