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How to clean Wheels Brake dust?

xxxHolic 32,801 5,714 September 17, 2016 at 07:25 PM
Wheel Cleaner:
spraying down the wheel.

Rinse The Wheel:
With water hose.


Do I need to Scrub and Brush before Rinse with water? Scrub and Brush sound like a pain.

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You'll get much better results by scrubbing but spray on and rinse off is better than nothing.
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Change your brake pads to 100% ceramic. No more brake dust problems.
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Try to avoid scrubbing as much as possible because the scrubber or the dust will scratch the finish, and dust will stick more to scratches. Use only a wet cloth or sponge as the scrubber.
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Just did DW's today. Used a product I've used in the past although anecdotally.

KRUD KUTTER GC32 Gutter Cleaner [amazon.com]

I bought it to clean my (white) gutters last year (works like a charm for that btw) and noticed that when I sprayed it on the roof too much it generated orange streaks. I just wet the rims, let most of the water shed off, then spray this on. Brush a bit, let it sit, then rinse and repeat. It's the best thing I've found to clean wheels. I suspect it's some sort of acid/base; looking online it appears you can use TSP (alkaline) for the same purpose.

I also use it to remove tar/rust stains on the paint. These are small spot orange stains..... not sure if they are from road tar (unlikely honestly) or when metal bits get stuck in the paint then rust. The krud kutter product takes the orange spots right off.
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Change your brake pads to 100% ceramic. No more brake dust problems.
+1. After dealing with that s**t for years I finally switched to ceramic.
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Quote from ManUpOrShutUp View Post :
+1. After dealing with that s**t for years I finally switched to ceramic.
http://ebcbrakes.com/articles/bra...causes-it/

The unsightly brake dust that we all see on automotive wheels is 92% Fe which simply put is in part iron caused by abrasion of the cast iron brake rotor by the pad and secondly fibers from the semi metallic elements of the brake pad. The remainder of the dust residue is carbon content within the brake pad.

You'll still get rotor/drum wear.....
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Quote from Dr. J View Post :
Just did DW's today. Used a product I've used in the past although anecdotally.

KRUD KUTTER GC32 Gutter Cleaner [amazon.com]

I bought it to clean my (white) gutters last year (works like a charm for that btw) and noticed that when I sprayed it on the roof too much it generated orange streaks. I just wet the rims, let most of the water shed off, then spray this on. Brush a bit, let it sit, then rinse and repeat. It's the best thing I've found to clean wheels. I suspect it's some sort of acid/base; looking online it appears you can use TSP (alkaline) for the same purpose.

I also use it to remove tar/rust stains on the paint. These are small spot orange stains..... not sure if they are from road tar (unlikely honestly) or when metal bits get stuck in the paint then rust. The krud kutter product takes the orange spots right off.
Yeah according to the SDS, the KK stuff is basically a strong base with some surfactant [rustoleum.com].

That said, the TSP route should work.
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Quote from Dr. J View Post :
http://ebcbrakes.com/articles/bra...causes-it/

The unsightly brake dust that we all see on automotive wheels is 92% Fe which simply put is in part iron caused by abrasion of the cast iron brake rotor by the pad and secondly fibers from the semi metallic elements of the brake pad. The remainder of the dust residue is carbon content within the brake pad.

You'll still get rotor/drum wear.....
I switched to Ceramic 2 months after I got my new car - 11 years ago. I have had NO unsightly brake or ANY dust/grime/deposits on the wheels since.

Ceramic = clean wheels!
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Quote from Dr. J View Post :
http://ebcbrakes.com/articles/bra...causes-it/

The unsightly brake dust that we all see on automotive wheels is 92% Fe which simply put is in part iron caused by abrasion of the cast iron brake rotor by the pad and secondly fibers from the semi metallic elements of the brake pad. The remainder of the dust residue is carbon content within the brake pad.

You'll still get rotor/drum wear.....
Of course. You won't get brake dust glued to your wheels though w/ ceramic.
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Brake part cleaner. Use it myself.
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Brake part cleaner. Use it myself.
Yup. That's what it's for.
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