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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 01-28-2013, 08:14 AM
troymi troymi is offline
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Wheel Wax for Brake Dust Help??

So, maybe this is more geared to people that change out wheels for winter/summer, but what is everyone's thought on waxing your wheels in the off season while they just rest in the garage?

I've got 209s on with Blizzak and I bought a set of style 223 because I didn't want 20s and I like the look of the multi spoke design. But, I can see that these are going to be a challenge to keep brake dust free in the summer. Anyone with experience on wheel wax? How does it work? Multiple coats help? What brand do you use? Any tips appreciated.

I'm thinking even if I wax the inside of the rim so that I don't have to deal with getting through the spokes it may help. I don't mind a little work, but just wondering if people want to post some thoughts on this.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:55 AM
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I wax all my wheels (inside and outside) when they are new and then again at each 10K rotation.
Rejexx is what I use and I like it alot, stays on the wheels longer and prevents any major buildup from sticking.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:30 AM
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I've recently tried Armor All Wheel Protectant spray on a set of brand new wheels. It worked for a while, repelling the brake dust, although in a kinda weird way, as the dust still accumulated but very spotty, as if someone threw a bucket of mud at your car. But the wheels cleaned nicely during next car wash. Not sure if any of the spray remained on the wheels, but I've managed to curb rash one of the wheels and decided there are more important things in my life to worry about, and if the wheels get the dust, so be it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:26 AM
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I've recently tried Armor All Wheel Protectant spray on a set of brand new wheels. It worked for a while, repelling the brake dust, although in a kinda weird way, as the dust still accumulated but very spotty, as if someone threw a bucket of mud at your car. But the wheels cleaned nicely during next car wash. Not sure if any of the spray remained on the wheels, but I've managed to curb rash one of the wheels and decided there are more important things in my life to worry about, and if the wheels get the dust, so be it.
I consider that the moment when my "new car" becomes simply "car", and that is when so many other things in life get noticed (again)
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:17 PM
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I did a test where I treated half of the wheel with "Wheel Wax" and left the other half untreated. The untreated side actually accumulated less brake dust than the half with "Wheel Wax."

I then tested using regular Zaino "Wax" and it resulted in less brake dust accumulation than untreated.

I think Wheel Wax got a good review from Car and Driver, but in my test it worsened the brake dust accumulation on the wheel.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:39 PM
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I did a test where I treated half of the wheel with "Wheel Wax" and left the other half untreated. The untreated side actually accumulated less brake dust than the half with "Wheel Wax."

I then tested using regular Zaino "Wax" and it resulted in less brake dust accumulation than untreated.

I think Wheel Wax got a good review from Car and Driver, but in my test it worsened the brake dust accumulation on the wheel.
I have to agree with Penguin here. I tried wheel wax and it did not do anything and it seemed to attract more dust. A good quality paint sealer such as Zaino works to an extent. The best I found was Swissvax wheel sealant. Tried Chemicals Guy's 109 jet seal and M-Seal. Swissvax was best followed by Zaino in second. Prep is the key, wash and really clean the wheels good. I use prepsol to clean the wheels again before application to remove any oily/asphalt/road residue. The ultimate is gong to low dust pads.
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