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what can I do about my chrome rims in the snowy winter?

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Old 06-20-2013, 09:42 AM   #1
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Default what can I do about my chrome rims in the snowy winter?

got some chrome rims 17" on my mustang but then I found out that the salt for snow in winter time will ruin my rims Some people recommended that I buy a set of cheap wheels for the winter, but I live in a apartment and have no place to stock my rims for the 6 months of snow we have here in MN.

What else can I do? If i put the wheel protectant spray from autozone, will that be good enough? what other options do I have?

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Old 06-20-2013, 06:12 PM   #2
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I deal with Rocky Mountain winters and recommend:

Clean your chrome wheels often with CAR WASH SOAP, not some acidic wheel cleaner.

Keep a coat of sealant / wax on them.

The longest lasting, most durable sealant I have ever used is Finish Kare 1000p High Temp Wax. Before you say something about the name, let me explain. Finish Kare is a company started by Fred Meguiar, who chose to compete with his family's business, "Meguiar's." 1000p is a full synthetic sealant originally designed as a mold release agent. Industry references "mold release waxes," not synthetic sealants so it was named a wax. (Virtually all car waxes are really synthetic sealants. Non-car people look for wax, not sealant. )

It has exceptional durability in both hot and cold conditions.

I clean my custom wheels with a hand held steam cleaner. It's easy and works really well. You can pick one up at a department store for around $30. These are the units you see advertised on TV for household cleaning.

Coat your wheels with 1000p and clean them as often as you can - in a friend's garage if you have to - and reapply 1000p twice a month.

I have also heard of applying plastic coat to wheels for winter. It's durable and the rubbery thick coating protects against nicks and scratches. It is easy to peel off, too.
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:57 PM   #3
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or you could plastidip them for winter and peel it off in the summer.

just beware it may be hard to get off if you dont put enough on.

i personally hate the stuff because i put too little and had a terrible time getting it off.
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