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White Letter Tires (1/22)
 1/23/17 8:15pm
Pappy's Toy
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The white letters on my Goodrich Radial T/A's are now yellow. Any tricks on turning them white again?


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Re: White Letter Tires (2/22)
 1/23/17 9:18pm
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WESTLEY'S Bleach Whyte. Follow label directions. Good stuff!
Re: White Letter Tires (3/22)
 1/23/17 9:41pm
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manchestershark said: WESTLEY'S Bleach Whyte. Follow label directions. Good stuff!

Ditto.  Or sandpaper.



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Re: White Letter Tires (4/22)
 1/24/17 1:16pm
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Manchestershark and F4 Gary

Thanks for the input, I will give it a try.


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Re: White Letter Tires (5/22)
 1/24/17 5:36pm
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I have been using Westley Bleach White for 40 years. I spray all the tires first and let it soak in; Then I wash the entire car and when I give it a final rinse I rise the tires. Then I spray all the tires again and use a brush to scrub the letters. Rinse the tires again and rinse car. If you are using armor all or anything to make tires shine will cause the letters to turn brown. I don't put anything on my letters and they stay a lot cleaner.

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Re: White Letter Tires (6/22)
 1/24/17 6:50pm
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In my opinion, tire shine is detrimental to rubber tires. Collects grime and degrades the tire.
Re: White Letter Tires (7/22)
 1/24/17 11:26pm
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Armor All is terrible.  Haven't bought it in years.

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Re: White Letter Tires (8/22)
 1/25/17 3:17pm
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I've been using Formula 2001 Foam Tire Shine. I guess that maybe that is what is turning my letters yellow. What do other members use to shine your tires?

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Re: White Letter Tires (9/22)
 1/26/17 1:03pm
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Scrub brush and some ajax powder and water is what i grew up using that still works !

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Re: White Letter Tires (10/22)
 1/26/17 4:31pm
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I grew up using Comet. I guess I will go back to that.

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Re: White Letter Tires (11/22)
 1/27/17 6:17pm
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Bleche-White works well as do SOS or Brillo pads.

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Re: White Letter Tires (12/22)
 1/27/17 8:09pm
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I do have some Brillo Pads around; but I will have to wait until it warms up a bit. It seems that winter has decided to return to Kentucky.

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Re: White Letter Tires (13/22)
 1/30/17 9:47am
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DarinM said: Scrub brush and some ajax powder and water is what i grew up using that still works !


Ditto on what Darin says...this is the only method I use as well. Letters stay white for months (depending on your C3 driving habits).
Re: White Letter Tires (14/22)
 1/30/17 11:53am
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vettejack, thanks for the follow up. Right now I'm looking at snow, so as soon as it warms up a bit, I will dig out the cleanser and a scrub brush.

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Re: White Letter Tires (15/22)
 1/30/17 2:49pm
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Once you get them clean, Bleche White is by far the easiest way to keep them that way.

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Re: White Letter Tires (16/22)
 2/19/17 2:30pm
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Well yesterday was finally warm enough to wash the car and gave me a chance to work on the "yellow letter" tires. I used Bleche Wite, Armor All Tire and Wheel cleaner, Comet and Brillo Pads (plus a lot of elbow grease). I still have a ways to go; but the change is significant.




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Re: White Letter Tires (17/22)
 2/19/17 8:21pm
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Meguire's Endurance tire shine is pretty good stuff.  Blocks UV which is what turns tires brown.  It's a gel and you put it on with a tire sponge.





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Re: White Letter Tires (18/22)
 2/20/17 7:52pm
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I use Soft Scrub, has bleach in it and its not real abrasive, put on with scrub brush let it soak in and then rinse. works great.
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Re: White Letter Tires (19/22)
 10/19/20 2:14pm
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I know this is an old thread but it's my first time logging in and EXACTLY the info I was looking for. Thanks all!

Re: White Letter Tires (20/22)
 10/19/20 9:58pm
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I’ve used all of the mentioned products including sandpaper...... they quickly return to yellow.  

I have not resorted to white paint markers yet which many claim to be the answer.



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Re: White Letter Tires (21/22)
 10/20/20 4:12pm
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manchestershark said: WESTLEY'S Bleche Wite. Follow label directions. Good stuff!


I also use the Mequiar's tire gel.  Been happy with both products.



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Re: White Letter Tires (22/22)
 10/20/20 5:37pm
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I quit using the Meguiar's gel and went to 303 Protectant.  Way less messy, easier to apply, and leaves a nice satin finish.  I don't like super shiney tires.



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