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Old 07-17-2012, 01:48 PM   #1
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ArmorAll Tire Foam Dry Rots Tires! DO NOT USE

Attention all, do not use ArmorAll Tire Foam on stock Arctic/Call of Duty tires. It dry rots them.

I do not have first hand experience but my neighbor came up to me the other day while I was spraying it on and asked me what I was using on my tires. He then told me that he had the same tires on his truck and the foam actually dry rotted all four of them. Not sure how long or how many times he applied the foam but I sure am not using it anymore and it was def. worth sharing to the community!

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Old 07-17-2012, 01:59 PM   #2
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IMO, shiney tires on a Wrangler looks way too mall crawler to me, but this is good to know.

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Old 07-17-2012, 02:03 PM   #3
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Are you sure it didn't just reveal the dry rot on his truck tires? This seems rather unlikely, frankly.
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:05 PM   #4
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Um... those are BFG tires. They dry rot regardless. Common issue over the years.
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:32 PM   #5
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Are you sure it didn't just reveal the dry rot on his truck tires? This seems rather unlikely, frankly.
I'm pretty sure the tire foam caused the dry rot. Maybe he was using it too much or whatever, but still. I don't see a reason for him to lie to me either so I won't be taking the chance!
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:03 PM   #6
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I doubt this. A lot.

What you're telling me is that Armor All lacks the money or desire to employ competent chemical engineers and that, despite being in the business for years, they decided to roll out a tire care product that destroys tires. Then, after they made a tire product that destroys tires they didn't realize it and correct the issue?

Alternatively, I would be expected to believe that the rubber formulation on the tires in this thread is so completely different from any other that only they would be affected. Either alternative is unlikely in the extreme, but not impossible.

About how long did it take for folks to change the formula on tire foam when it started exploding in shops? How long did it take to recall a bunch of Firestone tires when they were failing on the road? Shit that ruins tires is a big deal because failed tires kill people and dead people cost companies a lot of money.
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:12 PM   #7
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Loving the big alert post with "no first hand experience".

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Old 07-17-2012, 03:16 PM   #8
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:26 PM   #9
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I used the foam for about 3 months ( can ran out) haven't used it in about 2 week. Tires look fine to me. As a matter of fact looks like I need to go buy some more foam.
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:39 PM   #10
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So Armor-all....one of the most established companies in the world that sells paint/leather/rubber care products....is selling a tire care product that rots tires? I guess a big company like that is too big to have an R&D division that tests products prior to releasing them.
thanks for the heads up.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:39 PM   #11
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IMO /thread after the 2nd post. There should be nothing shiney on a Jeep tire. Ever.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:50 PM   #12
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Used and use Armor-all on four vehicles and three trailers for many years. No problemo in my applications of many cans of this stuff. Sounds like old stock on new vehicle, showing it's true age.
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I have used Armor All products including their tire shine and interior shine for years with no problems what so ever. However on page 543 of the 2012 owners manual, it states do not use Armor All for interior care. Reason is not stated.
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Only problem I have with armorall tire foam is when I use and then drive down a dirt road my tires look just like the dirt road. lol
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Never had a problem with the foam my self. For interior I've always used Pledge. Gives a mild shine and smells like lemons.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:21 PM   #17
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I have used Armor All products including their tire shine and interior shine for years with no problems what so ever. However on page 543 of the 2012 owners manual, it states do not use Armor All for interior care. Reason is not stated.
WOW, yep its there, page 544 in mine (5th edition)

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Interior Care
Use MOPAR Total Clean or equivalent to clean fabric
upholstery and carpeting.
Interior Trim should be cleaned starting with a damp
cloth, a damp cloth with MOPAR Total Clean or equivalent, then MOPARSpot & Stain Remover or equivalent
if absolutely necessary. Do not use harsh cleaners or
Armor All. Use MOPAR Total Clean or equivalent to
clean vinyl upholstery.
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I just sent armor all a question about this, see if they respond.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:28 PM   #18
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Tire foam that rots tires. Um, no.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:30 PM   #19
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I only use turtle wax ice. I don't care what the other crap does. Lol
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What is this tire shine u speak of?
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:47 PM   #21
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I'm pretty sure the tire foam caused the dry rot. Maybe he was using it too much or whatever, but still. I don't see a reason for him to lie to me either so I won't be taking the chance!
Your neighbor isn't lying to you, he just doesn't know what the hell he's talking about. He probably had a set of tires on a car for 5 years and used Armor All on them and figured there was no way they could have possibly just been old.
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I have used Armor All products including their tire shine and interior shine for years with no problems what so ever. However on page 543 of the 2012 owners manual, it states do not use Armor All for interior care. Reason is not stated.
The only reason I need not to use it is the interior of my wife's 73 Camaro. My father-in-law used Armor All on it for years. Now you can't get in it without half of the interior sticking to your hands. It's freakin' nasty!
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nonsense......

I used that stuff for years on my two Del Sols and never had a problem. You'll wear out the tread before they'll dry rot....unless you park in the sun for a couple of years and never drive the thing. I think the whole idea is bunk
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:12 PM   #24
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I use Armor All in the entire car on my honda accord just before traded in at the dealer for my JK. It was faster than waxing it
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:07 PM   #25
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Armor all dry's out anything you use it on, you have to keep using it. Once you stop using it, say good by to whatever it is (my dash, personal experience).
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My dad has a repair shop that sells tires. He has had several bulletins from various suppliers that state most of the tire shine products do indeed cause dry rot. It might not as long as you keep using the product but when you stop the tire ages faster.

I work at a race track. We had sign holders made out of used Nascar tires. People kept stealing them. So I used a tire shine product that came in a squeeze bottle. It was purple. I don't remember the brand. I gooed some of them up and people quit taking them.

After about a year, the ones that I used the product on looked 10 years older than the ones I didn't. They were VERY badly dry rotted and cracked.
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Not sure what you mean by dry rot. If your speaking of the rubber shell on the outside of the tire that covers the polyester and steel belts then you shouldnt worry. If your speaking of 10 yr rot including polyester cords which begin to look like old rope and frey once the rubber cover greys and cracks away then you need to be concerned. Im leaning towards the outer rubber advertising on your friends tires. Some manufactures tires are so darn old from before the sale, that once you get them they weather crack within months. Its not the dressing you should be concerned with, its the age of the tire. Take the tires serial number down and contact the manufacturer to get the production date. You will most likely find the tire is significantly older then expected leading to premature failure. In addition to the age of the tires, extreme heat and direct sunlight can weather crack tires prematurly also, such as climates in Arizona as an example. Sorry for your experiences with said products, but im leaning towards other causes of the dilema. Good luck, happy jeepn
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I used that stuff for years on my two del sols and never had a problem. You'll wear out the tread before they'll dry rot....unless you park in the sun for a couple of years and never drive the thing. I think the whole idea is bunk
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I've heard this rumor before, that it dry rots tires, used it all the time on my Mustang and the tires were fine. I don't think anyone who uses this on their daily driver has to worry.

I find the comments about armorall interesting. I've always heard people say that the stuff for the interior drys out the plastic prematurely. I guess the only way to disprove this is to have someone buy a new jeep, armorall half of it and tell us how it looks 7 years later....
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Sigh. You have got to be kidding me with this thread. Worthless.

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