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Baked on brake dust

Post by dazthephot » Tue 02 Jul, 2019 22:54

I’ve tried the normal off the shelf Halfords cleaners but my wheels are in a terrible state. I’m keen to avoid a full refurb of each wheel until I’ve tried something proper.

So are there any cleaners that actually work?


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Re: Baked on brake dust

Post by LaRy » Wed 03 Jul, 2019 07:29

Use Autosol and a cloth! Hard work. If you can't buy/find Autosol, it is a cream for polishing chrome. Anything to make chrome shine again will work. I've used Autosol with good result.

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Re: Baked on brake dust

Post by zaksdad » Wed 03 Jul, 2019 07:54

buy g101 water it down rub in wash off

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Re: Baked on brake dust

Post by motco » Thu 04 Jul, 2019 14:44

Bilt Hamber Autowheel https://www.bilthamber.com/auto-wheel is brilliant! Spray it on, wait until it's purple, hose it off. Done.

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Post by bentley-boy » Thu 04 Jul, 2019 21:18

Cheap oven cleaner from the pound shop, works great!

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Re: Baked on brake dust

Post by dazthephot » Fri 05 Jul, 2019 09:20

Ah thanks guys much appreciated. As for oven cleaner who’d have thought!!!

It seems that most of the valeters use wonder wheels but only if they have to. I thought it was just another consumer product that didn’t work.

I’ll try your suggestions first though.


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Re: Baked on brake dust

Post by dazthephot » Fri 05 Jul, 2019 09:21

motco wrote:Bilt Hamber Autowheel https://www.bilthamber.com/auto-wheel is brilliant! Spray it on, wait until it's purple, hose it off. Done.

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That’s a nice wheel. Not a Zed wheel though???


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Re: Baked on brake dust

Post by motco » Fri 05 Jul, 2019 15:02

It is an OEM Z4M Coupé wheel. It was very badly marked with brake dust and the Bilt Hamber stuff simply dissolved it off. I did several sets:

My X-Type Jaguar winter tyre wheels which were very second hand
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and my son's track day wheels - also fairly rough.

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A pro job... for export to Australia where it now lives.

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Re: Baked on brake dust

Post by dazthephot » Fri 05 Jul, 2019 21:45

Oooh nice, very nice


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Re: Baked on brake dust

Post by dazthephot » Sun 07 Jul, 2019 18:39

Quick product review. Wonder wheels is useless. Time for the bilt hamber.


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Re: Baked on brake dust

Post by motco » Fri 19 Jul, 2019 15:50

Please report your findings Dazthephot :)

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Re: Baked on brake dust

Post by LaRy » Sat 20 Jul, 2019 14:44

As Bentley-boy said: Cheap oven cleaner from the pound shop, works great!
I've tested, yes, it works great. Maybe not a method you use every time, bit if the dirt is hard and old, it is great. The difference is that you really have to use car shampoo to take away the oven cleaner including the dirt, or high pressure water.
I noticed that oven cleaner will not take away asphalt dots, just dust from the brakes.

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Re: Baked on brake dust

Post by dazthephot » Sat 20 Jul, 2019 19:50

motco wrote:Please report your findings Dazthephot :)
It simply did nothing to remove the stains on the wheels. I did exactly as the instructions said but unfortunately to no effect.

I’ve scrubbed these wheels to within an inch of their lives and still have the same dark streaked stains. I’ll post a picture later.

I’m sure this product is good for light stains and brake dust that isn’t as old as mine.


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Re: Baked on brake dust

Post by dazthephot » Sat 20 Jul, 2019 19:50

LaRy wrote:As Bentley-boy said: Cheap oven cleaner from the pound shop, works great!
I've tested, yes, it works great. Maybe not a method you use every time, bit if the dirt is hard and old, it is great. The difference is that you really have to use car shampoo to take away the oven cleaner including the dirt, or high pressure water.
I noticed that oven cleaner will not take away asphalt dots, just dust from the brakes.
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Re: Baked on brake dust

Post by motco » Sun 21 Jul, 2019 13:38

dazthephot wrote:
Sat 20 Jul, 2019 19:50
motco wrote:Please report your findings Dazthephot :)
It simply did nothing to remove the stains on the wheels. I did exactly as the instructions said but unfortunately to no effect.

I’ve scrubbed these wheels to within an inch of their lives and still have the same dark streaked stains. I’ll post a picture later.

I’m sure this product is good for light stains and brake dust that isn’t as old as mine.


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I'm sorry to hear that dazthephot, it was little short of miraculous on mine. Brake dust seems to get deeply embedded in the surface and this stuff simply dissolves it.

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