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Old 05-13-2018, 06:49 PM   #1
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What is on my tires

There is this black tire treatment on my tires. I am trying to figure out what it is so i never buy it. Any time I get near the tires it is all over me. It looks like Asphalt because it black and thick on the tires but if you get it on something white it has a brown hue like asphalt does. I am going to try scrub it off in a week or so when I have more time at home. So i hope it will scrub off. I have had the MH for a month bought this winter so it was applied by dealer or previous owner. Every time i try to put covers on it's all over my arms. Or if I mistakenly put my hand on the tire it is all black. SO, when/if i get it off should i put something else on or just cover them?
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Some of the tire shine products used to detail vehicles are just like you describe .
Scrub it off and then just cover the tires .

While your scrubbing , check the tire date codes.
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I use only 303 on mine and keep them covered.
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Like Mr_D, I only use Aerospace 303 on my tires and try to keep them covered.
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Motor oil? Maybe used motor oil?
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There is this black tire treatment on my tires. I am trying to figure out what it is so i never buy it. Any time I get near the tires it is all over me. It looks like Asphalt because it black and thick on the tires but if you get it on something white it has a brown hue like asphalt does. I am going to try scrub it off in a week or so when I have more time at home. So i hope it will scrub off. I have had the MH for a month bought this winter so it was applied by dealer or previous owner. Every time i try to put covers on it's all over my arms. Or if I mistakenly put my hand on the tire it is all black. SO, when/if i get it off should i put something else on or just cover them?
I don't know what they put on there but Michelin information that came with my new tires says NOT to use any tire treatments as they can breakdown the rubber and lead to cracking. Just wash the tires and keep them out of the sun (UV radiation breaks down the tire sidewall). Also, I personally think it makes sense to use your leveling jacks in storage where appropriate to reduce some of the pressure off the tire sidewalls.
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303 is good stuff. I use it on my tires exclusively too. That, plus storing indoors keeps my tires in great shape.
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When I bought my current used motorhome it had something similar on the tires that turned whatever touched them black. I scrubbed it off, but it ruined the brush I used to scrub with. Gummed it all up and made it unusable for anything else.
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We were at an RV park and the people next to us had a mobile detailer come out and work on their coach. The detailer used some kind of shiny tire dressing. When I went over and asked how satisfied he was at the job they did, he told me that he didn't ask for the tires or wheels to be done as he usually does that himself. However, they put this shiny stuff as you describe on the tires ...sounded the same as you describe as we could see it leaching a brown stain on the concrete pad and when we rubbed our fingers across the sidewall surface, we had this black/brownish crud on our hands.

He told me that he wasn't looking forward to scrubbing it off. I told him to hold on a minute and went over to get my spray bottle of Purple Power that I keep along with other essential maintenance items in one of my storage compartments.

I asked him if he wantedt to try it. He enthusiastically said yes and that it wouldn't hurt to try that first. So we went around to each wheel and sprayed a good dose of it on the tires. We let it sit for about ten minutes or so as we talked about something else and then got a garden hose and sprayed each wheel and it washed the gunk off completely. We could see it running down the pad toward the street. No scrubbing involved! He was happy.

Walmart has Purple Power in the spray bottle for less than $4. --go HERE for a description on Walmart website. I suppose any heavy-duty degreaser would work similarly, however.

I guess many of us do not want that shiny tire look a lot of detailers seem to use and think their customers prefer.

I too am a 303 fan and have been using it for over a decade on tires along with dozens of other things. It has great UV protection.
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I, too, use 303 Protectant on the tires.

I wouldn't panic on the 'buy-here-pay-here' lot tire shining product. Just wash it off with Dawn dishwashing liquid and be done with it.

I would just ask the mobile wash guys next time to clean the wheels and tires but not to add any tire product.

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I, too, use 303 Protectant on the tires.

I wouldn't panic on the 'buy-here-pay-here' lot tire shining product. Just wash it off with Dawn dishwashing liquid and be done with it.

I would just ask the mobile wash guys next time to clean the wheels and tires but not to add any tire product.

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There are several good tire dressings if you want one for cosmetic purposes, but I don't know of any modern tire product that is yucky like that. Shiny or not. There is simply no need for that sort of chemical gunk these days. It seems more likely that what you have is a foreign substance of some sort, or a misguided attempt at a home brew.


But the problem here is to get this current gunk off. Try scrubbing with a detergent+degreaser, e.g. Purple Power or Simple Green or good old Dawn dish detergent.
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We were at an RV park and the people next to us had a mobile detailer come out and work on their coach. The detailer used some kind of shiny tire dressing. When I went over and asked how satisfied he was at the job they did, he told me that he didn't ask for the tires or wheels to be done as he usually does that himself. However, they put this shiny stuff as you describe on the tires ...sounded the same as you describe as we could see it leaching a brown stain on the concrete pad and when we rubbed our fingers across the sidewall surface, we had this black/brownish crud on our hands.

He told me that he wasn't looking forward to scrubbing it off. I told him to hold on a minute and went over to get my spray bottle of Purple Power that I keep along with other essential maintenance items in one of my storage compartments.

I asked him if he wantedt to try it. He enthusiastically said yes and that it wouldn't hurt to try that first. So we went around to each wheel and sprayed a good dose of it on the tires. We let it sit for about ten minutes or so as we talked about something else and then got a garden hose and sprayed each wheel and it washed the gunk off completely. We could see it running down the pad toward the street. No scrubbing involved! He was happy.

Walmart has Purple Power in the spray bottle for less than $4. --go HERE for a description on Walmart website. I suppose any heavy-duty degreaser would work similarly, however.

I guess many of us do not want that shiny tire look a lot of detailers seem to use and think their customers prefer.

I too am a 303 fan and have been using it for over a decade on tires along with dozens of other things. It has great UV protection.
Full strength Purple Power will remove paint and craze plastic.
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Full strength Purple Power will remove paint and craze plastic.
I've never had that happen in the years that I've been using it. However, I've never used it full strength directly on paint or plastic and am sure to follow their dilution chart (attached below ...full strength is approved for tires).

In the situation I previously described, I forgot to mention that I had him hold a towel around the rims in the areas I applied it on the tire just in case.
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