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Old 06-13-2013, 10:29 AM
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As you all know...bmw get the worst brake dust. I bought the car with awful dots that wouldn't come off. So here's what I did. Before Click image for larger version

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ID:	381568. I used sonax. It didnt get everything I'm wondering if you guys have any idea how to remove it all?


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Old 06-13-2013, 10:33 AM
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The lady that cleans my home does a fantastic job on wheels and she uses sonax,good stuff
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:36 AM
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The lady that cleans my home does a fantastic job on wheels and she uses sonax,good stuff
It didnt get it all off. I'm clueless I don't know how to get it off


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Old 06-13-2013, 10:38 AM
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It didnt get it all off. I'm clueless I don't know how to get it off


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not to ask a silly question, but you did scrub it after spraying on the cleaner, correct?

if you have a heavy deposit of brake dust, you may need to use claybar or something to remove it, as the brake dust will actually get bonded to the paint
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:40 AM
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:43 AM
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not to ask a silly question, but you did scrub it after spraying on the cleaner, correct?
Yes. I used a sponge. Like a dish washing sponge. I used the soft side didnt really do much used the hard side and looked like it scratched it a bit :/


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Old 06-13-2013, 10:49 AM
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You can use muriatic acid,10 cups of water to one cup of acid,add the water first then add acid to water,wear GOGGLES...rinse every 60 seconds,try on a small area first then proceed,good luck.
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As you all know...bmw get the worst brake dust. I bought the car with awful dots that wouldn't come off. So here's what I did. It didnt get everything I'm wondering if you guys have any idea how to remove it all?

Dots? Don' see no dots.

I slosh wheels from my car wash soap bucket; use a wheel brush. Comes out like brand new.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:57 AM
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You can use muriatic acid,10 cups of water to one cup of acid,add the water first then add acid to water,wear GOGGLES...rinse every 60 seconds,try on a small area first then proceed,good luck.
I'm going to have to try that! It seems very risky.


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Dots? Don' see no dots.

I slosh wheels from my car wash soap bucket; use a wheel brush. Comes out like brand new.
I bought the car a month ago. They were on there when I bought them. Guessing the guy never really took car of the rims. But no soap and a scrubber won't do anything. I've tried that a dozen time..even a power washer. They're stained on


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Safety First,Gloves and Goggles,use this as a last resort.
You have any other options?


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You have any other options?
OK....
  • Bug & tar remover
  • Phosphoric acid/surfactant[s] wheel cleaner

Some organics diff to remove w/o solvent. Sometimes low pH does the job. Good luck!
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Did you try the sonax multiple times, using a brush? Also, try a product like Iron-X (available on line) or a clay bar (available locally at many big box & auto parts stores). Muriatic acid is very powerful stuff and should be used as an absolute last resort if ever, CAREFULLY following all of the instructions including protective gear and ventilation (you may also want to do a test spot first).
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Caution: Keep this stuff off the rotors unless you're going to drive the vehicle immediately after using, it will sit and dry behind the pads and leave some nasty deposits.
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Did you try the sonax multiple times, using a brush? Also, try a product like Iron-X (available on line) or a clay bar (available locally at many big box & auto parts stores). Muriatic acid is very powerful stuff and should be used as an absolute last resort if ever, CAREFULLY following all of the instructions including protective gear and ventilation (you may also want to do a test spot first).
I've tried sonax 3 times a wheel. Might try ironX next. How's that work?


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  • Phosphoric acid/surfactant[s] wheel cleaner

Some organics diff to remove w/o solvent. Sometimes low pH does the job. Good luck!
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Go to your local super market. Buy a product called Magic Eraser. Spray Sonax onto sponge. Rub. Rinse off.
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I use Wolfs deionizer to get most of it off then I get the ez brush out with dojo to get anything left over.
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You might also try some polish on a MF cloth. Something aggressive like 3m.
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I use Wolfs deionizer to get most of it off then I get the ez brush out with dojo to get anything left over.
What's the ez? And also what's dojo?


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Go to your local super market. Buy a product called Magic Sponge. Spray Sonax onto sponge. Rub. Rinse off.
You're welcome.
magic eraser?
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Heavy build up I use Wolf's Chemical Deironizer v3 then start again with chemical Guys Wheel + Rim Cleaner.

EZ Detailing brush and cloth are my tools

If its not built up and light I use Valet Pro Bilberry as the deironizer on the alloys all the time is a bit ott and light build up seems to go with the bilberry. I then finish of with a cloth and Dodo Juice - Mellow Yellow (its pretty weak but smells good).

Next step is to maybe try a clay bar but I don't like using it on alloys without taking the wheel off. Either way if the black dots and other things do not come off, you have just let it build up too much

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I suspect Iron-X to be be pretty much the same as Sonax. Same purple aspect. It is very efficient but there is some permanent but small residues on my winter wheels.

Now I have dust-free pads all around.
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