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    How to make your white wall look like new!

    How to make your white wall look like new!

    Maintaining whites walls are always a pain. They seem to be road grime magnets, soon they are yellowed and dull. Many are worse than this.



    The Initial process is much like that of any other tire and wheel. I Remove the wheel for the demonstration. I sprayed down the whole wheel with Megs wheels and tire cleaner.



    After some light scrubbing with a terry cloth.



    It looks much better. The white walls are still not good enough for me.



    Here are some stains from the white wall.



    After some scrubbing, it is gone. And now on to the real work. Grab some Simple Green and 400 grit sandpaper. Now get to work sanding. Use the simple green as your lubricant. Be very careful about not touching the black tire, it will make a mess of your whitewalls. After 1/8 is done, wipe down with the blue shop towels (they really are best for this, not worth wasting microfiber towels).

    Final glamor shot in the sun.



    Materials:

    • Wheel and Tire Cleaner
    • Terry Cloth
    • Simple Green
    • 400 grit Sandpaper
    • Blue Shop Towels


    Final notes:

    • keep the white walls DRY!!!!!!!!!!! (can leave some unsightly stains.)
    • Frequent maintenance is better (won't need to sand.)
    • Make some wheel covers like what Mike Phillips has (prevents scuffs while in the garage)


    Good Luck, Other methods are also appreciated.



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    Re: Like New White-Walls

    I thought white walls went out in about 1982...but I used to use a brillo pad on them (can't remember who gave me this tip).

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    What car? Either way good job

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    Re: Like New White-Walls

    Try CG nonsense

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    Re: Like New White-Walls

    A big 1950 Packard (model 2301) in the midst of a week long detailing. Which is The only one in the state. Pics will come next week.

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    Re: Like New White-Walls

    Quote Originally Posted by edde808 View Post
    A big 1950 Packard (model 2301) in the midst of a week long detailing. Which is The only one in the state. Pics will come next week.

    Looks good! Love seeing "how-to" articles by guys that are brand new to our forum. I'm going to add the words "How-To" to the title of your thread since this is in the How To Articles forum group.

    You did better than most as a lot of people post "how to question" in this group and that's not what it's for...


    I love Gangster White Walls on the right car, usually classics but Rat Rods too...

    For everyone reading this into the future, once you get them "really" clean, I'd suggest using, or at least trying Tuf Shine Permanent Tire Clearcoat.

    The idea being to "seal" that white rubber to prevent or at least "help" prevent future staining. I'm very impressed with this product.

    See my review here,

    Review: TUF SHINE Tire Appearance Kit


    While the below pictures are on a black sidewall, I'm adding them and stating that if the product does this for black rubber it's also going to do it for white rubber.

    Check this out...


    The results are a very nice dry, dark sheen...




    Now it's time for the White Glove Test...






    Dry to the touch and dust and dirt are going to either wipe right off or rinse off with water or water and a little normal car wash soap.





    Click the link I posted above to see all the pictures of the process used to get these kinds of results.


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    Re: Like New White-Walls

    Also... here's another way to scrub tires with or without whitewalls to get them clean. This is pretty much the only way I clean tires now days.

    Best darn tire cleaning brush I've ever used!


    Yep, the Porter Cable with a Cyclo brush mounted to it instead of the backing plate! Takes ALL the elbow grease out of getting old, slimy tire dressings off, blooming, (the brown residue that builds-up when antiozonants meet ozone in the air), and deteriorated dead rubber.








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