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#3311598 - 03/14/14 10:12 AM Cleaning Tires. I mean REALLY CLEANING
Pablo Offline


Registered: 10/28/02
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Loc: Duvall WA - Pacific NW USA
No I didn't post this in the "Detailing " sub-forum. This is NOT a cosmetic thing. It's a tire traction issue.

Here's the deal. My stock Dunlop summer tires are in my shed with maybe 50-80 miles on them. Almost time to get them out and store the winter wheels and tires. Problem? Those summer tires have some coating on them. Well actually they have mold release and a preservative that Subaru or the dealer put on the tires. And they are extremely dangerous when wet and the stuff keeps oozing. I know eventually they will clean up, but I want to clean them first to at least get the surface silicone compounds off.

I think I will use Simple Green. Do you guys have any ideas?

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#3311602 - 03/14/14 10:15 AM Re: Cleaning Tires. I mean REALLY CLEANING [Re: Pablo]
dparm Offline


Registered: 04/19/10
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Doesn't that stuff usually take a few hundred miles to wear off (you have to wear a thin layer of the tread off)? If so, just go for a nice long drive. :-)
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#3311608 - 03/14/14 10:19 AM Re: Cleaning Tires. I mean REALLY CLEANING [Re: Pablo]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
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I noticed this on some new Hankooks I purchased right before winter. They have so much more grip now. DetailersDomain uses Stoners Tarminator to get all the junk off the sidewalls. So would probably work on the contact area as well. It smells citrus based so that probably helps.
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#3311624 - 03/14/14 10:29 AM Re: Cleaning Tires. I mean REALLY CLEANING [Re: Pablo]
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If I couldn't go for a long, slow drive to gently wear the release agent from them, I'd either brake-cleaner the heck out of them, or do a burnout, rotate my tires and burnout again.

or maybe both
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#3311631 - 03/14/14 10:33 AM Re: Cleaning Tires. I mean REALLY CLEANING [Re: Olas]
dparm Offline


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Originally Posted By: Olas
If I couldn't go for a long, slow drive to gently wear the release agent from them, I'd either brake-cleaner the heck out of them, or do a burnout, rotate my tires and burnout again.

or maybe both



This is what I opted to do. laugh

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#3311638 - 03/14/14 10:38 AM Re: Cleaning Tires. I mean REALLY CLEANING [Re: Pablo]
901Memphis Offline


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Hard to do a burn out with AWD.
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#3311645 - 03/14/14 10:46 AM Re: Cleaning Tires. I mean REALLY CLEANING [Re: Pablo]
Spazdog Offline


Registered: 09/06/10
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Any 2-Butoxyethanol cleaner.

Bleche Wite and Simple Green are such cleaners (although I read somewhere that Simple Green changed the formula to eliminate 2-Butoxyethanol. shrug ) Bleche-Wite has a couple of additional Sodium based chemicals but I don't think it has any actual Sodium Hypochlorite in it (ie:bleach)

Other 2-Butoxyethanol cleaners are usually less expensive and largely the same.

Spray on, scrub with stiff nylon brush, marvel at the hideous dark brown crud coming off your tires, and rinse off
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#3311676 - 03/14/14 11:11 AM Re: Cleaning Tires. I mean REALLY CLEANING [Re: Pablo]
Drew99GT Offline


Registered: 10/11/02
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Loc: Colorado Springs
Bleche Wite from Black magic is the best stuff I've ever used for cleaning tires.

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#3311680 - 03/14/14 11:14 AM Re: Cleaning Tires. I mean REALLY CLEANING [Re: Drew99GT]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
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Just don't breathe in any of those obnoxious fumes from the Bleche Wite, wooooooo.
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#3311695 - 03/14/14 11:27 AM Re: Cleaning Tires. I mean REALLY CLEANING [Re: Pablo]
Hokiefyd Offline


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Bleche White has sodium citrate, and Simple Green has sodium silicate. Neither appears to have true bleach in it according to its MSDS.
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#3311730 - 03/14/14 11:53 AM Re: Cleaning Tires. I mean REALLY CLEANING [Re: Pablo]
WoofWagon Offline


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Just use good ol' Comet Cleanser, some warm water and lightly scrub with green scotch brite pads. Works wonders.
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#3311907 - 03/14/14 03:09 PM Re: Cleaning Tires. I mean REALLY CLEANING [Re: 901Memphis]
Olas Offline


Registered: 12/11/13
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Originally Posted By: 901Memphis
Hard to do a burn out with AWD.


In which car? proper 4wd needs a full-lock WOT clutch dump, haldex and/or other part-time systems you can pull a fuse or a shaft.
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#3311995 - 03/14/14 04:31 PM Re: Cleaning Tires. I mean REALLY CLEANING [Re: Pablo]
901Memphis Offline


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The OP has a WRX If I'm not mistaken.
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#3312094 - 03/14/14 06:31 PM Re: Cleaning Tires. I mean REALLY CLEANING [Re: 901Memphis]
AdRock Offline


Registered: 06/05/09
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Originally Posted By: 901Memphis
Hard to do a burn out with AWD.


Actually, it's not that difficult.

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#3312254 - 03/14/14 09:35 PM Re: Cleaning Tires. I mean REALLY CLEANING [Re: Pablo]
901Memphis Offline


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If you have an AWD vehicle without enough power it won't do any burnouts. I think the OP has the standard WRX, isn't that 227 hp? Probably far less than that modified STi.
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