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Old 05-14-2016, 01:47 PM   #1
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I've got some brake dust caked on to my front driver side wheel. It's 18x9 with a polished lip. It's been there for a while, I've tried hitting it with almost everything I can think of, but haven't been really effective in getting the crap off. Anyone have any solutions?
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Old 05-14-2016, 02:51 PM   #2
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try a claybar
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Old 05-14-2016, 03:19 PM   #3
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Define what "almost everything" includes
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Old 05-14-2016, 06:57 PM   #4
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Define what "almost everything" includes
Metal polish, Meguiar's brake dust remover, metal gunk cleaner, countless washes and pressure washes.
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Old 05-14-2016, 08:55 PM   #5
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Sure it brake dust and not asphalt or something like that?

If it is actually brake dust, then I doubt it's nothing that Sonax Full Effect can't handle. And if its asphalt, tar or something like that, acetone/lacquer thinner would remove it from a bare metal finish, and mineral spirits would get it off of a painted finish safely. If you have to go the petroleum solvent route, you must be absolutely certain what kind of finish the wheel has so you can choose the correct solvent.

Take a picture of your problem wheel and post it up.
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Old 05-14-2016, 11:42 PM   #6
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Hmm, well my suggestion would have been metal / aluminum polish.

Got any pictures to post?
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Old 05-15-2016, 09:22 AM   #7
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Gonna second sonax full effect. Dont know how you're treating the wheels, but sometimes you need to let the cleaners sit, dwell mad let them do there thing before oh oh try to scrub and rinse off.
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Old 06-01-2016, 03:30 PM   #8
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Yes try the sonax
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Old 06-02-2016, 09:25 PM   #9
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Anyone ever try chemical guys diablo gel wheel rim cleaner?
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Debating between sonax and this chemical guys
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Old 06-02-2016, 10:47 PM   #10
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I'd try some Carpro Iron X
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Old 06-03-2016, 12:18 AM   #11
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Try this vim.

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Old 06-03-2016, 09:45 AM   #12
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Im in the same boat with my stock 2004 STI wheels. Caked on brake dust from it sitting in a warehouse for nearly 10 years before I got it.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:51 AM   #13
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Carpro Iron X, Sonax, Adams Deep wheel cleaner, and nanolex wheel cleaner all would work if it is indeed brake dust.

Sounds like that isn't what it is.
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:48 PM   #14
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I've had much better luck with Pinnacle Advanced Wheel Cleaner vs Sonax....

But yeah you really need a good wheel cleaner and maybe some Car-Pro Iron X if the above wheel cleaners don't do the trick
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Old 06-07-2016, 07:13 PM   #15
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Looks like you picked up some asphault
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Old 06-11-2016, 10:20 AM   #16
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I too have major dust issues. Need to work on some options.
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Old 06-15-2016, 09:13 AM   #17
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TARX, should cut through that, or mineral spirits should soften it to be removed.
or some diesel fuel on a rag will most certainly clean it away, just protect the rest of the wheel, and flush with lots of water when done. Then use a high grade wheel sealant/ wheel wax/ or wheel coating to prevent this in the future.
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Old 06-15-2016, 06:29 PM   #18
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Gonna second sonax full effect. Dont know how you're treating the wheels, but sometimes you need to let the cleaners sit, dwell mad let them do there thing before oh oh try to scrub and rinse off.

Third that! Amazing product!
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Old 06-16-2016, 06:05 PM   #19
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have you tried using sonax or another premium brake cleaner product? iv heard good things. that or a citrus based cleaner
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Old 06-16-2016, 06:08 PM   #20
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I use ArmorAll. I dont know if its great but im sure it does the job.
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Old 06-16-2016, 09:49 PM   #21
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+1 for IronX. Works like a charm.
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Old 06-17-2016, 07:58 PM   #22
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A cheap way to go is mix paint thinner and heavy duty degreaser, let them soak the scrub, also adding goo gone helps, worked like a charm for me!
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:22 PM   #23
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Try some of the nonsense cleaner from Chemical guys
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