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#1 MustangDan

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 12:05 PM

I've been trying to clean my wheels but break dust has decided to apply its self to my wheels in a less than favorable manor.

I've tried a few cheaper with trying to get it off but now I'm willing to try something more expensive to try and remove it as I'm at my wits end with it.

Any ideas what I should use?

Thanks, Dan.

#2 tom p.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 12:21 PM

If the wheels are neglected for a long period, you may have permanent damage.

Can you describe what kind of car it is, what problem you're having? Have you had a chance to work with any of the better wheel cleaners?

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#3 BigJimZ28

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 12:28 PM

try some Eagle One A2Z you can find it @ your local autoparts store
and it is a good strong cleaner
clay can also help a good bit

also I am quite sure if you try a search you will find a ton of good info
about removing brake dust

#4 MustangDan

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 12:31 PM

Okay thanks for your suggestions. I was just googling about and I've found this:

GBL Wheel Cleaner

I've not really tried many other cleaners to be honest. I've scrubbed bloody hard though, Haha. Its a 95 Mustang with standard wheels.

Thanks for the help guys.

#5 zxpwr

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 12:31 PM

try claybar... then again like he^ said, might be permanent damage...
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#6 Garry Dean

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 03:30 PM

I use Amazing Roll Off, it works pretty well.

#7 Streetlife

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 04:24 PM

I use DP gel wheel cleaner, it does its job. Also, i have heard good things about Surf City Garage Beyond Steel Wheel Cleaner, i'm trying that one next.

#8 PistolWhip

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 11:04 AM

What is the finish of the wheel. If they're aluminum (brushed or polished) be carefull what you use on them. If they're clear coated, I would try soaking them with Eagle One A2Z and letting it sit for a few before aggitating with a good stiff wheel brush. That stuff is so strong it'll take the wind out of you if you stand too close to it when you spray it.
If that doesn't work, try to clay it but I would say that you're fighting a losing battle in that case.
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#9 Labster

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 11:08 AM

I use P12S wheel gel with great results. If you have really stubborn stuff you might need to try Megs Wheel Brightener. Really caustic stuff however.

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#10 MustangDan

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 12:29 PM

They're polished aluminum. For some reason my previous post was added to the moderator Que?

#11 Sam N.

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 02:47 PM

Now i wouldn't try this until we get some feedback from someone else who is a bit more knowledgeable then me about it, but I've used a Mr. Clean magic eraser with pretty good success to get off really stubborn brake dust. however this was on wheels with a clear coat and it potentially could have thinned the clear pretty bad, i really have no idea what the long term consequences or risks are of that method.

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 02:50 PM

Meg's Wheel Brightener is awesome. It works well, but doesn't seem that corrosive to me, at least at 4:1. A2Z is worse to breathe...

#13 PistolWhip

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 03:50 PM

DON'T USE ANYTHING ACIDIC ON POLISHED ALUMINUM! Your best bet is to use a 4:1 cut APC to get the heavy stuff off, then polish the rest out. If you use acidic wheel spray on a non coated, polished rim, your going to end up with a hazy, stained and worse looking rim. If it's really bad you'll need to use a more harsh polish to start and then work your way to a finer polish to bring out the shine again. Adams Polish #1 and then #2 would be a good start. Then coat them with a wheel sealer like PoorBoys or Wheelwax to keep them looking good.

It's probably going to take some serious work to get them clean again though. Be prepared to put some time and elbow grease into it. If you keep up with them though, they'll be much easier to keep looking good.
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#14 4AudiQ

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 12:16 PM

Once you have them clean, try this wheel brush.
I wash my wheels with this brush and Menzerna Car Wash Shampoo every Saturday.
Amazon.com: Power Brush Super Soft Wheel Cleaning Tool: Automotive
I use my cordless drill & this brush. It takes me 5-10 minutes per wheel.
I love this set-up.




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