Originally Posted by AudioQuest
Steel wheels tend to rust at sharp edges where the paint is thin. I have the styled steel wheels on my RAV and we had such a good winter last year that very little salt was used in the city. Still, I had rust rings where the lug nuts met the wheel. I used a little CLR (calcium-lime-rust remover) and then applied a coating of NuFinish polish with a Q-tip and left it there all winter. This year, I bought winter tires on black steel wheels and the styled steels will be safe and dry in the garage.
What is this "NuFinish" of which you speak?
Actually I see the product on the Nufinish website, but they don't describe what it is.
They say it's not like an old-fashioned wax with carnuba, but then they describe the exact process of using the old-style carnuba-based wax. Is this nothing but expensive Turtle Wax? Is it a wax-based product or a polymer sealant?
I'd really like to find a thick polymer sealant for this application. But perhaps a rather thin coating of FluidFilm is more appropriate. I think that's what I'm going to try, lacking any other suggestions. I'll let you know how it works out come spring.