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    Hey everyone, I`ve recently purchased a new set of 5zigen FN01R-C wheels. I`m planning on putting them on for summer tires.



    My problem is that it has a polished face but the inside well and sides of the spoke aren`t polished, they are textured- slightly rough. I can already imagine the brake dust being a problem unless I somehow religiously apply sealant/wax on them.



    What are some of your opinions on clear powder coating vs a clear coat spray on these wheels? What would be the average costs of each? Would it be worth the hassle and would it even help? I`m not going for aesthetics rather an easier method of cleaning and protection for the wheels.



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    If you use a clear coating type product (Opti-Cat, Aquartz, etc) you will not alter the asthetics but still have a surface that brake dust can easily be removed from
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    any competent painter working in the automotive field should be able to spray a clear coat on them. powder coating is a not harder but requires heat to cure the finish. powder coating isn`t done at most places, you would probably have to send them out for it. with proper maintenance from the beginning i wouldn`t think you have any real problems keeping the wheels looking good. i would start off with just regular washings then if that wasn`t working i would look in to getting the wheels clear coated.

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    Both above are good answers. The only thing I have to add is that you have great taste in wheels!

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    Thanks for the recommendations, I`ll have to look into the costs of each.



    If I left them as they are, I know that it would require a significant effort to clean due to the matte-like finish. Even if protected I would only be able to use a spray sealant (like Opti-seal) on them since I wouldn`t be able to just wipe off the wax.



    and thanks mike- the rims are nice and light cast alu 18x7.5 @ 18.5 lbs! cant wait to put them on

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    sus195- Hey, those *are* nice looking wheels!



    As noted, no biggie keepng them nice. I have wheels with texture and it`s juts not a big deal unless you *really* neglect them. And if you OptiCoat them, I bet that even pretty awful neglect wouldn`t be a much of an issue.



    That`s what I`d do, hands-down- OptiCoat. Easy to do and you won`t believe how they clean up (I was utterly astounded and FWIW, I was prepared/predisposed to think the stuff wasn`t all that great).



    But get the tires mounted first.

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    wow thats interesting, I have not come across Opticoat before and did not even consider it.



    "Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 is a permanent coating that protects automotive paint over its lifetime! Unlike a wax or sealant, Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 will not wash or wear off. It acts as a second layer of clear coat which provides increased protection against the elements.



    It certainly seems promising...and it might just be the easiest/cost effective route



    If I`m considering permanent sealants, what would you think about CarPro Cquartz Ceramic Quartz Paint Protection? I have heard of this product but haven`t had any experience with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sus195
    wow thats interesting, I have not come across Opticoat before and did not even consider it.



    "Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 is a permanent coating that protects automotive paint over its lifetime! Unlike a wax or sealant, Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 will not wash or wear off. It acts as a second layer of clear coat which provides increased protection against the elements.



    It certainly seems promising...and it might just be the easiest/cost effective route



    If I`m considering permanent sealants, what would you think about CarPro Cquartz Ceramic Quartz Paint Protection? I have heard of this product but haven`t had any experience with it.


    OptiCoat will outlast Cquartz............by a lot.

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    I have to concur with the others here; Opti-Coat is the best choice by far for protecting those new wheels.
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    As if it needs any more mention, Opti-Coat is the solution to your problem. For the cost of a syringe of OC2.0, you`d save over having someone spray them with a layer of clearcoat plus you`d have enough left over to do another couple sets of wheels or do your vehicle as well.

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    Thanks for all the great input! I`ll be ordering some Opti-Coat and i`ll update you all on the progress

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    sus195- I`ll look forward to your report, especially after you`ve lived with the coated wheels for a while. For the first few weeks/months I was kinda unimpressed, then I started letting them get really nasty and gee...they cleaned up sooo easily and looked just-done. Finally dawned on me that they looked swell with virtually zero effort on the upkeep.

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    I`d Opti-Coat them after I have them powercoated. Win-Win! PCing is about $300-400.
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    Hello everyone!

    So it`s been roughly a month since i`ve purchased the opti-coat 2.0 and applied them to my wheels. In total I`ve used about 1/4 of the 20ml syringe about (5ml), I applied very thin layers multiple times letting it dry for hours if not a day in between. Application was fairly easy, high spots were immediately leveled off and it didn`t show on the texturized surface.



    I cleaned the wheels recently and I was impressed. Paired with P21s wheel cleaner and speed brush I don`t foresee any challenges ahead. Here are some pics of the application and a video of me washing (check out the beading action!)



    Opti-Coat 2.0 on wheel update - YouTube




































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    sus195- Glad you like it..thought you might, just coated another set of my wheels the other day.



    Did you coat `em before having the tires mounted? Did the mounting damage the coating along the edges of the rims any?

 

 
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