Polish Aluminium & Diamond PlateMarch 13, 2018
Car Polish & WaxingSeptember 5, 2018
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
Powder CoatThis 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.
AnodizedWhen 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 CutDiamond 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.