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Anyone have any tips on removing the awful brake dust these Brembos generate? I have the 5 ten style wheels and I swear the brake dust has literally baked itself on to the wheels in some corners. I've tried the iron remover and wheel cleaners but none really break this down. I'm thinking of using a small polishing pad wheel on a Dremel with some sort of mild cleaner. Thoughts?
 

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I’ve used Sonax wheel cleaner with decent results. I found a cheaper at Pep Boys made by Surf Surf City Garage that is very similar to Sonax,but almost half the price. Some people have had good experiences with ceramic coatings too. In the end though, your best bet is changing out the pads!
 

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First I’d change your pads, I have powerstop Z26 pads on mine and have zero dust and honestly I have not noticed a decrease in stopping power. Now for the cleaning, it’s going to take a bit of elbow grease. I use a wool mitt and dawn dish soap for wheels then absolutely ceramic coat them and future cleaning will be very easy
 

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I’ve used Sonax wheel cleaner with decent results. I found a cheaper at Pep Boys made by Surf Surf City Garage that is very similar to Sonax,but almost half the price. Some people have had good experiences with ceramic coatings too. In the end though, your best bet is changing out the pads!
Thanks, I'll try the Sonax product. I was going to coat the wheels, just not until they are clean :)
 

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First I’d change your pads, I have powerstop Z26 pads on mine and have zero dust and honestly I have not noticed a decrease in stopping power. Now for the cleaning, it’s going to take a bit of elbow grease. I use a wool mitt and dawn dish soap for wheels then absolutely ceramic coat them and future cleaning will be very easy
Noted. I just may go the route of new pads soon just because I'm tired of the mess. I've had Powerstop products in the past and for the price, was very happy with how well they work.
 

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I use meguires wheel cleaner. It’s a concentrate so a jug should last a minute. Purple in color. It is safe for any finish and can even be used as a bug removal asset to the front end too. It melts my dust off really well. I do notice tho that the dust will stain your tire sidewall pretty good. I generously coat the entire thing and use a regular wheel brush and a detail brush to dig into the lug holes. Then to eliminate the tire stains after I hit it with the cleaner, I take a different detail brush and “paint” tire shine on from a non aerosol bottle. This lets you control how much is getting on the tire and prevents slinging it all over the place.
On the topic of wheels…..mine are peeling very badly. 5-10’s In gunmetal. I’m entertaining the idea of powder coating but I see someone said this is ceramic??? Just curious so I know what to expect later and also if anyone else has the peeling issue.
 

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I believe the CERAMIC someone was referring to was an aftermarket detail product, not factory applied. If your wheels are flaking, I highly recommend powder coating. I have the 5-10s too, but mine came in the brushed aluminum finish. I was lucky enough to find a local company called CalChrome that dones chrome plating and powder coating. They also do mail order business. One nice service they offer is a WHEEL EXCHANGE program. IF they have your wheels in stock, they can coat them to your liking and ship them to you. When they arrive, you swap out the wheels and send your wheels back. This can avoid any down time.
 

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Sonax or Adams wheel cleaner is expensive but does a great job dissolving the dust. A cheaper alternative is Meguire's All Wheel and Tire cleaner which you can fin at any Walmart or parts store. Get a good cone shaped wheel brush or a set of wheel woolies for getting in all those tight spaces.
 

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Sonax or Adams wheel cleaner is expensive but does a great job dissolving the dust. A cheaper alternative is Meguire's All Wheel and Tire cleaner which you can fin at any Walmart or parts store. Get a good cone shaped wheel brush or a set of wheel woolies for getting in all those tight spaces.
Thanks. I picked up some sonax to try this weekend.
 

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Just make sure the wheels and brakes are cool and not in the sun when you use any of these products
 

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pretty sure you can use mr. clean magic erasers on wheels, theres a picture of a wheel on the box; those bad boys take off anything!!
Funny you mention that. My brother in law and I were just talking about them and the multiple things they are good for. An added bonus is that you really can’t damage anything with it by trying because it’s not really an active chemical your applying. I’m not sure if you can combine that with a solvent or not so if you don’t want a science experiment I’d try one or the other… just my brain.
 

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I happen to have a few magic erasures. Never thought to try it on the wheels but I'll give it a go too.
 

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Not sure on how to get your wheels clean but I do know of a way to keep it from coming back….
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R1 concepts for the win!

Geomet rotors with their ceramic pads, installed over a year ago. No brake dust on my wheels and no rust on my rotors.
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Not sure on how to get your wheels clean but I do know of a way to keep it from coming back…. View attachment 230787
R1 concepts for the win!

Geomet rotors with their ceramic pads, installed over a year ago. No brake dust on my wheels and no rust on my rotors.
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Yeah I bought some power stop pads. Rotors are pretty new so no need to replace them. I'm tired of the dust.
 

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So I had an idea...what about steam? I picked up this handheld steamer and tested it out. Works quite well to be honest. For the crud that is really baked on, this is a good solution for someone trying to clean the wheels if cleaners don't work. You can get into tight spots with this too which is convenient. Highly recommended for wheels!

 

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Nice job JLinn, but why didn’t your ride come with SRT center caps!?!?!
You know, I was wondering that too. I bought it used with clean history but I’m not sure what happened before I got it or if it just came that way originally. It was completely stock when I got it and pretty much all others I’ve seen have the SRT centers.
 

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A guy I know bought a TRACKHAWK and it came with JEEP caps too!?!?!? I guess they just slap on whatever they have at the factory that day.
 
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