Cleaning Tyre Whitewalls

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Cleaning Tyre Whitewalls

Post by JohnBSA » Fri 09 Apr, 2010 6:34 pm

Had to have a tyre puncture repaired today and the tyre came back with the thin whitewall very dirty. Greasy sort of stuff.
I have been keeping the whitewalls clean with a nailbrush and dishwashing detergent, as being the most likely way not to cause deterioration of the tyre rubber. Have heard about cleaning whitewalls with a scouring pad and other tougher methods, even the whitener the lawn bowling fans use to keep their shoes white. But having got my hands rather dirty and greasy after remounting the tyre, reached for the 'Orange' hand cleaner. Yes, used this also on the whitewalls with a nailbrush. Great success. Why didn't I think of this one before. By the way, I don't use any form of tyre black. If you haven't heard of this rather obvious way of cleaning whitewall, give it a try. Good Luck.


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Re: Cleaning Tyre Whitewalls

Post by Michel » Sat 01 May, 2010 8:04 am

I use a rag with some thinners and carefully wipe the whitewall.
Comes beautifull every time.

The rest of the tyre gest washed normally.
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Re: Cleaning Tyre Whitewalls

Post by killbill4 » Tue 26 Apr, 2011 4:14 pm

After trying various methods I now use toothpaste (with whitener) and a toothbrush about twice a year, it's easy and lasts a long time.

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Re: Cleaning Tyre Whitewalls

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Re: Cleaning Tyre Whitewalls

Post by markb » Thu 24 May, 2012 9:10 pm

Jif (or any similar, white-paste abrasive-cleaner) has always worked for me, with a good scouring pad, but don't rub too hard.....
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Re: Cleaning Tyre Whitewalls

Post by pastelgrey300D » Fri 25 May, 2012 10:14 am

+ 1 on the Jif, but I used a very soft bristled brush (or a toothbrush) with some water and scrub in a circular motion - I reckon a scouring pad may be a little too harsh.

I did use some 'tyre shine' from a spraycan when I first washed and polished the car but this made the whitewalls go yellow - fortunately with some gentle scrubbing the white came back.
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Re: Cleaning Tyre Whitewalls

Post by skat66 » Fri 25 May, 2012 1:42 pm

I find Mineral Turps on a cloth wipes off the grime and brings the white up well on my W113. No scrubbing or abrasive powders needed.

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Re: Cleaning Tyre Whitewalls

Post by oliveoyl » Mon 21 Apr, 2014 8:22 pm

Thanks lads, will try turps on mine tomorrow, I tried metho, I can confirm it doesn't work!
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Re: Cleaning Tyre Whitewalls

Post by Giles » Mon 21 Apr, 2014 9:24 pm

Eagle One Tyre & Wheel cleaner works a treat.
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Re: Cleaning Tyre Whitewalls

Post by vivant511 » Fri 30 May, 2014 12:41 pm

Turps cleans extremely well, just make sure to rinse / wipe over with water afterwards.

A safer altrenative I like is Tar.Zero made by TacSystem. Not easy to find but good this this purpose and remover tar, tree sap and other organic fallouts on paintwork.
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Re: Cleaning Tyre Whitewalls

Post by Aegean » Sat 31 May, 2014 10:14 am

Soapy steel wool pads. Works for me.
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