no I didn't paint them. and I already bought super clean all wheel cleaner and they didn't clean up that easily. I can get them clean with scrubbing them i was just wondering if there was and easier way.
The only "easier" way I've ever found for cleaning brake dust is prevention. Next time you get them all good and cleaned up, put a coat of good synthetic wax on them, it provides a layer of protection from the dust and makes it harder to stick to the wheels.
Don't use carnuaba, it gets too hot down by the wheels, and it's not a sturdy enough compound to stand up to the wear and tear down there.