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Old 05-30-2012, 06:53 PM   #1
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Brake dust on wheels

I have brake dust/rust on my wheels and am looking for a way to get it off. I have tried multiple things and can't seem to get it to come off. Any suggestions?

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Old 05-30-2012, 06:55 PM   #2
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I hate brake dust since its really noticeable on my black wheels. The only thing that seems to work for me is some dish soap, water, a sponge/cloth, and some elbow grease. I really have to rub mine to get it off and stick fingers into the slots where I can't get too well with the sponge.

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Old 05-30-2012, 07:14 PM   #3
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I've tried regular soap and water on it to no avail. I also can't seem to get over the fact it looks more like rust. I have the OEM Rubicon wheels on it, which I didn't think are supposed to rust. I've even tried a little bit of CLR to not much avail.
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Take a picture of it for us. Here is what mine look like right now...stupid brake dust...
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:30 PM   #5
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laquer thinner
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:32 PM   #6
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or paint thinner... both sparingly
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:16 PM   #7
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No, no laquer thinner or paint thinner. You need to use a wheel cleaner. Dish soap should be kept away from anything on a car/truck etc, it strips wax and degrades the finish over time.

Use a wheel specific cleaner, such as Eagle One A2Z. That along with some light agitation should work just fine.

I own a high end auto detail company, in case you were wondering where my strong opinions are coming from.
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No, no laquer thinner or paint thinner. You need to use a wheel cleaner. Dish soap should be kept away from anything on a car/truck etc, it strips wax and degrades the finish over time.

Use a wheel specific cleaner, such as Eagle One A2Z. That along with some light agitation should work just fine.

I own a high end auto detail company, in case you were wondering where my strong opinions are coming from.
And his names is showroomshine lol

But he is right. I always used a wheel cleaner to remove brake dust from my performance cars. With the jeep I don't care enough lol.
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I've got some brake dust problems on my Moab wheels as well. Lots of scrubbing and wheel cleaners and I'm still not thrilled with results. Steam clean? Any suggestions? I'm using very good wheel cleaner (Sonax)
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Read the above. Wheel Cleaners are the only way to go. Eagle 1 A2Z is by far the best.
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Take a picture of it for us. Here is what mine look like right now...stupid brake dust...
Glad you provided a pic. At first I thought you were being sarcastic
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InvertChaos- Can you get that off?
ShowroomShine- I read some of the reviews for the Eagle 1 A2Z and it sounds like it can be harmful to the wheels. Have you had any issues?
Powder Monkey- Those aren't my pics lol. I'm going to try to post a few in the morning.
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Glad you provided a pic. At first I thought you were being sarcastic
Nope, completely serious.

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InvertChaos- Can you get that off?
ShowroomShine- I read some of the reviews for the Eagle 1 A2Z and it sounds like it can be harmful to the wheels. Have you had any issues?
Powder Monkey- Those aren't my pics lol. I'm going to try to post a few in the morning.
Yeah I get it off every time I wash it with a drop of dawn in a bucket of water with a sponge and my fingers. Takes some work but it comes off. But, apparently it isn't too good for the wheels according to the detailers in the thread
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:08 PM   #14
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I'll try to post some pics in the morning, as it is pitch black here right now. lol
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A2Z is perfectly safe for any type of wheel as long as its sprayed on wet and not allowed to dry. Now paint or laquer thinner, or dawn (over time) would be harmful. Stay away. The method of agitation can also be harmful as well. Many will think to use an SOS or Brillo pad to remove stubborn wheel grime, however you are just putting thousands of scratches into the finish of the wheel. Soft cloth or soft bristled brush only, ONLY.

Simple Green mixed 4:1 is what I prefer. Its non-caustic and economical. Its what I use for general cleaning on everything from your average Honda, to Ferraris, to Kenworths to planes. Safe for all surfaces, and strong to boot.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:17 PM   #16
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4:1 with A2Z?
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:32 PM   #17
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No, Simple Green 4:1. A2Z straight. I use both, but Simple Green works for everything in my shop. Alacantra leather on a Lambo to the chrome grill on a Peterbilt.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:31 AM   #18
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Ok. I'll have to try that tomorrow when it's light out. Here are some pictures of the wheels.
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If you have stuck on deposits, you can also try a clay bar system. Its a playdoh like bar that you rub across a surface and it removes stuck on deposits. Often times brake dust is baked on wheels if not removed quick enough, and clay will be the only thing that removes it.
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InvertChaos- Can you get that off?
ShowroomShine- I read some of the reviews for the Eagle 1 A2Z and it sounds like it can be harmful to the wheels. .
Been using many wheel cleaners for 30 years witrhout any issues. Eagle One for many years. "A2Z" as a name is maybe 5 years old and have been using it for a long time.

Really caked build up from long neglected wheels is not going to simply come off with any cleaner. The PO of my wheels never cleaned them and 4 years later, there is still some areas that still have build up.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:47 AM   #21
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Thanks ShowroomShine! Where can I get the clay bar at? Auto store?
Thanks Neil!
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Guys, I suggest washing your hands thoroughly when playing with this stuff, it's Asbestos if I recall correctly, I would even wear a mask, if inhaled or ingested it can cause cancer, like lead.
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For the most part asbestos has been phased out of automotive brake parts.
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the magic eraser seems to do a good job on the commercials, and its not like TV would lie to you.
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so do you think the clay bar would be the best way to go? or start with the simple green?
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so do you think the clay bar would be the best way to go? or start with the simple green?
Start with simple green or A2Z, if that does not get it then go with the clay. Its available at any local auto parts store. Mothers Clay kit is the best.

Keep the magic eraser off wheels as well, it leaves thousands of tiny micro scratches on any painted or polished surface.
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:22 PM   #27
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Don't forget to consider the source of the dust. My TJ's brakes were dragging causing
excessive dust.

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