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    Question Tire dressing BAD???

    Hey folks...
    I had to have a screw removed from my tire yesterday at a small, independent tire place here south of Pittsburgh. After the fix, the owner asked if I was using Armor All. I mentioned that it was a Meguiar's product and it's a very light coat. He said that the chemicals will draw the oils out of the rubber and begin dry-rot. I even asked "what about using chemicals to clean your tires", and he said "just soap and water". Now this fella was probably 70 years old and "old school", but does he have a point?

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    Re: Tire dressing BAD???

    Quote Originally Posted by Raykreations View Post
    Hey folks...
    I had to have a screw removed from my tire yesterday at a small, independent tire place here south of Pittsburgh. After the fix, the owner asked if I was using Armor All. I mentioned that it was a Meguiar's product and it's a very light coat. He said that the chemicals will draw the oils out of the rubber and begin dry-rot. I even asked "what about using chemicals to clean your tires", and he said "just soap and water". Now this fella was probably 70 years old and "old school", but does he have a point?
    IMO, no not really. Most of the stuff I would use, i feel, adds protection to the rubber. I've gone through at least 8 sets of tires since I have been detailing and have yet to experience any dry rot. I cant speak to anyone who has had tires for several years as I go through them quicker than average probably. Maybe he just had a bad experience with certain dressings or other environmental factors.

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    Re: Tire dressing BAD???

    Probably best to avoid tire products that use petroleum solvents.

    Read post #7 in this thread :

    The truth about sillicone and Petrolium distilates

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    Re: Tire dressing BAD???

    Quote Originally Posted by Raykreations View Post
    I had to have a screw removed from my
    tire yesterday at a small, independent tire
    place here south of Pittsburgh.

    After the fix, the owner asked if I was using
    Armor All. I mentioned that it was a Meguiar's
    product and it's a very light coat. He said that
    the chemicals will draw the oils out of the rubber
    and begin dry-rot.
    ^^^To be addressed at a later time.

    In the meantime:
    Quote Originally Posted by Raykreations View Post
    I even asked "what about using chemicals
    to clean your tires", and he said "just soap
    and water".

    Now this fella was probably 70 years old
    and "old school", but does he have a point?
    IMO:
    Soap + Water = a chemical cleaning solution.


    •Soap technology/chemistry has made great
    strides since the Babylonians first made it.
    -[And they probably used water from the
    Euphrates-Tigris river basin to rinse away
    (dissolve) that soap’s residues/chemicals.]


    •Fast forward to today:
    -Water is still an excellent ‘dissolver’ (Mankind
    has come to realize that water is the “Universal
    Solvent”); and the chemicals in today’s modern
    soaps really enhances water’s solvency:
    Rinseing is now more readily achieved—resulting
    in more cleanliness...(perceived or actual)...in a
    more timely manner.


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    Re: Tire dressing BAD???

    Quote Originally Posted by 57Rambler View Post
    Probably best to avoid tire products that use petroleum solvents.

    Read post #7 in this thread :

    The truth about sillicone and Petrolium distilates
    THANK YOU for this informative tidbit. Makes you wonder why companies would even sell products that would be ultimately detrimental.
    Then again - look at cigarette companies and the porn industry...

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    Re: Tire dressing BAD???

    This is the same guy who uses glass cleaner to clean his paint too I bet, LOL!
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    Some say..."He likes Swedish fish because they're made with caranuba wax"

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    Re: Tire dressing BAD???

    Quote Originally Posted by Raykreations View Post
    Hey folks...
    I had to have a screw removed from my tire yesterday at a small, independent tire place here south of Pittsburgh. After the fix, the owner asked if I was using Armor All. I mentioned that it was a Meguiar's product and it's a very light coat. He said that the chemicals will draw the oils out of the rubber and begin dry-rot. I even asked "what about using chemicals to clean your tires", and he said "just soap and water". Now this fella was probably 70 years old and "old school", but does he have a point?
    Armor All supposedly changed their formula a few years back. It is true that Armor All used to dry out rubber and vinyl, I doubt it does anymore.

    It is important to have something on the tire to protect the rubber, try to stick to either a water based product or a coating. Silicone based products work too but they tend to sling on the paint because they never dry.

    I don't know if solvent based dressing are still available on the market but those are the ones you should avoid.

    For cleaning the tires, soap and water is usually not sufficient unless the tire is coated. In most cases you will need to use a strong All purpose cleaner or a degreaser. If your tire had protection on it you should not worry about those drying the tire out. My suggestion would be to buy a product designed for cleaning tires. 2 good ones are : Meguiars non-acid wheel and tire cleaner, and P&S Breakbuster. These also do a great job at cleaning the rimms.

    For protection products, tons of good ones out there, here are the ones I would recommend:
    Water based dressings: Meguiar Hyperdressing, CarPro Perl, Optimum Opti-Bond, Chemical Guys VRP
    Tire coatings: Optimum Tire Coating, Tuff Shine coating

    If you won't want to spend 40 minutes cleaning the wheels and tires every time you wash the car, a coating is a great way to go. You apply it once a year and simply pressure wash the tire out when you wash the car. It is more time consumming to apply, because the tire has to be perfectly clean, but once done you save 20 mintes per wash.

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