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Old 03-07-2021, 08:41 PM   #1
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hey guys, I replaced the brake pads on my 06 fxt exactly a month ago. Opted for hawk hp plus. The pads are great love them so far but the brake dust is intense. I did know about the added brake dust with these pads prior to purchasing them but today when I went to clean wheels, seems like they are caked in. Very difficult to remove the brake dust off my STI BBS wheels. I used Turtle Wax wheel cleaner product. Any advice? I want to keep these pads. Any other product I should be using? Stiffer brush, harsher chemical etc..

I will be cleaning the wheels more frequently now.
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i use p&s brake buster. good stuff, though ive not used it on caked on brake dust. a good wheel brush does wonders too.
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Old 03-07-2021, 09:49 PM   #3
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I like Griot's products. I would start with this before going to something more potent.
https://www.griotsgarage.com/product/wheel+cleaner.do

And this works well for the lug nuts.
https://www.griotsgarage.com/product...aning+brush.do
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Old 03-08-2021, 06:49 AM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions, I'll look into those products
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Old 03-12-2021, 03:09 PM   #5
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I use ceramic coating
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Old 03-12-2021, 05:17 PM   #6
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Ive heard good things about Sonax wheel cleaner plus.. gonna give that a try.
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Old 03-16-2021, 12:51 PM   #7
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IronX wheel cleaner is supposed to be very good, but it is pretty expensive.
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Old 03-17-2021, 10:44 AM   #8
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I will be cleaning the wheels more frequently now.
At least that will give you an opportunity to monitor rotor wear. Let's just say that HP+ is a pretty damn abrasive pad in street driving and leave it at that.


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Old 03-24-2021, 12:18 AM   #9
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I've used cheap stuff and I've used the "good stuff", and meguiars ultimate wheel cleaner that can be had for super cheap works great. After you clean them wax/seal/ceramic coat them to help keep the dust off longer. Any of the ceramic spray waxes work well, something you can apply quickly after a wash since the wheel cleaner will eat it.
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Old 03-24-2021, 04:50 PM   #10
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Ive heard good things about Sonax wheel cleaner plus.. gonna give that a try.



I have used Sonax for years that stuff works great. I use it with a set wool wheel brushes and it is an effortless process...
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Old 03-25-2021, 03:10 AM   #11
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Another vote for Sona wheel cleaner full effect. No need to scrub the wheels most of the time.
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Old 03-29-2021, 03:01 PM   #12
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Wheels: 04-07 sti BBS wheels.

Just got my shipment of sonax wheel cleaner plus. This thing works great, just spray on dry wheels let sit for a minute or two, and finally rinse off with water. It cleaned up most of my wheel but in between the spokes, brake dust is still caked on. Again, i haven't scrubbed them down with some kind of abrasive pad yet just spray and rinse method. When i get some time ill use a scotch brite pad.

On my Toyota with normal oem pads the sonax wheels cleaner worked like a gem. Good product.
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Maybe start with just a brush (even an old toothbrush) before jumping to scotch brite which will scratch the finish.
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Old 03-29-2021, 03:29 PM   #14
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If you’re serious you should use the correct tools. Look up “wheel woolies”. Those and something like P&S break buster will go a long way.

If that doesn’t work, use a chemical designed to remove embedded iron particles but use it sparingly and not in the sun.
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Old 03-30-2021, 08:36 AM   #15
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Im serious about this ^.
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