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Old 10-01-2017, 05:31 PM   #1
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Removing baked on brake dust/dirt

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My 2012 Jag XFS has lovely 20" rims, however the inside barrel is caked in baked on dirt which I am guessing is brake dust, dirt and residue from wheel weights. I have tackled the wheels with Iron fallout removers like CSPs Iron gel and Korrosol and washed wheels with Bilberry wheel cleaner, scrubbed with an EZ wheel brush, I even used neat Bilberry on the inner wheel but still cannot get the wheels looking good as new. I was tempted to de-iron, wash and clay the inside of the wheel. What would you guys suggest? Its nice having sparkly clean wheel faces but I want the inside rims to look good too.

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Old 10-01-2017, 05:35 PM   #2
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It may be nasty stuff that you don't want to use on a regular basis but when nothing else shifts it, I find Wonder Wheels does the job. It's not exactly PH neutral though!
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Old 10-01-2017, 05:55 PM   #3
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It may be nasty stuff that you don't want to use on a regular basis but when nothing else shifts it, I find Wonder Wheels does the job. It's not exactly PH neutral though!
He is absolutely right. If I have to clean any really dirty wheels, which are never my own, I get out the 7 year old 5L wonder wheels, still with about 4.5L left.
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The blue thick acid based wheel cleaner from Valetpro is pretty effective...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VALETPRO-B...gAAOSwyQtVspD3

although i'd say you've given them a pretty good going over already with fallout remover etc

Have the wheels been refurbed at some point ? often they just do the faces leaving overspray on the inners or worse still layer over the dirty surfaces. I used wet n dry on one Audi wheel to finally sort it (going back to Audi's finish under the refurb !)
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cheers guys appreciate the input. Percymon you may have a point about the wheel refurbs, the wheels were not marked when I viewed the car but thats not to say its hasn't had a mobile refurb at any point. I know a place that could properly strip, dip and powder coat them and get them back to looking like new again but that's going to cost around £300.
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Have you tried a tar remover at all? Often what appears to be 'dirt/brake dust' is actually tar deposits
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Got some Tardis, can try that out.
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Got some Tardis, can try that out.
Won't really help with brake bust, I dont think?
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XFS? Nice car! When cleaning really dirty wheels, you need three products in your arsenal. Firstly, a good strong alloy cleaner, like Autosmart Smart Wheels or treble x. The guys above have mentioned Wonder wheels, and it's years since I last used it, but I'd say it'd do too.

Secondly, a tar remover; Autosmart Tardis is a good shout, as it's very effective.

Finally, an iron fallout remover as you've said.

I bought a car a few years back, and the faces of the wheels had been refurbed, trapping a load of dirt under the lacquer on the barrel. Bizarre, but I know most folk don't clean the wheel barrels like we do lol.

Personally, I'd get a few products and give it a try. It'll be about 40 quid, and we'll worth having, even if you do need to get them refurbed.

Hope you get sorted chum.

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A lot of refurbs are done by dealers as a quick tidy up. Often the wheels don't even get removed, they'll feed a plastic bag through the spokes to cover the brakes and spray them where they are.

Like you say, 99% of people will never notice or care, they just want wheels which don't look like they've been ground along curbs.
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