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Old 07-03-2008, 04:01 PM   #1
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Default How to prevent break dust from sticking to the rims

Hey, I upgraded my 04 wrx wagon to have the brembos and what a nightmare when it comes to the break dust. I wash the rims and after a couple time break stops later, my gold bbs' are break dust black. Any suggestions on how to prevent the break dust from staying on the rims?
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:05 PM   #2
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sealant and/or wax will do
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:13 PM   #3
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You need to either order a brake dust fairy or stop using your brakes.

Actually I have no idea, good question.
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:28 PM   #4
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i should mention that sealant and wax do not prevent the build up. It prevents the brake dust from caking onto your wheels which makes it easier to clean off
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:33 PM   #5
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its really unavoidable. If you try not to use your breaks as frequently and engine break then you can help to keep it down for a little. But mines is usually still dirty in a few days.

I just stop washing my wheels and they look like a cool graphite color now from a distance
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Old 07-03-2008, 06:53 PM   #6
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^^^ Like he said.

The best way I found to minimize it, was too clean the wheels and then apply some Poorboy's wheel sealant.
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Old 07-03-2008, 07:40 PM   #7
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With the wheel sealant/ or wax, so easy to get the break dust off that you dont even have to wip the wheel down. You could just hose it or when it rains it would come off? Is the wax and or sealant spray on?
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Old 07-03-2008, 07:59 PM   #8
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I had the same problem. The only solution I've found is hawk pads. Check into them. They have a full line of brake pads. You'll have to find a nice balance of stopping power and low dust. And the best part......Tire Rack sells them. Good luck. BTW, I'm jealous. I'm looking for a decent price on gold BBS wheels.
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Old 07-03-2008, 08:02 PM   #9
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Optimum Opti-Seal

Spray and walk away. No sense in applying all this "hand sealant" when this will last 4+ months.
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Old 07-03-2008, 08:03 PM   #10
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Cermaic pads don't put off as much dust. You could get some of those.
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Old 07-03-2008, 08:19 PM   #11
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I had the same problem. The only solution I've found is hawk pads. Check into them. They have a full line of brake pads. You'll have to find a nice balance of stopping power and low dust. And the best part......Tire Rack sells them. Good luck. BTW, I'm jealous. I'm looking for a decent price on gold BBS wheels.
Are hawk pads decent? As in performance compared to the brembos? I got the Gold BBS's for a steal. 750 MINT! 600 Mile on them.
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Optimum Opti-Seal

Spray and walk away. No sense in applying all this "hand sealant" when this will last 4+ months.
Have you tried the hand sealant to compare? This sounds pretty simple to me.
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Old 07-03-2008, 08:44 PM   #13
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This was one of the reasons, (besides how sick it looks) that I painted my wheels satin black. They look the same dirty or clean

But I also use EBC green stuff pads. They stop hard as hell, and are made of kevlar instead of carbon, and give off much less dust. And the dust it does give off, usually just washes right off with a hose. I dont know if they will be better than brembo pads though, maybe the ebc redstuff will...
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Old 07-03-2008, 09:03 PM   #14
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Have you tried the hand sealant to compare? This sounds pretty simple to me.
Yes, I have done many years of detailing as a professional and can tell you Opti-Seal is a sealant that will blow a hand sealant away.

I am mainly referring to Poorboys Wheel Sealant...
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:42 PM   #15
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Are hawk pads decent? As in performance compared to the brembos? I got the Gold BBS's for a steal. 750 MINT! 600 Mile on them.
Depends on which you get. I didn't get the ultra low dust pads because I was worried about stopping. Mine are ceramic. Low dust. I think you'll be happy. P.S. I officially hate you for the wheels you have
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:45 PM   #16
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I was going to say. I have the Hawk HPS pads (metallic). Stop great, but dust like crazy.
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get yerself some better pad, there are some good suggestions.

for my wheels i (try) to keep them spotless. after a full intensive cleaning i clayed, polished then applied paint sealant. after that i used wheel wax, which can withstand higher temps. those little pieces of brakepad are very hot when they hit your rims.
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Old 07-04-2008, 12:57 AM   #18
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As suggested:



Excellent product in aiding/protecting your wheels from brake dust and grime.
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Old 07-04-2008, 01:19 AM   #19
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for my wheels i (try) to keep them spotless. after a full intensive cleaning i clayed, polished then applied paint sealant. after that i used wheel wax, which can withstand higher temps. those little pieces of brakepad are very hot when they hit your rims.
How long would you say this protection last?
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Does more dust mean more performance?

To me it sounds like everything with cars is like that. Such as: more power, more money and lower MPG's. But in the end it will always worth it even though we might whine about it while are wallets are out on the counter or were at the pump with the credit card.
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Old 07-05-2008, 11:00 AM   #21
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http://forums.corvetteforum.com/show...90&postcount=2 This is the brake dust cleaner I use. It is amazing. If you have caked on dust, jsut follow the directions, then instead of rinsing off, just spray on more, you will see the dust just melt right off and drip away. I use it for my weekly washes and I only need a sponge to clean. Can be bought @ Advance Autoparts for like 6 bux!
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But I also use EBC green stuff pads. They stop hard as hell, and are made of kevlar instead of carbon, and give off much less dust. And the dust it does give off, usually just washes right off with a hose. I dont know if they will be better than brembo pads though, maybe the ebc redstuff will...
i Use the redstuff and still get some pretty decent amounts of brakedust...
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Optimum Opti-Seal

Spray and walk away. No sense in applying all this "hand sealant" when this will last 4+ months.
Are you literally just spraying on optiseal? for me its real finicky on paint if not spread on ultra thin (streaks)
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I personally have had Hawk Performance Ceramic pads on my car for a few months now, And they seem like they dust less than the originals and stop more than satisfactory for me. I bought them from ebay as I got a really good deal on them. But yes, more stopping power= more brake dust. The only exceptions is when you go from different compound material. Semi-metallic will dust more then ceramic pads will. Not sure about the kevlar pads though.
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Are you literally just spraying on optiseal? for me its real finicky on paint if not spread on ultra thin (streaks)
You can spray it on or apply it using a MF. You know exactly how to do it, a little goes a long way!

It will streak if you DO NOT apply it ultra thin. Almost to the point where you think you are wiping nothing on the paint.

Same as the Z-CS, apply a very little and it will last. You should be able to get 50+ vehicles done with a bottle, if not more.

For me it has beaten PB Wheel Sealant and Wheel Wax in terms of durability. I have not tried it against Swissvax Autobahn yet.

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