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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Jul 21st, 14, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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What do you use on the white letters to clean them

I have tried many things on my raised white letters. They just do not pop like they should!
What the he.. Will get these things white?
Type of cleaner?
Type of brush?
Ect...
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Re: What do you use on the white letters to clean them

I use Westleys Bleach White and a scrub brush. Gets letters bright white and tires a beautiful clean flat black.
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Rich,
Thanks is that a liquid
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Re: What do you use on the white letters to clean them

Westley's Bleche Wite. Short stiff brush.

Black Magic bought it, not sure if it's still the same product.

I use Simple Green diluted for a lot of stuff too.

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Re: What do you use on the white letters to clean them

Put them on the inside... ;-). Yeah, the westleys stuff works really well with a stiff brush. http://www.lifeandhome.com/westley-s...FZRgfgod9UYA7Q

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SOS pads. Works great.

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Bleach and /or water blaster

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Re: What do you use on the white letters to clean them

Not familiar with some of those products, but if you do use bleach (or products that contain bleach), make sure it's diluted and you rinse it off well afterwards. Bleach can dry certain rubber compounds, causing cracks.

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Re: What do you use on the white letters to clean them

Clorox clean-up, you can sneak it out of the house without the boss knowing..
Seriously it works great! Spray it on and let it sit a few minutes then scrub it with a brush and rinse.
http://www.clorox.com/products/cloro...leaner-bleach/

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I don't have raised white letters on car tires, but I do on two Harley's, one of which has raised wide white walls and that is a lot of white surface area to clean.

The Westley's stuff works pretty good, but what I've found is depending on the age of the white rubber is that sometimes to get the white to really pop it's more like removing the top layer of rubber than just cleaning it. This is when and why a stainless steel wire brush and/or SOS pads do so well. Kind of the same process as wet sanding and polishing really old paint, except with rubber the tools used are different. I've even used wet sand paper before to "uncover" the white rubber below the surface and that has worked well.

On a motorcycle with white walls, I jack the bike up and can spin the wheel while holding the brush, SOS pad or wet sand paper against the rubber on the tire to be cleaned. This works pretty good, very good if you carefull run the bike in gear at an idle as the rear wheel is turning on it's own for you. The front wheel requires the "Armstrong" method be used. On a car tires, jacking the wheel off the ground can help but just turn the wheel by hand to orient it to the best cleaning position. The cleaners help, but it's "elbow grease" that really produces results in my experience. As always, your mileage may vary...

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Re: What do you use on the white letters to clean them

Thanks to all that have replied!

Chris you might have the best idea! Put the letters in and give up!
I will try some of these ideas.

Most products say do not get the stuff on the aluminum wheels. That makes it harder to do!

Next time I buy tires I think I will pass on the raised white letters but these tires only have 300 miles on them.

The smaller tires in the front look good. It is the larger rear tires with larger white letters that just look a little off white and it drives me crazy!!!
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......white letters that just look a little off white and it drives me crazy!!!
I've heard of guys who show their cars a lot using white paint on a small brush to keep the RWL looking fresh and bright..... Might seem a little obsessive, but maybe it's not such a bad idea?

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I have tried many things on my raised white letters. They just do not pop like they should!
What the he.. Will get these things white?
Type of cleaner?
Type of brush?
Ect...
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SOS pads. Works great.
I've never seen anything work better than an SOS pad on white walls or white letters.

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I've always used Comet Cleanser

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Re: What do you use on the white letters to clean them

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Put them on the inside... ;-)
I went a step further and just got new tires. ...and 17" wheels.

I used to use Wesleys and/or a SOS pad. Either one works fine.

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