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      04-09-2012, 02:33 PM   #1
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Track pad brake dust - won't come off.

I recently aquired a 135i with ~23k on the odo.

The PO has Hawk DTC track pads front and rear.

I'm trying to detail the wheels, but I can't get some of this brake dust off.

The best success I had was with a headlight resto-kit foam pad in a portable drill, combined with some mothers wax. It got them cleaner, but I still can't get some of the deep stuff off.

The wheel faces are pretty good / ok, but the insides are terrible (see pics).

Any suggestions? I read in another thread that over cleaner might work, but I'm afraid to try anything that caustic.

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      04-09-2012, 02:49 PM   #2
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Oven cleaner will not work on our wheels as they are clear coated. Try Megs an agitate it with a brush.

http://www.detailedimage.com/Meguiar...380/128-oz-S1/
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what about Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner
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Looks like Hawk Blue residue. There are a few pad materials that given heat and then wet conditions will score into the painted surface of wheels and sides of the car (hot metal shavings stick into the paint and then rust). I would doubt that it will ever come off completely.

I stopped using the Blues about 10 years ago to fight this and have not had a concern since.
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      04-10-2012, 10:10 AM   #5
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Looks like Hawk Blue residue. There are a few pad materials that given heat and then wet conditions will score into the painted surface of wheels and sides of the car (hot metal shavings stick into the paint and then rust). I would doubt that it will ever come off completely.

I stopped using the Blues about 10 years ago to fight this and have not had a concern since.
Yea, they're full track pads.

I'm changing them out, but I'd still like to get the wheels cleaner than they are.
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did you ever get them cleaned?
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=929586

Prosoco 600 cleaner

id suggest to take it in for a a respray if you cant get them cleaned.
. My brother got his scuff marks fixed and wheels sprayed gun metal grey for R1600 hmm about $186 and they look like brand new magz now.
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      02-08-2013, 03:41 PM   #7
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did you ever get them cleaned?
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=929586

Prosoco 600 cleaner

id suggest to take it in for a a respray if you cant get them cleaned.
. My brother got his scuff marks fixed and wheels sprayed gun metal grey for R1600 hmm about $186 and they look like brand new magz now.
I found that thread a while ago.

I ended up using straight muriatic acid. It got them cleaner, but not perfect.

I'm going to be respraying them anthracite this spring.
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