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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old Oct 17th, 07, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning white letter tires

Hey guys have a set of one year old BFG white letter radials.
My problem: The white letters will not get that white when cleaning.
I have tried all kinds of tire and white wall cleaners even soft scrub with bleach. The letters get a little cleaner but more of an off white.
I would like them to be a brighter white.
Anyone have a ideas?
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old Oct 17th, 07, 06:09 PM
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spray nine and scrub some.
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Try an SOS pad... Clean the entire sidewall with them not just the white letters.

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SOS pad only way to go. I keep a box in my shop. I clean all tires with them before tire shine. If you have never done this you will be amazed.

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post #5 of 27 (permalink) Old Oct 17th, 07, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys I will give it a try. I sure hope it works since I'm going to a show on Saturday. Thanks again!
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If all else fails and you want to go drastic - 400 or 600 sandpaper on a sanding block and lacquer thinner. Just make sure you put on tire dressing when you're done.

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Re: Cleaning white letter tires

Rubber buffer. Tire places use it to clean the repair area before they apply the glue & patch.

Wesley's bleach white not working?

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I'm in with the SOS, or the Briilo pad in a pinch.

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post #9 of 27 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 07, 04:02 AM
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Re: Cleaning white letter tires

I use a product called bleach white that has never let me down when it comes to making white letters look brand new again. Spray it on the whole tire, wait a couple of minutes and then use a scrub brush over the letters and finish with a rinse of clean water. You will be amazed at how they return to looking as white as they did when they were brand new. You can buy it in most automotive stores and it can be used for many purposes.
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spray nine and scrub some.
If he ^ means 409...you have a winner. I had Goodyear raised whites on my 79' Z28 and always used 409. My dad taught me how 409 (or a zillion alike products these days) works great for this purpose. As I was recently cleaning my wife's big SUV's Goodyear RWL tires, I was reminiscing with my son about doing the old 79' this way. Spray it on, use a scrub brush, rinse. If they're really bad, you'll need to do it a couple of times....but once they're cleaned well, the upkeep is very easy. Kinda like edging your grass the first time in spring, as opposed to zipping through it every week or two from then on .

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post #11 of 27 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 07, 06:48 AM
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I second what Mark said above. Bleche White works for me too. I think the trick to using it though, is to spray it on a dry tire. It doesn't work well once the tire is wet. Then use a slightly wet scrub brush to work it. Then hose it off.
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Yup, stiff bristle brush, or, as I had some super grungy ones once, a wire brush, but don't press too hard, as it'll dig into the rubber a bit and then the grooves will then be the first to get dirty again, then you'll have to re-scrub them again with the brush, vicious cycle......yes, I made this mistake with the wire brush.

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Re: Cleaning white letter tires

I have to agree with the Brillo/SOS soap pad guys above. Have been using that for years to clean my white letter tires ... even white walls when they where in style. OK, maybe I'm dating myself now. I meant the white wall tires on my fathers car

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post #14 of 27 (permalink) Old Oct 19th, 07, 07:34 PM
 
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We used to use "white rubber sidewall tire paint" back when I was in HS back in the mid '60's!!

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I have to agree with the Brillo/SOS soap pad guys above. Have been using that for years to clean my white letter tires ... even white walls when they where in style. OK, maybe I'm dating myself now. I meant the white wall tires on my fathers car

Great example pic... I learned about SOS pads from my dad back in the early '60s when I use to help him wash his car as a young kid. I was given a SOS pad, a bucket of water and instructions to only scrub the tires... Great on black sidewalls and even better on white letters and sidewalls...

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