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Old 09-17-2014, 01:39 PM
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Default Cleaning off brake dust... baked on/caked on/fused on brake dust?

So my 100 is in great shape over all and the paint and interior were pretty well maintained but the wheels are caked with brake dust. I have tried nearly a half dozen products with little results. I've used, wheel cleaners (2) Oil eater, power purple, brake cleaner... nothing.

Short of sandblasting them and repowder-coating (which I won't do, I'd rather just pick up some 18" Tundra take-offs) does anyone have any tricks?

My last two known tries will be...

Oven Cleaner
Clay Bar

Any out there have some magic juju for this?

Drew
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Old 09-17-2014, 02:40 PM
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Bleche White (an old time whitewall cleaner pump-spray - had been around at least 40 years) seems to remove nasty stuff from wheels better than most so-called wheel cleaners. They caution against using on wheels, but if not left on long, it doesn't seem to hurt. I used it last night on my 4Runner wheels.

I think the absolute nastiest residues will not come off with anything. A Magic Eraser (Mr. Clean) will probably remove the gloss, but that's what I'd try next (gingerly).
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Old 09-17-2014, 03:14 PM
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Yeah, that dust does a number, plus the aluminum oxidizes and gets nasty looking. Good luck. I went to the yard to get a spare and went through this. Since it was a spare, I went with the wire wheel and paint approach from Sherwin Williams. Cheaper than a blast and powder coat, but I can't get over the gunmetal color, so I'm really considering that down the road. Love the way that looks on a wheels (I actually wish I could do the whole truck that color).
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Meguire's Hot Wheels All Wheel Cleaner:
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Bleche White (an old time whitewall cleaner pump-spray - had been around at least 40 years) seems to remove nasty stuff from wheels better than most so-called wheel cleaners. They caution against using on wheels, but if not left on long, it doesn't seem to hurt. I used it last night on my 4Runner wheels.

I think the absolute nastiest residues will not come off with anything. A Magic Eraser (Mr. Clean) will probably remove the gloss, but that's what I'd try next (gingerly).
Tried the magic eraser already. Love those things.

Thanks Matt I've had good luck with McGuires products in the past.
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Isn't brake dust on the inside so who cares?
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depending on how much clear coat is left after all these years yo can also wetsand and then polish them back up.
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Old 09-18-2014, 09:13 AM
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How about a picture?

I've got this concentrated magic juice that I bought from some kid doing door to door sales a few years ago, and I use it to clean the brake dust off my wife's car (it's extensive). It's very effective at cleaning the wheels, but then again it's not caked, fused or otherwise pitted into the wheels yet.
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The meguires works pretty good. Spray it on, then go to town with a scrub brush for the dishes.
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