Remove The Glaze On Your Rotors For A Smoother Ride

Over time, it is common from brake rotors to start to glaze over. All the heat from breaking can cause the glaze to develop. If you notice a glaze has developed on your rotors, you need to remove the glaze to keep your brakes working effectively.


  • Jacks
  • 1500 grit sandpaper
  • 3000 grit sandpaper
  • Sanding block
  • Brake cleaning spray
  • Soft clean rag
  • Safety glasses

Elevate Your Vehicle

In order to clean the rotors, you will need to remove all of your tires. Use jack stands to elevate your vehicle and then remove each wheel from your car.

Use The 1500 Grit Sandpaper

After you remove the wheels, you need to wrap the 1500 grit sandpaper you bought around a sanding block. A sanding block will allow you to apply even pressure while removing the glaze. You should also put on your safety glasses to keep debris from getting into your eyes.

Sand The Rotors Until They Are Smooth

You will want to apply light pressure to the sanding block and turn the rotor as you sand. This will allow you to apply even and consistent pressure on the rotor. Even if the glaze is built up in one particular area, keep rotating the rotors as you sand. This way, you will not over-sand any particular area.

Once you have removed most of the glaze, wipe off the dust you created with the clean, soft rag you brought with you.

Switch To The 3000 Grit Sandpaper To Finish The Job

Now you need to change the sandpaper on your sanding block. Replace the 1500 grit sandpaper with the 3000 grit sandpaper. The 3000 grit sandpaper is finer than the 1500 grit sandpaper and will help you complete the job. Use the same sanding process that you used with the 1500 grit sandpaper to smooth off the rotor. The rotor should be smooth and free of glaze when you are done.

Apply The Brake Cleaner

Wipe off any dust you created from sanding using the clean soft rag again. Then, take the brake cleaner and spray it on the rotors. Most brake cleaners are made to air dry and do not need to be wiped off. However, be sure to read the directions on the back of the brake cleaner your purchased.

Reattach The Tires

Once the cleaner has dried, use your hand again to make sure that the rotors are now clean, smooth and even. If the rotors still feel rough, repeat the process above. When you are satisfied with the condition of the rotors, you can reattach the tires and lower your vehicle.

After you remove the glaze from your rotors, you should notice your vehicle driving and braking smoother. If you don't feel comfortable attempting this task, or if you run into problems, contact a professional repair shop such as Care Muffler & Brake Shop.