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Old 11-13-2011, 01:34 PM   #1
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help on how to remove this:

I can't stand looking at my wheels with all the dried up build up of dirt. What's the easiet and best way to get rid of this?
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Old 11-13-2011, 05:23 PM   #2
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That's not dirt - it's the buildup of brake pad dust and binders. A search of wheel cleaner threads (or just scroll down and read other wheel cleaner threads) will give you tons of information.
Sonax cleaner is popular lately - http://www.detailedimage.com/Wheel-Tire-C22/
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Old 11-13-2011, 06:44 PM   #3
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This stuff would definently work?
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:11 PM   #4
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meguires wheel brightener will take it off with some work. just remember, its an acid so rinse often and work in small areas.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:20 PM   #5
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:25 PM   #6
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+1 on sonax and use a wheel brush to agitate it, follow by a powerwasher rinse and you should be set.

If you want to swing down to north jersey i'll do it for you
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:22 PM   #7
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+1 on sonax and use a wheel brush to agitate it, follow by a powerwasher rinse and you should be set.

If you want to swing down to north jersey i'll do it for you
I think its more expensive going to jersey then buying the products myself and going at it.

What store would sell this locally? autozone?
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:26 PM   #8
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I think its more expensive going to jersey then buying the products myself and going at it.

What store would sell this locally? autozone?
I don't think any local store sells sonax. I buy sonax from a shop in jersey called Detailersdomain, I won't link them because of the forum rules but a simple google search can get them to you. Sonax runs for about 15 a bottle i think, plus a brush and shipping will come to probably 30 dollars.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:31 PM   #9
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Just hand scrub your wheels really good then use lacquer thinner on a pad scrub them with that then wash again and wax them to help prevent brake dust build up. That's what I do to my BMW customers cars and mines when I had my style 68's. Good luck
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:54 PM   #10
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looks like a job for a toothbrush & some compound =X
when you comming to the shop? dont expect perfection, if its baked on there its not all going to come off.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:19 AM   #11
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Hmmm when am I coming to the shop? Don't know man, I really don't know. My car would be a project for you though

I'm about to take a metal scrubber, meguiars wheel cleaner and clean it
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Hmmm when am I coming to the shop? Don't know man, I really don't know. My car would be a project for you though

I'm about to take a metal scrubber, meguiars wheel cleaner and clean it
OHMYFNGAWD! a metal scrubber? please tell me you are joking! 911 call me now you are a mess!
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OHMYFNGAWD! a metal scrubber? please tell me you are joking! 911 call me now you are a mess!

next post he will be asking why the finish on the wheels is stripped down to the bare metal.
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:19 PM   #14
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I was joking, calm down there. I attempted on using my meguiars wheel cleaner(the purple bottle), and using a sponge. I do see that it comes off, but I need something rough to take the brake dust off.

Andrew, how much would you charge me to clean up all 4 of my rims. I know its doable. PM me your pricing.
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I was joking, calm down there. I attempted on using my meguiars wheel cleaner(the purple bottle), and using a sponge. I do see that it comes off, but I need something rough to take the brake dust off.

Andrew, how much would you charge me to clean up all 4 of my rims. I know its doable. PM me your pricing.
lol sent you a pm back.
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