Cleaning Tires

Sun Oct 16, 2005 8:57 pm

I just got a good deal on a used tire (for my 340) that has brand new tread, but has been sitting outdoors on a tractor for probably a good number of years. The sidewall of the surface that was toward the tractor is pretty green - looks like an algae or mossy green - I figure it was away from the sun and just grew some sort of biological coating. Is there any reason I can't just clean it with Clorox, the same way you clean vinyl siding?

Any other suggestions for cleaning up tires to restore their blackness?


Sun Oct 16, 2005 9:25 pm

Paul, I asked a similar question earlier. If you scroll down to Tire Paint, you'll have half of your question answered. Bob

Sun Oct 16, 2005 10:14 pm

This may not be the best, but I've had good luck using oven cleaner and a pressure washer to clean (the algae from) the tires before painting them with the paint from Miller Tire.

Mon Oct 17, 2005 11:03 pm


Thanks for the idea - As you suggested I used oven cleaner on the tire and cleaned it off with a pressure washer - and the tire looks like new. Worked great!


Thu Nov 10, 2005 6:25 am

Hey Paul...Glad that tip from George worked out so well for y'all :wink: Now they probably look so'll be afraid to git'em dirty drivin' around your farm! :wink:

Fri Nov 11, 2005 7:08 am

You're sure right there Country! We enjoy restoring these old tractors so much, but when you want to use them as well, as I do, it's such a difficult balance. Like when something drops onto your brand new paint and chips it down to the metal! Ouch.

By the way, congratulations on your new job!


Fri Nov 11, 2005 3:13 pm

Hey Paul...THANKS MUCH! :D Your photos look GREAT...Do you have the hood & gas tank on your Cub yet? How's the back blade workin' out for you on your Cub? :? Does it do a good job pullin' out the concrete chunks from the bottom of your bank barn? :?