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PPF on wheels - bad?

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I'm calling detailing shops in the area about getting a full car PPF wrap, and ceramic coating. I just talked to a shop, the guy sounded like he knew his stuff, and he strongly recommends against doing PPF on the wheels. (I will have the Mission E wheels, painted white). I know some people on the forum have done this, and some have also done a tinted wrap. He said that with the heat generated by the brakes, and other stresses, the wrap wouldn't last and would peel or bubble. I pointed out that most braking will be regen braking, but he still recommends against this.

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I'm calling detailing shops in the area about getting a full car PPF wrap, and ceramic coating. I just talked to a shop, the guy sounded like he knew his stuff, and he strongly recommends against doing PPF on the wheels. (I will have the Mission E wheels, painted white). I know some people on the forum have done this, and some have also done a tinted wrap. He said that with the heat generated by the brakes, and other stresses, the wrap wouldn't last and would peel or bubble. I pointed out that most braking will be regen braking, but he still recommends against this.

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The shop guy is probably right. Even ceramic coatings are optimized for wheels because of heat and rock hits. Film helps with rocks but is likely a disaster with hard driving or track use. If you drive hard enough to smell rubber when you stop, the plastic film will not survive.
 

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The shop guy is probably right. Even ceramic coatings are optimized for wheels because of heat and rock hits. Film helps with rocks but is likely a disaster with hard driving or track use. If you drive hard enough to smell rubber when you stop, the plastic film will not survive.
Agreed - I have full PPF on the bodywork (+ ceramic) and then Gtechniq C5 Wheel Armour on the wheels.
 

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I'm getting the full wrap with ceramic on my carrera white with mission e wheels, and decided to just do the ceramic on the wheels. That should be good enough. If you think about it, the painted inner rims of the wheels shouldn't see a lot of rocks/debris from the road because they're basically shielded by the tires. The front bumper/hood and mirrors on the other hand definitely will see a lot of road debris impact.
 

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I am also getting a full PPF wrap and the shop said doing the wheels was a bad idea for the reasons stated by the original poster. My wrap is xpel stealth and the shop said they could coat the wheels to make them matte. I chose not to do that to start as I can always add it.
 

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I asked the same when I had PPS carried out and they declined to do the wheels. Ceramic coat is the way to go but that won't protect from chips - just makes it easier to clean and repels brake dust.
 

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