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Old 11-11-2009, 04:45 PM   #1
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What kind of goop is on my tires?

I bought a paint-on UV protection product from Camping World that is for the RV tires. It is supposed to be as good as a tire cover and only has to be redone once a year. Problem: The instructions say that the sidewall has to be absolutely clean so that the product can adhere to the tire. When we bought our coach, the dealer had shined the tires up with some kind of shiny stuff that I cannot get off. I used hot water and straight dawn. I scrubbed like crazy and just got a little bit off. It is almost like a layer of black grease. When I hosed the tires off the water beaded up and that goop just won't come off. Does anyone have a suggestion as to what will clean that stuff off without harming the rubber?
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:52 PM   #2
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I believe the rubber has already been harmed. No answer on how to get rid of that stuff. Sorry.

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I've seen some of the silicone based "treatments" do that. It should wear off over time...
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:36 PM   #4
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Agree.... Whatever they used will soon wear off.
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:28 PM   #5
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Sounds to me as though the dealer stuff, if it performs and protects as well as it sticks - MIGHT be pretty good stuff!

The problem with chemical tire applications, especially those needing re-done at regular intervals - is getting the stuff on the inner tire walls, especially the duals...
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problem with chemical tire applications, especially those needing re-done at regular intervals - is getting the stuff on the inner tire walls,
Even bigger problem is that most of them have contents that are harmful to rubber!!! ...like petroleum products, etc.
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Drive it 300 miles - the tires will heat up and the gook will evaporate.

I suspect the same will happen to your UV protection paint too, but what do I know? I'd ask you to let us know how long it lasts, but how would you ever know?
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Old 11-17-2009, 02:58 PM   #8
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I'd carefully check the contents of the product you got from Camping World to make sure it doesn't have petroleum distillates in it...or look up the MSDS online to see what the ingredients are.

The only thing we put on our tires...as well as any other rubber products in and around the RV...is 303 Aerospace Protectant which has no petroleum distillates.
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It's coming to light that petroleum distillate ingredients (Diesel Fuel) is the cause for damage of many so called protection products.
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It's coming to light that petroleum distillate ingredients (Diesel Fuel) is the cause for damage of many so called protection products.
UMmmmm - you saying these protectants CONTAIN compounds closely related to diesel fuel?
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FYI There is a commercial product that does protect against ozone. It called Agemaster No. 1 and, by ASTM test, approximately triples the ozone resistance of at least some (and I expect most) elastomers. We use it on neoprenes, natural rubber and nitriles. It must be applied to a fresh rubber surface (I'd recommend washing with MEK or Trichloroethane III before applying - use caution with these!).
For UV protection, the best way is to simply keep the tires out of direct sunlight when not in use.
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At an RV rally, I asked the Michelin rep what, if anything, would protect tires and extend their life. He was emphatic that ALL dressings were harmful and to just clean the tires with soap and brush.

Perhaps this is no longer true?
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