Removing brake dust stains

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  1. RedWings

    RedWings New Member

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    I don't know what the exact name of this 'stain' would be, but we've all seen it on cars that aren't cleaned regularly. Well my GF picked up a used car and the front rims have this problem.

    What product/process should I use to remove this w/o damaging the wheels. It doesn't come off with a simple swipe of a sponge.

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    stylez ***** Awesome Lurker

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    In for answer. My Stoptech brakes have pads that dust like crazy, and a lot of it it's able to be wiped off anymore.
     
  3. Run N. Gun

    Run N. Gun Active Member

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    Clay your wheels? Just an idea
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Claying might help, also something like a Mother's Power Ball. Lots of times though, brake dust like that etches the coating on the wheel and the only solution is to have the wheel stripped and recoated.
     
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    stylez ***** Awesome Lurker

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    Thats a damn good idea. I've never ever considered using a clay bar, not sure why.
     
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    I tried clay and that removed about 90% of it. I'm going to try a cleaner from the store that won't damage the rim (Tarminator, Meguiars, etc...)
     
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    Actually I just tried some Liquid Glass Pre Cleaner I had in my collection of products and it seemed to do the trick.

    Scottwax. Should I be concerned about using this on the wheels of a Lexus IS350?

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    My shop uses a heavy duty wheel cleaner from Car-brite, and that shit will clean the fuck out of rims, it also will eat paint of of cinder block walls and if you get it in a cut or scratch it will burn like a bitch
     
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    White Lightning.

    The strongest wheel cleaner I know of, and not available to the public.
     
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    I use P&S Mag Wheel Plus.

    Presoak with water, spray on wheel cleaner, let sit 30 seconds, and rinse off. I never loved mesh wheels like I love them now after purchasing this cleaner.

    DO NOT let it contact your skin, especially your eyes, or inhale it. It's potent stuff, but works like magic.

    However, this is available to the public(but shouldnt' be).

    I think I paid $20/gal
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    That Liquid Glass stuff should be perfectly safe.
     
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    Lots of good suggestions already.

    If the wheel is factory coated try some Meguiars Wheel Brightener, but I think it's only sold by the gallon. Strong stuff and at the proper dilution it's a good medium between ultra safe cleaners and traditional acids.
     
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    I ended up getting some Stoner's Tarminator from NAPA. First I washed the wheels with just soap/water and got the most off I could. After rinsing I sprayed the rim down with Tarminator. Let it sit for almost a minte. Then I went back with a brush and got the most off I could. Then after the wheels were dried I went back with the Liquid Glass Pre Cleaner and spent about 30 minutes per wheel working the bad spots.

    In the end most of it came off. All that is left are some spots that are etched in the finish. Looks 99% better than when she got the car though so i'm happy.
     
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    How well do you think that stuff works on the inside of wheels? I have a 10-year old car with 180,000 on it, so I'm sure the brake dust is really caked on in there.
     
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    Really bad wheels usually have to be stripped and refinished.
     
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    Thanks. I've done it before, but only with a clay bar that I was going to toss anyway. Definately wouldn't touch my paint with it afterwards.

    Very glad to hear that the clay got you most of the way. :bigthumb:
     

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