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Old 09-12-2017, 08:49 PM   #1
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Default Is this how clean sportmaxx tires look?

Or is it some everlasting residue that the dealer put on?

This is after like 10 minutes per wheel with straight bleche-wite and a brush. Tires look more gray brown than black. Idk if the pictures are gonna show up or not, I usually use photobucket, but I see they went full money grab and won't let you hotlink pics anymore.

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Old 09-12-2017, 09:31 PM   #2
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Mine do the same thing, have that brownish haze on them. Never had any other tires do that.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:45 PM   #3
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Believe its called blooming. I had the same thing on my stock yokos
Its from the sun just cooking them. I think its pretty common, but I agree, its ugly. Tireshine helps.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:50 PM   #4
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myrt1987 is correct, it is called blooming. Here is a good article that details what blooming is, and what causes it, as well as how to fix it.


You will want to get a good tire cleaner/APC, Tire Brush, and Dressing, to get rid of this, and keep it away. Adams makes good stuff. Personally I like Optimum's Power Clean APC and Their Opti-bond tire gel.



Their APC is expensive at $35 for a gallon, but it is versatile and can be used at different dilutions to use for anything. Since you dilute it, it lasts forever. It is paint safe, but must be rinsed at the higher dilutions

1:3 - I use for Wheels and Tires, also for heavy duty external paint cleaning & Engine Bay
1:5 - Can be used for medium duty interior/exterior cleaning (Must Be Wiped with damp cloth or rised)
1:10 - Light Interior Cleaning (No Wiping/rinsing Needed)

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Old 09-15-2017, 09:38 AM   #5
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Whiplash Willy's post is the majority of what I would say.

As for cleaners, there are a handful of dedicated tire or rubber cleaners out there if you are looking to go all out. Griot's makes a reasonably priced option which got the better of my "ugh whats one more bottle" mentality when ordering products, and I have liked it. McKee's 37 has another which is well regarded.

As far as APC goes for tires I have heard good things, and bad things. Same goes with the tire gel/shine. My understanding is basically that some ingredients can actually clog up/react with the tire in such a way that the blooming becomes worse.

Larry at AMMO always makes analogies with human skin, and I think in this case we can do that again. Think of the tire as a face, with pores, and stuff is going to come out of those pores, with skin it is oils, with tires it is bloom. The trick with your skin isn't to seal it all up, or to wash with bleach and dry it out, as both of these will just upset the balance and cause more oils to come out, a lesson many of us probably learned in our high school days. The trick to it is to wash it clean, and maybe use a moisturizer or lotion if that is your style.

With the tire this means a balanced cleaner (I mentioned a few, and I am sure there are others) and tire gel which works with the tire. OptiBond is great in my experience. Water based, so it doesn't sling, and it doesn't seem to "clog" the tire. That being said it doesn't last as long as some others, but to me the trade is well worth it.

Griot's Rubber and OptiBond has kept me happy and my tires a clean matte black.

Good luck with them and let us know what works for you!

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