After two weeks of driving around without cleaning, here's how the wheels looked.
Left Front (wax), Right Front (no wax), Left Rear (wax), Right Rear (no wax)
As you can see, there's not really too much of a difference between either side. Both are pretty much equally covered in dust. So all that was really left was to see if the wax made it any easier to clean.
*A bit of a disclaimer here, when cleaning the right front wheel (no wax), I noticed that the axle must be slinging grease because the inside of that wheel had some grease inside it. I've already set up an appointment to have it checked out/fixed by the dealer. I need them to check on a few other things anyways...
Because of the grease, I'll be excluding the inside of the rims when I consider how it was to clean each wheel. Obviously, the inside of the right front wheel was tough to clean because of all the grease. Also, the right front was the last wheel I cleaned so my greasy sponge didn't affect how easy it was to clean the other wheels. I did notice that the waxed wheels were slightly easier to clean in general. Wiping them down with a wet sponge seemed to get the dust right off while the face of the non-waxed wheels took a bit more scrubbing to get them clean.
Cleaned Left Front (wax), Cleaned Right Front (no wax, grease inside wheel)
Since the results are probably a bit off due to the grease situation, I may need to keep at this. Once the dealership fixes the axle boot or whatever is slinging grease I'll probably start this process back up. I just wanted to get round one of this process done with today, before they do their thing at the dealership.
As of now, here are my results:
- Wheel wax is pretty easy to apply. It's just a bit of a process taking the wheels off to get the inside. (Maybe several layers would help with doing this less frequently)
- The wheel wax I used did not seem to prevent dust from accumulating. Both sides had about the same amount of dust building at the same rate each day.
- The wheel wax I used did make it a bit easier to clean the wheels when the time comes. I had a good amount of grease on the inside of the un-waxed front wheel. This messed up my test a little bit so I only considered how easy it was to clean the face of each wheel.