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I've seen a few threads about brake dust and products to use, I have gathered the two main competitors in this niche market for a duel. As most of us know our cars are pretty heavy on brake dust, so I'm doing this as a comparison to see what product works better for keeping our wheels clean and helps us clean them on a regular basis.
Meguiars - Hot Rims, Brake Dust Barrier
Claims - "Makes wheels easier to clean! Lasts through Multiple Washes" on the back of the can "Makes your wheels easier to clean! Outlasts other wheel protector products, Safe for all wheels - even chrome"
Armorall - Wheel Protectant
Claims - "Forms a protective barrier on wheels & rims, Keeps wheels clean longer. Repels - Brake dust, Road grime, Dirt." On the back of the can "Makes cleaning wheels easier next time, lasts up to four weeks, keeps wheels clean longer"
Right off the bat, these two products are kind of apples and oranges aren't they? One claims to makes the wheels easier to clean and "lasts through multiple washes" while the other claims to repel brake dust, road grime and dirt.
Therefore I won't be doing a number / grading system to rank and rate the two, they are both clearly trying to achieve different results. Both products are about $8-$10 a can depending on where you buy them, the armor all contains 7oz of product and the meguiars contains 9oz of product, so out the door your getting more product for your money with Meguiars. Lets put the claims to the test...
On to the testing, clearly my car needed a wash this was the brake dust build up after only 150miles driven:
I began by getting some Less Than Jake rollin' on my new Bluetooth Bose SoundlinkII for some tunes while I cleaned up the car (This bose is amazing!):
I rinsed the wheels then sprayed them down with Adam's Green Wheel cleaner:
I then cleaned the wheels with Adam's Boars Hair Brush:
I cleaned the hard to reach points in the wheel with Adam's Wheel Woolies:
Then finished them off with a turbo stick treatment for the wheel barrels:
I then went on to clean the rest of the car and took a few shots of the water beads the Adam's Americana is still providing after a month on the car:
I know I know (not part of the test), I just couldn't resist those shots because any *good* detailer on the planet loves a nice water beading picture..
I finished up the wash and proceeded to dry the wheels with Adam's Metroblaster Sidekick to get the wheels completely dry. This is necessary for proper product application according to both product descriptions:
If you followed my "Detailed" thread then you know that I had applied Adam's Quick Sealant to my wheels, I needed to strip this sealant for proper product testing of these two products, I used a isopropyl alcohol solution diluted to 50:50 distilled water:70% IPA mixture to strip the sealant from the wheels:
I then applied Adam's Super VRT to the tires, these products have different recommendations here..
Meguiars: "Apply tire dressing after the product, if desired"
Armor all: "For best results with Armorall Tire shine products: Apply tire shine before applying Armorall Wheel protectant."
I clearly and not a big fan of either of these product lines, therefore I used Adam's Super VRT on my rubbers and applied it before Meguiars recommendation of a tire dressing after applying their product. The recommendations here are unrelated anyways because we aren't testing tire shine products:
Moving along... Finally lets get this stuff on the wheels:
The products were applied as follows:
Driver Front - Armor All
Driver Rear - Meguiars
Passanger Front - Meguiars
Passanger Rear - Armor All
Application is different between the two products, Meguiars recommends a 3-5 minute drying period, where Armor All recommends a minimum 1 hour drying time. Armorall can states "The longer you let armorall wheel protectant dry, the better protection there will be." Sure sure, I wont be driving my ST until tomorrow morning so the stuff will cure for approximately 18hrs take that 1 hour drying time.
This will be a deal breaker for some with the armor all product, as a lot of people don't want to wait for a product to cure before they can go driving their freshly cleaned vehicle.
Next I took some control pictures with freshly cleaned rims all the way around driver side [Note: NEW TINT YAY!]:
Driver front wheel (Armorall):
Driver rear wheels (Meguiars):
Passanger front wheel (Meguiars):
Passanger rear wheel (Armorall):
... Now I can enjoy a little more of my Adam's Shine before I let this thing go a few weeks without washing
Ok ok, enough gloating... Here's the plans, my ST currently has 1713 miles on the odometer. I plan on not washing the car for two weeks, I drive a weekly commute of 350miles, so we should get some decent results after 700 miles of driving. Additionally we'll see how much "easier to clean" these wheels are using the same methods I used to get them clean to apply the products. I will, [check that] I plan to update this thread with pictures and results as we go. Each post here cannot contain more than 25 pictures (and this post has 25 pictures) so follow up pictures will be posted in this thread (not in the original post), and I'll try to figure out how to update the original post to link directly to the updated post...
Here we go...
Brake Dust. Meguiars vs. ArmorAll, the test... -- Update #1
Brake Dust. Meguiars vs. ArmorAll, the test... -- Update #2
Brake Dust. Meguiars vs. ArmorAll, the test... -- Update #3
Last edited by TheRyan; 01-20-2013 at 03:49 PM. Reason: Update Link
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2013 TB ST3 UNLEASHED BETA, STEEDA REAR SWAY, BUSCHER RACING FILTER, GOPRO 2 WIFI'ED, JBR 88 rolling around in hatch area
2011 DURANGO R/T
1969 PLYMOUTH ROADRUNNER
cant wait to see the results on this test. i personally use chemical guys wheel seal but if either one of these works well enough i may be able to save some money over all.
oxford white ST3
5 doors, 4 cylinders, 3 settings, 2 liters, 1 turbo..... the ultimate dd
"If you've dated more than one guy who owns a mustang...... you're probably a slut."
Thanks for the efforts.... Will be interesting to see the results.
2013 ST3 Tangerine Scream, Moonroof
Steeda Rear Sway Bar
Turbo Tech Upper Mount
W/M System (From Torrie)
Force Catless DP
Redline Tuning Hood QuickLIFT
Eibach Pro Kit
Forge FMIC, BOV, Actuator
2013 Focus ST Tangerine Scream
Agree..what they said :-)
It's easier to ask forgiveness,
Than to ask permission :-)
Good test. thanks for doing this.
2013 Focus ST Race Red ST2
Love your details TheRyan! The other thread is the bomb, I am currently saving up to buy some detailing products.
Love the level of detail Ryan. In for results
COBB AP V3 FSWerks Tune
Awesome Ryan!! Appreciate your efforts and can't wait to hear the results!
2013 Focus ST Tangerine Scream