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Old 12-04-2005, 06:50 PM   #1
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Default What is the best way to get rid of brake dust

Hi, I am trying to sell my bbs wheels and I want to clean to brake dust off before I ship them. Anyone have any ideas with the best way of cleaning. During car washes when I used the eagle one brake cleaner, it wasnt that easy to get it off. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-04-2005, 07:01 PM   #2
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Hi, I am trying to sell my bbs wheels and I want to clean to brake dust off before I ship them. Anyone have any ideas with the best way of cleaning. During car washes when I used the eagle one brake cleaner, it wasnt that easy to get it off. Any suggestions?
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I usually spray meguairs wheel cleaner..spray off and take soap and water
and clean them up.
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Old 12-04-2005, 07:14 PM   #3
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One other way to get off some of the heavy deposits is to spray WD-40 on it let it sit for a min or 2 and then wipe way with a rag or sponge and water.
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Old 12-05-2005, 09:56 AM   #4
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Do you all think the Simple Green engine degreaser will work for the rims?
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Old 12-05-2005, 11:56 AM   #5
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There are actually some Mr. Clean magic erasers made for wheels that work pretty well.
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Old 12-05-2005, 12:53 PM   #6
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Sandblasting. That will definitely get the brake dust off.
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Old 12-05-2005, 12:54 PM   #7
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Do you all think the Simple Green engine degreaser will work for the rims?
I wouldn't use that. I pulled paint off my alternator when I cleaned my engine.
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Old 12-05-2005, 01:11 PM   #8
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if you use wheel wax to wax up your wheels (after they're spotlessly cleaned of course), brake dust should wash off pretty easily the next time around.

this comes recommended by the Meguiars crew from this past Oktoberfest...it's a Bimmer thing.

never tried it myself cause my daily driver RS wheels aren't worth that kind of effort. when my track wheels come then i'll give it a shot. i've not found simple green to be strong enough to get off brake dust and even normal grit at times.
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Old 12-05-2005, 01:38 PM   #9
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I tried putting wax on the rims (after they were clean) on one side of the car to see if it would make a difference. No noticible difference. All of the above mentioned wheel cleaners seem to work pretty well. Try using a sponge intended for cleaning bugs off the front of your car. This would be one of the sponges that has a mesh cover on it. These always seem to work really well for me.
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Old 12-05-2005, 01:39 PM   #10
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if you use wheel wax to wax up your wheels (after they're spotlessly cleaned of course), brake dust should wash off pretty easily the next time around.

this comes recommended by the Meguiars crew from this past Oktoberfest...it's a Bimmer thing.

never tried it myself cause my daily driver RS wheels aren't worth that kind of effort. when my track wheels come then i'll give it a shot. i've not found simple green to be strong enough to get off brake dust and even normal grit at times.
I do this every winter when I pull off my summer wheels. It does work well.....although my wheels are mostly black so I wouldn't really notice anyway.
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Old 12-05-2005, 01:56 PM   #11
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Do you all think the Simple Green engine degreaser will work for the rims?
I use regular old Simple Green on my Fikses (not engine degreaser).
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Old 12-05-2005, 02:19 PM   #12
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i use the michelin 3 step wheel cleaner and it works very good. in the kit step 2 is like a top coat that make brake dust easier to remove on next wash. i also use step 2 on my brembo caliper.
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Old 12-05-2005, 03:01 PM   #13
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Hehe. Last time I really cleaned my rims, I used a dishwasher sponge. I don't know what kind of pads are in there right now (haven't replaced pads yet, bought car used) but they are dusty. and it's always caked on pretty strong
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Old 12-06-2005, 04:12 PM   #14
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Old 01-28-2006, 12:46 PM   #15
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Haven't used the Michelin stuff but none of the above will clean the really tough brake dust. I've used electric drill and pad with cleaner wax, WD 40, a host of wheel cleaners, cleaning pads, dremel with various buffing compounds, etc. It only comes off when you basically grind it off and into the paint. Best trick, if you want em clean, keep em clean regularly, really reglarly. I think hot brake dust from track racing contributed to mine really sticking. The only other thing I can think of is something that will dissolve the brake dust compound, whatever it is, without eating up the wheel. Any ideas???????

Yeah, sandblasting would probably get it. Hwy61
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Old 01-29-2006, 07:49 PM   #16
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If degreaser doesn't cut it then try this...BUT ONLY IF YOU OR SOMEONE KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING....I got mine pretty clean using degreaser and a brush, but they had some sticky sheit on them from when i bought the car idk what it is but it's a bitch to get off and if you don't get it off your wheels will be a bitch to clean for the life of them....here is what I did...
1. spray with degreaser, let on wheel for no more than 1 minute, rinse wheel.
2. spray degreaser on brush, scrub wheel sections at a time rinsing after each section.
Still not clean?
3. get some paint thinner or laquer thinner and a good rag, also something to get this stuff of after about 5 sec of it being on the wheel. wipe wheel with rag wet with thinner, imeadiatly wipe dry or rinse, both if you like your clearcoat
4. after the wheel is spotless, check to make sure you didn't eat the clear coat off of the wheel, if you didn't then cool proceed to step 6. If you did, on to 5.
5. have someone reclearcoat the wheels
6. Buy this stuff and put it on the wheel before using it again. Anti-brake dust ha ha This stuff is amazing and can be used on most of the outside of the car, even windows. After using it on the wheels a simple spray from the hose removes the dust, if i let the dust build up for a while i may have to wash the wheels like the rest of the car and then back to clean. 300 times easier to clean than when i bought the car.

Again DO NOT do this if you don't know how to use the thinner so that it doesn't destroy the paint on the wheel. Ok i'll just say use at your own risk, if it messes up the wheel it is user error cuz mine were fine after i did it.
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Old 01-29-2006, 09:01 PM   #17
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There are actually some Mr. Clean magic erasers made for wheels that work pretty well.
I bought those out of curiousity, they fell apart on one wipe. maybe i used it wrong...
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Old 01-30-2006, 08:07 AM   #18
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how about a can of brake cleaner?

the non-chlorinated stuff is basically tolulene, xylene, acetone. try it on an inside section of the rim to make sure it won't eat up too much of the finish. since it's basically aromatic hydrocarbons it evaporates very rapidly. spray it on a rag and i will guarantee it will cut the brake dust.
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:20 PM   #19
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Pay the neighbor kids to do it. Then next time by some cleaer running pads. I put Axis pads on with my silver ssr's. What a gooey mess.
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Old 01-30-2006, 04:21 PM   #20
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I normally just clean brakedust off with soap/water.

For a "degreaser" I've used Hondabrite Motorcycle Cleaner which works wonders on the motor, but I haven't tried it on wheels. You can get it at any Honda motorcycle dealer....kinda expensive at $13 a bottle.
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Old 01-30-2006, 07:07 PM   #21
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Sandblasting. That will definitely get the brake dust off.
...and the brakes too
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Old 01-30-2006, 07:48 PM   #22
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Sandblasting. That will definitely get the brake dust off.
You don't need to go to that extreme.

A pressure washer will do.
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Old 01-31-2006, 11:44 AM   #23
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poorboys spray and rinse......., clay bar, and poorboys wheel sealant x2 or zaino z2 pro x2 or rejex x2
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