One of my wheels has brake dust stained onto the spokes..

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by Laser Red, Feb 4, 2003.

  1. Laser Red

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    Best way to get it off? I tried several things, including elbow grease and a scurbber. No luck.
     
  2. Jackhole

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    What has worked for me in the past is Simple Green. Spray it straight on, don't dilute it. Let it sit there for a few minutes, soaking in. Scrub with a wheel brush, repeat as necessary. This has always worked for me, especially on occasions when it's been awhile since I last washed my car.

    If that doesn't work, there is some kind of acid that can be used on wheels to take off brake dust, corrosion, etc. I don't know how much it costs or where it's available, though. Never had to use it.

    Hope that helps!
     
  3. Scottwax

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    What type of wheel? Painted? Clear coated? Chrome? Uncoated aluminum?

    You can use a mag wheel polish on chrome or uncoated wheels, but it is best to stick with a light paint polish for coated and painted wheels.

    If the brake dust has eaten into the coating (Nissan and Infiniti factory wheels are notorious for this), then you will probably have to have the wheel professionally stripped and recoated/painted. Runs about $100 per wheel.
     
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    :o That's my bad. I was only referring to my uncoated aluminum wheels.
     
  5. Laser Red

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    I believe its clear coated. It came off fine on the right front wheel, but the left has it on the spokes, and not the rest of the wheel. Very odd.

    I tried something similar to Simple Green, and that didn't work.

    I'll try to get a picture of it.
     
  6. Laser Red

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    Note its only on the spokes, and not on any other part of the wheel.

    Any ideas?
     
  7. Scottwax

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    It could be that the coating is bad on the inner spokes or brake dust has eaten into it.
     
  8. Laser Red

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    You think a clay bar would work?
     
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    It might, but I'd toss it when you are done, because brake dust is not something you want imbedded in a clay bar that you are going to use on your paint.
     
  10. Laser Red

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    Yeah, I have an old clay bar.
     

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