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flippin impossible brake dust removal - tried everything!

Evening, Just got a bit disheartened - Cleaned the car, and realized that horse sh**e just won't come off.. Got around to doing the wheels, and tried to take off 3 days of brake dust.

Now before different acid/alkali based cleaners get argued about, I have a bottle of diluted clean wheels (Autoglym, and meguiars stuff too), and hardly ever used them unless I was cleaning wheels that hadn't ever seen a decent wash.

Now though, I've changed the pads to some sporty ones, which although capable of slowing the car nicely when warm, do so through plastering the wheels, side of the car, and anyone unfortunate enough to be behind me in clouds of carbon.

I found out that I could wipe off the dust with a dry microfibre, which left a few water mark type spots - but nothing I've tried other than really going mad and scrubbing will get this stuff off.

I really want a solution which doesn't involve huge elbow grease, will remove all the marks, and not damage my wheels in the process. (Incidentally I also wax the wheels and keep em clean whenever they get dusty)

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Re: flippin impossible brake dust removal - tried everything!

Well.... a good polish should work... And a good old coat of wax should just let it slip off... strange. Have you tried one of the magic erasers from JML? Sounds daft I know, but i use it on my wheels
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Re: flippin impossible brake dust removal - tried everything!

they're magic? lol!

It is strange, never seen anything like it. My old tarox's on the 206 would burn tiny holes in the alloy finish, but these PF pads just leave a black mark randomly - not pleasant!
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AsI said, strange... good luck with it fella.

(I'm guessing Cilit Bang would be too harsh to use?)
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hmm, I'll have to do a spot test,
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tried Mr sheen?
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AsI said, strange... good luck with it fella.

(I'm guessing Cilit Bang would be too harsh to use?)
Nothing finer for the job !

and BANG , it's gone !

Standby with clean water , & rinse-off as soon as the muck starts moving , job's a good'un !
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tried Mr sheen?
can't say that I have! Thought it was a furniture polish?

I'll grab some cillit bang later on and have a play,
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Re: flippin impossible brake dust removal - tried everything!

I had the dubious chore of keeping the wife's 307 Pugs alloys clean, when she was massively tramping the highways, as they got plastered in dust from the stoppers.

Limelight was good, and cheap, but as you say corrosive, so never left it on too long.: Then when rinsed and dried, a little silicone polish, this helped prevent the stuff becoming caked on, and made it easier to remove. They still looked good, after three years, when she handed the vehicle back, upon opting for EVR?:
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hi ZF! Nice to hear from you, cheers for the tips.
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You're welcome.: Always up for the easement of elbow grease I am, coupled with the economy runs. Must originate from having ration books for everyhing, in my earlier years on this planet I guess?
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can't say that I have! Thought it was a furniture polish?

I'll grab some cillit bang later on and have a play,
Let us know how it goes. The PF pads create a lot of dust that is very to remove. The only way I have found with some of it is to work very hard at it with a fingernail. I don't think there's any labour saving way of keeping alloys clean if you have PF pads.

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can't say that I have! Thought it was a furniture polish?

I'll grab some cillit bang later on and have a play,

i use mr sheen to shift brake dust and old chain lube from my bikes wheels,wipe on wipe off,job done
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You need to get them clean then seal & protect them. Cilit Bang may well work. It worked on our project GTV! Once they are clean, keep on top of them with AG Custom Wheels or similar.
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thanks for all the advice guys, glad I'm not alone with the dusty pads ferryman!
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paint thinners i use it all the time
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paint thinners i use it all the time
EA, were you the chap who set up the first major review of these pads?

can't remember!
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which pads
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hehe, performance friction ones - bit of a track day person?
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nahh, havent tried PF pads yet
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EA, were you the chap who set up the first major review of these pads?

can't remember!
This the one you were thinking of??

https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/tunin...telemetry.html
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yup! lol, couldn't be bothered to search..



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eassily done dude! that is a good thread tho
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Haha, nae bother! So, have you tried cleaning them yet?
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Re: flippin impossible brake dust removal - tried everything!

have you tried a bit of break cleaner on a corner of an old towel and rubbed the stubborn area?
once it's all clean then you could use something like rimwax, so you never get in that situation again.
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