Originally Posted by zabeard
wait so you never washed the truck in 4 months? ouch!
they dont look great that is for sure. Sorry to see that. Maybe after a good clean you should get them clear coated or powder coated?
Ug.. I went through one car wash in Jan. Otherwise.. it's not really worth it up here in motown. I drive at least 70miles a day in commuter traffic. Shoot.. just 10 miles and my truck looks bad. I live on paved roads.. by 50% of the poeple in my area don't. The mud out on the freeway is horrible. (only in michigan)
I usually wash the cars really good and wax them at thanksgiving. Then I usually have a day in Jan where I fire up the heater and wash them again. (didn't this year) Then in April-may I'll wash them good and wax. During the warmer months it's much drier and I'll wash them every other week or so.
Powder coat.. ug.. this is what I did at first! That was a huge pain in the rear. The guy who was going to do them couldn't, pointed me at another guy, who then messed them up, had them acid stripped (twice), re-polished, and wound up costing me $100 + three trips to his "shop".
To do this all over again. I'd just buy the wheel from summit, buy a mothers power ball, some mothers billet polish, and then go to town on them. When finished, wash real good with a mitt and dish soap. Then wax them 3-4 times.
On this "project" I thought I was trying to be smart by coating them to prevent oxidation and staining. Only thing I oxidized and stained was my wallet and head.