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    What is the best white wall cleaner, purchased or home made in your opinion ?

    BRAD

  • #2
    If they are really bad & brown, wipe them with some lacquer thinner first, then spray on a white wall cleaner. I have had good results with Westleys Bleche-wite (not a typo...thats how its spelled on the bottle!)

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    • #3
      Bleachey White

      Tim K.
      '64 R2 GT Hawk
      Tim K.
      \'64 R2 GT Hawk

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      • #4
        Westleys Bleche-wite is a good product. Use caution to not get it on hubcaps and wheels, it can spot or streak them. SOS pad works very good also.

        Mike Jones
        Pembroke Pines, FL

        Mike - Assistant Editor, Turning Wheels
        Fort Worth, TX


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        • #5
          Go to the Diamond Back Classic Tire website. They have done their homework and have suggestions about maintaining and cleaning white wall tires.
          http://www.dbtires.com/index.htm

          John Clary
          Greer, SC

          Life... is what happens as you are making plans.
          SDC member since 1975
          John Clary
          Greer, SC

          SDC member since 1975

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          • #6
            Westley's works well but it is very caustic; your sidewalls may develop premature dry-checking. I would look at the products recommended by Diamond Back, Universal or Coker.

            Brad Johnson
            Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
            '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
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            Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
            Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
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            • #7
              I got some stuff from Coker, "Gangster White" I believe. That reminds me that it reminded me of 'Soft Scrub', a lightly abrasive household cleanser with ammonia. I'll bet it would clean White Walls great, and it's available in the grocery. It would require more elbow grease than the sprays, though.


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              '53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
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              (Under Construction 617 hrs.)
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              • #8
                Diamondback does not like Wesleys. I've followed their advice and avoided anything with bleach. I have used various brands of tire and wheel cleaners (which are all formulated to dissolve brake dust) and have very good results. Tires (and wire wheels) still look great after 7 seasons and 33,000 miles.

                I have recently started using 'Detail Pro' whitewall wipes for touchups. Especially good at events where you don't have access to rinse water.


                Steve Hudson
                The Dalles, Oregon
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                Steve Hudson
                The Dalles, Oregon
                1949 \"GMOBaker\" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
                1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
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                • #9
                  Mr Clean tire eraser took black marks off my wide white walls with no bleach. They work like magic! [8D]

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                  • #10
                    I am 48 years old, and have use Westley's for probably 40 of them! Lacquer thinner will work too; but my favorite is a toss-up between Westley's and Comet kitchen cleanser (powder) and a stiff brush. Follow with a tire sealer and you'll be amazed[:0]

                    One of the first rules in the car business: If you do nothing else, clean the tires! It makes all the difference[8D]

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                    • #11
                      quote
                      One of the first rules in the car business: If you do nothing else, clean the tires! It makes all the difference

                      I can not believe that Bob Palma did not say that first!! LOL

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                      • #12
                        quote:If you do nothing else, clean the tires! It makes all the difference
                        I 3rd that. I cannot believe how many cars I see displayed with dirty tires/wheels. It doesn't matter how clean and shiny the rest of the vehicle is, if the tires and wheels look crappy, the whole car looks crappy. And note that doesn't mean artificially shiny. Clean black rubber looks best with or without whitewalls.


                        Steve Hudson
                        The Dalles, Oregon
                        1949 "GMOBaker" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
                        1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
                        1953 Champion Starliner (custom/rod project)
                        1954 Champion Coupe (daily driver)
                        1960 Hawk (future project?)

                        Steve Hudson
                        The Dalles, Oregon
                        1949 \"GMOBaker\" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
                        1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
                        1953 "Studacudallac" (project)

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                        • #13
                          SOS pads

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                          • #14
                            quote:Originally posted by bams50

                            One of the first rules in the car business: If you do nothing else, clean the tires! It makes all the difference[8D]

                            I'll add:
                            Clean the windows as well. Especially the inside of the glass.

                            ChopStu

                            61 Lark

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                            • #15
                              I've always used Bon Ami cleanser on our wide whites. (I can't stand the smell of Comet.) A little bit of it on a wet brush, some elbow grease, and the white walls come out sparkling bright. When I say, "some elbow grease," I don't mean that it takes a lot of effort. Before the Atlantic Zone Meet in Harrisonburg, VA last weekend, it took only about 30 minutes to scrub down all four tires. By the way, Coker also advises against using Bleche White.

                              Kindest regards,

                              Alan Mende
                              Hummelstown, PA

                              I'm not a mechanic; I don't even play one on TV.
                              Kindest regards,

                              Alan Mende
                              Grantville, PA

                              I'm not a mechanic; I don't even play one on TV.

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