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    Tire Black (back in the day)

    Does anyone know of a product like this? I used it as a kid. It was like a paint available in gloss and matt. Water-based. Apply with a paint brush. Let it dry. Formed a nice black skin on the tire that you could wash and it lasted a long time (never cracked or peeled that I remember). Worth the extra effort of application. It was nice and clean and dry. FWIW the brand was Kitten.

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    Re: Tire Black (back in the day)

    I never heard of that but it sounds similar to the flexible acrylic coatings we have today like Tuf Shine, McKees and Optimum. When you mentioned “back in the day” I thought you were talking about my youth in the 60s and 70s. Back then we cleaned and scrubbed the tires with cleanser (Ajax or Comet). Then we shined them with Pledge.

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    Re: Tire Black (back in the day)

    I was talking late 70's early 80's. I'll check out your suggestions thanks UncleDavy. Everything I have used since is more like a dressing and varies from slightly to very greasy. The product I remember was much more like a paint. Very clean and dry and durable.

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    Re: Tire Black (back in the day)

    Quote Originally Posted by nostnick View Post
    Does anyone know of a product like this?
    I used it as a kid. It was like a paint avail-
    able in gloss and matt. Water-based. Apply
    with a paint brush. Let it dry.

    Formed a nice black skin on the tire that
    you could wash and it lasted a long time
    (never cracked or peeled that I remember).

    Worth the extra effort of application.
    It was nice and clean and dry.
    FWIW the brand was Kitten.




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    III. Application and Directions
    1.) Remove excess dirt and grime.
    Allow surfaces to dry.
    2.) Apply an even coat with a paint brush.
    A single coat should be sufficient.
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    Re: Tire Black (back in the day)

    I do remember a 'tire black' from back in the late 50's, early 60's.

    Don't remember the actual name but it came in a quart can (like a paint can) and was NOT water based. The stuff had a real petroleum smell. Yea, use a paint brush (talk about gettin' you Dad PO'd, using one of his good brushes). As I think more and more...was available at Pep Boy's at the time.

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    Re: Tire Black (back in the day)

    Yes back in the day tire paint was used on tires.Whin I started detailing cars in the late 50s , we would use RUGLIDE on the black parts of the tires , since most cars had white walls. Ruglide was a rubber lube used on bushings and other rubber products. After that we used Clear Floor wax on the black parts of the tires. Clear Floor Wax was also used on vinyl tops, because it was the same as vinyl top wax.

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    Re: Tire Black (back in the day)

    I have something old school and similar here... like a shoe polish.




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    Re: Tire Black (back in the day)

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry A View Post
    Yes back in the day tire paint was used on tires.Whin I started detailing cars in the late 50s , we would use RUGLIDE on the black parts of the tires , since most cars had white walls. Ruglide was a rubber lube used on bushings and other rubber products. After that we used Clear Floor wax on the black parts of the tires. Clear Floor Wax was also used on vinyl tops, because it was the same as vinyl top wax.


    Yips! I had forgotten about that 'trick'. Did it also...and yea, it did work.

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    Re: Tire Black (back in the day)

    This is looking more like it:
    https://www.millertire.com/products/...ck-tire-paint/
    Gets great reviews. It is slightly concerning that it is a private label "Miller Tire" brand. If it were that good, you'd think a major car product company would have it in their lineup. Maybe it is really great but too much effort upfront for the user which is preventing a profitable product.

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