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Old 05-19-2012, 10:48 AM
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Before going as far as steel wool maybe try a blue scotchbrite pad. Less chance of scratching.
Steel wool and scotch brite pads are both far more abrasive than an SOS pad that has the soap worked out a little. If the soap hasn't been worked out a bit prior to use, an SOS pad can be rather abrasive. The soap lubricates the surface, and greatly reduces the abrasiveness of the steel wool.
This method works wonders on chrome and alloy (coated or not) wheels.
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Try Castrol Super Clean, also do not use SOS or Steel wool or scotch brite pads. They will scratch up the finish. Use copper or brass wool. It looks like steel wool but goldish color. Marine supply houses carry it. You can special order through ace hardware also. Comes in different sizes fine, medium and course. I use this all the time when I restore old bicycles with fairly delicate finishes.
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I tried absolutely everything to no avail. I ended up taking my truck to a local detail shop. He used an acid on the wheels and they came out nice and clean. I've gotten rid of the crappy Ford pads too.
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I tried absolutely everything to no avail. I ended up taking my truck to a local detail shop. He used an acid on the wheels and they came out nice and clean. I've gotten rid of the crappy Ford pads too.
I guess you were to the point of "nothing to lose" like I suggested. I'm surprised I didn't suggest ceramic brake pads as they produce less dust which is grey not so much black and are easier on your rotors than semi-metallic pads. I recently by mistake bought some Eagle-1 chrome wheel cleaner thinking it was all-wheel cleaner (the dang bottles are identical) and it is an acid based cleaner. In case you need acid in the future.
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Good to hear you finally got em clean & it was a good idea to have a detail shop use the acid cleaner, as they know how to do it.
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Ok so i have a 2003 F150 and had some pretty severe brake dust on my front rims. They looked pretty much black and the chrome center caps were black also. But I saw this thing on Youtube that said to use oven cleaner to get them back to brand new again. So, I went to the dollar store and got some cheap oven cleaner, and sprayed my front rims pretty heavily with it and let it sit for like 10 minutes. But after that I started scrubbing them with an S.O.S pad and it all came off they look brand new again. granted it required some elbow grease per say but i tried all kinds of rim cleaner and they would always stay looking the same. But, as you can see from the pictures I have inserted the oven cleaner actually works and that brake dust on mine has been like that for about two years now so i'm glad to have them clean again. I wish you luck and hope it works as good for you as it did for me.











This is after i cleaned the rim




This is the center cap before i cleaned it, With the oven cleaner on it.




This is the finished product after cleaning them both with the oven cleaner and getting it all back together




as you can see they were pretty caked up with brake dust
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