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Old 07-27-2011, 03:28 PM   #1
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Wheel protection for winter

Alright I know some people run a different set of wheels in the winter time to "protect" exposing their nice wheels to the salt and grime.
Now I was on youtube just a bit ago and I through the related videos I went totally unrelated and ended up watching a guy paint his wheels in germany on this little spinning stand thing.

That brought up what I was doing before with plastidip.
What if before winter I painted my wheel with plastidip? A good thick rubberized coating of that should hold up through winter and then when spring comes I could peel it off and the wheel would be nice and clean like when you sprayed it

I wouldn't have to do this as I've become one of those people with 2 sets of wheels but that's because my other set are winter tires.
The SES 17" wheels I use for that are in mint condition and this might be a good way to keep them that way longer


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Old 07-27-2011, 03:39 PM   #2
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hmmmm in theory this actually seems like a GREAT idea but having used both spray and dip versions of plastidip, you would def need several cans and im not sure id trust coating any nice finish with it... :/
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Old 07-27-2011, 03:54 PM   #3
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I'm a bit weary about that too but after doing it onto my car's chrome I can't see how you can damage the finish
The only way I see is if you peel it off with some sort of a scraper. All you need are your fingers and once you catch an edge part that you can pick at it will all peel off easily from there.

Though admittingly, it might be a big pain in the ass on the 15 spoke wheel.. but other wheels might not be too hard lol
I remember I tried to clean them when they were mucky last winter and I spent about 15 minutes trying to hand wipe them while it was on the car. I managed to get one shiny clean and I rage quitted

I remember in an older movie where I *think* Bruce Willis was in but he was being chased and he drove into a car garage and got out and high pressure washed the paint off for a different color.
I think something similar happened in the movie Taxi too. The chicks peeled off the paint layer on their BMW and drove away undetected.
I want to try that
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You can run 15s on your car for winter. I'd consider picking up steelies and snow tires.
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I gave up my 15s to go dual 17s summer and winter
Continental ExtremeContact DW on my 17" Motegi MR116s
Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 on my 17" SES wheels
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Why tho? Are you running a 215 snow tire, or a 205 stretched a tiny bit? The narrower the tire the better it bites in the winter. My snows are worn, and I'll be running 195/55-16, or 195/60-16s on my stockers for winter. I can tell you right now, I had 215 ws60s on my svtf back in the day, not nearly as good as the 195 blizzaks on my roommates focus.
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I know. I probably should have went 205 but I have the 215 45 17
It's still plenty awesome though since this is my first set of snow tires ever. I didn't have any trouble anywhere this past winter

I probably should go to the 15s to save money when these wear out but these still have plenty of life left maybe 2 seasons if not more
The 15s were ~$88 a pop install included whilst the 17s were $169 or something. The sales guy at Town Fair Tire actually tried to downsell me to the 15s when I came in asking so specifically for the WS60 in 215/45/17
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