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Old 11-16-2016, 12:19 AM
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Tom ~ scumdog, sent me this information and a picture to post. If anyone has some good ways to clean whitewall tires, I am sure a lot of people would appreciate it.

"Hi Ray,
As mentioned in the past I have popped a question or two on Square birds about cleaning whitewalls. The only thing I can clean my white walls with has been kerosene or turps. You can see the result of me cleaning part way round in this photo of my Thunderbird tyre.

The brown stain just slowly appears over time and every few months I get a work-out making the whitewalls White. Maybe you could post this on Anything Goes and see if anybody has any idea (a) why the whitewalls go brown and (b) a better (easier?) way to make them white - and keep them white! Regards, Tom"

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Old 11-16-2016, 07:45 AM
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I don't think petroleum products should be used to clean tires. It might be the source of that stain. Does it appear on the bottom of the parked tire?

Wesley's Bleach White is what I use.
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I had the same browning on a set from Goodyear. They would turn brown just sitting in the garage after a few weeks - even though no sunlight hit them and the car was not driven. From what I was able to research they are turning brown from the inside caused by their manufacturing methods. Finally gave up and painted them black. Beside this car was my 57 which has Diamondback wide whites and no problems - proving it wasn't something in the garage atmosphere as some had suggested. Good luck and hope you find a cure to keep them clean. I didn't.
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Yep, same problem as you Joe - the whitewalls slowly go brown just sitting in the garage.
I have tried tyre cleaner, Prepsol, 'Handy Andy' (an ammonia based household cleaner) 'Jiff' (a mildly abrasive household cleaner) Autosol metal polish and even Brasso ( which worked as well as kerosene - but costs more!).
And treating them with tyre dressing doesn't stop the brown reappearing.
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Hi Tom, I've had my Coker 2 1/2" Whitewalls for about 6 years now. I don't get any browning at all. The only thing that I get is Brake dust. I use " Jiff " with a scourer & they look like new again.
What Brand are your Tires?

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Hi Tom, I've had my Coker 2 1/2" Whitewalls for about 6 years now. I don't get any browning at all. The only thing that I get is Brake dust. I use " Jiff " with a scourer & they look like new again.
What Brand are your Tires?

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Hi Chris, yep, I even tried 'Jiff'! In fact I don't think there is anything I DIDN'T try!
They are a budget tyre that cost ( from memory!) around $140 each, they are Langivator 'Primetour' tyres, 215/75R/15".
They are on 7"X15" rims.
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Here's a second nod to Wesley's Bleach White. I have even heard use of 2000 grit sandpaper on bad cases, but that has to be destructive by nature. BTY, 2000 grit works wonders on stainless wheel covers that are stained.
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To chime in. I use orange pumus containing lanolin, similar to what the mechanics use to clean their hands after a day turning wrenches. Works great
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Well, a mate suggested using a green scotchbrite pad to scrub the whitewall.

I used one that I regularly dipped in a bucket of wash & wax car shampoo and gave the whitwalls a good scrubbing.

And wouldn't ya know - it worked!

About six weeks or more have gone by since I tried this trick and the whitewalls are still white!
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Well, a mate suggested using a green scotchbrite pad to scrub the whitewall.

I used one that I regularly dipped in a bucket of wash & wax car shampoo and gave the whitwalls a good scrubbing.

And wouldn't ya know - it worked!

About six weeks or more have gone by since I tried this trick and the whitewalls are still white!
I used to use the green scotchbrites, but sometimes the "green" would get permanently stained into the white. I usually use a small scrubbrush and fantastick.

If it's really a stain that won't come out, I've used eastwoods paint prep, but that is more for a scuff that might have happened driving. The only way I've gotten brown stains like that is from a tire sitting for years and year outside.
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