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06-25-2002, 01:34 PM
Has anyone used the California Car Duster to remove brake dust from their rims? Is this a bad idea? Should I get a separate duster for the rims and the car itself? I wash the rims regularly so the hard, built up brake dust is not a problem; I'd just like to keep the rims clean between washes.

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06-25-2002, 09:26 PM
I've found that because of the softness of the "brush" of the duster, it isn't very effective at taking off any dust (like brake dust on the rims) which has a bit of "stick" to it.

If you're planning on never using it on the paint, I suppose there's no harm in trying it on the rims but I suspect that the black brake dust will never come off the duster.

'98 Z3 2.8L Arctic Silver

Matt M
06-26-2002, 03:25 PM
brake dust is "sharp" and will scratch the paint very easily. I would not take the risk of using the same duster on the car's finish.

That said, let us know if it works. I have a "garage queen" that might benifit from a little wheel dusting from time to time.

06-27-2002, 10:56 AM
If you are going to use a CCD on your wheels, keep sepaprate from the one you use on paint of car. I used one for a while, but there is an inherent problem with the CCD. The duster picks up the particles from the paint nicely, but some particles stay in contact with the painted surface and scratch the paint. It's not bad on mine, but I noticed it, and that was why my paint was scratched. It took me a long time to narrow it down, but since I stopped using it, the scratches havestopped appearing. I used a nice pre-cleaner and wax to get rid of small scratches. Now all is well. I use P21S by the way.
I would suggest you use CCD on wheels, but not paint, if you have to use it. I just let them get dirty and wash once a week. A good coat of wax goes a long way to prevent the nasty dust build-up also. Hope this helps....


06-27-2002, 02:25 PM
try cleaning with a product specially designed for wheels ... or get a large soft brush for washing and use it on the wheels while washing the car.
using a duster will only scratch the finish , i'd avoid it
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06-30-2002, 07:31 PM
At a detail clinic, the owner showed us a trick using a LIGHT spraying of a silicon spray on the wheels. And I do mean LIGHT and quick with the spray - almost as if you're not trying to get any on the wheel at all. Spray over the spokes and avoid the brake parts. Makes wiping the brake dust off the wheels between washes VERY easy on the effort. Only takes a few secs per wheel (a lot easier and quicker than waxing).

(See also older thread on OC detail clinic)

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06-30-2002, 10:17 PM

If you are going to use a duster, I would highly recommend a separate one. Whatever products you use on your wheels should NEVER touch your paint.

The best thing is to clean your wheels with soap and water, a wheel cleaner if needed.

Just a quick note on brake dust not sticking. Klasse All-In-One works well at keeping the brake dust from sticking. It is very simple and easy to apply. Just wax on, rub off.

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07-04-2002, 05:20 PM

07-12-2002, 03:28 PM
Give WheelWax a try from The Tire Rack. I am with the company and it comes with a money back guarantee. I can send non affiliated testimonials if you like. More info available at

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