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Old 08-05-2022, 08:29 PM
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Brake Dust Stain on Wheels

Took both of my W211s through a car variety brushless wash. As always happens, the automated wash does not clean off all the the brake dust...I just deal with that after the fact with a hose and microfiber cloth. This time, however, it looks as though the brake dust has somehow stained the rims. There are spots that just won't come off. So I'm assuming they are "trapped" under a layer of wax and/or clearcoat.

What's my best bet for getting the wheels clean? Thus far I've only tried a hose and a cloth.

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Old 08-25-2022, 10:05 PM
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The dust may be iron from the brake rotors, not brake pad material.
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Old 09-23-2022, 11:07 AM
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Try clay bar, Mr.Clean Magic Eraser or a Meguiars wheel cleaner. With the wheel cleaner carefully select the correct version for the finish on your wheels as there are 3-4 types. The wheel cleaners can chemically release the stains if you're fortunate.

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Old 01-29-2023, 04:24 PM
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Some time back, someone on the diesel forum recommended Lysol Lime and Rust toilet bowl cleaner. My W123 bundts are almost 40 years old. I used an old toothbrush to get into the tight spots. It seemed to do no harm and melted away all that residue.

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