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So theres this brown dust on my Boyd Coddington smoothie 2's.

I tried scrubbing with normal rim soap and it's not coming off. Can you recommend something? thanx
 

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So theres this brown dust on my Boyd Coddington smoothie 2's.

I tried scrubbing with normal rim soap and it's not coming off. Can you recommend something? thanx
What rim soap did you use?


You're best option will probably be clay. Go get one of those meguiars or mothers clay kits, they'll work fine. You'll probably have to work for a while at it, be patient.
 

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If its not coming off then its not brake dust. Beats me!
 

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If its not coming off then its not brake dust. Beats me!
Not entirely true, Nick. If the brake dust has been there for awhile, or you drive your car hard producing alot of brake heat, then it can embed into the finish. It'll take some work.

Stay away from the wheel cleaners, waste of money.

Post up some pics, be easier to help then.
 
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Not entirely true, Nick. If the brake dust has been there for awhile, or you drive your car hard producing alot of brake heat, then it can embed into the finish. It'll take some work.

Stay away from the wheel cleaners, waste of money.

Post up some pics, be easier to help then.
real good info!!!

yeah..I drive it like a bat out of hell....and yeah...I let it sit dirty.
 

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real good info!!!

yeah..I drive it like a bat out of hell....and yeah...I let it sit dirty.
Seriously, try clay. If clay doesn't do it, you might try some diluted all purpose cleaner and a microfibre. If ya do try a wheel cleaner, be careful.
Even tho most say its clear coat safe...its only safe if its washed off almost right away. And even then, you may deal with staining and peeling eventually.

And after you are done cleaning...make sure to wax your wheels ;) That way, itll make it easier to clean next time. It really does help.
 

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Whatever you do, stay away from any type of degreaser/cleaner as they will stain the clearcoat. Rub very gently with tooth paste and a piece of terrycloth and see if that takes it off. The toothpaste has very mild abrasives in it (any toothpaste will work). It will also take off rubbed on paint and minor scratches. Saves the cost of buying polishing compounds for small blemishes.
You could also try a mild polishing compound.
 

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Seriously, try clay. If clay doesn't do it, you might try some diluted all purpose cleaner and a microfibre. If ya do try a wheel cleaner, be careful.
Even tho most say its clear coat safe...its only safe if its washed off almost right away. And even then, you may deal with staining and peeling eventually.

And after you are done cleaning...make sure to wax your wheels ;) That way, itll make it easier to clean next time. It really does help.
WHEEL WAX is a great product. Very easy to use. And only costs about $10.
Use a good microfiber.
 

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Mcguires Hot Rims works great, make sure its the one thats safe for all types of rims.. use a light cloth to get the tough spot off... keep applying after rinsing.
 
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How does that work? Terribly would be my guess. It was just meant for comic relief, not an actual method to try. It might work?

When you spell aluminum like that you have to prepare for the funnies...
:cookoo::cookoo::histeric::alchi::alchi: How does that work? After a 12 pack go piss on your car or is it a case?
 

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And after you are done cleaning...make sure to wax your wheels ;) That way, itll make it easier to clean next time. It really does help.
I agree that the waxing helps with getting the dust off in the future.

Am I the only one who finds it easier to remove brake dust while it's dry? I've always found the brake dust comes off easier when brushed dry (basically dusting the wheels before washing the car) or wiped-off, using detergents or water for the hard stuff. In my experience, most of the remaining brake dust comes off during the regular washing with the rest of the car.

Basically, from my experience, the dust is relatively easy to remove, but when you add any water, it becomes like sludge.

Of course, if your wheels got soaked in the rain, the stuff I mentioned above is less effective. :)
 
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