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      07-18-2011, 01:13 AM   #1
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Cleaning black APracing calipers

Did a search but not coming up with this specific question. I have black APracing calipers and they've been on for less than a year and look like crap. No pictures yet to show, but what's going on is the black flat finish is getting a bit dull from water & soap deposits I think as it's hard to try to dry them with wheels installed when cleaning the car.

So I'm getting a kinda white residue or dullness on the black finish. Very hard to get off.

Also, the brake discs hubs that were painted black, are stained with all sorts of running water/soap like lines and splashes. This is even harder to wash clean off. Almost looks like someone through paint on the brake caliper hubs.

I love these APracing brakes but if I would have known how ugly they were gonna turn out looking, I'd have gone with Brembo's or StockTecks because of the gloss finish, which would have made washing & cleaning a lot easier I think.

Anyway, I would jack up the car and take the wheels off, then while I'm cleaning up the wheel wells, I'd like to detail the brakes. Something I plan on doing once every 6 months or so or when I'm really board.

What do you all suggest for cleaning and maybe polish up the brake calipers to keep this crap off?

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I usually just use some Sonax wheel cleaner. It's designed to take caked on brake dust off wheels, and is pretty effective on brake calipers on doesn't harm the paint.
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I usually just use some Sonax wheel cleaner. It's designed to take caked on brake dust off wheels, and is pretty effective on brake calipers on doesn't harm the paint.


sounds good, what about the heat though the calipers will produce? Will wax or anything like that cause hot-spots or cracks? Probebly not too worried on regular street driving but once in a while on a hill climb here or track, of course the calipers will heat up.
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remove the wheels, clean all areas, HAND polish the calipers, apply a coating like opticoat, or a sealant like wheel wax, or BFWD. It will help, but not be a cure-all! Plan on doing that every 3 months or so...Depending on how hard you drive the car will determine how fast the wax on the calipers wears off
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sounds good, what about the heat though the calipers will produce? Will wax or anything like that cause hot-spots or cracks? Probebly not too worried on regular street driving but once in a while on a hill climb here or track, of course the calipers will heat up.
If you do an occaisional hill climb or track days I personally wouldn't bother waxing the calipers as it probably wouldn't withstand the heat generated. I would just wipe the wheels down after they've had a chance to cool, and wash the wheels/caliper the next day using Sonax.
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Try some Swissvax Cleaner Fluid Medium. Rub it in very well with a CLEAN (So it doesnt scratch) foam applicator. Remember to seal them with Autobahn wax after so the problem does not happen again.

Sounds like you are using a harsh wheel cleaner or something.

If you went with the Swissvax wheel care kit you wouldn't have this problem
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getting the calipers with the gloss finish wouldn't have been better, they would peel over time.

I would just use the suggested wheel cleaner, and don't wax it. The heat generated on brakes will melt it right off... And don't worry about the "harshness" of the cleaners, the paint on the calipers are designed to withstand a lot of punishment from heat and abrasives.
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Good points all, thanks!
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