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On my dads car, 2004 ML500, the rims have some black break dust build-up. I have tried using soap and water, but that didnt work. Then I used some windex which worked with my ML rims but this still does not work. On my final hope, I tried our power washer on it and even that only took off a little of the dust. Does anyone know how to clean the break dust off of these rims. And also why is it easier to clean the 1999 rims then the 2004?
 

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Hlstrdude08 said:
On my dads car, 2004 ML500, the rims have some black break dust build-up. I have tried using soap and water, but that didnt work. Then I used some windex which worked with my ML rims but this still does not work. On my final hope, I tried our power washer on it and even that only took off a little of the dust. Does anyone know how to clean the break dust off of these rims. And also why is it easier to clean the 1999 rims then the 2004?
PS21 wheel cleaner. You may have to let it sit for 15 min, but it does the job. You can also use a soft abrasive sponge, ie; kitchen sponge. DO NOT use SOS pads or anything with metal etc.
 

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If the car soap and wheel brush don't work, I like using my spent clay bars to clean the rims.
 

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Soap and water...



maybe some SGreen
 

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clay bar is an excellent idea.......also the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser bar is excellent at heavy duty cleaning, although I would not use it on a regular basis.
 

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Just go to Pepboys and pick up rim cleaner. I use this spray stuff that works great! I just leave it on for a couple minutes and its good to go!
 

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Lot of so-called rim cleaners are acids. They will clean the dust fast and easy, but might eat something you don't want to be eaten.
Simple Green is having automotive formula. With gentle Scotch pad I was able to remove all dust.
Get some elbow grease, while you are on it.
 

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Mother's Aluminum and Mag Polish

I use Mother's Aluminum and Mag Polish. Its a cream based. You just rub it on with a clean cloth, let it break down the brake dust, then rub off with a different clean cloth. Its the best cleaner and polish I have ever used. Also..a little elbow grease is required.:)
 

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Clean rims

I use Rotex Gold pads.

But the best way to clean these wheels is with really HOT water. :eek: The dealer uses a steam cleaner with no soap. I just use hot water and some Simply-Green. Spray on some green, let sit, then use a sponge soaked in wicked hot water. No scrubbing, no serious chemicals to crack the clear coat. The black-stuff wipes off. If it you don't wait so long between cleanings, the S-Green isn't necessary.
 

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Just curious...

How long have the rims been left dirty since last cleaned?
 
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