Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:00 pm Post subject: Suggestions Removing Brake System Rust from Alloy Wheels
My 2008 LT has the 17" alloys. I have been somewhat negligent in keeping my factory clear-coated wheels thoroughly clean. I periodically wash my vehicle to include the wheels, but it seems that a buildup of rust from the pads/rotors has accumulated in the small crevices/corners of the wheels.
I use an industrial strength citrus-based cleaner and an 1100 psi power washer and then usually follow up with a soap-soaked sponge to clean the wheels and has worked effectively on my other vehicles.
I am detailing around the Impala and noticed this rust build-up and found that the aforementioned process does not work, The overall surface of the wheel comes clean, but the residues in the crevices/corners will not budge.
Anyone know of a safe-to-use cleaner, etc that can be used to remove this build-up? I'm thinking of something with a tooth brush, but I want to say clear of certain chemicals and abrasives that can dull and/or scratch the clear coat surface.
I'm open for suggestions/remedies.
When I still had my stock MCSS wheels I had to take a q-tip with wheel cleaner on it to get the junk out of the crevices. After you get it super clean, hit the wheel with some wheel wax and the dust will come off much easier next time.
Protip: If you don't know what you're doing, don't do it.
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