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post #1 of 25 Old May 29th, 2013, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Removing heavy brake dust

Backstory: i put cobra brakes on the rear of my sixxer, got the wrong pads(same part number for gt/v6 and cobra pads), didnt figure it out for almost 2 weeks. By that time the rims were coated in heavy brake dust.

Ive tried clay barring the rims, it works but eats clay like the cookie monster eats cookies. Ive thought about sanding/painting but dont want to go that far just yet.



The dust is rough to the touch, what can i use that i can buy OTC to remove the brake dust? Ill wetsand/clear/polish after the dust is gone.

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post #2 of 25 Old May 29th, 2013, 09:09 PM
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I would recommend mothers wheel cleaner (only good OTC one) to clean off the surface dust, if its rough to the touch you'll need clay and lubricant/lots of soap. I've gotten caked in dust like that off with clay, buy the meguiars clay kit, I think its a little stronger than mothers. It's a little tedious, but if wheel cleaner doesn't remove it clay is the next step, id recommend picking up both. Also, rinse the wheel first, then spray the cleaner and let it dwell for a good minute or two, that should help loosen everything up. Honestly though I don't think just wheel cleaner will cut it for that, maybe something like Chris's rim cleaner or sonax with iron removers in them would work better but those are not OTC. Hope that helps.

Stupid me just read the second half of your post, you're right it does eat up your clay, if you're using mothers clay try meguiars, I'm not POSITIVE that meguiars is heavier clay but if it is it will hold up better, hopefully someone who knows that answer will chime in.

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Holy shit, that loos like rust, my front pads create a LOT of dust, as look nothing like that at all. I use DP wheel cleaner, but that looks way deeper than that can go


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post #4 of 25 Old May 29th, 2013, 09:45 PM
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^ ur right it does look like rust, are you sure its brake dust?

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That's rust, the claybar would have removed it unless that is some seriously caked on brake dust. If you want you can grab some Sonax and hit it with that and see if that helps but I doubt it.
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You'll need a wheel cleaner/iron remover for sure. Not something they have OTC unfortunately. Are you positive it's not corrosion on the wheel? And not from brake dust?

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Well I had the wrong pads on cobra rotors.. so its a mixture of brake dust/rotor material.

I heard oven cleaner works, but kinda scared about that.

I have a bar of Adams clay from my kit I bought from them, Ill use that and a good amount of soapy water.

I have some Napa brand Rim and Mag cleaner, Ill give that a try right now. Hit it with a pressure washer and see what happens.

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You'll need a wheel cleaner/iron remover for sure. Not something they have OTC unfortunately. Are you positive it's not corrosion on the wheel? And not from brake dust?
Get ^^this guy's wheel cleaner. Works wonders. I found it works just as well as sonax (i prefer sd perfect chem because it sticks better).


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I picked up some meguiars hot rims and a new microfiber wash mitt. I sprayed the meguiars and scrubbed with the mitt, rinsed the rims and sprayed the hot rims and scrubbed/rinsed again. It removed the brake dust/rotor material pretty good. Id say its a 75% improvement.



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Word up no problem. Looks nice and shiny.

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i was gonna say steel wool and some soapy water,looks like u got it took care of

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I hope you didn't use that same mitt on your paint
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I use the same brillo pad. It helps get a nice deep clean, highly recommended.

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That mitt is my new rim mitt. I use a sponge microfiber for the paint.

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I love the brush metal look
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Well I had the wrong pads on cobra rotors.. so its a mixture of brake dust/rotor material.

I heard oven cleaner works, but kinda scared about that.

I have a bar of Adams clay from my kit I bought from them, Ill use that and a good amount of soapy water.

I have some Napa brand Rim and Mag cleaner, Ill give that a try right now. Hit it with a pressure washer and see what happens.

Thanks for the tips guys.
I've used oven cleaner and it worked really well to break through. I used it on my F150 that basically had the front chrome wheels turn black with brake dust. I basically sprayed it on let it sit for like 10 minutes and then used a scrub brush to scrub the wheel. I would say it got like 75% of the brake dust off the first time. I just made sure that I didn't let the oven cleaner stay on there too long. Took about 3 times spraying it with oven cleaner to pretty much get them looking new again.
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Hmmm well maybe ill try oven cleaner on the DD or my moms car.

See how that goes, but i got the majority of the crud off the wheels on the mustang with Hot Rims.

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Being that rim cleaners are designed for removing brake dust and cleaning rims and oven cleaners are not...I'd go with rim cleaner

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Being that rim cleaners are designed for removing brake dust and cleaning rims and oven cleaners are not...I'd go with rim cleaner

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Well of course im gonna use rim cleaner on the mustang.

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