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