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    Senior Member DetailKitty's Avatar
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    Wheel Coating... safe for raw aluminum?

    I am detailing a car with aluminum wheels that are not clear coated...

    The bottle of McGees 37 Wheel Coating says it’s “safe for all wheels" but I want to double-check before applying it to a customer’s wheels.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Wheel Coating... safe for raw aluminum?

    I would not. Not familiar with that product but aluminum is pours. Coatings have a tendency to get splotchy on bare aluminum.

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    Re: Wheel Coating... safe for raw aluminum?

    Quote Originally Posted by DetailKitty View Post
    I am detailing a car with aluminum wheels
    that are not clear coated...

    The bottle of McGees 37 Wheel Coating says
    it’s “safe for all wheels" but I want to double-
    check before applying it to a customer’s wheels.
    IMO:
    1.) If Nick says “it’s safe for all wheels”...
    Take it to the Bank!

    2.) “Test Spot” @inconspicuous location.


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    •I’m also thinking:

    -Does part of detailing the car
    include polishing the wheels?

    •If so:
    -Since raw/bare aluminum is very
    porous, I’d be concerned that some
    of the polish residues could still be
    left in the wheels’ cavities—residue(s)
    that may interfere with the Wheel Coating’s
    processes (filling, bonding, total curing, etc.).

    -As luck would have it: McKee’s 37 has a
    solution to such a paradoxical predicament:
    Use McKee's 37 Foaming Wheel Cleaner Gel
    to thoroughly clean the wheels before using
    their Wheel Coating. {Synergy, et al, just
    may allow one to hit pay-dirt here. }


    To iterate: Just a thought or two.


    Bob
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    Re: Wheel Coating... safe for raw aluminum?

    I actually coated a set of weld drag racing wheels for a customer using Mckee’s they came out great.

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    Re: Wheel Coating... safe for raw aluminum?

    Thx gang!

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