: I hate brake dust !!!



Gary Veeeee
09-04-12, 06:45 PM
This may have been answered in an older posts, but what are some suggestions on brake dust on the V's. I have 2012 CTS V with the chrome polish rims less than 1000 miles. I know it's new not a lot of miles I'm hoping this will calm down a little bit as I drive it. What's the best product out there for cleaning the rims and possibly helping this condition. Thanks

Thunder Gray STS
09-04-12, 06:52 PM
It doesn't calm down, I have 16,000 miles on my '12, and there is just as much dust as always. I don't drive it hard and still have my original PS2's with about 6-7000 miles left in them. I just have a special mitt I keep just for the wheels and use only soap and water on mine, but they are the painted rims. It is a huge pain in the butt, but I have found it just takes a little elbow grease to keep them clean.

larry arizona
09-04-12, 07:19 PM
Option 1:Armor All Wheel Protectant WORKS AWESOME. Zero brake dust for 4 weeks. Follow directions, clean rims, allow to FULLY dry. Apply AAWP and let FULLY dry. Don't wash rims (they can get wet) for up to 4 weeks. You wont believe the difference.

Option 2. Get ceramic brake pads (reduced performance and faster rotor wear).

McGuffy
09-04-12, 07:23 PM
Those great big Brembos eat pads like popcorn.

ClarkkentCTSV
09-04-12, 07:28 PM
I put ceramic brake pads on my other car and it almost completely eliminated all brake dust. Once the
current pads I have on wear down I'm replacing with Hawk ceramic brake pads. I wash my wheels twice a
week just to keep them looking clean. Going to try the armor all wheel protectant Larry Arizona suggested.

larry arizona
09-04-12, 07:52 PM
Dont get the meguiars wheel protectant, it does not work well. Armor all wheel protectant does what it claims.

201Vwagon
09-04-12, 08:09 PM
I started using the Armor All Wheel Protectant and it is amazing. I think it might have been one of larry's posts that I saw and I tried it. I even took the wheels off to do the insides. I actually get little balls of brake dust on the lip but just use my compressor and air gun to clean them.

MikeG-V
09-04-12, 08:26 PM
2nd Larry's comments.

Gary Veeeee
09-04-12, 08:36 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions. Currently I'm using mothers mag & aluminum polish it's great for shine ,cleans these wheels up very good . however, seems to almost draw in the brake dust to the rim and make it stick. I will also give the armor all wheel protectant a try seems the majority here agrees. These calipers are awesome for stopping power but you're right there's a lot of pad there. Thanks again

larry arizona
09-04-12, 09:16 PM
About 3 weeks into an application of the AAWP road dust (not brake dust) accumulates in the rearward corner of the outer spokes...... I just rinse with the hose when I wash the car (but DON'T touch the rim with your hands/fingers, or a wash tool). As soon as you touch the rim the AAWP comes off and 10 miles later you will have a brake dust streak on your rim.

AAWP can handle water rinse and will dry virtually spot free. But touch them in anyway, you will need to fully clean and reapply. One $7 can will do about 8 V rims and get you 2 months of protection. Way worth it!!!!!!!

larry arizona
09-04-12, 09:18 PM
About 3 weeks into an application of the AAWP road dust (not brake dust) accumulates in the rearward corner of the outer spokes...... I just rinse with the hose when I wash the car (but DON'T touch the rim with your hands/fingers, or a wash tool). As soon as you touch the rim the AAWP comes off and 10 miles later you will have a brake dust streak on your rim.

AAWP can handle water rinse and will dry virtually spot free. But touch them in anyway, you will need to fully clean and reapply. One $7 can will do about 8 V rims and get you 2 months of protection. Way worth it!!!!!!!:kick: KICKS ASS!

larry arizona
09-04-12, 09:20 PM
Also works great on the calipers and the inside of the exhaust tips.........

ClarkkentCTSV
09-05-12, 01:41 AM
Has anyone used AAWP on the factory polished wheels? I read some reviews on a cloudy residue being left
behind on polished and chrome wheels.

1997BlackETC
09-05-12, 01:53 AM
Ya, I have kinda noticed that, they don't shine as good as they did with it on there, not as glossy.

larry arizona
09-05-12, 07:46 AM
Has anyone used AAWP on the factory polished wheels? I read some reviews on a cloudy residue being left
behind on polished and chrome wheels.

I have my stock rims done in PVD Black Chrome. I disagree that the AAWP leaves a cludy residue. Goes on slighty cloudy but dries crystal clear and if anything adds shine and hides minor scratches.

Brian in GA
09-05-12, 08:16 AM
I started using the Armor All Wheel Protectant and it is amazing. I think it might have been one of larry's posts that I saw and I tried it. I even took the wheels off to do the insides. I actually get little balls of brake dust on the lip but just use my compressor and air gun to clean them.

+1

Armor All wheel protectant! Awesome results! 4-5 washes, 30 days+' ZERO dust.

Purple87SS
09-05-12, 11:10 PM
Yup big fan of AAWP, here followed up by Adams spray sealent. Works wonders!

ClarkkentCTSV
09-06-12, 04:29 AM
Cool, am going to get a bottle for the next time I remove and clean the wheels

Gary Veeeee
09-06-12, 10:12 AM
Got mine yesterday just need my car out of the shop and will be cleaning up my rims .Comes in a little slim can,right?

Purple87SS
09-06-12, 10:40 AM
Yes sir!

r1concepts
09-06-12, 01:32 PM
I would suggest replacing your pads with Hawk Ceramics to reduce the dust AAWP works!

msp1055
09-08-12, 09:38 PM
Not a prevenative meausre, but I use a swiffer duster to clean them up after drives. It takes less then five minutes for all four.

Gary Veeeee
09-13-12, 08:55 PM
Thanks to all recommended the Armor All Wheel Protectant. Wow what a nice product, wash the car last night and let the wheels dry. I was able to get the wheels perfectly clean even on the inside around the rotor with a slim sponge microfiber from the local parts store. Then sprayed the AAWP on the rims and calipers, let dry overnight. They looked a little hazy in the morning I took another micro fiber towel and just lightly took the haze off the rims not touching them with anything else. Drove the car today about 40 miles, the wheels look just like when I left my house perfectly clean. There were a few little dust balls around the corners that just blew off , with a very light wisp of the Towel. Even the insides of the rims look great. I don't normally get over excited about a product, however this S ..T works fantastic. It's rare that you buy a product like this that claims will do what it says, this one really does work. Thanks again I'm glad I found this forum it really helps out.

Trapspeed
09-13-12, 09:38 PM
Good to hear. I plan on trying it soon.

AKA ZR1
09-16-12, 10:59 AM
Thanks for starting this thread Gary, wow you guys are right I PVD chromed my wheels and they have noticeable brake dust after a short drive. Tried the Armor All stuff it's it works. It's a must need for our hard to clean rims!

Stephen with a V
09-20-12, 01:27 AM
Is AAWP safe for all wheels? I have some wheels coming that are brushed aluminum with clear coating and would love to try it. I'm a little scared though that it might eat the finish.....

ClarkkentCTSV
09-20-12, 03:39 AM
I treated my wheels with the AAWP and I love the stuff so far. Sprayed them on Saturday and the wheels
still look like they just got cleaned. Today I noticed small brown balls and just blew them off with the air
compressor. I highly recommend this stuff!

P.S. my V is a daily driver.