View Full Version : Tire cleaner? Brightner? Shiner? Help!

08-10-2009, 02:39 PM
OK, I am looking for some advice as to what to use on my new tires to keep them looking clean and bright.
Having looked at the local Autozone, I came away with nothing. To many precautions about "not using on a windy day", "flammable", etc. In short I want something that won't ruin the paint if over-spray gets on, and something that won't destroy the tire over time.
So, any recommendations?

08-10-2009, 04:08 PM

I use the same product as I do for the paint on the car. Mothers Car Soap and hot water with a soft bristle brush. the tires stay nice and matte black and no chemicals can harm the rubber. Also, none of that crappy silicone spins off and onto your paint.

08-10-2009, 04:17 PM
Thanks Paul. I will check it out.
I've never "washed" my car... ever since it was painted, I've used Meguiars Final Inspection. I like it a lot, it comes out looking fantastic.

08-10-2009, 04:36 PM
303 aerospace protectant. (https://www.303products.com/) If you can't find it, order it. Wash/clean the tires with water and a soft brush, dry, then use a coat or two of 303. It won't leave them glossy wet like a gel will, but they'll look new.

08-11-2009, 06:52 AM
I found a product that is perfect for me on tires and vinyl. First, I do not like shiny tires. This stuff does <span style="font-weight: bold">NOT</span> make the tires shiny or glossy, just clean and new looking. It also provides a protective coating and it lasts for a relatively long time.

It also does wonders on practically any kind of vinyl or plastic, interior or exterior. Also, a little goes a long way.

I've applied it to old, worn out interior plastic and vinyl bits, convertible tops, vinyl upholstery and dashboards, the works. Spray it on, wipe/buff it off.

It's called "One Grand ERV (exterior vinyl &amp; rubber) Dressing". You can find it on a Google search.

Absolutely wonderful stuff. :yesnod:

08-11-2009, 09:51 AM
I never used any dressing on my tires. Believe it or not, I always washed my tires with Mr. Clean and they always looked nice. A long time friend of mine always wondered why my tires never had any hairline cracks in them as his did after about a year. He used Armor-All on his tires. He stopped using it and after a new set of tires, (same brand), he never had that problem again. Needless to say, Armor-All is not on his shelf anymore. PJ

08-11-2009, 10:26 AM
Right you are Paul. I gave up on Armor-All a long time ago.

08-11-2009, 10:30 AM
In the 60's I used a rag with some brake fluid on it. Rub on, wipe off. I never had any problem with paint or tire cracks and the tires had a beautiful natural look no shine. For the white wall area I used an SOS pad and the whitewall looked great. In later years I used Westley's with a bristle brush and it left the tires looking similar. As far as tire cracks go, my tires don't seem to last long enough for that to happen. But it is a Triumph and in my experience tires have never lasted very long on any of my Triumphs. :smile:

I do wash my car. Engine bay and all. At a car show Sunday we were parked next to a beautiful '58 Chevy Impala Hardtop. They do not ever use water on their car, but they were so worried about a possibility of rain and every other thing imaginable. They were even worried that their trailer might get parked in.

Shirley and I had a great time. Even drove home in the rain. Would have preferred not to but it did not ruin our day.

08-11-2009, 12:10 PM
Right you are Paul. I gave up on Armor-All a long time ago.

Amen. YUCK.

I still stand by my 303. Makes and/or keeps things looking new, not dressed.

I just redid some instruments in my airplane and removed the 25 year-old black-plastic overlay that finished the appearance of the instrument panel. Over the years it looked dirty and a little dried out. Went over it about 4 times with 303 and now it looks new. Not wet, not glossy, not dressed, just <span style="font-style: italic">new</span>.

k', I'm done :laugh:

08-11-2009, 01:41 PM
Hey Scott,
Do you think that stuff will work on the old crusty pig on the front door?


08-11-2009, 02:49 PM
Absolutely! :laugh: