^^^This. I do not use wheel cleaners and after a year I have no apparent fade--the calipers look like new. Some minor scuffing of the wheels, due to abrasion by dirt.For the record, I got my caliper replaced due to fade under warranty.
Steer away from wheel cleaners. I think that’s what may have caused it to fade prematurely.
Thanks for this tip! Almost brought my new Giulia in to the dealer to fight for new calipers. This worked like a charm!Had a similar issue with my base giulia, red brakes.
Use googone (NOT GOOF OFF as that will remove paint). And a little wax after. See below before (work and faded) and after.
I was going to ask the same question.
The owners manual for these cars, (who reads that) (at least mine for 2019 Giulia Ti Sport) clearly states not to allowI just took my QV to the detail shop for a 1 month checkup on my carbon ceramic coating. I had 2 gripes I wanted them to fix, one the exhaust wasnt immaculate before they coated it and the second was the brake calipers weren't clean either. They took care of the exhaust no problem. But when it came to the calipers they said that its not just dirt/grime under the coating because they remember them being clean.
Now when I inspect them it seems that they are in fact fading/wearing oddly not just dirt trapped under the coating. If you look at the pictures there is discoloration just above the rim and streak like discoloration below the "A" in the Alfa script.
One other idea that came up was the wheel cleaner eating the paint but I've only used non acid, ph neutral cleaners; and the coating was still on.
So, my questions to y'all: Do any of you with some millage on your Giulia's (I bought mine with 15K) notice the same thing? If it's in fact fading as it seems, would that be covered by the warranty?
I ended up getting that Sticky Gel Citrus Wheel Cleaner stuff, and also the Decon Pro Iron Remover and Wheel Cleaner. Maybe that ceramic stuff would be a good idea too.
I will say that I cleaned and applied that like I was swaddling a baby. Hard to believe that all the work I used to do on my previous cars... including a 76’ Alfetta GTV that I spent more time under, than in... that anything I do on this car, I act like I’m handling a live warhead.I ended up getting that Sticky Gel Citrus Wheel Cleaner stuff, and also the Decon Pro Iron Remover and Wheel Cleaner. Maybe that ceramic stuff would be a good idea too.