Cleaning Your Car Tires
You can clean your tires without removing them from your car or
using a quick spin method.
Use a shoebox size plastic container and stiff brush to clean those
Use a stiff bristle brush to loosen the mud stuck in the tire treads.
When washing your tires don't leave them soaking in the water too long.
Doing so can cause your foam inserts to get too wet and start
disintegrating and can loosen your glue job if your tires are glued.
Water usually works fine but you can also use a little soap.
Something simple such as dish detergent or a mild all-purpose household
cleanser works well. If you wash your tires as soon as you've gotten
them muddy, you won't give mud a chance to dry; making it much harder
The main reasons to use an exterior rubber/vinyl protectant are to improve the appearance and protect the tire or trim against long term damage.
Use a rubber or vinyl protectant on only unpainted rubber or vinyl
Choose a product compatible with the top surface. The appearance
provided by exterior rubber/vinyl protectants varies from matt to
gloss, with lots of stops in between.
Some people like a matt or more natural appearance, while others,
consider a high gloss shiny look attractive. The choice is according to
your personal taste, so when we use terms like matt or gloss they are
There are two main degrading agents that attack tires and rubber
trim. They are UV light waves and ozone.
Both of these attack the long hydrocarbon chains of the rubber and, by
breaking these bonds, shorten the molecules with resulting loss of
elasticity and other problems.
Tire manufacturers add two primary sacrificial protectants to the
To protect against ozone, tire manufacturers add a wax based,
sacrificial protectant. The ozone attacks the wax and depletes it.
As the tire rolls, additional wax is forced to the surface of the tire.
This is referred to as blooming.
This blooming refreshes the surface wax protectant. A tire that has not
been flexed will have the wax depleted by the ozone and thus begin to
degrade and suffer dry rot.
The raw silicone oil that is the main ingredient in most of the
nationally advertised, auto parts store, high gloss products may
actually dissolve the wax and be the cause of premature tire sidewall
cracking/failure. The quality tire/rubber dressings should contain a
strong UV protectant to bolster the efforts of the carbon black and not
contain any raw silicone oil.
Many of the nationally advertised rubber and vinyl products also
contain formaldehyde. If you plan on having a funeral for your
vinyl/rubber, then you may wish to use one of these products.
Spray or pour a small amount onto a clean, soft, 100% cotton cloth.
Wipe on a thin, even coating, allow it to penetrate for a 10-15 minutes
and then buff off the excess with another clean, soft 100% cotton
Never spray directly onto the surface as the overspray will land on the
paint or wheel or whatever. Applying with a cloth will help avoid
uneven coats and splotches.
Rubber/vinyl protects will not usually damage the paint or wheel,
but you have to spend a lot of time to remove the overspray. It is
easier to avoid the problem by simply using a cloth.
Most rubber/vinyl protectants will gently clean the trim or tires as
they protect. If you have dirt or grime that car wash or your favorite
rubber/vinyl protectant will not remove, you may want to try a stronger
Spray or pour a small amount of the cleaner on a clean, soft, 100%
cotton terry cloth and gently rub the dirty areas with the saturated
section of the cloth. It may take a couple of applications to remove
the dirt and grime.
Once you have removed all traces of the dirt, wash the trim and
surrounding areas thoroughly with car wash.
Rinse the area completely with water to remove any traces of solvent and then dry. Finally, apply a protective coating of your favorite rubber protectant and you are done.
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