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Old 02-13-2003, 07:07 PM   #1
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Default Help!!!!please!!!!!

HELP!!!!!!!PLEASE!!!!!


I need some SERIOUS HELP. I got a set of rota subzeros from a guy for a great price they were a little dirty but nothing some elbow grease wouldnt hurt(so i thought). Apparently the brake pads were like carbatec brake pads for hell, or something because i cn not get the brake dust off. Any ideas on what i can do. The wheels are gun metal or almost like a hyper black (whatever rota's color is) so i need something that wont hurt the finish.

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Old 02-13-2003, 07:10 PM   #2
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Yeah that a little elbow grease wouldnt hurt, sould be a little elbow grease wouldnt fix sorry please excuse my brain fart


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Old 02-13-2003, 10:31 PM   #3
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go to target get some rim a tire cleaner, that foaming stuff, spray it on let it sit, get a cotton rag and rub it in with your figner on the spot and that should do it helped me
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Old 02-14-2003, 10:36 AM   #4
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also try some scratchx and other abrasive wax cleaners.

after you use it, rewax and keep it waxed and cleaned
as much as you can.

brake dust is more bound to contamination than road salt, imo
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Old 02-14-2003, 12:42 PM   #5
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yo kenchan what burb do you live in
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Old 02-14-2003, 01:06 PM   #6
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You should go over them thoroughly with a clay bar or three. It will be expensive, but you will get most of the particles that are imbedded into the paint or metal. Make sure you use some type of lubricant with the clay bar, like a quick detailer spray. Oh, and make sure never, EVER use that clay bar again, as it should be destroyed during the cleaining of your brake dust. I recommend Clay Magic for your application, as it is cheap (around $10), and easily malleable. The best part about a clay bar? It won't harm your wheel's finish.

Waxing your wheels is an excellent idea. I use WheelWax, but any wax will do a very good job of keeping brake dust from accumulating on your wheels. I like WheelWax in particular because it seems to have some cleaning properties to it as well. The best part about waxed wheels? You can clean them with a spray of water and paper towels/cotton towels. Make sure you never use the same applicator for the wheels and paint, as the brake dust gets imbedded in your applicator, begging to create scratches in the millimeter thick Subaru paint.

Hope that helps
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Old 02-14-2003, 11:39 PM   #7
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Talking thanks

Thanks for the advice guys.
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Old 02-15-2003, 03:10 PM   #8
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Mothers California Gold Chrome and Mag Wheel Polish would help you out a lot too. Do the work by hand. Don't try anything like a dremel tool with the buffing wheel. It'll leave a lot of marks you don't want.
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Old 02-16-2003, 12:55 AM   #9
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The easiest way I have found to clean off brake dust is to go to your local Pep Boys or Auto Zone and buy the spray wheel and rim cleaner in the green bottle. It is either Turtle Wax or 2001 brand. I spray it on after I spray the car down, let it soak while I wash the rest, and rinse it when I rinse the rest of the car. CHEAP and EASY.

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Old 02-16-2003, 09:04 AM   #10
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I use Eagle One A2Z All Wheel Cleaner...seems to work well for me.
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Old 02-16-2003, 12:47 PM   #11
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I would have to agree with Cavymeister,,, cause Mothers Always did very well for me



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Old 02-16-2003, 10:57 PM   #12
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Default Clean rotas

Hey finally got them clean.

I have tried numerous things to try to clean them but while cleaning out my shed the other day i found a bottle of armor all wheel cleaner that was only about a year and 1/2 old so i was like what the hey sprayed it on there let it sit for 60 sec like the directions said then it started tuning green and i sprayed them off reall good and it was starting to take it off there are still a few veryy small spots it the corners of like the spokes and stuff that i need to get a rag on but hey that armor all did the job.
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