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vesssh
17-05-2015, 07:21 PM
My break callipers are looking a little dirty, what is the best method of cleaning them to make them look like new again?
I have removed all the callipers off the car to make it easier to clean but just wanted to see what everyones methods are before I start.

white_lie
17-05-2015, 07:53 PM
Brake cleaner...

If they're old, you may as well give them a lick of paint while they're off

voodoo_sv6
18-05-2015, 04:58 PM
Wash them weekly by hand with pH neutral cash wash and they don't get old and dirty looking.

HSVMICK
04-09-2017, 02:07 AM
I only ever use Muc Off for motorcycles, its not aggressive at all and mine are still like new after 22k miles
https://www.dropbox.com/s/d9azs7mltbgitxk/2017-07-17%2007.43.27.png?dl=0

rodders188
04-09-2017, 10:40 AM
wax and grease remover, they will look new

Andrew_02
05-09-2017, 02:22 PM
Wheel off and use a light car polish every 4-6 months. Dont dont use spray can type stuff unless u want to learn how to paint callipers!

GTS Happy
05-09-2017, 04:54 PM
I wash and dry wheels & calipers with soapy water, then spray with Mr Sheen and wipe down. Still get dusty but are easier to clean next time.

artree
14-09-2017, 03:27 PM
I can tell you what not to use....Bowdens Wheely Clean - works great on the wheels but any over spray on the calipers removes the clear coat - then they look like crap :/

Pickles
14-09-2017, 07:02 PM
We owned our '06 GTO Coupe for 6 years & 75,000ks. It was optioned from new with AP 6 spots with their vey impresse red AP calipers, gloss finish.
These calipers were always cleaned using only our normal car wash used to wash the car, using a small paint brush to loosen dust in the nooks & crannies of the caliper, followed by a hose off.
The calipers were in as new appearance when we sold the car.
Pickles.

Smitty
15-09-2017, 08:26 AM
I can tell you what not to use....Bowdens Wheely Clean - works great on the wheels but any over spray on the calipers removes the clear coat - then they look like crap :/


Autobarn... distributors of Bowdens warn you about using that
with any painted caliper (my local store called it caliper paint remover :) )

grange250
17-09-2017, 07:41 AM
Tried a power washer on the car for the first time; hit the callipers and was very surprised at the muck that came off. Paint appears to be unaffected. Must admit, I am lazy when it comes to cleaning the car when the southerly winds are gale force.

Bud977
18-09-2017, 06:07 AM
I know what you mean. I was washing the car the other day when the big winds whipped up. There was more dirt on the car when I finished from when I started as all the dirt was sticking to the wet car.

white_lie
18-09-2017, 11:25 AM
I'll stand by my 2 year old response of using brake cleaner if they're off the car and you're refurbishing them...if it's a weekly clean or whatever, use a good quality de-ironizing product. The same as you'd use on your wheels. These are safe to remove fall out on your paint so won't have an issue stripping the clear or colour off your calipers.

https://www.carcareproducts.com.au/product/einszett_1z/colourtec_wheel_cleaner

Use a brush to agitate it a little if the dust is baked on but if you do it regularly, they generally don't require much work at all.

white_lie
18-09-2017, 11:27 AM
Tried a power washer on the car for the first time; hit the callipers and was very surprised at the muck that came off. Paint appears to be unaffected. Must admit, I am lazy when it comes to cleaning the car when the southerly winds are gale force.You should invest in a foam lance for your pressure washer. Excellent bits of gear and if the car isn't overly dirty, you can pretty much get away with just using that then a rinse...if it is dirty then it's a great pre-wash step to remove the bulk of the dirt so you don't mark the paint when you use a mitt/sponge/whatever

grange250
19-09-2017, 10:04 AM
Like what you say white_lie but unfortunately this is a virtual eBay no name washer and as yet, haven't found anything that can fit. Some places in US claim to have attachments but haven't been game to take a chance. New washer is on the horizon!

sblair588
19-09-2017, 12:53 PM
Check the Bowdensown website, if you haven't already.

They have a great "snow cannon", and also have a range of attachments, so you might find something there to fit.


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