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    Re: Worst Case scenario for Brake Dust! Need Advice

    I would grab some Meguiars Hot Rims all wheel and tire cleaner locally and go from there.
    The stuff is so cheap and pretty good you will be able to assess the situation better.

    If you want to go for the gusto get Meguiars wheel brightener, Sonax wheel cleaner and Meguiars D143(which is the detailer version of Hot Rims).



    Should have seen these train wrecks before. Real curb jobs.
    Previous owner or some other dink used sandpaper on one of them to clean(about 50 grit)
    That old front wheel BMW brake dust is a real baker.

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    Re: Worst Case scenario for Brake Dust! Need Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by TheLearningMechanic View Post
    Thanks for the advice and Im gonna make sure to get a good picture each step of the way.

    Question: If the Mequiars Wheel Brightner for whatever reason does not work, should I retry with the same product or different product before even attempting to put on the sealant?
    I would think that I trying to perform another cleaning over the sealant would be difficult, please correct me if I am wrong?
    From the looks of the wheels it seems your looking to improve not perfect the look. If so, you can use any of the recommended products to achieve that. Clean once, clean twice, just be happy when you say done and add that spray on protection.

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    Re: Worst Case scenario for Brake Dust! Need Advice

    Are you agitating the cleaner or just spraying on and rinsing off? I don't see you mentioning this.

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    Re: Worst Case scenario for Brake Dust! Need Advice

    He hasn't started yet.

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    Re: Worst Case scenario for Brake Dust! Need Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by IH8SPM View Post
    He hasn't started yet.

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    That's just as important as the cleaner used. Spray and rinse ain't gonna cut it.

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    Re: Worst Case scenario for Brake Dust! Need Advice

    IMHO, clean them to the best of your ability and live with it. Take the wheels off and clean them thoroughly with a good wheel cleaner like sonax, p&s brake buster, or similar. Itís probably going to take a lot of effort.

    If you donít want to buy new wheels and put some effort into it, you could always use a paint stripper and polish them out (if you like the polished aluminum look). Caring for polished aluminum is quite tedious though.

    Another option is to take them to a reputable shop and get them refinished. Painted, powder coated, etc. itís up to you.

    Iím cheap, so Iíd just clean them and live with it since the truck is 17 years old.

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    Re: Worst Case scenario for Brake Dust! Need Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by hamajang View Post
    IMHO, clean them to the best of your ability and live with it. Take the wheels off and clean them thoroughly with a good wheel cleaner like sonax, p&s brake buster, or similar. It’s probably going to take a lot of effort.

    If you don’t want to buy new wheels and put some effort into it, you could always use a paint stripper and polish them out (if you like the polished aluminum look). Caring for polished aluminum is quite tedious though.

    Another option is to take them to a reputable shop and get them refinished. Painted, powder coated, etc. it’s up to you.

    I’m cheap, so I’d just clean them and live with it since the truck is 17 years old.
    My thoughts exactly.

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    Re: Worst Case scenario for Brake Dust! Need Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMys View Post
    My thoughts exactly.

    "Don't chase perfection on a Daily Driver" is a well known phrase here on AGO coined by Mike P.

    You have what you have unless you are willing to go to extremes.
    Did someone say extremes and daily driverWorst Case scenario for Brake Dust! Need AdviceWorst Case scenario for Brake Dust! Need AdviceWorst Case scenario for Brake Dust! Need Advice

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    Worst Case scenario for Brake Dust! Need Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Klasse Act View Post
    I haven't had to use something as powerful as Mequiars wheel brightener but this looks like a GREAT candidate
    Contrary to popular belief, Wheel Brightener isnít all that effective in cases where youíre dealing with years and years of baked on brake dust. It excels as a maintenance wheel cleaner, where if used with a power washer can be used as a touchless way to clean most OEM wheels.

    But when up against what OP is dealing with you better be ready to put in some work as far as the brushing because youíre going to be there for a while and probably wonít get it completely clean.

    When dealing with the super max caked & baked wheels you need something like Brown Royal or even that Auto Fanatic wheel cleaner used at maximum strength [since he claims itís near or as effective as Brown Royal... Iíd have to see it to believe it]

    -Almost 20yrs. of baked on brake dust.




    Even with full access, Wheel Brightener couldnít get it fully clean. Try to do this with the wheel on the car and youíll be scrubbing for maybe an hour or more.






    Meanwhile Brown Royal. Spray, dwell, quick scrub...




    Completely clean in 1 quick scrub & rinse.



    And if Wheel Brightener canít do it, that means thereís no way the Sonax Wheel Cleaner can. Thereís videos proving it canít handle real baked on brake dust.

    @OP. If you want to get an idea of what Wheel Brightener can do, pick up a bottle of Meguiars Hot Wheels Chrome Wheel Cleaner. Itís basically the OTC version of Wheel Brightener and its safe on clearcoated OEM wheels.

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    Re: Worst Case scenario for Brake Dust! Need Advice

    Forgot all about Royal Brown, good job RicWorst Case scenario for Brake Dust! Need AdviceWorst Case scenario for Brake Dust! Need Advice

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