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Tips to prevent brake dust

Hey guys. I tried a few searches but couldn't find some decent tips on how to care for the dreaded brake dust covered wheels. I've been needing to clean my wheels every 2-3 days because it's so bad.

I've heard waxing the wheels helps. Just use normal car wax or is there a particular one?

I also heard of those kind of plates that go inside the wheel and help a lot but what worries me is that the blocking plate won't do the brakes very well and will prevent proper cooling.

ALso heard of some stuff from Michelin but cant exactly pinpoint it.

Do you guys have any tips?
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You can try stuff like Zymol Wheel Coat, which attacks the problem from the wheel wax angle, or try Kleen Wheels, which are vented and work well, although they may not look very good depending on the design of your rims, or try no- or low-dust brake pads such as ceramic (expensive and not recommended by DB) or Mintex (a Textar subsidiary).

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I recently bought a bottle of Mothers wheel cleaner - amazing stuff ! Worked on dirt other clears weren't able to remove - and i tried it on another car - so other cleaners didn't loosen the dirt for this one

Other than that buy low dust pads - Hawk or Porterfield

Stay away from brake dust shield - brakes need all the cooling they can get.

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I changed mine to Raybestos Premium Pads and no more dust. I've also heard Wagner Quiet Stop are just as good.

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Yes, wax does work. I use whatever non-abraisive wax I'm given at a junket.
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I found the Hawk pads to squeal too much for me. Damned good stopping but the sound drove me nuts. I have Baer Brakes on my Sierra and I just had to take the Hawks off.

Lots of coats of wax after the wheels are very cool help. It helps also to make sure the clear coat is on the wheels. If that has been knocked off by salt/carwash etc then brake dust will be there. It is worth it to have a body shop shoot the wheels with good clear if there is a problem.

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Here are some pictures of my wheels just to show their current condition.

Tried my best to get as good of a picture as possible. what are they in need of, and the condition is pretty much the same for each wheel.


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I switched to EBC redstuff pads. Dusting is no longer a problem and they have superb stopping power. They are also quiet.
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ALso heard of some stuff from Michelin but cant exactly pinpoint it.

Review: Michelin brake dust repellent and 3 n1 tire shine w/pics - Autopia Car Detailing Forum

Although the vehicle in the review is not an MB, I use this product regularly on my CLS after waxing the wheels and it DOES reduce the brake dust by about 25%. I would also say that waxing the wheels makes the brake dust MUCH easier to clean too. You can also spray this on the inside of the rim. It's worth a shot. My process...

Wash
Dry
Wax
Michelin Spray
Wipe

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