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Cleaning Tires

Postby Paul_NJ » Sun Oct 16, 2005 8:57 pm

I just got a good deal on a used tire (for my 340) that has brand new tread, but has been sitting outdoors on a tractor for probably a good number of years. The sidewall of the surface that was toward the tractor is pretty green - looks like an algae or mossy green - I figure it was away from the sun and just grew some sort of biological coating. Is there any reason I can't just clean it with Clorox, the same way you clean vinyl siding?

Any other suggestions for cleaning up tires to restore their blackness?

Thanks.
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Postby Bob McCarty » Sun Oct 16, 2005 9:25 pm

Paul, I asked a similar question earlier. If you scroll down to Tire Paint, you'll have half of your question answered. Bob

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Postby George Willer » Sun Oct 16, 2005 10:14 pm

This may not be the best, but I've had good luck using oven cleaner and a pressure washer to clean (the algae from) the tires before painting them with the paint from Miller Tire.
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Postby Paul_NJ » Mon Oct 17, 2005 11:03 pm

George

Thanks for the idea - As you suggested I used oven cleaner on the tire and cleaned it off with a pressure washer - and the tire looks like new. Worked great!

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Postby 'Country' Elliott » Thu Nov 10, 2005 6:25 am

Hey Paul...Glad that tip from George worked out so well for y'all :wink: Now they probably look so NEW...you'll be afraid to git'em dirty drivin' around your farm! :wink:
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Postby Paul_NJ » Fri Nov 11, 2005 7:08 am

You're sure right there Country! We enjoy restoring these old tractors so much, but when you want to use them as well, as I do, it's such a difficult balance. Like when something drops onto your brand new paint and chips it down to the metal! Ouch.

By the way, congratulations on your new job!

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Postby 'Country' Elliott » Fri Nov 11, 2005 3:13 pm

Hey Paul...THANKS MUCH! :D Your photos look GREAT...Do you have the hood & gas tank on your Cub yet? How's the back blade workin' out for you on your Cub? :? Does it do a good job pullin' out the concrete chunks from the bottom of your bank barn? :?
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