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Old 11-06-2018, 08:39 PM   #26
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I can't really seem to find a wheel cleaner that says it's safe for brake pads. Does anybody know which brands/types of wheel cleaner won't also eat away at brake pads?

It seems that if cleaner can remove even long untreated stuck-on brake dust, how does it not also eat away at your brake pads when you spray it on? Isn't brake dust, just brake pad particles and road fallout, stuck to a surface and sometimes rusted in because of the high iron content in the pads? Why don't cleaners that remove that, eat away at your pads as well? I'm more thinking long term repeated use over a year or two?

Should i stay away from high acidic cleaners or just use a mild, paint safe degreaser to treat tough spots? I typically just use Griots car wash, then detail spray and a mircofiber cloth, but really want an easier solution to clean the STI wheels, a spray on/off no scrub solution would suit me best, but i don't want to cause premature wear on the pads cause im lazy.
Because brake dust is actually rotor dust. Unless you have metallic pads, the amount of iron is very low. Also, even if the acid reacts with the brake pads and rotor, it's all surface once you rinse it off.
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:41 PM   #27
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That's as much $ as 5qts of synthetic oil
If you just do wheels, it will last a long time. A whole car application can take about 200ml at a time.
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:44 AM   #28
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Vote for Sonax.
I used to use Eagle All Wheel and Tire cleaner. Its cheap and works ok.
I switched to Sonax and my wheels still look brand new.
I do use a cheap wheel and tire cleaner sprat, but just for the tires.
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Old 11-07-2018, 01:06 PM   #29
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I looked at all sorts of wheel cleaners, but at the end of the day I just use car shampoo and a boar’s hair brush / MF wand to agitate.
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:31 AM   #30
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:07 PM   #31
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As other have said, Sonax! P21S is also pretty good!
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Old 12-05-2018, 02:30 PM   #32
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2011 STi, 62k miles. My wheels are filthy. As in, pressure washer (at a safe distance) won't cut through all the brake dust. What cleaner/process do y'all recommend?
IronX is great, worth the money.
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Old 12-18-2018, 07:10 PM   #33
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Meguair's Wheel Brightener works amazingly for me! Eats brake dust and works perfectly on any clear coated/OEM wheel.
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Old 02-01-2019, 08:34 PM   #34
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Old 02-08-2019, 03:38 PM   #35
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I like the Sonax wheel cleaner plus its made in Germany and goes on green and turns red when it absorbs brake dust
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:06 AM   #36
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New wheels lol
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:02 PM   #37
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I traded for some BRZ wheels that were used for a while. Has some baked on dust in tough spots. I tried Griots, Chem Guys, WD40, and some regular washes. Nothing will get that last little bit off besides clay bar. I spray it on, use a good brush, and can get about 95% off, but I'm still trying for that last little bit before sealing and waxing it. Once the weather warms up I guess I'll buy some IronX and use my pressure washer with it.
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Old 02-26-2019, 10:23 AM   #38
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2011 STi, 62k miles. My wheels are filthy. As in, pressure washer (at a safe distance) won't cut through all the brake dust. What cleaner/process do y'all recommend?
Simple Green is usually my go-to.
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Old 03-03-2019, 10:24 PM   #39
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I use soap and water, but thatís my opinion
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Old 03-03-2019, 11:34 PM   #40
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I bought into all these IronX comments and got myself a bottle of it, only to realize what's on the wheels isn't brake dust at all - it's just dirt. Sprayed it heavily the first time hoping for some miracle just to realize I still had to wash it off with soap and wipe it down with a towel to remove what I was actually bothered by.
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Old 03-06-2019, 04:09 PM   #41
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Cool Best Wheel Cleaner for my 2017 WRX STI

I use Adam's Wheel Cleaner, Tire & rubber Cleaner and tire shine to finish things off. I also use a pressure washer to really get into my dirty wheels.
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Old 03-07-2019, 08:25 AM   #42
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Black Magic No Scrub works fantastic.
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Old 03-08-2019, 12:14 AM   #43
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Adams wheel cleaner. Smells terrible. But works on the dirtiest wheels. Turns red when ready to rinse.
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Old 03-08-2019, 10:24 AM   #44
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How safe is the Adam’s stuff, really? I don’t use wheel cleaner because it can be acidic. I use car wash soap because there’s no risk of it being caustic. It’s just that the STi’s brakes are so dusty and that the ‘19’s wheels are so complex that I’d like a little help from chemistry, if I can.
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Old 03-10-2019, 12:52 AM   #45
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What type of wheels are u trying to clean. Cant believe this wasnt asked anywhere. Are they stock wheels? Alot of wheel cleaners have acidic particles that can damage depending on your wheels. Your not gona use the same wheel cleaner on chrome wheels that you would on let's say some forged volks.
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Old 03-26-2019, 06:53 AM   #46
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Sonax Wheel Cleaner in my opinion.
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Old 03-26-2019, 12:14 PM   #47
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What type of wheels are u trying to clean. Cant believe this wasnt asked anywhere. Are they stock wheels? Alot of wheel cleaners have acidic particles that can damage depending on your wheels. Your not gona use the same wheel cleaner on chrome wheels that you would on let's say some forged volks.
What would you use on forged Volks (with a ****ty respray by the P.O.)?
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Old 03-26-2019, 03:45 PM   #48
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I've been using Chemical Guys Diablo gel wheel cleaner and a soft bristle brush. I think it works very well and doesn't leave any residue that I've seen some in the past do. And, it doesn't have a strong chemical smell.
Used this for the first time the other day. Impressed with it.
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Old 03-27-2019, 01:13 PM   #49
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Either Sonax or CarGuys super cleaner have worked super well.
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:32 PM   #50
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another vote here for simple green. works great and is cheap as hell. i also have some adams wheel cleaner, but simple green is my go to.
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