Adam's Ceramic Wheel Coating | Heavy Duty Protection for Wheels
Adam's Wheel Coating is a super durable barrier to protect wheels from harsh brake dust and make clean-up even easier! Use it on most wheel finishes including paint, powder coat, chrome, and polished aluminum to help maintain shine longer. This coating may add undesirable amounts of gloss to matte and satin finish wheels.
Q: How is this product used?
A: Like all ceramic coatings, preparation and application technique are very important. Read and follow the printed instructions, and watch the product video, prior to applying this product for the first time. Since this coating begins to cure when exposed to air, the initial application needs to be correct.
Q: How is Adam’s Wheel Coating different than a sealant or wax?
A: Adam’s Wheel Coating is a product that contains ceramics. It forms a semi-permanent bond with the surface of a wheel, creating a very durable layer of protection that can last one to two years, while providing incredible shine. Products like our H2O Guard & Gloss and Paint Sealant can provide excellent protection and shine for your wheels, but they last for a much smaller amount of time per application due to high temperatures and cleaning with products on the stronger side, like Adam’s Wheel Cleaner.
Q: Do I really need to do all cleaning steps?
A: Yes. The visible results and longevity of the protection from the coating require that the wheel surface be as clean and perfect as possible. For most wheel finishes, this can be achieved by first cleaning with Adam’s Wheel Cleaner to remove all traces of brake dust, dirt, and other bonded contamination, ensuring that the Wheel Cleaner does not dry onto the wheel surface, and then fully rinsing the wheel with water and drying. The Adam’s Blaster Sidekick will speed up the drying process and help in removing all traces of water from any tight areas of the wheel design. If there are light scratches, imperfections, or swirl marks, the appearance of these could be reduced by polishing with Adam’s Revive Hand Polish and a Blue Hex Grip Applicator, or with a random orbital polisher with the appropriate pad and polish. For polished billet aluminum wheels, they should be cleaned with Adam’s Car Shampoo instead of Wheel Cleaner, and then polished with Adam’s Metal Polish #1 and Metal Polish #2 rather than Revive Hand Polish. Finally, applying the Adam’s Coating Prep solution will remove any polish residue, pad dust, etc. Once the coating is applied, any imperfections on the surface underneath the coating will remain there, so you will want the bare paint or bare aluminum to look its absolute best before coating it.
Q: Is there a need to apply two coats of Adam’s Wheel Coating?
A: No, a second coat is not necessary. There is no benefit to layering an additional coat of Wheel Coating, as it will not change the hardness factor, but you can apply Adam’s Ceramic Boost once the coating has properly cured for 24-48 hours. Ceramic Boost will leave the surface even more slick and enhance the hydrophobic, water-repelling nature of the coating. Save the remaining coating in thebottle for any repair work later if you would have to re-coat the wheel later.
Q: What happens if I get this on the tire sidewall next to the wheel?
A: Avoid applying Adam’s Wheel Coating to the rubber tire. If Wheel Coating is accidentally applied to small portions of the tire sidewall, it may leave an uneven appearance to these areas. It would be best to\ protect the tire sidewall by taping it off with painter’s tape if necessary to avoid accidental application to the tire.
Q: Why is the cure time so long?
A: The time that it takes for the coating to cure depends on ambient conditions (temperature, humidity, air flow, etc.). The recommended time frame of 24-48 hours covers most typical application conditions. However, certainly use common sense (do not apply outside during winter temps). Also, be aware that simply wiping away the coating residue with a microfiber towel does not mean it is cured. The coated surface needs 24-48 hours to fully cure before getting damp/wet or getting exposed to residue from additional products that might be used on the wheel.
Q: What is the hardness rating of this coating?
Adam’s Wheel Coating has a hardness rating of 9H on the Pencil Hardness Test. This test determines resistance to scratches on a coated surface by using pencils and other materials of specific hardness ratings. A 9H rated coating is very durable, but requires more effort to remove if you would need to do any paint correction to the wheel later. Adam’s Wheel Coating is a very durable coating that can be removed with a machine polisher if necessary.
Q: Can I remove Adam’s Paint Coating after it cures?
A: Yes. Adam’s Wheel Coating can be removed by machine polishing. It must be removed by machine due to it forming a much stronger bond with the painted surface of the vehicle than our other wax and sealant products. Adam’s Correcting Polish with an Orange Foam Pad or Microfiber Cutting Pad should be enough to remove the coating for any follow-up polishing work, or to repair improper application/curing of the coating; however, it may be very difficult to machine polish certain wheel designs so it is better to prep as much as possible and apply it right the first time.
Q: Will Adam’s Strip Wash, Wheel Cleaner, Visco Clay Bar, or Revive Hand Polish remove this coating?
A: No. Chemicals and hand polishing will not remove the coating. Only wear and tear over time or machine polishing with the appropriate cutting pad and polish will remove the coating.
Q: Is this product safe for all wheel types?
A: Yes. Adam’s Wheel Coating can be applied to single stage, clear coat, powder coat, chrome, and bare polished finishes, but it is imperative to follow all preparation steps and directions for best results. This coating can be used on matte and satin wheel finishes as well, but it may add an unwanted level of shine to the surface.
Q: Can Liquid Paint Sealant or H2O Guard & Gloss be layered over Adams’ Wheel Coating?
A: Adding a sealant like Adam’s Paint Sealant or Adam’s H2O Guard & Gloss on top of Adam’s Wheel Coating after it has fully cured is an option to have an additional layer of protection, but they are not necessary either and could lessen the hydrophobic effect of the coating as well. Add more shine, protection, and a slick surface to this coating with Adam’s Ceramic Boost instead, developed specifically to work with ceramic coatings.
Q: Can the applicator or towel be cleaned and reused?
A: No. The product cures hard and cannot be cleaned from the applicator or towel, so careful application is important. While additional applicators will be available for purchase, keep in mind that each applicator can be used for more than one application/vehicle, since each has 6 total sides. Just clean, clay, polish, and prep all wheels first, then over the course of one morning/afternoon/evening, apply the Wheel Coating to each wheel one at a time, so the coating does not cure in the applicator while you would be cleaning the next wheel. The plush towel that is used to wipe the coating from the wheel cannot be cleaned, so it should be discarded afterward.
Q: Why is this product so expensive?
A: Ceramic coatings are expensive, and our bottle is 50ml, which will provide enough product for one or two sets of wheels or more, provided it is stored and maintained properly. Always replace the cap immediately after dispensing the product onto the applicator each time, and store the product in a cool, dark place.
Q: Why is it only offered in a kit?
A: Since the preparation/cleaning and application methods and techniques are important and unique for this product, we wanted the kit to have all the items needed to provide a good result. There was concern that initially selling individual bottles of Wheel Coating and Coating Prep solution might result in customers that might not have the other required products, or that their existing towels might have other residues that could impede the cleaning/prep and the application of the coating. In addition, the plush towel that is used for wiping the coating from the wheel will need to be discarded, since the coating will cure and cannot be cleaned out of the towel.
Q: Can Adam’s Wheel Coating be used on body panels?
A: No. Due to strength and hardness of this coating, we do not recommend using it on body panels of your vehicle. Adam’s Wheel Coating was designed specifically for the harsher environment that wheels are put through when compared to the rest of the vehicle.
Q: Can Adam’s Wheel Coating be used on glass?
A: No. We do not recommend using Adam’s Wheel Coating on exterior glass. For best results on glass, use Adam’s Glass Sealant instead.
Q: Can Adam’s Wheel Coating be used on smooth painted exterior plastic?
A: No. Due to strength and hardness of this coating, we do not recommend using it on smooth painted exterior plastics of your vehicle. Adam’s Wheel Coating was designed specifically for the harsher environment that wheels are put through when compared to the rest of the vehicle.
Q: Can Adam’s Wheel Coating be used on exterior textured plastic and rubber trim?
A: No. Due to strength and hardness of this coating, we do not recommend using it on textured plastic or rubber trim of your vehicle, as it will not flex and bend properly on these surfaces. For best results on exterior plastic and rubber trim, use Adam’s Trim Coating instead.
IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS: CLEAN FIRST!
It is imperative to have a completely clean surface before applying Adam’s Wheel Coating to a wheel for the product to adhere to the surface, work properly, and have a uniform appearance. Applying to a dirty surface can cause some areas to look dull or discolored compared to other areas.
1. Move vehicle indoors. If you wish to coat the inside barrel of the wheel, for best results and ease of application, remove wheel from vehicle using proper safety equipment – floor jack, jack stands, wrench, etc. Vehicle must remain indoors for 24 hours after applying Adam’s Wheel Coating for proper curing time.
2. Clean entire wheel surface as much as possible.
2a. Adam’s Wheel Cleaner is recommended for cleaning most wheel finishes – only clean wheels that are cool to the touch, do not let Wheel Cleaner dry onto the wheel, and make sure to fully rinse the entire wheel of all traces of Wheel Cleaner.
2b. For bare aluminum wheels, clean with Adam’s Car Shampoo and rinse clean. If the wheels are polished, use Adam’s Metal Polish #1 followed by Metal Polish #2 in order to make the wheels as clean and mirror-finish as possible.
3. Next, continue the cleaning process by using Adam’s Coating Prep to leave the wheel surface bare and free of any residue.
4. Spray Adam’s Coating Prep directly into a clean Adam’s Borderless Gray Towel or onto the wheel surface, then wipe the entire wheel to remove excess residue from the Wheel Cleaner or Metal Polish used in Step 2.
5. Put on the set of supplied rubber gloves to avoid any coating contact with your skin – Adam’s Wheel Coating will make the applicator sticky.
6. Pour several drops of Wheel Coating onto the supplied microfiber applicator. Immediately secure the cap back onto the bottle to avoid premature curing of the product inside of the bottle.
7. Wipe the applicator onto one area of the wheel at a time, using even pressure across the surface. Ensure that the Wheel Coating fully covers the area. You may need to wipe back and forth a few times to level the coating properly.
8. After 15-30 seconds, use a second Borderless Gray Towel to quickly wipe away all residue – Do Not allow Wheel Coating to dry on any painted or polished surfaces!
9. Move onto the next area of the wheel, repeating Steps 6-8 – inner barrel, outer rim/lip, and so on. Do not apply any other products to the wheel or expose the wheel to any moisture for 24 hours.
10. Re-install wheel onto the vehicle if necessary. Repeat the above steps for the remaining wheels. Discard the microfiber applicator afterward. It is a single-use item that will harden as it dries when used with Adam’s Wheel Coating. Discard the second Borderless Gray Towel used to wipe off the coating residue as well.
11. After 24 hours, add even more protection and shine by applying a layer of Adam’s Ceramic Boost. Lightly spray Ceramic Boost onto wheel surface, spread the product evenly with a premium Adam’s Microfiber Towel, and then flip the towel over or use a second towel to buff away any residue.