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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-19-2008, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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How to clean caked-on brake dust

a buddy told me a guy he knew had a set of wheels of an '04 Intrepid SXT. He wanted fifteen dollars for all four. So I had to go see them. Now I know why they only wanted fifteen dollar. These things have the worst, thickest, caked-on brake dust I have ever seen. I've tried one of the auto-store spray-on cleaners, and no results.

I've tried scrubbing them with a soft nylon brush, no results.

Anybody know how I can clean these wheels? Am I going to have to get a can of Brasso and some ultra-fine steel wool?

These are the polished aluminum wheels that came on the SXT's. I'm hiding them in the garage so as not to scare the neighbors.

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navel jellly works really good. give that a shot. I think you will be surprised.
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I use greased lightning degreaser and a pressure washer
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damn! the navel jelly you put it on there let it sit for a few minutes then wipe away I used it on chrome, aluminum wheels are bad about absorbing brake dust. once they get that bad its hard to get them clean. if nothing else you got some cheap spares. believe me they come in handy I had two flats last night.
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You could try Clay Bar. I know that it takes the brake dust off paint.
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SImple green that stuff cleans almost everything
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I use purple power in a spray bottle, and a nylon wheel brush.
The stuff even cleans tires as well as westley's.
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I've tried Simple Green for brake dust. It will easily remove fresh brake dust but that old crap that seems to be under the clearcoat, it will not touch.
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i use pb blaster myself. jus tmake sure you don't let it sit on any surface for more than 30 seconds or it will eat right through the brake dust and into the rims
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