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      11-14-2012, 04:10 PM   #1
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Terrible Caked on Brake Dust

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I've had my black wheels on for a year and used to wash them regularly. Recently I have not had the time due to me being at school without that house that is car wash capable. Over time TERRIBLE brake debris has caked up and nothing I have used will break it off the wheels. I can take my finger nail to it and it won't even sludge off. What is the strongest solution I can use to break it all down?

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i had some brake dust that wouldnt budge when i bought my car used...i bought "purple power" its just a general degreaser, but it really worked for me. that and and some elbow grease
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Change to ceramic pads, seriously. Will be cheaper in the long run as long as you are not tracking your car.
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Some solvents will work to some degree, but the dust particles tend to penetrate the clearcoat on the wheel over time, and especially with heat, to the point they can't be removed unless you strip the wheel and refinish it.

I actually learned that from my wife who worked for an OEM wheel supplier and they used to do brake dust testing on their wheels for validation testing.
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Thank you for all of the information guys!

Seems like Sonax will have to do the trick until an extent. I would hate to have to strip the paint and refinish it. But I got to do what I got to do to keep it clean I guess.

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Once you get all the dust off, you should look into using some wheel wax so that brake dust doesn't collect as easily.
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We've found the P21S Gel Wheel cleaner to do a great job of removing built of brake dust. After you have the car cleaned back up I'd highly suggest switching over to ceramic pads, you'll stop just as well (with good pads) and not have to deal with nearly as much brake dust.
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Thanks guys! Appreciate the help. Will post my results with whatever products I end up using.
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Degreaser, but not too much. Let it soak in.
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      11-20-2012, 11:00 PM   #11
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Thanks!

Went to a local shop today and asked what they used. Anyone ever tried Meguir's Wheel Brightener?

http://www.autogeek.net/meguiar-s-wheel-brightener.html
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