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Which product to clean brake calipers?

Hi all,

After cleaning the alloys on my FN2, I hate the look of dirty brake calipers - all that brake dust just gets everywhere.

So, what 'should' I use to clean the calipers with the wheels off the car?

I have a trigger spray bottle of Ultimate Finish Safewheel, and likewise a bottle of Bilt Hamber Autowheel for the baked on brake dust. Are either of these products suitable for use on the calipers when cold, agitating the dirt with a brush and then rinsing off by hand. I don't have a hose or a Jetwasher.

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The BH Auto wheel will work ok, but a good degreaser will work better. Best thing to do is wire brush them off, paint them then buy a good wheel brush like a Daytona Speedmaster Brush so that you can give them a good clean every time you wash the wheels.
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A good degreaser - I hadn't thought of that. Is degreaser safe enough for the rubber boots on the calipers?
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Just a suggestion but as you donít have a jet wash. Meguiars have brought out a ultimate wheelcleaner that you apply to dry wheels. A bottle of this, and a visit to a garage jet wash. Donít use the brush. Just spray onto your alloys tyres and calipers, wait a few minutes then jet wash off. You could even take a bottle of citrus degreaser for the lower body work whilst alloy cleaner working. You could snow foam but youíd need a hand pump pressure bottle for snowfoam. Finish off with a two bucket wash at home.


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A good degreaser - I hadn't thought of that. Is degreaser safe enough for the rubber boots on the calipers?

Yes. I use nothing but BH Surfex HD and BH Korrosol on my wheels.
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Cheers Das,

I'm going with the BH Surfex HD as a degreaser.

Can't believe Korrosol does for the brake dust on the wheels though. Perhaps yours don't get nearly as black as mine do. Might be time to get some of that when the BH Autowheel has run out.
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Use Autofinesse Iron Out to get the nasties off the wheel then use Collinite 476 to polish them - this is after having a refurb done so they were smooth and lovely to start with.

Like Das says get the calipers cleaned with brake cleaner and then painted, much easier to keep clean then.
I repainted mine recently and used Meths to get the muck off the paint.

Get this off ebay in your favourite colour:
https://e-tech.uk.com/e-tech-brake-caliper-paint-kit
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Cheers Das,

I'm going with the BH Surfex HD as a degreaser.

Can't believe Korrosol does for the brake dust on the wheels though. Perhaps yours don't get nearly as black as mine do. Might be time to get some of that when the BH Autowheel has run out.
Im a great believer in using one product that works. BH Korrosol is the best non acidic wheel cleaner ive ever used, although its not sold a a wheel cleaner. Not saying BH Auto Wheels isnt, but with the Korrosol I can use it as a wheel cleaner and a fallout remover. Not sure you can use Auto Wheels as a fallout remover on the paint as well as a wheel cleaner, if you know what I mean.
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I know what you mean Das, and you can't. I keep the AutoWheel stuff well away from the paintwork! Gonna be getting dirty smelly tomorrow cleaning all that brake dust off.
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Im a great believer in using one product that works. BH Korrosol is the best non acidic wheel cleaner ive ever used, although its not sold a a wheel cleaner. Not saying BH Auto Wheels isnt, but with the Korrosol I can use it as a wheel cleaner and a fallout remover. Not sure you can use Auto Wheels as a fallout remover on the paint as well as a wheel cleaner, if you know what I mean.
Its not acidic in the bottle. but when it comes into contact with contamination it reacts and turns acidic. Take litmus paper and find out for yourself
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