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k_altitude 10-18-2012 01:15 PM

Snow is coming=DE ICER
 
Well, the time has come to think about the snow coming here in Washington State.

This will be my first year of snow with my GC Altitude. Looking forward to it, but curious about how my wheels will hold up(black oem altitude wheels) against the DE ICER stuff they put on the roads. I have heard as long as you spray them off everyday they should be okay... but last year I had chrome wheels on my car and they pitted pretty bad.

So, should I spend the extra $ on a set of "Winter Wheels":confused:

mak90 10-18-2012 01:34 PM

Re: Snow is coming=DE ICER
 
Just wash them weekly with warm water and dish soap and you should be fine. I've never had a problem with salt/de-icer messing up aluminum wheels. Also put a nice coat of wax on them after you wash them. Do this before the snow hits.

k_altitude 10-18-2012 09:36 PM

Re: Snow is coming=DE ICER
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mak90 (Post 698762)
Just wash them weekly with warm water and dish soap and you should be fine. I've never had a problem with salt/de-icer messing up aluminum wheels. Also put a nice coat of wax on them after you wash them. Do this before the snow hits.

Thanks for the reply!
the wheels are black chrome not aluminum otherwise I wouldn't be worried.... So I'm kinda unsure... Cause I have seen powder coated black wheels chip off from the stuff. It's no good :/ but I think your right about washing them and Waxing will definitely help

ChrisWk 10-18-2012 10:01 PM

Re: Snow is coming=DE ICER
 
I think jeep would have did testing on the wheels in all conditions not all owners live in the south warm climate.

HYTEK 10-18-2012 10:02 PM

I like using Armorall wheel protectant.You spray it on after cleaning and let it dry. It doesn't let crap stick to the wheels as bad and dirt/grime washes off easier. I usually run through the wash once a week and it lasts about a month before I spray it again.

DirtyDuc83 10-18-2012 10:26 PM

Re: Snow is coming=DE ICER
 
Get a good wheel wax or sealant and apply a few coats. Should be fine.

k_altitude 10-19-2012 11:45 AM

Re: Snow is coming=DE ICER
 
Thank you All!! Great suggestions and info.

Hopefully ChrisWk is right about Jeep testing

k_altitude 10-19-2012 11:47 AM

Re: Snow is coming=DE ICER
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DirtyDuc83 (Post 698972)
Get a good wheel wax or sealant and apply a few coats. Should be fine.


I was admiring your GC the other day!! Looks great!

armoredsaint 10-19-2012 10:08 PM

Re: Snow is coming=DE ICER
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mak90 (Post 698762)
Just wash them weekly with warm water and dish soap and you should be fine. I've never had a problem with salt/de-icer messing up aluminum wheels. Also put a nice coat of wax on them after you wash them. Do this before the snow hits.

:eek:

mak90 10-20-2012 07:41 AM

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Originally Posted by armoredsaint (Post 699536)
:eek:

:confused: I've always thought that it was okay for use on wheels?

Nice avatar btw!:thumbsup:

JTS97Z28 10-20-2012 09:49 AM

Re: Snow is coming=DE ICER
 
Altitude wheels are just painted black and probably the same brand paint thats used to paint the normal wheels silver. So just because they are black does not mean they will be anymore or any less susceptible to road salt. You are right though chrome takes a beating from salt and eventually will pit and peel. I would assume black chrome does the same, but again, the altitude wheels are not black chrome so it doesnt matter.
I wouldnt invest in an extra set of wheels, but just be sure to give them a wash every now and then.
Anytime I wax my car I also put a coat on the wheels which can only help.

DirtyDuc83 10-20-2012 02:32 PM

Re: Snow is coming=DE ICER
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by k_altitude (Post 699195)
I was admiring your GC the other day!! Looks great!

Thanks, I must have been really slow the day I replied...Just noticed you are in the PNW, whereabouts? Were you admiring my pics or did you see me around? I generally keep an eye our for fellow WK2ers when I'm out and about. Altitude looks great buy the way, obviously part of my inspiration when modifying my Overland.

And back to topic. I've ran polished wheels and black painted wheels (winter setup with winter tires) in the winter on my previous M3. Never had any issues with the finishes on any of them after the winter. The black painted wheels (painted myself) actually held up great and only needed minor touch-ups from rock chips between winter seasons. I really took poor care of them and even stored them during a summer without washing them first.

I think you'll be absolutely fine with your altitude wheels in the winter. Wash them and put some sealant on them now and again and you should be fine.


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