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#4564274 - 11/04/17 08:04 PM 303 Tire Balm
Carmudgeon Offline


Registered: 04/26/05
Posts: 538
Loc: Under the hood
Anyone tried 303 Tire Baum?

I don't use tire dressings habitually, like after every wash; usually only after a wax job or if I want to spiffen them up. Started with Armor All ages ago; have also used No Touch (a mess to apply) and Meguiars Endurance. I like the "natural" look and not an artificial shine.

Endurance was the first to really live up to its name, but I've come to dislike it because it always clogs up the spray trigger, and eventually separates into a milky goop in some clear liquid. Megs' customer service is good so I've been sent replacements, only to have them clog up again. I also dislike the stickiness and residue it leaves behind, which gets caught in the sidewall embossing and voids.

I don't know if they've changed the formula since I last bought some, or merely switched to a squeeze bottle, but it's time to try something different.

303 protectant isn't a tire dressing per se, but it seems to be ok for short periods.

The Tire Baum product seems to be relatively new.

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#4564374 - 11/04/17 10:14 PM Re: 303 Tire Balm [Re: Carmudgeon]
earlyre Offline


Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 3859
Loc: Lima, Ohio, USA
not going to dispute any of your statements, just point out one eensy issue that is bothering me.

the word is BALM. TIRE BALM.

balm
bš(l)m/
noun
noun: balm; plural noun: balms; noun: lemon balm; plural noun: lemon balms; noun: sweet balm; plural noun: sweet balms

1. a fragrant ointment or preparation used to heal or soothe the skin.
synonyms: ointment, lotion, cream, salve, liniment, embrocation, rub, gel, emollient, unguent, balsam, moisturizer; dated pomade; archaic unction "skin balm"
antonyms: astringent, irritant

something that has a comforting, soothing, or restorative effect.
"the murmur of the water can provide balm for troubled spirits"

synonyms: relief, comfort, ease, succor, consolation, cheer, solace "balm for troubled spirits"

antonyms: exacerbation, misery

2. a tree that yields a fragrant resinous substance, typically one used in medicine.

Baum is a familial Surname(like Jones, Cooper, etc)


I apologize for the seeming petty-ness of that, but... this is how my mind works.

thread title is spelled correct, I'll apologize again, and hope it was a stupid autocorrect issue.


Edited by earlyre (11/04/17 10:18 PM)
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#4564480 - 11/05/17 05:16 AM Re: 303 Tire Balm [Re: Carmudgeon]
Smoky14 Offline


Registered: 04/23/03
Posts: 1337
Loc: Nowhere NM
REALLY ??
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#4564488 - 11/05/17 05:45 AM Re: 303 Tire Balm [Re: Carmudgeon]
Ducked Online   content


Registered: 10/25/12
Posts: 4367
Loc: Taiwan
303 protectant is used on rubber dingies to protect them from UV, so it might be worth doing to protect against sidewall cracking.

Never heard of the balm stuff.

I've used sunflower oil in the past. Fills in the cracks but seems to be absorbed, and seems to soften radiator hoses, so I stopped using it.

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#4564490 - 11/05/17 05:52 AM Re: 303 Tire Balm [Re: Carmudgeon]
Number_35 Offline


Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 818
Loc: Winnipeg MB CA
I purchased some Aerospace 303 protectant a few weeks ago and used it on my fat-bike tires during my recent seasonal tire changeover. Did the inside as well as the outside. I'm quite impressed so far. (This is to improve the longevity rather than for appearance, but they do look good with the product applied.)

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#4564493 - 11/05/17 05:58 AM Re: 303 Tire Balm [Re: earlyre]
Number_35 Offline


Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 818
Loc: Winnipeg MB CA
Originally Posted By: earlyre
not going to dispute any of your statements, just point out one eensy issue that is bothering me.

the word is BALM. TIRE BALM.

I apologize for the seeming pettiness of that, but... this is how my mind works.

thread title is spelled correct, I'll apologize again, and hope it was a stupid autocorrect issue.
Earlye, I've corrected your spelling of 'pettiness' above. smile

I'm also a bit of nit about spelling and grammar.

Scarcely related, when my Grade 4 teacher told us we were going to learn a beautiful song called 'There is a bomb in Israel' I thought it would be a rollicking war song, and was quite disappointed when it turned out to be 'balm' instead.

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#4564509 - 11/05/17 06:12 AM Re: 303 Tire Balm [Re: Number_35]
earlyre Offline


Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 3859
Loc: Lima, Ohio, USA
Originally Posted By: Smoky14
REALLY ??

hangs head low, yeah...yeah... you'll note i apologized multiple time in that tirade.

Originally Posted By: Number_35
Originally Posted By: earlyre


...I apologize for the seeming pettiness of that, but... this is how my mind works.

thread title is spelled correct, I'll apologize again, and hope it was a stupid autocorrect issue.
Earlye, I've corrected your spelling of 'pettiness' above. smile


you know, i had that first, but the autocorrect on my computer didn't like it...
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#4564613 - 11/05/17 08:23 AM Re: 303 Tire Balm [Re: earlyre]
Number_35 Offline


Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 818
Loc: Winnipeg MB CA
Originally Posted By: earlyre
Originally Posted By: Smoky14
REALLY ??

hangs head low, yeah...yeah... you'll note i apologized multiple time in that tirade.

Originally Posted By: Number_35
Originally Posted By: earlyre


...I apologize for the seeming pettiness of that, but... this is how my mind works.

thread title is spelled correct, I'll apologize again, and hope it was a stupid autocorrect issue.
Earlye, I've corrected your spelling of 'pettiness' above. smile


you know, i had that first, but the autocorrect on my computer didn't like it...
Hey, just kidding, all in good fun. Have you noticed how MicroSquish word does the green hashmarks on both "its" and "it's" even when they're used correctly? GRRR!

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#4564624 - 11/05/17 08:30 AM Re: 303 Tire Balm [Re: Carmudgeon]
PimTac Offline


Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 4298
Loc: Soviet State of Washington
Dam autocorrect. Iíve had it correct my correct spelling into something totally different.

Iím curious about the Gyeon Tire. Itís supposed to be long lasting and uv protective as well with their SIO2 based formula.
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#4565186 - 11/05/17 06:11 PM Re: 303 Tire Balm [Re: Carmudgeon]
Carmudgeon Offline


Registered: 04/26/05
Posts: 538
Loc: Under the hood
I'm a bit of a pedant as well, know what a balm is, and would love to blame it on autocorrect, but this was a case of the neurons firing, and the fingers doing something else...and not proofreading.

This new stuff piqued my interest as a regular 303 user. Mostly interested in finding something that won't leave any residue like some car care products do. Amazon seems to be the only place selling it, and one of the reviews mentions it being sticky.

I guess I could just stick with regular 303.

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#4565402 - 11/05/17 10:07 PM Re: 303 Tire Balm [Re: Carmudgeon]
dan_erickson Offline


Registered: 08/05/10
Posts: 588
Loc: Crown Point, IN
Last time I used some Mothers Back to Black on my tires because I was out of tire dressing. I was very surprised on how nice it looks and how long it has lasted.
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#4568652 - 11/09/17 09:15 AM Re: 303 Tire Balm [Re: Ducked]
willbur Offline


Registered: 06/06/13
Posts: 287
Loc: sw ohio
Sunflower oil? Yeah, Michelin uses it in their latest tires to keep them pliable in winter and improve traction. If it works for Michelin, it probably won't damage your hoses. Just saying...

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