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Old 05-13-2009, 11:09 PM   #1
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Default How to remove brown brake dust off white rear bumper...?

I just got back from One Lap of America, and it seems my carbotech race pads covered the rear bumper in a fine brown dust, that is NOT coming off with car shampoo and elbow grease. My white rear bumper appears stained. Is there anything that will clean it up?
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Old 05-13-2009, 11:46 PM   #2
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try clay bar.
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Old 05-14-2009, 01:35 AM   #3
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^^^^ ....perfect use for it.
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:42 AM   #4
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clay bar or rubbing compound will take it off
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Old 05-14-2009, 04:30 AM   #5
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I 4th claybar!
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:55 AM   #6
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clay bar or rubbing compound will take it off
....again, clay is well suited for this type of job. It will remove the contaminants without cutting into the finish (unlike rubbing compound).
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Old 05-16-2009, 10:12 PM   #7
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where can I buy a clay bar? O'Reillys didn't have them
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Old 05-17-2009, 01:18 AM   #8
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....what other auto part retailers do you have in your area. One of them should carry common clay kits by Mothers, Meguiars, Clay Magic, etc. If not, there is always on-line sources like AutoGeek.com (or one of the other on-line retailers in the sticky at the top of this forum).
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:35 AM   #9
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lacquer thinner if you have some laying around
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:45 AM   #10
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Ive got clay from everywhere...

Walmart... advanced auto... napa...

They normally have the mothers kit.
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Old 05-17-2009, 04:14 PM   #11
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lacquer thinner if you have some laying around

Why would you even say that?
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Old 05-17-2009, 05:16 PM   #12
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I just removed brake dust from my wheels that had been on them for years according to the previous owner.

Castrol super clean full strength and not diluted with any water.
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Old 05-18-2009, 02:16 PM   #13
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I found the Meguiar's clay kit at Walmart. However, the clay bar did absolutely nothing.

Perhaps I am wrong about the cause of the discoloration- after 6500 miles round trip in 8 days, with many racing venues and carbotech xp10/xp8 pads, the rear of my car (bumper specifically) is covered in tan/brown "dust" almost. The bumper is smooth to the touch, there are no big particles, but I had a URL there as an advertisement and now that I have removed the stickering, the URL still stands out because the rest of the bumper is stained tan!

I have scrubbed it with automotive soaps, but it now appears it requires sanding or something. It was baked on by the sun for a full week on this trip, unfortunately.
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Old 05-18-2009, 03:01 PM   #14
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....do you have any pictures?
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:12 PM   #15
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I would try a different level claybar. Meguiars makes aggressive claybars that will do the job.

It will work, as many detailers including myself use them to take overspray/paint off vehicles.

All Purpose Cleaners work as well but I would literally rinse them off after letting them sit for 5-10 seconds.
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:49 PM   #16
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that may be rust and wont come off
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:25 AM   #17
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If the agressive clay bar wont do the trick. Car-brite makes a product call fallout gel. If this stuff wont work than wetsanding will be the only way it will come off.

http://carbrite.com/servlet/net.ebiz...c/E038&lb=none
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:44 AM   #18
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Dude stop fooling with the clay, get some medium degree rubbing compound and use some elbow grease and it will come off....
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Old 05-19-2009, 01:08 AM   #19
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take some pictures before spend money on anymore clay bars
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:27 AM   #20
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Here are some pics- I had to shrink them down to fit in this thread, but they show up better in full size. I read up on claying, and my bumper is incredibly smooth to the touch as it is, you would not know the discoloration is there by feel.





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Old 05-19-2009, 11:31 AM   #21
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Also, I should mention that this was also all over the rear hatch, and it scrubbed off the metal parts easy enough with car shampoo, but seems to have become a part of the bumper.

For any of you using race pads at a track day- wash that **** off ASAP especially if you have a white car!
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:02 PM   #22
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....I would try a polish at this point in one spot to see if there is any improvement. Do you have anything handy you can use? If not, Meguiars Scratch-X is readily available and has some light cutting ability. I carry a tube of it in each of my vehicles that was intended for use on our own cars but I end up using more for family/friends to remove paint transfer, light/medium scratches, etc. on their cars. I find it's a good spot treatment product on the go. You want to use a method/product aggressive enough to fix the problem but not more than what is necessary to get the job done. .....no harm, no foul if the polish doesn't work. You can always move up from there.
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:41 PM   #23
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rwheelz, if the clay isn't doing it I'd recommend trying a stronger cleaner product and/or a paint cleaner. At this point you are dealing with a stain rather than contaminates. Your local stores will carry some of these (like Meg's Deep Crystal paint cleaner) but none are very good and some not so safe.

Do you have a Harley Davidson store near you? If so pick up some S100 Total Cycle Cleaner (Some product as P21s, check it out here. www.p21s.com). Not the aerosol, but the spray. Also they make a paint cleaner product. The one at Harley is just s100 shine-enhancing cleanser. Both are excellent products and safe. I think these might work. However if they don't I think you are going to need some machine polish work done.

There are some products by hand that might work but could be dificult. Like Kean mentioned you could try Meg's scratchX, might do it. I have some other options for you to think about...but these you will have to order probably; 1Z Einszett Paint Polish Lack-Politur, Autoglym Intensive Tar Remover or their fallout cleaner, or Klasse AIO, with this one you get protection as well but it isn't as good as the previous mentioned. 1Z and Autoglym can be done by hand with enough elbow grease and I think each of them would take that stain off.

If you have a Harley store start there. Good luck.
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Old 05-19-2009, 03:36 PM   #24
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I will hit up the harley store tomorrow!
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Old 05-19-2009, 03:41 PM   #25
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Black Magic Liquid polish will take it off.That is what I use after track days to get rid of the brown bumper from running rich and getting rid of the brake dust.You can get it at wal-mart
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