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Old 07-19-2016, 10:04 AM   #1
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Brake Dust Remedy

After searching the forum, it seems like one of the most effective solutions for cleaning/preventing brake dust build up is using WD-40. Can anyone post the best way to apply it? I've seen mixing it with boiling water and spraying it directly on the rims and tires posted here. What is the best technique to use this? I'd also be interested to hear other owner's brake dust solutions.
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I'd be very leery of spraying WD40 (or any lubricant) near my brakes

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Armor All Wheel Protectant....

...and don't buy cheap brake pads.

http://www.armorall.com/products/wheels/brake-dust-repellent
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Armor All Wheel Protectant....

...and don't buy cheap brake pads.

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I've tested this product on a bunch of cars (E350, Mini Cooper, Boxster and Carrera) and have not been impressed. It helps a little but not worth the money and time.

Getting low dust brake pads (German manufacturers seem to love brake pads that give off a lot of dust) will do more towards keeping your wheels clean.

Don't use WD-40 on or near your brakes!!
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Ceramic pads - only way to really 'get rid of' brake dust. Higher end pads may help - but if you are going there, might as well take the next step.

I personally still have the stock pads on mine and the dust is horrible. Next change I will splurge and put on some ceramics.
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I'd be very leery of spraying WD40 (or any lubricant) near my brakes

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It actually fades off one or two meter later, or before you even have time to release the brake pedal if you prefer.

Always wash my tire, calipers, wheels, and prevent any dust sticking with diluted wd-40 in hot (HOT) water. Just needs a good brush and household/kitchen silicon gloves! NEVER ever used commercial products with nasty 'solvents', or those that leave intentional gray'ish residues on your tires.... tactics so that you have to use & buy more of their crap lollll

Those were 3 years old+ tires at the time of pic. Looking even better than new

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WD-40 is not a lubricant
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That is one damn fine looking car!
With butt-ugly taillights. IMO.
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It actually fades off one or two meter later, or before you even have time to release the brake pedal if you prefer.

Always wash my tire, calipers, wheels, and prevent any dust sticking with diluted wd-40 in hot (HOT) water. Just needs a good brush and household/kitchen silicon gloves! NEVER ever used commercial products with nasty 'solvents', or those that leave intentional gray'ish residues on your tires.... tactics so that you have to use & buy more of their crap lollll

Those were 3 years old+ tires at the time of pic. Looking even better than new

So let me get that.
You are using photoshop to remove the dust ?
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That is one damn fine looking car!
Coming from you Tom, I treat it as highest compliment. Thx bud

RE taillights, yup I have to agree with you that they are far from being half beautiful. They seemed okay at the time for some reason lolll I all seriousness, they look stunning in dark lighting conditions only. During day time they are chaos-fugly.

I have to disagree on the Butt metering-scale thing. I love butts, everybody lovesss butts
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So let me get that.
You are using photoshop to remove the dust ?
noooooo man, that was actually a bloody hard day of detailing work. I remember that day, was meant for photo shoots (in front of my condo... how poor lollllll).

PS'ed the ground concrete as it was still all wet with running soap traces and all. Looked terrible.
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Survey: who uses these heavy duty solvent products to get grims and others off their brakes & wheels?

What's your (favorite) method?
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With butt-ugly taillights. IMO.
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Survey: who uses these heavy duty solvent products to get grims and others off their brakes & wheels?

What's your (favorite) method?
I use the 3000psi pressure washer to get the rims clean, but watch out with techique.

My front bumper had a repair and respray with the previous owner and I inadvertently blew the paint right off the bumper.....big oh crap moment, but somewhat luckily the underlying bumper material is black so it is not obvious from 10' away till I can get that repainted.

I like your WD-40 tip for the rubber, i'll have to try that out.
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Fred's tires and car look great, but WD-40 is a solvent.
I don't know if applying a solvent to rubber is such a good idea.

A lot of concours people like Gummi Fledge for rubber other than tires
http://www.1z-usa.com/products/gummi-pflege-stick.html

I use Aero protectant 303 for most of the non metal surfaces in my car
http://www.goldeagle.com/product/303-aerospace-protectant
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Old 07-20-2016, 08:02 AM   #18
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WD40 on rubber is not a good idea, it makes it shine, but eats it.

On good clean wheels, the brake dust don't stick much.

I've polished mine with a very soft polishing compound, and they are very easy to clean with dish soap and hot water.
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Had the wheels off the car and used a light cut compound followed by a polish and a sealer (Rejex). They clean up pretty easily with car wash bucket soap (after washing body) and a good wheel brush now. If needed, a few spritzes of Griot's Garage wheel cleaner works well too. For the tires, I use GG rubber cleaner and finish with Pinnacle tire black.

But I do agree Fred's tires look the balls using the hot water and WD-40. Not sure why this works. Water Displacement?

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Paint your wheels black and/or switch to ceramic pads. No more dust
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