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Old 10-25-2006, 01:45 PM   #1
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Default How to make white walls "white" again

Ok. So here's the deal. I just purchased a set of wide whites from E-Pay for my 53 Chevy. I already have 2 on the front and needed 2 for the rear. They arrived yesterday and to my dismay, the white walls are not so white. Kinda of a cream white color. The tires are 6.70 15's made by Allstate (Sears). The tread is excellent and tires are fairly new looking. My question is: Is there anyway to make the white on them whiter? Is it possible that the color is suppose to be that way? Any suggestions from fellow HAMBers would be greatly appreciated. Oh, i tried to use degreaser on them but didn't work.
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Old 10-25-2006, 01:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: How to make white walls "white" again

I find best thing is a simple SOS scrub pad with the soap in it, they work really good, if they dont get whiter that way you can also wet sand them with 220 sandpaper . My brother had a dark stain on his from wheel cleaner and he sanded his and they turned like new again.
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Old 10-25-2006, 01:50 PM   #3
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Default Re: How to make white walls "white" again



Westley's Bleche-Wite

Go to any automotive department and pick up this product along with a bristle brush. It's made specifically for cleaning white wall tires. $4 for small bottle. $6 - $8 for giant jug.

If you leave this product on your tires too long, it cracks the whitewalls, so don't pay too much attention to the instructions on the bottle.

I spray it on one tire all over and you start to see the yellow run off the whitewall. Scrub the entire sidewall of your tire with the bristle brush for about 1 minute. doesn't take much effort.

Spray off your brush, then spray off your tire. While rinsing your tire, use the brush along with the water from the hose to really get that bleche wite off. Your tires will look unbelievable, both in the white area as well as the black. It's best to put some kind of moisture back on the tire, too so they don't crack. something like armor all or tire wet works.

PS - this stuff will also get your white bathtub WHITE! Open a window though!

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Old 10-25-2006, 01:50 PM   #4
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Default Re: How to make white walls "white" again

I use Simply Green and my darkest, dirtist spots have always come out sparkling clean.
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Old 10-25-2006, 02:08 PM   #5
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Default Re: How to make white walls "white" again

Thanks for the tips. I will go out and try the Westley's bleach white first. I had initially used the purple degreaser with a bristle brush. My only concern is that the tires might have been produced many years ago and didn't know if anyone had the same problem with them in the past. I will let you know how it comes out and hopefully post a few pics.
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Old 10-25-2006, 02:19 PM   #6
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Default Re: How to make white walls "white" again

There are a bunch of ideas in this thread...:http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...ht=white+walls

I use Coker WWW cleaner with a Scotchbrite pad, but there are even cheaper options.

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Old 10-25-2006, 02:37 PM   #7
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Default Re: How to make white walls "white" again

Thanks for the link 51chevysled. I will try a few things suggested and hopefully they will be as white as the front tires.

Anyone have a good set of chrome bumpers and maybe a good grill for a 53 Chevy Coupe?
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Old 10-25-2006, 04:24 PM   #8
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Default Re: How to make white walls "white" again

If you are gonna use westly's bleachwhite, READ THE BOTTLE.
It says not to put it on aluminium wheels. I've heard that it will fuck em right up.
I use simlpe green cause it works just as well if not better than westly's. And it does not tear up wheels or paint.
And you can clean just about anything else with it too.
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Old 10-25-2006, 04:43 PM   #9
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Default Re: How to make white walls "white" again

I use Bleche-White too. But, do not get it on your paint. Simple Green is more user friendly.

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Old 10-25-2006, 08:02 PM   #10
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Simple green / SOS pad combo then Wet sand them if needed but make sure you wet sand cause anything else will go to far and leave ugly marks
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Old 10-25-2006, 08:17 PM   #11
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Default Re: How to make white walls "white" again

I used to work at a tire shop.Used tires mostly.I figured out a cool trick.Works much better than an SOS pad.Bust a smallish piece of a brick.Use the flat part on the white wall with simple green.Works beautifully.Try it.
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Old 10-25-2006, 08:58 PM   #12
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Default Re: How to make white walls "white" again

You can also sand them. When I grind my WWWs, I finish them with 80 grit paper. obviously the finer the paper, the smoother the finish.
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Old 10-25-2006, 09:00 PM   #13
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never run old tires.
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:00 AM   #14
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Default Re: How to make white walls "white" again

dont know if you have a 99 cents store in tejas but if you do they carry a cleaner called awsome that shit works way better than bleach white.
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:41 AM   #15
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Default Re: How to make white walls "white" again

The guy at Coker told me Bleche-White was the worst thing you could put on your tires.
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:47 AM   #16
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Default Re: How to make white walls "white" again

Quote:
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The guy at Coker told me Bleche-White was the worst thing you could put on your tires.
Yes, because it dries them out.
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:54 AM   #17
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Don't know if it hurts them or not, but, I used laquer thinner on a rag on the same exact type of tires and it cleaned then it less than 2 min.
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:56 AM   #18
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Comet and and scotch-brite pad always works for me, I really pour it on and let it sit before scrubbing.
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Old 10-26-2006, 02:23 PM   #19
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Default Re: How to make white walls "white" again

Dupli-color has a new product called Hot Tire Paint Stick. Comes in white and other silly colors. Might work to freshen up whitewalls.
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Old 10-26-2006, 02:28 PM   #20
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Default Re: How to make white walls "white" again

just two weeks ago i wet sanded a set of white walls with 220 grit paper (yeah, they needed it, too) and wesley's bleech-white. i'm not a big fan of bleech white, but it worked better when wet sanding than just water.

it worked amazingly well!

i tried a 320 grit, and nothing really happened.

once you cut them with a 220 grit, it shouldn't need to be sanded again, just cleaned with the cleaner of your choice, but you need to stay on top of it.

let us know what you end up doing and how it works.
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