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    Re: Quick and easy tire detailing - Use water-based all-in-one rubber & vinyl cleaner/conditioners instead of tire dressings

    Mike, can you remind me:
    - which machine brush that blue one is?
    - which machine brush would you use for more low profile tires (I think there’s a shorter brush you recommended before)?
    - do you only use a rotary for this, or would you also use a corded DA such as GG6 or PC if no rotary was available?
    - would you bother trying with a drill bit attachment for the brush if the above DAs don’t work well (or even if they do work)?

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    Re: Quick and easy tire detailing - Use water-based all-in-one rubber & vinyl cleaner/conditioners instead of tire dressings

    Quote Originally Posted by acuRAS82 View Post

    Mike, can you remind me:

    - which machine brush that blue one is?

    Normally I include links to everything I showcased at the bottom of the first page. Sometimes in the 2nd or 3rd reply - depends on how many pictures and now long I go on a topic.

    Heavy-Duty DA Carpet Brush – Long Bristles




    Quote Originally Posted by acuRAS82 View Post

    - which machine brush would you use for more low profile tires (I think there’s a shorter brush you recommended before)?

    I would always use the long bristle version as it will be easier on you to use, provide flex for the tire sidewall radius and also reach into the tight space between the pavement and the bottom of the tire.



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    do you only use a rotary for this, or would you also use a corded DA such as GG6 or PC if no rotary was available?
    If I did not have access to a rotary polisher, especially a compact size cordless rotary polisher, then I would use a tool like the Porter Cable. The PC with a Cyco brush will still do better work faster than the human hand.


    I don't know if I'm the original source for showing people how to turn their Porter Cable 7424 Dual Action Polisher into a dual action tire scrubber but I have the oldest article I can DOCUMENT on this topic on the Internet.


    The time stamp on this article is March 28th, 2013

    Best darn tire cleaning brush I've ever used!


    Here's the first video I made on this procedure dated October 25th, 2013 --> Screenshot






    Rotary vs Orbital

    Another benefit to this tool is that it is a rotary action, that is the brush is spun in a single direction and like all drills the power is delivered via gears, that is it is gear-driven, not free spinning. ANYONE that has ever used a Porter Cable or Griot's Garage or any copy of these two tools to machine scrub tires knows two things,


    1: Just like polishing paint with a free spinning polisher you have to turn the speed up to the highest setting and pay attention to how you hold the polisher to maintain BRUSH rotation. Not so with this cordless tool, it's gear driven and the brush always spins.

    2: When you use an orbital polisher to machine scrub the portion of the tire that's close to the concrete, the reciprocating backing on the brush bangs into the ground and makes a horrible sound plus vibrates the heck out of your hands. Not so with this cordless tool.


    Machine scrubbing your tires is the only way to go....




    Quote Originally Posted by acuRAS82 View Post

    - would you bother trying with a drill bit attachment for the brush if the above DAs don’t work well (or even if they do work)?

    Because a drill is basically a rotary polisher, just in a pistol style design, you bet I'd use a cordless drill. Next time I clean tires I'll show this option. Direct drive rotary always trumps free spinning orbital when it comes to machine scrubbing tires. Even when scrubbing most other things. Cordless is the key if you're working around water.

    I wouldn't even get the drill bit attachment or adapter - I would purchase a Cyclo brush, probably the Aqua for tires - and then insert the 5/16" threaded spindle, (on the back of the Cyclo brush), and tight up the chuck and cream-out the threads. I'm never going to use it any other way so I don't need to or care if I "protect" the threads. The brush by default becomes my "drill-only" brush.



    Good questions - thank you for asking.



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