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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-11-2019, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Foaming tire cleaners

I would like to know if it`s safe to use foaming tire cleaners on our tires. I bought Eagle One Triple cleaning foam and I used it on my car to clean the tires and they came out good but I`m thinking about using the product on my bikes Dunlop Roadmaster TT100 and would like to hear about your experience with tire cleaners. I`m not going to use any detailer after cleaning them,well maybe KIWI`s paste black shoe polish
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Not keen on using cleaners on tyres. Not since i cleaned up my tyres in 1975,rode out of the driveway, turned and fell off. Just make sure they are not slippery after cleaning.
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Hi Juan,

If I was going to clean tyre sidewalls other than just washing off mud, etc., I'd simply use the same cheap furniture polish I use for other 'rubber' - the polishes tend to contain silicone, which is good to synthetic rubber.

EDIT: I didn't think I needed to post this but ... same as you spray the polish on a furniture hard vertical surface and then wipe/polish most of it off before it drips on the floor, leaving just a shine, if you were spraying the polish on a tyre sidewall, you'd then wipe/polish most of it off before it reached any tread ...

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Not exactly a tire cleaning product and I certainly don't use it every time I detail my bike, but after trying soap and water, then Simple Green to remove dried on chain lube splatter, I tried a small shot of adhesive remover on a rag. It took the splatter right off and left the rubber looking super clean. I don't like the shine some products give a tire, it doesn't look natural and it collects dust. I used it on both front and rear tires and now they clean up nicely with a mild soap and water after riding. Again, I'm not using or recommending it be used every time you clean your tires.
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Hola Juan,


Over the years I have known a number of people that have had accidents as a result of slippery tire cleaners. Even using cleaners on the sidewalls is risky, as centrifugal force will cause them to flow toward the tread.



I do not recommend any cleaners other than soap and water. As a matter of fact, I wash new tires with detergent and water to remove any residue of the mold release used during manufacture.


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Hola Juan,


Over the years I have known a number of people that have had accidents as a result of slippery tire cleaners. Even using cleaners on the sidewalls is risky, as centrifugal force will cause them to flow toward the tread.



I do not recommend any cleaners other than soap and water. As a matter of fact, I wash new tires with detergent and water to remove any residue of the mold release used during manufacture.


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You are right the centrifugal force will push the cleaner to the treads. In the past I had used dish washing soap and a brush but that type of soap promotes corrosion on the steel rims so I just wiped them down with gasoline and then used the paste shoe polish for the sidewalls only. I was intrigued by the foaming cleaner but I think I will forget that. Thanks for the reply`s to all.
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In the past I had used dish washing soap and a brush but that type of soap promotes corrosion on the steel rims so I just wiped them down with gasoline
Never use gasoline anywhere near any part of a tyre; that affects tyres' materials badly.

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Checked into Eagle One if you follow it around you find a remake on their website not for use on motorcycles. Now I assume they are really talking about newer machines with alloy wheels BUT still it says no motorcycles.


I don't know if this is available in PR (Wal Mart?) but I would recommend Westley's Bleach White tire cleaner. It has similar properties to a tire cleaner I sell to a couple of Harley Dealer's (My real world job is selling among other things Reconditioning Supplies to the Automotive Trade) This product will clean the tires nicely and should be used on new tires to remove the mold release compound. A product such as Castrol Purple can also be used BUT IT WILL BE MUCH HARSHER. When cleaned the rubber should not be slick simply cleaned and degreased.


IF you are going to us a dressing on the tires find one that is water based or try to find out if it Body Shop Safe. In the past I have used Meguiars #40. In my opinion avoid Armor All. If you dress the tires it MUST BE KEPT OFF THE TREAD AREA. Use the same product on the gauge cups and other rubber bits.


You mentioned dish washing soap. I quit using it to mount tires when one brand took the skin off my hands.


If you want to used the product Happyfeet recommended in bulk (quart can) used part number 8984. If PR is VOC compliant you will want 3M #38987 spray can or 38984 quart can.


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Never use gasoline anywhere near any part of a tyre; that affects tyres' materials badly.

Hth.

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I have not used it lately. I`m thinking about a soap and a very stiff brush. Both tires look good but they are over 7 years old. They are not cracked but I realize they must have lost flexibility and grip. I haven`t done a lot of riding lately but I take that into account when I go out for a spin. Thanks for the advice.
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Checked into Eagle One if you follow it around you find a remake on their website not for use on motorcycles. Now I assume they are really talking about newer machines with alloy wheels BUT still it says no motorcycles.


I don't know if this is available in PR (Wal Mart?) but I would recommend Westley's Bleach White tire cleaner. It has similar properties to a tire cleaner I sell to a couple of Harley Dealer's (My real world job is selling among other things Reconditioning Supplies to the Automotive Trade) This product will clean the tires nicely and should be used on new tires to remove the mold release compound. A product such as Castrol Purple can also be used BUT IT WILL BE MUCH HARSHER. When cleaned the rubber should not be slick simply cleaned and degreased.


IF you are going to us a dressing on the tires find one that is water based or try to find out if it Body Shop Safe. In the past I have used Meguiars #40. In my opinion avoid Armor All. If you dress the tires it MUST BE KEPT OFF THE TREAD AREA. Use the same product on the gauge cups and other rubber bits.


You mentioned dish washing soap. I quit using it to mount tires when one brand took the skin off my hands.


If you want to used the product Happyfeet recommended in bulk (quart can) used part number 8984. If PR is VOC compliant you will want 3M #38987 spray can or 38984 quart can.


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I will search for the Westley`s Bleach white tire cleaner in Auto Zone,Advance Auto Parts,Pep Boys and walmart. If they have it I will get some. I have not done the tires waiting on all the answers posted on this thread there is always good information on this Forum. Thanks.
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