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post #16 of 30 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 19, 06:31 PM
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Re: BFG Raised Yellowing Letters @^#!

Scotch brite pad and comet. Actually any good cleanser. Sounds like a UV protection problem.

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post #17 of 30 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 19, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Re: BFG Raised Yellowing Letters @^#!

Mine stays indoors under a car cover 99% of the time. I really believe it's a brownish substance that exudes out of the rubber and of course much more noticeable on the white letters.

I'd like to try some type of wash and rinse cleaner on the entire sidewall to see how brown the runoff looks. Something easy as it seems like this will be a never ending chore.

Thanks for the comments and suggestions.

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after years of cleaning went black wall tires easier to clean !!!!!!
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I use purple power. Its the same thing as Castrol super clean, but cheaper. I spray it on my entire tire. Then use a stiff plastic bristle brush. Rense before it dries. Last time I cleaned them was January. The tires are 2 years old.
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Thanks Keith, looks like it works well. Definitely requires a heavy duty cleanser that will cut oil/grease. I first tried some Gunk which acted like it would work ok. Then I tried Goof-Off which seemed better. I just sprayed it on a rag and wiped the sidewall, then sprayed it on a brush and scrubbed the letters and rinse thoroughly. Took about 5 min/ tire. I guess I can handle that. Hopefully it'll last a while.... ??



BTW, the rag and brush turn brownish-black immediately, but when I went over it a second time, there wasn't much discoloration.

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Re: BFG Raised Yellowing Letters @^#!

Call me crazy..... a rag and WD40. Yep... You'd think it would just penetrate and make it worse. Whitens them right up. Try it!

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post #22 of 30 (permalink) Old Jun 6th, 19, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Back when I was a youngster working in a Chevron service station, a fellow youngster/employee would help himself to some brake fluid and wipe his tires down before going out on the town. 71 Camaro with slotted mags & Mickey Thompson meats. The tires sure shined for a while. I believe I did call him CRAZY a time a time or 2...

Of course some folks reading I used Goof Off are probably having the same thoughts !

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Call me crazy..... a rag and WD40. Yep... You'd think it would just penetrate and make it worse. Whitens them right up. Try it!
I have cleaned spark plug wires with WD40...not tires though

but I suspect WD40 has 1000's of uses....

IDK what is in the BF Goodrich tire compound brings "brown" to the surface but for me, as I posted earlier, cleanser and a scrub brush clean it right up with little effort. YMMV
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Lacquer thinner does as good as anything I have tried. 4 of my cars have BFG RWL tires and the 2 oldest have no yellowing issues!!!!
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I have cleaned spark plug wires with WD40...not tires though

Have used starting fluid also know as either on plug wires. Works Awsome. Spray it on a rag and then just wipe them off. Works great on every color wire.

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Lacquer thinner does as good as anything I have tried. 4 of my cars have BFG RWL tires and the 2 oldest have no yellowing issues!!!!
I tried lacquer thinner a year or so ago. Problem with it is it evaporates so fast and requires too much to get the job done, imo.

I kinda think the yellowing problem started on the newer (last 10yrs or so) BFG tires. I had them back in the early 80's, right when they changed tread pattern and don't recall them turning yellow like this. Also, I have VW "Baja" I mess around with on our farm. It has BFG All-Terrain rear tires at least 20yrs old. The letters are white as can be and they certainly don't get any special attention.

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This worked for me - available at home depot or walmart
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Go to a Dollar Tree or Dollar General and buy a bottle of LA'a Totally Awesome Cleaner.
I just learned about it a week or so ago. This stuff is amazing. Cost's a buck and you'll
be floored as to it's power. Spray it on and let it sit a minute or so. Rinse it off. This stuff
is the BEST multipurpose cleaner EVER. Cuts grease, oil, etc. like nothing else and it's CHEAP.
I use it for cleaning anything tough now.
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You might try Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
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This is my go to.
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