This article is going to be amazing, I promise you that, and do you know why?

Because today we are going to explain to you how to defeat your arch-enemy, the brake dust.

On our previous blog, we’ve discussed how to remove brake dust from car paint, and if you haven’t read it, you definitely should.

Today’s article is similar, but it is about wheels. It’s all about wheels actually.

I mean, I love how my car shines, but the wheels man, are the final touch.

Welcome to Nanex and this is the definitive guide on how to remove brake dust from wheels.

What Is Brake Dust?

I’ll try to be as plain as possible. Your car has a brake system, which includes various mechanical parts, such as the disk and the pads.

Each time you press the brake pedal, the pads and other parts of your brake system work together in order to reduce your speed through friction.

Now, the friction causes brake dust, that’s why we need to regularly replace our disc and pads.

I always say that it’s better to watch a video, rather than reading a simple text, so check this out:

Is Brake Dust A Big Deal?

Hm.. yes and no.

No mechanical parts can be harmed from brake dust, but,  the wheels is whole other ballgame.

See, while brake dust can’t harm the brake system, it can stick on your wheels, or clear coat and stay there for an extended period of time.

This eventually will lead in oxidation, a process you really don’t want.

How To Remove Brake Dust From Wheels

Can You Prevent Brake Dust?

You can’t prevent brake dust because it’s a natural process. You can reduce it by driving better and using the brakes more frequently but you can’t completely prevent it.

Maybe in 50 years from now the automotive industry will manufacture electromagnetic brakes and all the fuss will be over, but until then, you’ll probably read a thousand more articles like this one.

I almost forgot!

You can protect your wheels and other surfaces by simply applying a ceramic coating. It’s easy to apply, and can protect your dearest surfaces from UV rays, scratches, brake dust and other contaminants.

How To Remove Brake Dust From Wheels

What Supplies You Need Before Proceeding

Alrighty then! Let’s start by gathering our supplies. You’ll need:

  • Wheel Cleaner (Wheel Cleaning Agent)
  • Washing Mitt
  • Microfiber Towels
  • Soft-Bristled Cleaning Brush
  • Empty Bucket
  • Clay Bar

Yeah, I know. They may look a lot but believe me they are required if you want to properly remove the dust from your wheels.

You can pick up your supplies from Amazon or your local car detailing shop.

How To Remove Brake Dust From Wheels

How To Remove Brake Dust From Wheels 

Removing brake dust from your wheels isn’t rocket science or a marathon, but it surely requires patience and precision. Don’t expect the job to be done in 5 minutes, because it’s just not going to happen.

So, you’ve grabbed your supplies and want to know how to remove the brake dust? Follow these steps:

  1. Grab your hose and rinse the wheels. Rinsing your wheels will make the job a little bit easier, because it removes any easy-to-go dirt. Believe me, you want to remove dust or other contaminants as effortlessly as possible. Once you’re done, wipe the water off.
  2. Spray the wheels with the wheel cleaner. Water alone doesn’t stand a change against the almighty brake dust. In order to break down this excrusiating contaminant, you must use a wheel cleaning spray. Be careful not to spray the tires or the paint and always read the manufacturer’s instructions before applying anything on your precious surfaces. After you applied the cleaning agent, let it sit for a few minutes. If you want to learn how to make your tires shine, check out this amazing article.
  3. Brush the wheels. Grab your soft-bristled wheel cleaning brush and start brushing the wheels in a crisscross pattern. Pay attention on the curvy areas and never use a hard-bristled brush or you may damage the wheels. Once you finished, rinse the wheels again.
  4. Clean them with a washing mitt. Fill the bucket with car shampoo and water, and soak your washing mitt. Then, start washing your wheels in circular moves until they shine. The washing step doesn’t require further explanation.
  5. Rinse the water off. After you’re done with the whole washing process, rinse them once more and use a microfiber towel to wipe the water off. And basically, that’s it!


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Constantine Stephan

Constantine Stephan is the Founder and Chief Editor of Nanex.

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