How to Clean Brake Dust
How to Clean Brake Dust


When properly cleaned and polished, car rims can shine with chrome-like beauty. Proper maintenance of your wheels and rims are important to avoid pitting and corrosion caused by accumulation of dirt and contaminants like brake dust.

Brake dust is comprised of carbon fibers that rub off the brake pad, as well as tiny metal shavings from the rotor which can do damage to the surface of your wheels. Most rims are made of a metallic alloy, which can be easily affected by brake dust. When you apply pressure to your brake pedal, a set of calipers squeezes the brake pads against the surface of the brake disc, creating friction - thus causing your car to slow down. This inevitably leads to erosion of the brake pads and disc, resulting in that blackened look on the tire, wheel wells, rims, hubcaps and paneling. The heat of the wheel spinning can actually bond the dust more strongly to the rim, adding to difficulty in removal. If left untreated, brake dust can eventually cause etching, pitting and staining on wheels, particularly on aluminum wheels.

Using soap and water isn't very effective due to greasy or oily road reside and other mystery grime. You can safely clean brake dust, and keep your wheels and surrounding area looking great, with frequent cleaning and regular maintenance using Simple Green All Wheel & Tire Cleaner.

Simple Green All Wheel & Tire Cleaner easily lifts brake dust, grease and grime, giving your wheels a brilliant shine or a deep, clean finish, without leaving behind any residue. The non-corrosive and non-abrasive formula is safe for all wheels from OEM to custom - chrome, aluminum and mag - and all wheel surfaces, including clear coat, machined and painted. The non-flammable formula is also ideal for use on all tire types and overspray safe for vehicle bodies.

Directions for Cleaning Brake Dust:

  1. Spray Simple Green All Wheel & Tire Cleaner on cool, dry wheels.
  2. Let sit 1 to 2 minutes to penetrate the grease and brake dust. For heavy build up, scrub with wheel brush, soft bristle brush or sponge.
  3. Rinse the wheels and surrounding area with a garden hose or a bucket of clean water.
  4. Wipe dry.


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