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Old May 5, 2014, 05:14 PM
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Help! Brake deposits will not come off wheels!

I am having a hard time removing some brake deposits from my wheels. I have tried many products including P21S and Sonax. I have even gone as far as using cooktop cleaner since it seems to be "baked" on. Nothing has seemed to help.

I believe this happened due to being at the track using track pads. I'm not sure if it was due to the heat or what. I wash my car regularly and this has not happened since, or not getting worse.

Below is a picture of the problem I am having. You can see the buildup in the corners where the spokes meet the outside of the wheel. You can also see it on the inside of the wheel.

Please let me know if you have ever experienced this type of problem and what products I might be able to use. Thanks.
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Old May 7, 2014, 08:25 PM
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You might have to go the acid route for something like that - Megs Wheel Brightener and some elbow grease
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Old May 7, 2014, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by irwintan27 View Post
If he already tried Sonax, I'm not sure how much more effective Iron-X would be - worth a shot, though
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Old May 8, 2014, 07:37 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. It looks like I may have to try Meg's Wheel Brightener as that's a type of product I haven't used yet.
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Have you tried claying them yet?
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Old May 9, 2014, 05:47 AM
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Been there done that. Pool (muriatic) acid and water. Let it sit for a few seconds, and scrub, a little more then scrub.... Put some gloves, and don't let the acid get on your car...
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Been there done that. Pool (muriatic) acid and water. Let it sit for a few seconds, and scrub, a little more then scrub.... Put some gloves, and don't let the acid get on your car...
Acid on your wheels, really. They are painted as well- just saying if you wont put the acid on the cars paint why would it be different for any painted surface.
Since you may be on to something-- how did your wheels hold up to the acid bath you gave them.
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Acid on your wheels, really. They are painted as well- just saying if you wont put the acid on the cars paint why would it be different for any painted surface.
Since you may be on to something-- how did your wheels hold up to the acid bath you gave them.
My wheels are powder coated, but if you dilute the solution, it will work.
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If you don't want to try acid on the wheels. you could try some 0000 or 00000 steel wool. I have 000 and use it to clean my exhaust tip and that doesn't leave any scratch marks.
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try using a clay bar, worked for me.
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I wax every set of wheels I get. I then clean them after every track day and once per week, if I drive it, paying close attention to the corners.
I re-wax when I notice the dust sticking.
I'm to lazy to clean them after it's baked on. LOL
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