Specialized Wheel Coatings - Mothers
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Specialized Wheel Coatings

Coatings in this category include anodized, powder coat, or gold. These wheel coatings are not meant to be polished, and will do just fine with a good dash of soap and water. When it comes to special wheel coatings, manufacturers often dictate the type of chemicals that are safe to use in wheel maintenance, so it’s always best to familiarize yourself with those before you begin. However, good quality car wax products like Mothers® Spray Wax, or our Instant Detailer are gentle enough to use without causing damage, and will add to your wheels’ showroom finish.

Types of Coatings & How To Treat Them

Paint and Lacquer

These coatings should be treated much the same as you would the bodywork of your vehicle. Chemicals should be gentle, as products with high acidity levels could cause peeling and blistering. Mothers® car wash equipment and products are engineered to be effective without stripping your wheels. To keep your painted finish looking its best, wash regularly with soap and water to remove grime and rinse thoroughly. Our Brake Dust Brush is ideal for getting to the stubborn bits that could end up pitting wheel coatings if not removed. Finish off with a spray wax sealant.

Powder Coat

This coating is applied as a dry powder since unlike liquid paint coatings, it doesn’t need a solvent. Heat is applied to the powder, which enables it to form a hard finish, making it more durable than standard paint. A lacquer coat is often applied in much the same way as with paint coatings, and therefore powder coats can be cleaned and sealed in the same way.


When wheels are anodized, it means an electrochemical process was used to thicken the oxide layer on the wheel’s surface. Commonly found on race and aftermarket custom wheels, the anodized finish is not exactly a coat, but actually a modified part of the wheel itself. This makes it significantly durable, but these types of wheels are at risk of iron contamination. Once stains and damage occurs, the wheels have to be stripped completely and then refurbished, which could be a costly process. Therefore regular cleaning will preserve the finish, and your budget. A good quality car wash soap and water is sufficient to achieve a proper clean, and since anodized wheels are chemically sealed during the anodizing process, no wax or sealant is required.

Diamond Cut

Diamond cut wheels are oven baked after paint has been applied. Once set, the wheels are machined to get the diamond cut pattern and lacquered to finish them off. These wheels tend to be high maintenance because they’re highly susceptible to damage. Water under the lacquer causes milky stains that can’t be removed without stripping the wheel completely. Every time a diamond cut wheel is refinished, some of the metal is shaved away and therefore it’s better to take care of the coating than keep redoing it. Use a pH neutral soap, and dry with an air blower since towels tend to get caught on sharp edges, leaving pieces of lint behind.