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Old 02-17-2012, 10:51 AM   #1
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My trick to getting rubber tires black and shiny!

Believe it or not but this little trick really works.

First scrub the tires with a degreaser or detergent of your choice and a soft brush. wipe excess water and dirt off the rubber with a terry cloth towel. Let dry.

Apply a professional, premium grade, black shoe polish cream with a terry cloth towel. Let dry. Buff with a soft, horse hair brush, much in the same way you would shine shoes.

Apply a clear, shoe shine product afterward. The one I use is called the shine sponge—A sponge with shine product in it.

You can find these professional, premium products by doing an internet search for shoe polish or shoe care.

Your black rubber tires will be conditioned, look dark, rich black and super shiny!

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Old 02-17-2012, 10:56 AM   #2
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Re: My trick to getting rubber tires black and shiny!

How long does that last? Does it provide any UV or ozone protection to the rubber? What happens if you get some on your wheel or painted surface of the car, does it stain?
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Re: My trick to getting rubber tires black and shiny!

The tires stay black for long time. It can make faded tires look new again. The shine product provides water proofing, so water beads off. Not sure about the UV protection. The clear shine product lasts for about a week or two but is easy to apply with a swipe of the sponge. If you get the black cream on the rims, just wipe it off, it won't stain.
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Re: My trick to getting rubber tires black and shiny!

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If you get the black cream on the rims, just wipe it off, it won't stain.
Evidently...Black Shoe Polish has made evolutionary and technological advances since I used it on my "George Boots"...Back then it was hard as heck to remove it from my horseshoe-taps!

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Old 02-17-2012, 12:39 PM   #5
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Re: My trick to getting rubber tires black and shiny!

That shoe polish is quite an idea!

I've found that the biggest tip, IMO, is the degreaser. Clean everything out of the tire before you worry about your protectant! It makes a huge difference in looks and durability.
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I think I'll stick with Opti-bond. Easier to apply and I know it works

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I think I'll stick with Opti-bond. Easier to apply and I know it works
And you don't have any shoe polish lying around anyway....sorry, I had to...
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And you don't have any shoe polish lying around anyway....sorry, I had to...
Lol no he doesn't have any shoes.
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Lol no he doesn't have any shoes.
I have a few pair for special occasions lol

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Re: My trick to getting rubber tires black and shiny!

My .02. Unless they changed their processes, most of those shoe shine products contain silicone.
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