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I let my wheels go far too long and first pass with some wheel and tire cleaner safe for durashine coating..and not pleased with results.


If sitting too long will it ruin the durashine coating and require fix?


Or does anyone have something that will actually eat thru the brake dust staining?


I'll take pics if needed...but trying to avoid the embarrassment:whip:!
 

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Yeah - wheels came 1 year old on truck when I got it..about 3 years old now..


These definitely have a clear coating of some type and detergent won't even touch the staining I have (already tried).


I'm afraid I may have to strip them down to bare aluminum to bring back.
 

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The durabright coating is a chemical treatment that cannot be repaired.
Conventional alcoas have a "paint" coating.

"Ferodo" is what Alcoa calls brake dust deposits.
 

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Did some more scrubbing today, tried a couple different things...

I'm not not sure they have a coating I cleaned a spot then took some fine compound and a clean rag and was able to get dark residue on the rag like I was polishing aluminum..

I wouldn't expect that from clearcoat, is the "durabright" a clear substance or coating?

I'm pretty sure I'm boned - the wheel surfaces have pitting and there's only one way to get that fix...sand and polish.

I'd still love to find something that would eat that brake dust off more easily.. maybe an iron remover or oven cleaner? at this point I don't think I'd hurt things anymore...

Pissed at myself...didn't realize they'd get so bad.
 

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Did some more scrubbing today, tried a couple different things...

I'm not not sure they have a coating I cleaned a spot then took some fine compound and a clean rag and was able to get dark residue on the rag like I was polishing aluminum..

I wouldn't expect that from clearcoat, is the "durabright" a clear substance or coating?

I'm pretty sure I'm boned - the wheel surfaces have pitting and there's only one way to get that fix...sand and polish.

I'd still love to find something that would eat that brake dust off more easily.. maybe an iron remover or oven cleaner? at this point I don't think I'd hurt things anymore...

Pissed at myself...didn't realize they'd get so bad.
I've always gotten the road grimes and dust off my Alcoas with a little diesel and one of those Mr clean magic erasers then used a bit of dawn dish detergent and water to rinse it off
 

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My 5.5 year old Durabright wheels still have no pitting, even here in the rust belt. I do have drum brakes, though. I've already had the bottom radiator pipe rot out, along with the reciever drier for the AC, just to give an idea as to how corrosive the liquid deicer here is.
All Durabright wheels have this sticker on them when new.
The wheel part number will also allow checking as to whether they were finished with Durabright.
"DB" at the end of the part number indicates a Durabright finished wheel.
 

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