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Old 08-21-2013, 08:12 AM   #1
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Cleaning rubber off camper after tire blowout

Looking for some expert advise . Had a tire blowout that totally blew off our fender skirt, ripped up the metal around the area & left a lot of tire rubber on the camper. Can anyone tell me how to get this rubber residue off the side of the camper?

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Old 08-21-2013, 08:15 AM   #2
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Most any cleaner wax or mild polish should remove it.

Been there, twice. Our '96 Holiday Rambler 5th wheel came with a set of Goodyear tires that came from a bad batch. Picked it up from the repair shop after the first failure and not 10 miles down the road the second tire failed. Goodyear ended up paying for all the damage and replaced all the tires, including the spare.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:18 AM   #3
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Avoid anything abrasive. You want something that will dissolve the residue. Try either paint thinner or lacquer thinner. Try it in an inconspicuous spot first. Rub gently until residue is gone. Then wash to remove any thinner. Polish/wax to protect.
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I would avoid lacquer thinner, it may soften the gelcoat/paint. DX 330, available from most automotive painting supply shops, is a safe medium for removing most residues from automotive finishes. I would try that first. Tar remover may also work. Follow up with a good polish.
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I had a rubber smudge from hitting a piece of truck tire on my car's front facia. I used WD40 and a rag and it came off fairly easily. Yours looks far more severely marked up, but give the WD40 a try, maybe it'll do it.
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rubber remover

Use a little gas on a rag ...it will remove the black marks but remember no propane on or smoking with gas in hand .I did use it so I know it works rinse with soap...warm water, wax ...looks great again ..Bushman
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We use Black Streak Remover by B.E.S.T. Works great.
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Try "Goo Gone." It is a spray gel and we have had great success with this product including tar from freshly done roads.
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This one time I do recommend WD40.
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Have found WD40 to be excellent. I use it to remove sticker residue. It should help remove rubber residue as well. Many uses for WD40.
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Had the same thing happen to me. My daughter came out of the house with a "magic eraser" from Wal Mart. Took the tire marks right off without touching the paint.
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I wouldn't use a magic eraser on a shiny surface, as it dulls the finish.
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I wouldn't use a magic eraser on a shiny surface, as it dulls the finish.
Goo Gone works wonderfully.
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I wouldn't use a magic eraser on a shiny surface, as it dulls the finish.

I suppose it may have dulled it a bit. I really couldn't tell, it's sort of a matte finish anyway.
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