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Old 12-29-2021, 03:59 PM   #1
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What is the best wax to use on newly polished aluminum wheels?

I am polishing the aluminum wheels of my new-to-me 2018 Thor Aria. They are coming out really nice but I am looking for the best wax to help extend the shine. Before and after pictures attached (hopefully) Thanks
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Old 12-29-2021, 05:41 PM   #2
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That looks nice, and I know it wasn't quick to do either. I'd suggest auto wax.
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Old 12-30-2021, 06:22 PM   #3
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Old 12-30-2021, 10:58 PM   #4
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I use 303 products, most of them work fine for many different detailing projects
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Old 12-30-2021, 11:24 PM   #5
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Polymer sealant will last much longer than almost everything. There are many videos to look at.
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Old 12-31-2021, 01:07 AM   #6
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I am polishing the aluminum wheels of my new-to-me 2018 Thor Aria. They are coming out really nice but I am looking for the best wax to help extend the shine. Before and after pictures attached (hopefully) Thanks
Why don't you tell us what you use? It looks good.

I have never heard of waxing the wheels, but lots of polishes and chrome cleaners. I use Mothers Chrome Polish, but as I said, you have dun good. Not sure if it will get much better than that.
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Old 12-31-2021, 02:03 AM   #7
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I found "quick and easy" is the spray n wipe liquid ceramic waxes. I started using that on the aluminum wheel covers. Doesn't last as long as "real" wax, but it's a lot less elbow grease - and road grime just hoses of. After a wash, I hit the tires with tire wet, then spray the aluminum covers with the ceramic... a quick wipe and they look brand new!
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Old 12-31-2021, 02:27 AM   #8
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Old 12-31-2021, 04:08 AM   #9
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I found "quick and easy" is the spray n wipe liquid ceramic waxes. I started using that on the aluminum wheel covers. Doesn't last as long as "real" wax, but it's a lot less elbow grease - and road grime just hoses of. After a wash, I hit the tires with tire wet, then spray the aluminum covers with the ceramic... a quick wipe and they look brand new!
Anything but a real wax. I honestly have never heard of anyone wax their wheels. That would be a lot of work. Painful on the fingers & knuckles around those fake lugs. It is chrome or aluminum; so in this case so it should shine easily. I wish to learn what the OP used. But your idea is how I will use the last of my ceramic spray.
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Old 12-31-2021, 04:14 AM   #10
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If you give me enough money, I can contact Sean Szymkowski of Road Show tomorrow and become a sponsor and have any wheel cleaner you like to be the highest rated.

Very hard to get legitimate product rankings these days. Just keep looking until you find a site that has what you want

Some companies will pay to have 3 of their products in top 10 and have them spread out to look legit.
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Old 12-31-2021, 06:20 AM   #11
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Anything but a real wax. I honestly have never heard of anyone wax their wheels. That would be a lot of work. Painful on the fingers & knuckles around those fake lugs. It is chrome or aluminum; so in this case so it should shine easily. I wish to learn what the OP used. But your idea is how I will use the last of my ceramic spray.
I might buy another bottle or two of the ceramic spray just for the aluminum wheel covers. Someone suggested 303 Aerospace Protectant (good stuff - which I use on about anything rubber like window seals, etc.) but I found it has a short lifespan. The ceramic spray wax will last through at least 3 or 4 washings - and it's cheap and easy. Polymer sealant sounds interesting...

I always take the results of "reviews" with a grain of salt. There always seems to be a monetary agenda.

I'm gradually building my arsenal of RV treatment products by trial and error, common sense suggestions and the proverbial school of hard knocks... IMO, sometimes that's the BEST way!
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Old 01-05-2022, 07:26 PM   #12
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No Wax Shine

High quality aluminum wheels like on your Aria do not require a wax. Ask any trucker worth his salt and he will tell you ne never adds a wax or sealer to his rims because polished aluminum is a natural shine retainer and the polish actually leaves behind a moisture barrier.
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Old 01-05-2022, 07:27 PM   #13
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I’ve used this for 25 years. Use it on my RV, aircraft , and show cars.

https://ppcbest.com/prestige-protective-polish/

https://ppcbest.com/speed-metal-poli...r-motorcycles/
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Old 01-05-2022, 07:47 PM   #14
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The Alcoa wheels on the Tuscany come from the factory with a clear coat to protect the polished appearance. I use 303 Protectant on the tires to get a nice black as well as a bit of protection when it is outdoors on trips.

I use the 303 on the wheels as well to finish cleaning off the grime and it leaves a polished/matt appearance that contrast well with the tires
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Old 01-05-2022, 07:56 PM   #15
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https://sharkhidestore.com/products/...gn=sag_organic

There is nothing comparable.

Seven years on mirror polished pontoons.
Wipe with vinegar upon trailering after use. Not a single calcium mark anywhere, ever.
No so much as a breakthrough spot on three 28ft pontoons.
Honest, not a single breakthrough in 7 years on the Colorado River.
Not one touch up needed. Not even pinpoints or flyspecks.

The pontoons in the picture look like a satin finish compared to mine.
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Old 01-05-2022, 08:11 PM   #16
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https://sharkhidestore.com/products/...gn=sag_organic

There is nothing comparable.

Seven years on mirror polished pontoons.
Wipe with vinegar upon trailering after use. Not a single calcium mark anywhere, ever.
No so much as a breakthrough spot on three 28ft pontoons.
Honest, not a single breakthrough in 7 years on the Colorado River.
Not one touch up needed. Not even pinpoints or flyspecks.

The pontoons in the picture look like a satin finish compared to mine.
Acidized my pontoons recently and this sounds interesting.

Did you do three applications originally? Pretty good testimonial for sure. We have a bit higher hardness water with algae most of the year and get a lot of crud that has to be power washed off. Lot of ag run off in our mud lakes as well.
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Old 01-05-2022, 08:21 PM   #17
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So nice.
We had three pontoon boats at once, by accident.
That giant 42ft 5 pontoon monster used for expeditons to the b29 wreck on Lake Mead. (A FOUR axle trailer).
A playcraft Powertoon for diving elsewhere.(easier to have a dedicated boat than unload/reload/store.)
A big block Bennington for cruising and skiing Havasu.(stole it. A story for the campfire)

Bennington and playcraft polished to a fair-thee-well.

Never a failure of sharkhide. Not so much as a dull spot.

I cannot recommend it highly enough.
A Seven minute wipe down and they gleemed forever.

I have to assume the directions were perfectly followed.
I didn't do it. I hired them out at $900 for polish including the sharkhide,

I keep two quarts of shark hide here. Nothing is polished and it's AZ so no salt to protect from, but it's always here.
You've kinda inspired me. I might breakout my polish stuff and do a couple of skid plates or something.

Toon-brite is here also.
Just old habits I guess.

Maybe I'll find some pics and post them.
We haven't owned a boat in 10 years.(seems odd saying that)

It appeats someone swapped my toon brite for zep. Probably some welder guy.
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Old 01-05-2022, 10:12 PM   #19
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Finished product on the front. Trying to locate a rear hub wrench so I can tackle the back.
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Also found the cases of plasti-dip equivalent while looking for the shark hide.(a buck a can back when eastwood had REAL closeouts)

Plasti-dip is excellent for changing wheel or hubcap color.
Lasts a couple of years, peel it off, spray again.
Will also do a great job of renewing your swoosh decals.
And Will paint your fading mirrors.

(The spray can rack is a door mount shoe rack from BB&b.)

I try to NEVER recommend something without picture proofs.
I'm not much of a first google-hit type recommender.
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