ColorTec Wheel Cleaner is a high performance, fast-acting wheel cleaner that effectively removes brake dust and road grime while effectively removing iron contaminants for a fast and thorough clean. The color changing formula lets you know it's removing iron contaminants when the cleaner changes to purple. Free of harsh acids, ColorTec is safe to use on chrome, aluminum, painted and non-painted wheel finishes. Just spray, wait for the cleaner to change to dark purple and rinse thoroughly with water.
Did you know brake dust is harmless until it absorbs moisture from the air which in turn causes it to become corrosive?
Most brake pads are a combination of metal compounds (including iron), organic compounds and resins all bound together.
In simplistic terms, when you apply your brakes, the brake pads are hydraulically applied against the brake rotors attached to your wheels. The friction wears away at he pads causing hot brake dust to adhere to your wheels.
Brake dust that remains on your wheels for extended periods of time will etch into the finish of your painted wheels as well as sensitive brake components including rubber gaskets and brake fluid hoses.
Allowing brake dust to build up on your wheels is bad for the painted finish but also a safety risk if you allow them to build up too much.
Don’t let the brake dust build up. If the amount of brake dust is light, you can wash with good ole car shampoo. If the brake dust is on the heavier side, it'll be hard to remove with regular soap. In this case, you'll want to use a wheel cleaner formulated to loosen the build up without the need for heavy scrubbing. However, you want to avoid corrosive acid-based cleaners that might cause the build up to simply fall off but will dull the finish of your wheels' painted finish.
ColorTec Wheel Cleaner and Lotos Ultra ISF are both excellent choices for easy and safe wheel cleaning. Neither cleaner is caustic (pH level 9 for ColorTec and about pH 9 for ISF when diluted for wheel cleaning application) which means neither will dull your wheels over time or cause respiratory issues - a known problem with highly acidic cleaners.
ColorTec has the added benefit of loosening the iron particulates in the wheel finish so the brake dust literally does fall off without the negative side effective of harming the finish like acid cleaners.
If you need the assistance of a wheel brush for exceptionally stubborn build up, make sure you use a brush that will give you sufficient agitation but not so aggressive that it scratches the paint finish. We have a few available which are listed below.
Wheels are like the shoes of a car. Keep them looking good and they'll keep the rest of your car looking good too.