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Old 04-24-2016, 06:04 PM
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High Altitudes black wheels in car washes

Something I have been thinking of recently. Is it safe to run the black painted wheels through car washes? If not do you ask them to turn off any wheel brushes they use prior to going through?

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Old 04-24-2016, 06:15 PM
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Re: Hugh Altitudes black wheels in car washes

Personally, I don't use a car wash period. And if I did, I wouldn't use one with brushes regardless of what type of wheels I had.
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Old 04-24-2016, 06:41 PM
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Re: Hugh Altitudes black wheels in car washes

I would't do a car wash either. These wheels scratch easily from hand washing if you aren't completely careful.
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Re: Hugh Altitudes black wheels in car washes

That's my impression as well.
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Re: Hugh Altitudes black wheels in car washes

The other day I was at the car wash and was watching the car in front running the wheel brushes. There was a short splash of liquid soap and then the brushes spun with high speed with no water running. With little brake dust or mud on the wheels this will became like a sand paper over your wheels. I have never done it and will never do it. I always use touch less car wash, so no brushes touching the car at any time. Not that it make big difference, but are the black wheels on the HA painted or powder coated?
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Re: Hugh Altitudes black wheels in car washes

Painted and clear coated, I believe.
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Re: Hugh Altitudes black wheels in car washes

They do scratch insanely easy - took all 4 wheels off/on yesterday on my HA and got 2 small scratches from the lug wrench Luckily they are on the inside of the hole, but still...
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Re: Hugh Altitudes black wheels in car washes

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They do scratch insanely easy - took all 4 wheels off/on yesterday on my HA and got 2 small scratches from the lug wrench Luckily they are on the inside of the hole, but still...
That sucks and good to know..
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Personally, I don't use a car wash period. And if I did, I wouldn't use one with brushes regardless of what type of wheels I had.
Not sure where you live but I don't feel like washing my truck outside myself when its 10dF outside. Either way it looks like I will have to go the touchless route if i get the HA GC.

Other than that i have had zero issues with car washes over the last 25 years of driving almost.
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Re: Hugh Altitudes black wheels in car washes

Any light marring and swirl marks will be easy to get out since they are painted. You can treat it like paint and compound any marks out, then seal the wheels for protection.
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Any light marring and swirl marks will be easy to get out since they are painted. You can treat it like paint and compound any marks out, then seal the wheels for protection.

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Re: Hugh Altitudes black wheels in car washes

from experience they scratch extremely easy with the wheel brush in car wash. all 4 of my are pretty bad, need to get them buffed
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