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Question How to clean wheels from carbon dust?

Hey all, that’s me again.

One of my wheel discs is covered with black thing, which I assume is carbon dust from brakes. This makes the car look like tractor form the field. I tried to remove that thing but apparently it doesn’t go off. I tried alcohol, windex, acetone and it does not help. The only thng that started removing it is regular baking soda, but its so slow and I guess I have to spend a month to clean the wheel in this way.

So maybe some one knows the chemical that I can use to remove that and not to damage the wheel or the tire?

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Assuming stock wheels and finish, this works like a charm:

Take a wheel off andlay it on some newspaper. Carefully spray the wheel with inexpensive oven cleaner, trying to not get a lot on your tires (best mask off your valve as well). Go have a beer. Return and spray off with a hose. What remains will wipe right off.

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Try our Search function. You'll find all kinds of good ideas. This is a popular subject.

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well, I gues thats good idea but I dont have an option to take the wheel off, I can try to do that on the wheel, I hope thats not going to damage anything...

Thanks for help!
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I fear that what you are doing w/ the baking soda and what is recommended w/ the oven cleaner will not only remove the brake dust but your wheel's finish altogether. Your wheels are finished just as your cars painted surface and would you do either of those things on your car's hood? There are many commercial wheel cleaners but some of them are very harsh on wheel finishes too, so you need to be careful what you do. GS is correct that this is a very popular issue and you should do a search on things like "brake dust removal," "wheel cleaners," etc... You might also look on the Tire Rack forum here. That is where most of these issues are discussed. And if you really want an education on brake dust issues go over to the Autopia forum.

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I don't know if its available in the US or maybe sold under a different name, but in the UK we have a product called Wonder Wheels which is the only one I have ever found that cleans brake dust from alloy wheels. It is far superior to all the rest of the wheel cleaning products, and unlike oven cleaner, it is specifically designed for alloy wheels.

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ok then i guesss im just going to the car store and hoping no one gonna take my parking spot hehe
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Just to be sure no damage to your paint - but a lot of time & work though use carwash soap & water & put a coat of wax after.

And maintain it clean everytime you wash your car.
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Just to be sure no damage to your paint - but a lot of time & work though use carwash soap & water & put a coat of wax after.

And maintain it clean everytime you wash your car.
Amen to preventive maintenance!

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I agree that the key is to not let it build up very much. I have been using Blue Coral Wheel Magic and it works pretty well. It won't all just hose off like it says on the bottle, but what doesn't come off when you rinse it, is loose enough that a gentle wipe with a paper towel is all you need.

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