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Old 05-03-2016, 08:43 PM   #1
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Best way to clean tires?

What are your suggestions to clean the brown brake dust stains off tires (the rubber, not the rims)? Whenever my neighbors have me wash their cars, I'll scrub and scrub, but can never get the tires fully black again. I tried using Iron-X, which helped some, but not completely. I follow it up with tire dressing, but I know that as soon as it wears off, the brown will show through again.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:46 PM   #2
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I use a couple of squirts of simple green with the Adam's car shampoo and brush the tires vigorously, then get the wheel wells with the same solution.
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Old 05-03-2016, 09:48 PM   #3
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I use a couple of squirts of simple green with the Adam's car shampoo and brush the tires vigorously, then get the wheel wells with the same solution.
Thanks, I'll give it a shot. I buy Simple Green by the gallon, so that won't be a problem!
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:49 PM   #4
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I find that regular cleanings help keep them from being brown. Which I know is obvious but even I go longer than I should for cleanings, then they turn a little brownish.

That said, I set up my wheel, tire, and wheel well solution with a "wheel bucket", with dawn soap (since it is not acidic to calipers), and use the eagle one wheel and tire spray on the tires and wheel wells...not on the wheel or calipers.

I have pretty much every Adams wheel and tire brush and the tire/wheel well brush really cleans them well. This is from experience using car store detailing brushes that didn't clean as well. Hope this helps
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Old 05-04-2016, 03:02 AM   #5
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I use Meguiar's Hot Shine *All Wheel and Tire Cleaner. Spray it on, scrub it with a medium bristled brush and rinse. It makes the tires look like they just came from the tire shop and ready for dressing. Best of all it's available over the counter.
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Old 05-04-2016, 05:19 AM   #6
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Spray Stoner's Tarminator directly to the tire, scrub and hose off. Also, with a good scrub of a strong APC before and after the Stoner's,
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:27 AM   #7
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Eagle1 A2Z all wheel and tire cleaner. And Simple Green works well also.
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:55 AM   #8
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great thread. Just got new rears and you don't notice how brown the fronts are until there's a new set on the back.
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Old 05-04-2016, 11:51 AM   #9
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For cleaning tires I usually spray good 'ol Bleach-Wite onto the tire (sparingly) and scrub with a stiff bristle brush. Then after drying follow-up with some Adam's VRT.

I've heard about using Stoner's Tarminator on the tires, but I'm a little apprehensive about doing that regularly. It literally liquefies any tar-based product it comes in contact with (including my driveway), so I'd be careful about applying it very often.
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Old 05-04-2016, 12:46 PM   #10
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Doesn't the brown come from old tire dressing, not necessarily brake dust?
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Old 05-04-2016, 02:25 PM   #11
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On tires Adam's All Purpose Cleaner removes the worst caked on contamination you can imagine, without the cheap butyls found in most wheel cleaners that cause wheel damage (etching) and pollute the earth. Adam's All Purpose Cleaner deep cleans tires, removing browning and old tire dressing without drying the tire or damaging the rubber compound

If your wheels have baked on contamination, tar, or other contamination Adam's All Purpose Cleaner is your solution. Sometimes brake dust mixes with nastiness from the road to form a stuck on slurry that can be difficult to remove. A soaking with Adam's All Purpose Cleaner will loosen the contamination where other cleaners may not be able to touch.

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Try Adam's All Purpose Cleaner on the worst grime your car has, including the undercarriage, road tar, sap, bugs, bird droppings and just about any soil you can imagine is easily and safely removed with the proper mixture of Adam's All Purpose Cleaner!
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Old 05-04-2016, 02:57 PM   #12
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Mike what your seeing is not caused by brake dust. It's called "tire blooming".

Most all tires have an organic antiozonant in the rubber. This is added to prevent dry rotting and oxidation of the rubber, as it's released, it turns brown.

Your simple green and a tire brush will remove it. Iron removing products can actually speed the process of blooming, making the brown come right back.

After cleaning with APC, rinse well and dry tires with your leaf blower, and apply dressing.

It will however come back at some point, and the process will need to be repeated.
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Old 05-04-2016, 02:58 PM   #13
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I use Blech-White to clean the Tires and then I use Meguires Endurance Gel
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Old 05-04-2016, 03:33 PM   #14
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Comet or Ajax and a stiff brush. Old Skool!
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