How do you clean Whitewall Tyres?
What is the best way to clean whitewall tyres?
The biggest downside to installing a set of whitewalls on your car is simply keeping them clean. They scuff easily, show even the slightest amount of dirt, and god forbid you accidentally run up onto a curb. And even if you don’t drive the car, the whitewalls want to turn yellow and brown just from being exposed to the elements. Needless to say, they’re a little high maintenance, especially when compared to their black wall counterparts.
Here are some of the tips & tricks to keep your whitewalls looking their best year-round.
- Start with a quality cleaner designed specifically for whitewalls. Most rubber cleaners are designed to be used on black walls, make sure and choose a cleaner that is specifically formulated for whitewalls, it will give you the best results. You want to steer clear of any harsh household cleaning products, or products that may contain alcohol or chlorine bleach. These may work in the short term, but they will also dry out the surface of the tire and cause premature wear.
- Make sure the tires are cool to the touch, and then give them a pre-rinse with clean water.
- Spray the whitewall with your cleaner. We like to use our Rubber & White Wall Cleaner. It helps break down tough brake dust & road grime, while whitening even the dullest whitewalls. Plus, it’s safe for all-wheel finishes (some whitewall cleaning products in the past were made from very harsh chemicals and could quickly damage painted wheel finishes).
- Allow a few moments for the cleaner to dwell and penetrate the dirt & grime. Scrub with a stiff-bristled brush if necessary.
- Rinse away with clean water, and allow to dry.
For really stubborn yellow or brown staining, you can also use a scrub pad, or even sandpaper to slowly and gently remove the yellowed layer until the white layer below shows through.
Frequent and routine cleaning will help keep your whitewalls looking their best. You can also use a quality tire dressing to help combat the harmful effects of the sun. Our Tire & Trim Care leaves behind a nice satin sheen while shielding against harmful UV rays. It’s our go-to dressing when caring for Jay’s collection.
Hopefully, these tips will help you the next time you're faced with the task of cleaning whitewall tires. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments below.
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