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Old 07 Sep 2012, 04:07 pm
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Default Keeping the damn things clean

Wasn't sure whether to post this here or in the detail section, but honestly, keeping the wheel alloys clean, how do you lot do it?

I am looking at peoples pics and they mostly seem to be gleaming, mine on the other hand are clean for a few days after a wash and then black after that.

Just tired of cleaning them all the time. Really brings my car down.

So I am guessing people must be putting something on them to keep them clean and repel the dirt.

What do you use?
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Old 07 Sep 2012, 04:17 pm
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Keeping wheels clean is easy, you just have to clean them at least once a week.
There's no such thing as "wonderstuff" that keeps them clean, brakedust is the worst thing ever and the only thing you can do to avoid it is stop using the breaks
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Old 07 Sep 2012, 04:27 pm
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cereamic pads make a HUGE DIFFRENCE
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Old 07 Sep 2012, 04:50 pm
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cereamic pads make a HUGE DIFFRENCE
That and other pads that have "low" brake dust is the answer. The original pads plus others on the market are the worst thing for wheels. I'm a nut on keeping all my cars clean. I couldn't believe the amount of brake dust from the original pads on the cruiser. Changed them to "low dust" in less than 10,000K even though there was lots left of the pad.
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Old 07 Sep 2012, 05:29 pm
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I will go see what the ceramic brake pads are now. I had no idea such a thing existed if I am honest.

My brake pads must be high dust. It just seems to be an unusually high amount. And no, I am not a heavy on the brakes either. In fact, I tend to slow down much before I need to rather than go high speed to the lights and slam on the brakes.

I even considered all black wheels, but knowing my luck the dust will turn to white.

In my last car, I only ever had to change the brake pads once and had the same issue there too.
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Old 07 Sep 2012, 05:44 pm
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Black wheels don't do a heck of a lot better if you want/need to keep the wheels shiny black. I do both the outside and inside of the wheels and even the black ones show a film of dust that needs to be wiped clean every few days. Looks better from far away but up close shows the film quite clearly.

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Old 07 Sep 2012, 08:13 pm
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Wagner makes good pads. The Perfect Stop's are a good priced ceramic pad. The only pads that they make that are better are the Thermo Quiet's. Most of the time, those go for $45+. I have yet to see pads that are better than those for the price. Raybestos makes pads but those are $60+ i believe. I sell the perfect stops all day long with no comebacks. The big thing to remember is, you get what you pay for.
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Old 07 Sep 2012, 08:41 pm
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Ceramic pads are a night and day difference in dusting! They still dust the wheels but it is much less and a lighter color so it's not as noticeable.
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Old 08 Sep 2012, 12:08 am
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I've never tried ceramic brake pads, I wish I did though.

Instead, I took the more labor intensive route because I just can't be simple.
I made it a ritual to wash my Cruiser weekly and apply Ice Liquid Polish after each wash...and yes, even applied them to my rims. Monthly, I would wax my Cruiser along with the rims. Dirt and brake dust would eventually cover my rims, but washing them made it so much easier for it to come off.


Also, try this:

It repels off water, brake dust, dirt, whatever! I used them once. Set my Cruiser on jacks and fully washed my rims inside and out. Make sure they are as clean as can be, dry as can be, then apply the protectant. You're suppose to wait a certain amount of time but I was impatient and mounted my rims back on. It looked kinda hazy but I didn't mind. Rims stayed clean till the next week, but the protectant kinda washed off. I didn't apply it religiously.
After a full wash and dry:

After applying the protectant:
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Old 08 Sep 2012, 12:29 am
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You have to have a passion for your PT and a willingness to wash it often. Often is when your neighbors you never knew start to wave at you because they see you so often out in the driveway washing your cars they think they know you?
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