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      07-08-2009, 06:44 AM   #1
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Cleaning Wheels/Tailpipes

I have trouble cleaning brake dust off the rims...and I have even more trouble cleaning whatever that black stuff is off the exhaust. Does anyone recommend any specific products for cleaning these specific spots?
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      07-08-2009, 07:08 AM   #2

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I use a BMW Wheel Dust spray, which you leave on for 5-10 minutes and loosens brake dust. I also use this on the exhaust and it works pretty well. I use a product called Silvo (silver polish) on the exhaust every month or so to remove stubborn carbon build up on the exhaust pipes.

I also have the BMW Wheel Brush set, which definitely helps in getting dust off in harder to reach places...

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      07-08-2009, 07:10 AM   #3
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Wheels: I've had great luck with Maquire's wheel cleaner, followed up by a good scrub with soap and water. I think the key is to never go to long without cleaning them.

Exhaust: I use Brasso. It takes about 2 minutes to wipe it on and off, and the pipes look better than new when I'm done.

I'm sure you'll find lots more suggestions in the cleaning/appearance forum too.
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      07-08-2009, 07:22 AM   #4
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I'll second the Meguiars All Wheel Cleaner. Spray it on and let it sit for a bit. Brush trouble areas with a soft bristle brush (this brush works well to slip in between spokes:, hose it off, and dry.
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      07-08-2009, 09:02 AM   #5
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Soap, water, and good ol' elbow grease!

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      07-08-2009, 11:05 AM   #7
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I use soap and water on the wheels and a wash mitt. P21S wheel cleaner gel is also very effective and requires less effort, but it is very expensive IMO. I use a Mother's metal polish on the exhaust.
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      07-08-2009, 11:27 AM   #8

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I am a big fan of Griot's Garage products and use their wheel cleaner. I use it with a brush and it works wonders.

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      07-08-2009, 11:30 AM   #9
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It also helps to prep your wheels with Wheel Wax. It makes it harder for brake dust to stick to the finish.

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I like Never Dull for the exhaust tips.
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