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What's the best Wheel Cleaner....for brake dust...???

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Werloc, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. Apr 3, 2010 at 7:30 AM
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    Werloc

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    Looking for a really good wheel cleaner to remove the tuff brake dust. My wheels gotta look new again.


    What do you think?
     
  2. Apr 3, 2010 at 7:31 AM
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    Castrol Superclean works great.
     
  3. Apr 3, 2010 at 7:46 AM
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    You think Pep Boys would carry that?
     
  4. Apr 3, 2010 at 8:00 AM
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    i would think so i know walmrt has it. i usally buy a gallon and put it in a spray bottle.
     
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    wesley's tire/wheel cleaner. i use it on mine and it takes dust and dirt off i didn't even know was on the wheel in the first place.

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  6. Apr 3, 2010 at 8:44 AM
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    Then they aren't dirty. Mine are aluminum and black from brake dust. I need powerful stuff here.
     
  7. Apr 3, 2010 at 8:50 AM
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    i always scrub them with a stiff bristle brush and soap and water, then powerball the crap outta them with some aluminum polish then wax.
     
  8. Apr 3, 2010 at 9:54 AM
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    Simple Green (Undiluted). Cuts the crud on wheels, and cleans the tires very well too. Doesnt harm alum wheel finish/cleacoat
     
  9. Apr 3, 2010 at 12:05 PM
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    Napa has some brutal stuff called Aluminum Brightener or something like that (also says Mac's on the Napa spray bottle). Works great but be CAREFUL. Nasty acid type stuff! Gotta be armed with the garden hose at the same time!
    Best stuff I've ever seen come out of a spray bottle.
    Jim
     
  10. Apr 3, 2010 at 5:39 PM
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    purple power right out the bottle works awesome, on tires too
     
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    I have the same wheels you do. Are they clear coated? I don't think mine are because the brake dust is only staying where it's pitted some. It's not "to" bad, but I really want them perfect, since my new 03 is clean as hell.
     
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    TIME OUT! what kind of wheels? Steel or alum, polished or clear coated.
    Some of the stuff in other posts will destroy yor wheels. Try some thing a little less harsh and a little elbow grease. I think it's made by Meguires and it called A to Z wheel cleaner. Try that first. If you get lucky you can catch a parts jockey at Auto Zone or Checker that can find his A$$ with both hands and they can put you on the right path.

    FYI- Aluma bright is NASTY stuff and for semi wheels.

    Good luck

    Slapps
     
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    Brake cleaner is the best thing I have found. But it will probably take off paint.
     
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    Meguiar's Wheel Cleaner, the one in the purple bottle, did wonders on my Taco and in an X5 which had wheels with 2 year build up brake dust.

    Fuck... I should probably get hired as a Meguiar's spokesperson for how much I use their products...
     
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    Simple Green works wonders!
    Try that!!
     
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    Aluma bright works fine, (why I said to be ready with the hose!), also reading the directions helps.

    I've used it on different aluminum items (none clearcoated) with awesome results, spray on, hose off after 5 seconds and proceed after seeing what results you're getting.

    Jim
     
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    im not sure but if i were to guess i would say no.
    i just use car soap and scrub them really good then use a little of this
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    the first time i did it i took all the wheel off the truck (i needed to rotate them anyways) and used quite a few coats of it. took me awhile but its good stuff.
     
  18. Sep 23, 2010 at 2:31 PM
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    Black Magic Titanium wheel cleaner works well, and really holds a shine
     
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    its a Toyota truck and that's all the modifications needed
    I asked the same question here and a Detailer Guy named Hans something says Meguires Hot Rims is the best I dont use it but its on sale at Walmart now,theres 2 dfferent kinds ones for standard rims and the others for Chrome rims so read the label
     
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    WD40. Spray it on a rag and wipe it on. I heard this on a motorcycle forum, since the rear wheels are always a PITA to get clean with all the grease and brake dust on them. Crap comes right off and it leaves a nice film to keep other stuff from sticking.
     
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