Okay, i admit that i love speed and I bet you do too, but that’s not the real problem.

The true problem comes from the brake dust.

When we drive and suddenly slam the brake pedal,  brake dust is created by friction, thus, the brake dust sticks on your wheels, suspension, and of course, the paint.

Keep in mind though, if you leave brake dust without removing, it penetrates the layers of your car’s paint, causing permanent damage and oxidation.

What Causes Brake Dust?

Obviously, brake dust is not created by a single factor, but it’s caused by an entire system, generally called, the brake system.

It might sound preposterous, but each time you swipe your finger and remove a little of dust, you’re holding traces of carbon, iron, ceramic materials, plastics, polymers, and even aluminum.

God, I love engineering.

Wanna learn more about brakes and how they work? Check out this amazing video down below:

Where All This Brake Dust Goes?

There are some parts of your car that collect most of the brake dust, like the wheels and fenders.

It’s also important for you to understand that different braking systems, create different dust.

For example, a metallic disc forms different dust than a ceramic.

Surface Contaminants Diagram

Now, due to a low-pressure zone that is created by the acceleration of the vehicle, brake dust, and other contaminants stick to the rear of the vehicle.

Different Methods Of Removal

There are some methods of removing the brake dust fast and right, either way, the choice is yours.

Well, first of all, you can start with the good old washing method.

If you want some tips on how to perfectly wash your wheels, check out this amazing article.

PRO TIP: Be careful not to leave the brake dust on your surfaces because it’ll start to penetrate the layers of your car.

If this microscopic enemy has penetrated any metallic surfaces, you’ll have to use an iron removal or rail dust sprays.

Bear in mind though, even if they have neutral pH, these cleaning agents may oxidize your precious surfaces if you fail to remove them properly.

Can You Use A Wheel Cleaning Agent on Car Paint?

That’s probably not a great idea. See, most wheel cleaners have an acidic pH, in order to remove any contaminants that are stuck on the surfaces, thus you’ll have to carefully pick the ones that are pH Neutral.

Image by Avalon King

If you want to use a highly acidic wheel cleaner, follow the steps below:

  • Wash your wheels first
  • Apply the wheel cleaner
  • Rinse the wheels
  • Wash the entire vehicle

Now, the reason why you must deal with the wheels first is because you don’t want any chemical residue to be left sitting on your shiny surfaces.

Is There Any Way To Reduce Brake Dust

Is There Any Way To Reduce Brake Dust?

Every time you press the braking pedal, friction kicks in.

Braking produces heat and causes materials to burn off and of course, thus brake dust is created.

Well, to be honest, there is only one way to reduce the dust created by the braking system and that is to drive better.

Let me explain it in detail.

If you avoid hitting the brake all the time and drive slowly, there will be no problem with the dust, but if you drive fast and press the pedal violently, well, you know what it’s going to happen.

Really, it’s simple logic. The amount of brake dust created depends on the usage of your braking system.

Here is an article on how to brake properly. Come on, don’t be selfish and check it out!

How To Remove Brake Dust From Car Paint

How To Remove Brake Dust From Car Paint

It’ssss timeeeeee for the main event of the evening!

Before we start, you should check out if it’s light dust that hasn’t penetrated the pores of your surfaces or heavy dust that’s stuck on your car’s clear coat.

If it’s heavy dust, follow the steps below:

Step 1 – Use a clay bar

A clay bar is designed to remove any microscopic particles that are stuck on your surfaces.

So, grab a premium-quality clay bar and a clay lubricant spray and follow my lead:

  • Wash the entire vehicle. 
    Start by washing your entire car. We recommend following the three-bucket method which includes one bucket with a 50/50 ratio of soap and water, a second bucket with only water, and a third bucket with your wheel cleaning product. You can check out our blog for car cleaning techniques and more!
  • Apply the clay lubricant spray.
    Apply the clay lubricant spray like it’s your last day on earth. For real, the more the better. The reason behind this is because you don’t want your clay to grab onto the surfaces.
  • Glide the clay bar.
    It’s highly suggested to divide your surfaces into sections. Start in small square sections and slowly progress into others, while applying enough lubricant throughout the entire process.
  • Wash again.
    Once you finished, make sure to wash again your entire vehicle in order to remove any remaining lubricant.

Step 2 – Use Iron Removal Sprays

Don’t wanna use clay? No worries, just grab a neutral pH iron removal spray!

Don’t use an acidic, because it’ll oxidize your surfaces, especially if they aren’t coated with a ceramic coating.

Of course, I’m not going to give you the same instructions as before, simply because every product requires it’s own application.

The only tip I’m going to give you is to follow the manufacturers’ manual.

brake dust

Is There Some Kind Of Protection Against Brake Dust?

I’ve got one word for you mate, definitely.

Brake dust is a serious contaminant that can stick on your surfaces and stay there for as long as it wants.

Unless you regularly wash your car, you’re probably doomed.


You can apply a ceramic coating!

There are two options:

  • The DIY way
    Grab your DIY ceramic coating kit and do the job on your own.
  • The PRO way
    Hire a professional installer and get amazing results with safety.


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Constantine Stephan

Constantine Stephan is the Founder and Chief Editor of Nanex.

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