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One of the things that annoys me about my Smart Car is the embedded metallic brake dust that has "burned" itself into the clear coat of the front wheels. When I change pads, I plan on going to a ceramic pad. I searched removing brake dust from wheels and came upon a really amazing product called Sonax wheel cleaner. This stuff works great, see the following pictures....

Recognize this stuff? Just washed the car and wheels....



When you spray the Sonax on, it is green in color. It does not take much...



Directions say to leave it for a couple minutes. I used a very fine steel wool to help it eat away at the brake dust. The Sonax turns red as it works...



The directions say to hose it off...i just wiped it off, then used a little rubbing compound and a coat of wax. The wheels look as good as new!



I found the product on Amazon.com and I think it was about $20. I've cleaned a lot of wheels, and I have not found anything that works as good as this stuff. It took me about 10 minutes a wheel - well worth the time.

 

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Sprayway glass cleaner works for me... 2-3 dollars at Ace Hardware

I rotated the tires last week. The fronts had 3.5 years of brake dust on the inside.
One application of Sprayway and the wheels are like new....
Works great on windows too .. ☺
 

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thanks for the tip, im about to clean my strikelines on my S. Mann 450 and its always a pain in the ass...
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I used the buffer pad on my Dremmel the other day, and it took off a lot of the build-up. I made sure to keep the rpm setting as low as I could and still have it work. I then applied a little car wax. Don't know what else to do at this late stage!
 

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I used the buffer pad on my Dremmel the other day, and it took off a lot of the build-up. I made sure to keep the rpm setting as low as I could and still have it work. I then applied a little car wax. Don't know what else to do at this late stage!
Sonax is magic. Seriously, easy to use and amazing. I've owned more than 100 cars and wish I knew about this years ago.
 

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I used the buffer pad on my Dremmel the other day, and it took off a lot of the build-up. I made sure to keep the rpm setting as low as I could and still have it work. I then applied a little car wax. Don't know what else to do at this late stage!
Sonax is magic. Seriously, easy to use and amazing. I've owned more than 100 cars and wish I knew about this years ago.
 

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Recommended by jetfuel, and I've tried it also - plain old lacquer thinner. It works and is a lot cheaper than these dedicated products (although Sonax works pretty well.) :)

 

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Tried Simple Green aviation grade - gets off the easy stuff but won't budge the melted on spots. The lacquer thinner takes care of it all and does not hurt the clear coat. :)
 

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No joke...Ka-Boom oxi-clean works better than you can imagine on alloy wheels. Not to sound like a commercial, but even those hard to reach places directly under the spokes. It sprays on purple and turns white when done. Available ....everywhere. As a matter of fact, I've found that after using new Ka-Boom, my skin looks younger and I ah...have more ram in my rod...if you know what I mean.:D
 
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