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White Wall tires cleaning ?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Frenchy Dehoux, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Lets hear some feedback on how you guys and gals clean your White Wall tires what is the best cleaner to use. I have for years use Comet / Ajax with a damp towel to clean my White Walls. Yesterday I was talking with a good friend of mine and he told me that on his Buick Led Sled he uses the simple green liquid to clean his White Wall. I have tried it today and it cleaned all of the yellow edges I had on mine and came out great.

  2. James66g
    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
    Posts: 552


    I am a huge fan of westleys white wall cleaner I hate breathing it but they do call it bleach for white walls! that and belive ot or not I just windex the tires after I am done washing the car I use windex on the chrome wheels I just wipe the tires down to gives em a flat but darker sheen?
  3. seldom scene
    Joined: Oct 9, 2002
    Posts: 867

    seldom scene

    Simple green works for me. I saw on here a few years back that whitewall aerosol cleaners dried the natural oils out of the tires and should be avoided.
  4. CadillacBob
    Joined: Jul 12, 2009
    Posts: 14


    The problem with Comet and Ajax is that they contain bleach. Bleach will cause your whitewalls to yellow and craze.

    As a no bleach alternative, Barkeepers Friend works wonders on Whitewall tires and will not promote yellowing, or crazing. I've used this for years on my '59 Fleetwood. Now it's time for new tires, due to wear. The only discoloration I've seen is from the sun and it's not yellow, but faded...

    Hope this helps,

    As a side note, do NOT get this stuff on your paint! It contains mild abrasives that will scratch the living daylights out of a good paint job...
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  5. Skate Fink
    Joined: Jul 31, 2001
    Posts: 3,472

    Skate Fink
    Member Emeritus

  6. shooter54
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,165


    bristle brush and soap with a little elbow grease.
  7. Tx51chevy
    Joined: Jul 27, 2009
    Posts: 73

    from Texas

  8. poofus1929
    Joined: Jan 29, 2008
    Posts: 897

    from So Cal

    I have always used Westleys.
  9. sixfink
    Joined: Jul 26, 2009
    Posts: 87

    from Germany

  10. owen thomas
    Joined: Jun 15, 2008
    Posts: 186

    owen thomas

    Westley's Bleche-Wite - been using it since 1956. The neat thing about Bleche-Wite was that it also cleaned the black part of the tires too, not just the whitewalls. All the other tire creams, bronze bristle brushes, SOS pads did’t work as well. Greatest thing ever for whitewalls and for cleaning any rubber. This stuff rejuvinates rubber. Try it.
    Haven’t had whitewalls since I turned them inside on my Cadillac years ago (the older guys thought I was nuts), but I still go thru a gallon of Bleche-Wite every year or so, using it to clean blackwall tires, rubber hoses, and detailing other rubber parts.
    Back in the 50’s we wanted the black of the tires to look really clean, but not shiny the way they do today with Armor All or whatever. I still think the glossy black looks strange, but that’s the way it is.
    Back in the 50’s, nothing was cooler that a car with a set of Kelly Celebrity white walls...damn, those were good times for sure.
  11. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,498

    from WA


  12. hombres ruin
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,301

    hombres ruin

    The stuff from coker is great and wont dry out the tire or cause yellowing..designed for white walls from a white wall company.
  13. ZZ-IRON
    Joined: Feb 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,964

    from Minnesota

    SOS was the other choice

    a brass whitewall brush & cleanser
  14. The first thing I ever looked up here on the HAMB is this topic. I like using Mr Clean Magic Erasers. They arn't that expensive and I've never noticed any bad effects from using them.
  15. Prostreet32
    Joined: Jun 17, 2009
    Posts: 145

    from Indy

    The cheapest white wall cleaner and the most effective without scratching the surface off white wall tires is the "Pink-Pensil-Eraser" get the largest one you can find,.. it doesn't put 'scratches' in the white wall material like sos pads or other abrasives, and doesn't wear the white off in time like those expensive chemical cleansers. Truely an old-school trick;...( cheap, effective, white wall friendly, and your tires will last twice as long!),..or go ahead and spend the big bucks on the
    'popular' stuff,.. ( or smile all the way to the bank like i do...LOL)... <WINKS>
  16. onenew32
    Joined: Mar 11, 2008
    Posts: 126


    Had some new Coker Silvertowns that while I was waiting to complete the chassis they went on got stacked and covered at the back of the shop. about 8 months later I discover that the black from one tire has "leeched" for the lack of a better term, on to the whitwall it was setting on. after trying everything I knew, Westleys, SOS, etc, I called Coker and they let me know i was screwed, just have to buy some more (yeah, right. another reason I love Coker) Any Ideas? :mad:
  17. wild willey
    Joined: Feb 17, 2008
    Posts: 261

    wild willey

    Westleys Bleach White... Tried and True 100 % positively the best. "Stuborn area" use a soft bristol brush "IE... medium toothe brush". NEVER been disapointed.
  18. Jay Ess
    Joined: Oct 18, 2007
    Posts: 438

    Jay Ess
    from New York

    I have the same problem except my WWs now have Goodyear imprinted (mirror image) on the whitewall. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 289


    i've always used gasoline, beleive me its the best...just dont light a cigareete for a few days..:D...

  20. Westleys with a brush for normal cleaning, scotch brite and Westleys for those tougher jobs. Like a back tire on a motorcycle.
  21. 296 V8
    Joined: Sep 17, 2003
    Posts: 4,672

    296 V8
    from Nor~Cal

    Westley’s cant be beat, but if theres aluminum (like moon discs) anywhere near it you will be refinishing it.
  22. millersgarage
    Joined: Jun 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,014


    Coker told me that Bleach white will dry out the whitewall, and cause that dry crack look.
    I have never had good results with the Coker brand stuff though. Lots of elbow grease works for me, but Now I wanna try the Simple Green
  23. It may dry out their tires, I've never had a set.
  24. cruzingratiot
    Joined: Oct 2, 2008
    Posts: 353

    from Detroit MI

    had black spots on a new set of 3 in ww tires 25 years ago
    an older geltlemam said use kerosene
    it worked for me
    Paul Jug

  25. plywude
    Joined: Nov 3, 2008
    Posts: 700

    Member Emeritus
    from manteca ca

    I've posted before about Kingsford charcol lighter fliud this stuff cleans white walls like it was made for them, I just got back from Nevada I drove over a 100 miles(800 miles total) in a friging storm and the tires looked like crap I took my roadster to a self serve car wash blasted the car and tires and it didn't do shit for the tires , came home used Kingford and it cleaned them like new, I run Cookers on the roadster and Diamond Backs on the woodie been using Kingsford for about 18 months no problems plus its cheap, try it, it works............. I just soak a shop(white) rag and wipe the white wall no spraying no scrubing..............:D
  26. eightbanger
    Joined: Feb 17, 2007
    Posts: 378


  27. Stevie Nash
    Joined: Oct 24, 2007
    Posts: 2,999

    Stevie Nash

    Got my wide whites from Diamond Back. Great tires and they gave me a HAMB discount when I asked (they are not in the HAMB vendor list). I believe Westleys contains bleach, and Diamond Back recommends to NOT use bleach. Check it out...
  28. did you ever locate your Ghia ? Met you a few years ago while visiting Bill Brewer. I use sos pads on my 49 Business Coupe, simple green is a good also. I also have used Wesley's also.... Rob-Red say hi to Bill if you see him.
  29. 53 effie
    Joined: Oct 21, 2004
    Posts: 234

    53 effie

    I've just used that purple stuff - Castrol Super Cleaner. Spray it on and watch the yellow turn to all oily looking. Rinse it off with water and repeat as required. Some spots may need a little elbow grease.

    That's what I do with the white walls on my Harley...
  30. They really do a great job at cleaning off the grime.

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