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Old 10-09-2010, 06:36 PM   Thread Starter #1
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So as some of you may or may have not noticed I just ordered new brakes, well I waited way too long and my pass rear is bad! Grinding, rubbing, nasty. Anyways it's been doing this non stop for about a week and during the week we had some rain (yes rain in So Cal) Anyways, I went to wash my car today and pretty much my entire right side and rear is covered with "rust dust" My car feels like sandpaper and looks like crap. I didn't even dry that side because I don't want it to scratch everything up.

My question is, can I just give a good wax or clay bar treatment and be fine? And what about all the plastic, rubber and my wheel (it's now orange instead of blk)

This is a first (and last) for me!

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Old 10-09-2010, 06:46 PM   #2
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Default Re: "Rust Dust" Question...

Clay bar should remove the contaminates.
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Old 10-09-2010, 06:53 PM   Thread Starter #3
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Figured as much but with no scratching issues?
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Default Re: "Rust Dust" Question...

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Figured as much but with no scratching issues?
I would think a clay bar would be the LEAST abrasive way. You may need to hit it with a buffer with some finishing compound if the clay leaves any scratches/swirls.
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Default Re: "Rust Dust" Question...

If the clay bar doesn't work for you then definitely use some rubbing compound followed by polishing compound and then polish/wax<---these two should follow the clay bar as well because you don't want to leave the bare paint open to the elements which you will regret later on.

Also, if you do decide on compounds make sure NOT to rub to hard because it can actually damaging your paint. For example, scratches or even fading the paint itself. Rubbing compound is some really strong stuff and you want to use light pressure when applying it and making sure none of that stuff is left on your car by constantly turning the terry cloth or microfiber. Same process for the polishing compound which isn't as strong but the same discretion should be used when applying it.

The last point I wanna make is that if this is coming from your brakes than make sure you either change it to your new rotors asap before the rust gets any worse. This can actually lead to other problems such as the rotor being rusted onto the bolts or what nots. Making it a HUGE problem trying to get them off your car.

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haha, I had to scroll back up to make sure it was really Jsmith and not someone that swapped a sig. lol

Yeah, i would try the clay bar first.
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Old 10-10-2010, 11:58 AM   Thread Starter #7
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haha, I had to scroll back up to make sure it was really Jsmith and not someone that swapped a sig. lol

Yeah, i would try the clay bar first.
Hey I said I was having a "newb" day!! Just never had that happen and want to make sure there's not some secret that someone has like "take hair gel, mix it with oatmeal and baby powder and it will come right off" if you know what mean....lol
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Default Re: "Rust Dust" Question...

Ive heard you can use wd40 to remove things from the front bumper.. i dont see why you wouldnt be able to try it on the side. Maybe use a little on a small section and see if it helps?
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Clay bar will do it. It was originally designed to remove rail dust from cars being transported by rail.
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Clay bar will do it. It was originally designed to remove rail dust from cars being transported by rail.
That's the answer I was looking for. Nice!!
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