Last Updated on December 23, 2023 by Stewart

Much like we’ve discussed the importance of adding a layer of protection to the bodywork of the car, it’s also important to protect the wheels.

The are the dirtiest parts of the car thank to them being so close to the road, as well as being subjected to a significant amount of break dust. With that in mind, what are the options when it comes to waxes and sealants for wheels?

Regardless of the coating chosen, it’s highly recommended that the wheels are spotless. You can read more about the process here or follow the steps in this video.

Gtechniq C5

Gtechniq are well known for making fantastic products and long term coatings.

With respect to all of the coatings on this list, C5 is the longest lasting. With an average advertised shelf life of 2 years, it stands head and shoulders above the other options listed here.

With respect to the application, the surface has to be impeccably clean, especially since C5 will be on for 2 years. If the C5 is only being applied to the face of the wheels, then they can stay on the car. However, if it is being applied to the inner barrel, I would recommend that the wheel is removed. This therefore may be a bottleneck for some people.

In addition to this, the wheels need to be kept indoors and away from the rain for at least 12 hours in order for the coating to cure properly. For many, this may not be an option. Since many similar coatings follow the same need, this could stop many from going down this long term route.

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Autoglym Rapid Ceramic Spray

Autoglym Rapid Ceramic Spray is a great, efficient and easy to apply spray product. When applied to the alloys, I’ve been able to get 2 months out of the coating. What I really like about it is that it can be used in tandem with Autoglym Super Resin Polish. The SRP can fill in any light scratches on the wheel, and the RSC is able to seal this in, as well as making the wheel super hydrophobic. When applying this to the wheel, I like to use a microfibre applicator pad to spread it onto the wheel and them remove it using a microfibre cloth.

It is extremely quick to apply, and for those that routinely keep on top of their wheels and don’t mind reapplying every 2 months, this is the option for you. In addition to that, it is also a great way to protect the bodywork as well. In effect, you’re getting two products for the price of one. It really is a joy to use, and it leaves the wheels looking amazing as well as well protected.

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Collinite 476S

Collinite 476S is a paste wax, that is routinely applied using a microfibre applicator pad. In terms of application, a very thing layer should be applied to the wheel. If it is too thick, it can cause issues with it not only curing, but also removal as well.

One issue I have had in the past is in the summer months I’ve found that it can cure really quickly, with the heat making it really difficult to remove. If this does happen to you, I can recommend applying a very thin layer of the product to the layer that has already cured, and then removing it within a minute.

This will help to remove the residue, whilst also leaving a slick, glossy, hydrophobic surface. Generally speaking, it can take around 10 minutes for the wax to cure, although this will be longer in the winter. This may be an issue for some, and in that case a spray product such as Rapid Ceramic Spray would be a better option.

With respect to longevity, I’ve found that when the 476 is layered, it can be up to 5 months. The price of 476 is higher than Rapid Ceramic Spray, but it can also be used on the body work as well.

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With things becoming more expensive, I felt it was important to give readers the option to use protective products that can be used on both the body work and also wheels. Whilst G2 can’t be used on the bodywork, the longevity of it does make it a really promising option for those that prefer the long term option.

Regardless of the option you choose, it’s important to protect the wheels and all three options on this list will do this for you. By applying a layer of protection, it will allow you to clean your wheels with a car shampoo, instead of having to opt for a dedicated cleaner which can often be expensive. If you want to use an iron fallout remover when the wheels are coated, I would recommend that a pH neutral remover is used in order to preserve this coating.