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post #1 of 3 Old 10-23-2009, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Detailing your tyre sidewalls

Ok - here's a question that I have been pondering for as long as it has just taken me to paint 8 tyre sidewalls....

I've tried the lot, aerosol sprays, pump action sprays, foam sprays, using a paint brush and a combination of the lot. I've used Autoglym, Meguirs, Halfords and countless others - still I'm not sure of what is the best way to get that shiny new look for your tyres.

Any suggestions in terms of what make of tyre spray etc and how to apply it, for the best looking, longest lasting effect - whilst ensuring that you don't end up with stains all over your alloys as soon as you drive it.

So what are you guys all doing?

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-23-2009, 10:59 PM
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Cleaning tyres & wheels

Barry, Hi

For what it's worth heres how I do mine;
Firstly I recommend that you use different implements from those used on the coach-work. That old sheepskin wash mitt thats become a bit raggedy is great for wheels and tyres. Also the two bucket ( with grit guard ) method still applies. Wheels are just as susceptible to grit scratch damage as paintwork.
To start off - snowfoam wheels with the rest of the car. Then do the wheels first while the snowfoam is working on the body work. I use Bilberry safe wheel cleaner (Valet Pro) diluted in to a trigger bottle. The brush I use is a Daytona speedmaster. Its very soft, long and fulsome - doesn't scratch. For tar and stains I use Autoglym intensive tar remover. I have some slightly better stuff but its in the garage and for the life of me cant remember the make. And getting in the garage to refresh my memory is like a military operation. So for now Autoglym will do. I then dry the wheels and wax them using RimWax. Then clean the rest of the car. Then at the end I go back to the wheels and use Meguiar's Endurance tyre gel for the sidewalls.
Hope that helps. Hope to see you at FLED 2 and a bit. I should be at Wilton Hs early on Saturday
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Thanks Ollenaram. Never heard of Meguiar's Endurance tyre gel. Must keep an eye out for it. See you next weekend!!

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