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Old 20-09-2018, 08:46 PM   #1
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Ceramic coat chips on wheels for protection?

Hi guys,

Iíve been thinking again, dangerous I know!

Diamond cut alloys while they look amazing, we all know how much work they take to look after and a small chip or scrape can soon result in deterioration of the area as the lacquer has been compromised.

Refurbishment usually involves having to do the whole wheel if you want the job to be done properly - or at least Iíve been told.

Which makes me wonder, if you get a small chip or scrape and you donít want to go the whole hog to refurb the whole wheel, would it be an option to ceramic coat the area of the chip/scrape so the damage doesnít get any worse?

Good idea? Or would any wheel cleaner soon eat away the ceramic coat and youíll be back to square one before you know it?
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Old 20-09-2018, 09:09 PM   #2
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I've used a clear lacquer touch up pen on chips before to stop water ingress - not sure how it held up as i don't keep cars long enough
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Old 20-09-2018, 09:48 PM   #3
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I've used a clear lacquer touch up pen on chips before to stop water ingress - not sure how it held up as i don't keep cars long enough
This has been suggested to me too, but Iíve heard conflicting arguments on if this is the right way to go.

I have a tiny chip on the machined face, Iíve been told the area can be flattened a that section relacquered. Iím concerned that the lacquer may lift and if it does, it will expose a bigger area than the original chip.

Anyone else done this before?
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Old 20-09-2018, 10:23 PM   #4
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i cant see why it wouldnt be a good idea
you'd coat the wheels with something like Gtechnic C5 anyway, to keep the alloys protected, so touching in a scuff/chip in the wheel with C5 would be logical and should keep the same level of protection over all of the wheel,

prep might be a bit of a sod but thats "just" time and elbow grease ,,
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Old 21-09-2018, 09:39 PM   #5
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C5 is safe to use on all standard fitment rims supplied with new vehicles inluding satin and matte finishes (C5 will not add gloss) and rims that have a bare metal polished look as these will be finished with a clear coat that C5 can bond to

We do not recommend using C5 Wheel Armour on polished, unlacquered rims in countries that salt roads for ice prevention
from https://gtechniq.com/products/auto/p...5-wheel-armour

so maybe not C5 ?
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Old 21-09-2018, 10:04 PM   #6
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Paint lacquer is a very different coating to a silicon dioxide or "ceramic" type coating.

A "ceramic" coating will not prevent the oxidation of the alloy, once the lacquer is compromised.
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Old 21-09-2018, 10:46 PM   #7
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Paint lacquer is a very different coating to a silicon dioxide or "ceramic" type coating.

A "ceramic" coating will not prevent the oxidation of the alloy, once the lacquer is compromised.
Looks like a touch up of lacquer will provide better protection then
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