3 November 2014

Griot’s Car Care Tip: Whitewall tire cleaning

Whitewalls are all about contrast, so keeping the white bright and the overall finish shiny and uniform will dramatically enhance the impact of your rolling stock.

For general cleaning of whitewalls and the tire itself, Rubber Prep is the way to go, especially if the tires are the last stop on your detailing journey and you wish to avoid using water. Rubber Cleaner is sufficient if you prefer cleaning with water, however Rubber Prep is recommend for cleaning the actual whitewall or white lettering.

For application on wide whitewalls, a 3-inch Yellow Scrub Pad works well. For narrower whitewalls or white lettering, the Ergo Wave Foam Scrubber does a great job. You can also use an old toothbrush — the cheap ones with stiff bristles work well. Apply Rubber Prep directly to your applicator or brush and scrub the whitewall or lettering thoroughly. Don’t be afraid to use pressure and aggressive agitation if the situation warrants it.

After cleaning a small section wipe dry with a clean micro fiber or cotton cloth. Repeat until you are satisfied with the cleanliness then apply a dressing of your choice to safeguard your hard work. Thick, silicon-based Long-Lasting Tire Dressing produces a nice, satin finish for a natural rubber look. If you like more luster, simply apply additional coats. Vinyl & Rubber Dressing also creates a satin sheen and its added UV protection makes it great for interior plastics, trim, and door seals as well as tires. Or go for big-time shine with High-Gloss Dressing.

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