Product Review: 22ple VM1 Extreme Wheel & Metal Coatingby Zach McGovern
22ple has been hard at work this year revising and expanding their product line. I’m excited to announce what sounds like another great evolution to an already well received product. VM1 Wheel and Metal Coating has been completely reformulated to provide even better protection. This new product is called VM1 Extreme.
VM1 Extreme relies on the latest advancements in high grade silica technology to create a stronger, more durable layer of protection for your wheels or metal surfaces. This new formula is capable of resisting higher temperatures, and is even more chemical resistant than the original VM1. A new binding agent has been introduced in this latest formula and enables VM1 Extreme to be used on a variety of surfaces including chrome and anodized finishes. Gloss has also been enhanced, so your wheels are sure to look their best. The minimum quantity has also been increased by 50% (from 20 mL to 30 mL) to allow for greater coverage and layering if desired.
Like most 22ple products, VM1 is easy to apply. We applied the product with the carpro cquartz applicator block and suede cloth to spread the coating evenly onto the surface of the wheel. The coating noticeably darkened the barrel of the wheel during application. This was less drastic as the coating flashed and was wiped away, but the finished product was still visibly darker than the original.
The coating was also applied to the face of the wheels. Since these have a satin finish, we wiped the product onto the surface and spread it until it had a uniform finish. After 7-8 minutes, the wheels were inspected for high spots which were easily leveled with a few light swipes of a microfiber towel. We noticed that the coating really brought out the color of the wheels. I couldn’t really capture this on camera, but when we placed an uncoated wheel beside a coated wheel, the coated wheel just popped more. A subtle, yet noticeable difference that we have also seen with other wheel coatings as well.
Although water beading is visually appealing, it is not an indication of overall protection, and VM1 Extreme was actually designed to be hydrophillic rather than hydrophobic, so do not be surprised if you do not notice strong water beading from this product. 22ple states that the lack of water beading is to help reduce the risk of etching should water get onto a hot metal surface.
This coating proved to be quite easy to work with and really made these Hellcat Brass Monkey wheels glow. I look forward to doing more testing and evaluation of this coating.
Good application review, hoping over time you will provide some longevity results and comment on ease of cleaning!
We have been using VM1 Extreme for a while now and it has grown to become one of our favorite wheel coatings!
The 22ple VM1 Extreme Wheel & Metal Coating is a revolutionary product for heavy duty trucking. It is the most effective alloy that can provide the best in protection to any wheel and helps to reduce corrosion, rust, and heat buildup. It offers the best in lightweight and pliable metal layer thickness combined with high hardness/stain resistance and abrasion resistance along with an extensive warranty. It is a hard wearing and rust resistant coating designed specifically for heavy duty trucks. It can resist extreme weather conditions and is made with the aerospace quality coating used for fighter planes and helicopters.This unique metal coating was designed by NASA for use on spaceships to provide the structural support and structural integrity required. It was later adopted by other space ships and eventually became popular worldwide for use on wheels for commercial vehicles. It is made with a hard wearing and long lasting metal layer that add a tremendous amount of life to the wheel while protecting it from the harsh effects of road salt, brake dust, brake grease and other additives and chemicals. It also provides a tough protection against cutting injuries caused by abrasions from the road. It is one of the very few metals that have the properties to resist extreme temperature and still maintain its ductility for use in a variety of applications.
Can you add a layer of carnuba wax or sealant on top of a ceramic coating for your wheels?
I would avoid a wax or sealant on top of a coating. Instead, you will want to apply a sio2 based product for best results. For in depth coating care information check out this great post from Zach McGovern (https://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-Pro/maintaining-your-paint-coating/).