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Cosmetic Maintenance: Washing, Waxing, Detailing, Bodywork, Protection Anything related to keeping your Camaro clean and in good cosmetic condition.

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Old 04-12-2013, 11:21 PM   #1
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Kinda Dusty

Sorry if this is a repost i couldn't find any postings on it but how do you guys clean your brake dust?
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:41 PM   #2
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Soap & water. Well, car wash soap anyway. Use a wash mitt so you can easily get in the nooks and crannies.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:43 PM   #3
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:56 AM   #4
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Soap & water. Well, car wash soap anyway. Use a wash mitt so you can easily get in the nooks and crannies.
Make sure it is a separate mitt from what you are using on your paint even if you have a grit guard. There are also car care products that you can spray on and use a soft brush to agitate it so it comes off a lot easier. (keeps you from having to use an extra mitt)
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You can buy brake cleaner (spray)
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:06 PM   #6
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Just a few threads down:

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=288508
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:15 PM   #7
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I usually wash my rims first before I wash the rest of my car. I wash them using a separate bucket of wash and a different washcloth from what I use on the rest of the car to prevent scratching my clear coat. After I'm finished with the rims I dump the wash bucket, clean it out, and refill with fresh wash. It takes so long to clean mine that the rest of my would be water spotted before I got a chance to dry it. And I can't dry it before I do the rims otherwise I rick getting water on the car when I rinse. Also Meguires Hot Rims All-Wheel Cleaner works really well as a prewash to get really stubborn grime off.
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:04 PM   #8
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Regular dish soap and water. Only used on the rims which i wash first, I have a separate bucket and sponge. Works great.
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Regular dish soap and water. Only used on the rims which i wash first, I have a separate bucket and sponge. Works great.
Don't do this if you have any protection on your wheels as the dish soap will strip it off.
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:25 PM   #10
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Don't do this if you have any protection on your wheels as the dish soap will strip it off.
Exactly, but if you have no protection it works great. My wheels are shining bright every time.
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:27 PM   #11
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Exactly, but if you have no protection it works great. My wheels are shining bright every time.
If you had protection, you wouldn't need dish soap. Vicious cycle.

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Old 04-13-2013, 02:31 PM   #12
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i would not recommend using "brake cleaner". This will destroy the finish.
Also no on dish soap. You should treat wheels like you would your hood. Wash with car wash soap, dry, and apply a good wax on them. If you keep them clean then you should never have to use harsh chemicals on them and they will stay nice for a long time.
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:37 PM   #13
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...and then change to Hawk Ceramics.
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(well, a lot less anyway)

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http://www.westcoastcorvette.com/p-2...eel-brush.aspx
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i would not recommend using "brake cleaner". This will destroy the finish.
Also no on dish soap. You should treat wheels like you would your hood. Wash with car wash soap, dry, and apply a good wax on them. If you keep them clean then you should never have to use harsh chemicals on them and they will stay nice for a long time.
Then what would one do to deal with brake dust / tar spots on the wheels?
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Then what would one do to deal with brake dust / tar spots on the wheels?
Use car soap..

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Hmm...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if regular car shampoo/soap cannot remove similar embedded particles from clearcoated body/paint, wouldn't the same apply to clearcoated wheels as well?

Take these wheels for example, I really doubt regular car shampoo can get rid of these yellow/contaminated brake dust areas, even with agitation using a regular car shampoo..

Personally, I feel one does have to use a strong cleaner atleast every 3-6 months. Regular car shampoo can then be used in between..

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Hmm...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if regular car shampoo/soap cannot remove similar embedded particles from clearcoated body/paint, wouldn't the same apply to clearcoated wheels as well?

Take these wheels for example, I really doubt regular car shampoo can get rid of these yellow/contaminated brake dust areas, even with agitation using a regular car shampoo..

Personally, I feel one does have to use a strong cleaner atleast every 3-6 months. Regular car shampoo can then be used in between..

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If your wheels look like that, it's because you haven't been maintaining them properly. In that case, yeah, you'll need a stronger cleaner. Something like sonax or adams new wheel cleaner.

If you wash the wheels with soap and water every time you wash the car you'll almost never need a strong wheel cleaner.

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Old 04-14-2013, 12:39 PM   #18
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Agreed!

You can also use claybar on them. Always follow up with a quality wax. This will make washing them easier too. The brake dust will not stick as well.
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