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Old 01-26-2008, 02:36 AM
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Can't get rims clean

I've been working on cleaning the rims on my 01 X5 and have made great progress but don't know what to do next. If you look at the pictures below, I still have small black specs and some brown streaks. I've been usings Meguiars Hot Rims All Wheel Cleaner with a good stiff brush, which has worked admirably well so far, but can't get at the above problems. I've also tried some detailing clay.

I am tempted to use a green scrub pad, which I am sure would take care of the stubborn black dots, but I don't want to scratch the rims.

Also, if you look at the third pic, there is a scratch or something on the wheel spoke. Is it a scratch or something I can buff out?

Any suggestions?

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Old 01-26-2008, 04:06 AM
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This what i use when the wheels are really dirty.
Other than that 409 does the job



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You may want to also consider using Softscrub liquid. I use it all the time on my E53's non-chrome wheel finishes and it gets virtually all of those little particles off without any residual effects.
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You can also try the cheapo method of good ol' WD40.
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any suggestions on cleaning products for my rims?? brake dust is already stuck on it.. Thank you.
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Originally Posted by jlv
any suggestions on cleaning products for my rims?? brake dust is already stuck on it.. Thank you.
Nothing wrong with the suggestions already posted in this thread. Did they not work for you?
Wake up every day that would be a start.
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I have the same problem with the wheels on my newly acquired 05 X5. I tried WD40, metal polish and household cleaner and none of those worked. It appears that the brake dust has etched into the wheel.
Maybe Break Buster will be the fix.
I'll post results.
Great forum!
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I read somewhere that detailers use hot water with cleaning products to clean baked brake dust.
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