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      03-21-2012, 03:18 PM   #1
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Best way to clean Stoptech Trophy Kit/Calipers

What is the best way to clean the calipers? Just don't want to ruin the finish. Thanks fellas.
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After trying pretty much all the wheel cleaners in existence I have found that the BMW OEM wheel cleaner is the best at cleaning and not leaving any residue, or causing stains or discoloration. Even in a hot wheel or caliper (painted or not).

And in a very strange BMW-way, it is relatively one of the cheapest to buy. Even comparable to the cheap-shit of Pep Boys. Normally I get a 6-pack at the dealer for about $45 plus tax...
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After trying pretty much all the wheel cleaners in existence I have found that the BMW OEM wheel cleaner is the best at cleaning and not leaving any residue, or causing stains or discoloration. Even in a hot wheel or caliper (painted or not).

And in a very strange BMW-way, it is relatively one of the cheapest to buy. Even comparable to the cheap-shit of Pep Boys. Normally I get a 6-pack at the dealer for about $45 plus tax...
soap and water....
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I know this is an old thread... but I picked up a used stoptech trophy kit for another of my cars.

It's got a lot of caked on grime and brake dust. Soap and water or sonax doesn't seem to be effective.

Using an aggressive paint polish seems to get it to 90% but there's still a lot to do.

Since it's an anodized finish and not painted... can I get away with spraying brake cleaner?
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Wheel cleaners might not do the job when that dirt settled in, some shamwow!! with grease soap or brake celaner, but sometimes youll need to go a bit more rough and go CLR or some stuff, be careful with the seals, some products eat away the rubber, dont want to have to rebuild a 4 piston
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Soap and water and a microfiber was all it took on mine after 30,000 miles. And then I posted a 100+ photo DIY thread with video.
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I know this is an old thread... but I picked up a used stoptech trophy kit for another of my cars.

It's got a lot of caked on grime and brake dust. Soap and water or sonax doesn't seem to be effective.

Using an aggressive paint polish seems to get it to 90% but there's still a lot to do.

Since it's an anodized finish and not painted... can I get away with spraying brake cleaner?

At a certain point, you might want to just have them stripped and re-anodized. No use wasting hours upon hours only to get a marginal improvement. I would not use brake cleaner on anodized aluminum.

Something to keep in mind is that they will get dirty again pretty fast. I wouldn't really obsess over making them look brand new. This is one reason I went with gloss black on my ST40 kit.
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I know this is an old thread... but I picked up a used stoptech trophy kit for another of my cars.

It's got a lot of caked on grime and brake dust. Soap and water or sonax doesn't seem to be effective.

Using an aggressive paint polish seems to get it to 90% but there's still a lot to do.

Since it's an anodized finish and not painted... can I get away with spraying brake cleaner?

At a certain point, you might want to just have them stripped and re-anodized. No use wasting hours upon hours only to get a marginal improvement. I would not use brake cleaner on anodized aluminum.

Something to keep in mind is that they will get dirty again pretty fast. I wouldn't really obsess over making them look brand new. This is one reason I went with gloss black on my ST40 kit.
Yeah you're probably right. At this point I'll just make sure the seals are in good shape and mount them. Or I might just buy the rebuild kit.

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I think that's a decent improvement, but they will get nasty again fast, especially if you track the car.
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