Disclaimer: flüssig isn’t liable if you manage to botch this job.
Let’s get right into the thick of it.
- Floor jack and jack stands or lift.
- Iron Cleaner
- Stoner’s Xenit (dozen case)
- Stoner’s Tarminator (dozen case)
- Big scrub brush
- Small scrub brush
- Tiny scrub brush
- Pressure Washer (or, if you’re lucky, a steamer)
- Socket set (for wheel well liner screws)
- Lug nut wrench
- Torque wrench
- Buffer (if you don’t have one, then a Microfiber towel should work)
- Clay bar and lubricant (spray detailer will work)
- Paint polish
- High heat grey primer (or silver paint, depending on your personal preference)
- Meguiar’s Paint Protect (or a protective sealant/wax of your choice)
- Hammer (Sledge will suffice. The hammer will serve as a tool of last resort, in the event that all else fails)
"I guarantee you that there are tons of such deposits built up on the chassis of your car, most of which have become embedded in the cosmoline."
"Now, if you feel compelled to really get esoteric, go ahead and polish your calipers."
Now get back to work! With the wheels removed, go ahead and spray the inner barrels with your iron cleaner. Wait 5 minutes (1…. 2…. 3…. 4…. 5….) and then scrub and rinse. Repeat if any brake dust remains. Go ahead and take your socket set and remove all of the bolts keeping the wheel-well liners in place, and then remove the liners themselves. Be careful, as they are often very brittle. Go ahead and coat the liners with your iron cleaner, wait for the reaction (1… 2… 3… 4… 5…), scrub, and rinse. Coat with tarminator, scrub, and rinse. Coat with Xenit, scrub, remove any cosmoline, and rinse. Yippee! Liners are done!
Wheel wells. Go ahead and spray with the iron cleaner, wait for the reaction (you know the drill), scrub with the brush of your choice (I’d choose the small one), and scrub a dub dub. Rinse. Tarminator, scrub a dub dub, rinse. Xenit, scrub a dub dub, rinse. Hopefully you got all of the brake dust, road grime, and cosmoline off of everything. It can take a while. Be sure to get the suspension components and brake dust guards with your tiny brush. Repeat for all of your wheel wells. Wait for everything to dry.
Now, if you feel compelled to really get esoteric, go ahead and polish your calipers. Use a clay bar and some lube to remove any microscopic contaminants from their surfaces before you polish them. I prefer to use a buffer because… idk… convenience, but if you don’t have one then no worries. You can hand polish them with a microfiber and some paint polish (I’d stay away from compound, as that is probably a little too abrasive for this job). If you have a buffer, you probably already know how to use it. Good. Now polish your calipers. If you are using the microfiber method, go ahead and apply a bit of polish to your towel and begin to vigorously polish the calipers by hand. You’ll probably notice a pretty substantial difference once you’re done.
Hooray! You’re done! Now go chug the rest of your beer(s).