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How To Remove Brake Dust From Wheels

If you've ever had an issue with brake dust on your wheels, you know it's difficult to have it removed. Most times it will come off with a simple car wash, but if the dust has been on your rims long, or it's baked on, it takes a little bit of muscle to get it off. See below for instructions on how to get brake dust off of your rims.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Aluminum wheel polish
  • Dish soap
  • Clean rags


  1. Wash your wheels thoroughly with dish soap and water to get most of the dirt and brake dust off of your wheels.
  2. Allow your wheels to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
  3. Add a small amount of aluminum wheel polish to one of your clean rags and rub it onto your wheels. Use a circular motion and work from the bottom of the wheel to the top.
  4. Once you have some wheel polish on the wheels, begin to scrub away at the brake dust with more polish on your wheels until you cannot see any more brake dust.
  5. Wash the polish off with water. If you notice any spots you missed, you can polish them again using a clean cloth.
  6. Repeat this process for each of your wheels and use a clean rag with each wheel.

For harder to remove brake dust that has been baked on, follow the instructions below to remove it.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Wheel brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Clean rags
  • Aluminum wheel polish
  • Soap
  • Q-tips/cotton swabs


  1. Clean your wheels thoroughly with clean water, soap and your wheel brush to help remove any loose dirt and brake dust.
  2. Apply your wheel polish/cleaner to your rims and scrub with your wheel brush to help get rid of the brake dust. Be sure to get inside the rim to get rid of all of the brake dust inside as well.
  3. Rinse your rims to check your work. Repeat if necessary if you missed any spots.
  4. Use an old toothbrush, or the cotton swabs to get into any cracks and crevices to remove brake dust. Apply the wheel polish/cleaner to these areas and scrub clean using your toothbrush or cotton swabs. Rinse your rims when finished.
  5. Use clean water and clean tools with each rim you wash.

It can be difficult to keep brake dust from getting onto your rims, but one way to help prevent the dust from baking onto your wheels is to wash your car and wheels often. Be sure to scrub your wheels with every wash. Failing to do so can result in stained rims, which can be unsightly and expensive to replace. For more information, contact an auto service like Buettner Tire & Auto.