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Old 03-08-2013, 01:33 PM   #1
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tires are brown

Ok guys, minus the brake dust explanation, what else could cause tires to brown. I don't use tire shine or bleach white on them. Just scrub them with soap and water. Yet they're still brown even after washed. It's not just one tire or one side specifically. They're all equally brown. My wheels are powder coated black and when you have that, a shiny silver body, and brown tires it looks like #$it.

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Could they be stained from mud?

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Its from mud. My tires did the same thing.
No amount of scrubbing would take it off.
It eventually just wore off.
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Yep same thing happened to mine...just took some time and it wore off
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:45 PM   #5
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reclaimed water will bring out the dirt, bleché white and a brush is the best for tire cleaning
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:12 PM   #6
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Foam tire cleaners work great but I'm not a fan of shiny tires on a jeep lol. Wish I could fine a foam cleaner that cleaned and protected without the shine.
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try some 409.
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:19 PM   #8
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and this is some of my favorite stuff...

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Old 03-08-2013, 02:40 PM   #9
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Foam tire cleaners work great but I'm not a fan of shiny tires on a jeep lol. Wish I could fine a foam cleaner that cleaned and protected without the shine.

I have heard of the foam cleaners actually causing dry rot, so I stay away from it. Besides, its a jeep, it should all be brown from mud.
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All great replies. Thanks. Actually, the very first time i ever used the bleach white was the first browning that took away that new tire black! I think that stuff is SO acidic it actually bleeds the black. I also won't ever use tire foam or bleach white again. The one time I did put it on it looked like a had a real life 'hot wheels' little kids jeep. Obnoxiously shiny when rims are powdered black. NOT a good look. What about upgrading to ceramic brakes. Still break dust just not as much??? I haven't really been muddin' in it yet so don't know if it's all mud.
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Agreed! Do they make back to black for tires or is that just more for body n trim ?
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Agreed! Do they make back to black for tires or is that just more for body n trim ?
I just went out in the garage and looked at my bottle of Back to Black. It says that it is also for rubber. I personally have only used it on my TJ fenders and bumpers, but it might be worth trying it on the tires.
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Brown is the natural color of the rubber. It shows through after sustained exposure to UV. The black dyes that manufacturers use eventually lose the fight. I have found that 303 works great to bring back a dark luster, without excessive shine. Tons of products out there of course.
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:10 PM   #14
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Brown is the natural color of the rubber. It shows through after sustained exposure to UV. The black dyes that manufacturers use eventually lose the fight. I have found that 303 works great to bring back a dark luster, without excessive shine. Tons of products out there of course.
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:18 PM   #15
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Modern rubber formulas used by tire manufactures contain an ingredient called Antiozonant. An antiozonant is a chemical that tire manufacturers add to the tire rubber to help prevent rubber degradation (cracking, splitting, oxidizing, and overall deterioration) due to the rubber’s interaction with ozone (an odorless gas that is part of the air we breathe). Quite interesting is the fact that tire rubber is designed to constantly work the antiozonant to the outside of the tire as it rolls – in this way, the outside surface of the tire is continually replenished with fresh antiozonant. This process provides the positive result of ozone protection, but the negative result of tire browning – once the antiozonant gets exposed to the ozone in the air, it turns brown due to oxidation. The technical term for this effect is blooming. The next time you are in a parking lot, observe the tires on the vehicles you pass – most likely you will see a brownish film on the surface of the tires. As we will discuss in a moment, you can wash your tires with car wash soap or an all-purpose cleaner (APC), e.g. Purple Power Cleaner Degreaser, to remove some of the film, but it will simply return in a few weeks! Every time you drive your car, the antiozonant migrates its way to the outside of the tires. One thing you might be aware of is the fact that vehicles that sit for extended periods of time (months or years) often have tires that show evidence of cracking and drying (dry rot). This cracking occurs due to the fact that there is no opportunity for the tires’ antiozonant to migrate to the surface to provide protection.

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Old 03-08-2013, 05:18 PM   #16
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All 5 BFG KMs on my Rubi were like this (brown) when I picked it up from the dealership. I scrubbed the snot out of them with Wesley's to get the paint marks off of them put there at the factory, but the brown remained. Only after 6 months and 5000 miles did it begin to fade, but it's still rather visible.

When I rotated the tires and put the spare on, the spare is now a lovely shade of brown that strikes a beautiful contrast with the other slightly-less-brown tires. The spare sat covered since the day I picked it up.

Methinks Chrysler got a good deal on on KMs from BFG...
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:24 PM   #17
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Wesleys Bleche White.

Will make your tires look like new.
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:50 PM   #18
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Ajax or Comet powdered cleanser, a tire brush, a little water, and some elbow grease will have them looking new in no time.

I don't do anything else to tires, have done it for years.
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:57 PM   #19
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I have the same problem as op except my wheels are turning brown as well. Brakes were replaced recently so I ruled that out
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:37 PM   #20
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Preservative leaks out. Oxidizes. Tire turns brown. Sorry, should have shortened my first post
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What about upgrading to ceramic brakes. Still break dust just not as much??? I haven't really been muddin' in it yet so don't know if it's all mud.
I run ceramics on my Durango. I am getting ready to put them on the Jeep. The Durango has almost no brake dust on the rims after 30Kmiles on the new pads. Not only has that but the Durango stops better on the ceramics. Make sure you bed them in according to the manufacture.
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Go wheeling in some deep snow,works every time.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:15 PM   #23
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A poem for you all:

Tires are brown
You're feeling blue
Please don't use Plastidip
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Okay, the rhyming part kinda broke down, but still...
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:16 PM   #24
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I use purple power all purpose degreaser on my tires and my Polaris rzr after heavy mudding. Just spray on and wash off and its like new money! No scrubbing or washing any by hand. Great stuff like it better than bleach white. My .02
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:40 PM   #25
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Is this something that can be found at wallyworld? I'm hesitant to use any degreaser on the tire because of how it will drip all down the powder coated rims. Black ones at that.

And as to another poster above, i DO compare my tires to other jeeps i see on the road and they are def not as brown as mine.
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Honestly, I've always had good luck using regular tire shine to get the brown mud look away... for the first week or so, it'll look overly shiny, but after it dulls down a bit, they are just back to the original black.
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Like others above I've used comet,Ajax and westley's bleche white. I do a lot of car shows with my other cars.

The best product I've found is available at Dollar General stores. It's called MEAN GREEN. Spray on a wet tire and scrub with a brush then rinse. You will literally see gobs of brown roll off in the suds. Now do it a second time after rinsing out your brush and move on to the next tire. Best tire cleaner you'll find, bar none.

I have show cars that score in the 990's on a 1000 scale. This stuff works.

Buy regular "mean Green" with the orange/green/white label on the bottle. Don't get the mildew formula with the Blue label, it's worthless in comparison.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:30 PM   #28
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After a wheeling trip I cleaned my tires with SimpleGreen and it turned them brown. Dish soap and a scrub brush made them black again but it was a lot of work.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:56 PM   #29
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SOS pads, used them on my hotrods & Harleys before all the tire shine came along, I now use it on my Jeep good & black no shine.
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Agreed! Do they make back to black for tires or is that just more for body n trim ?
I have used this - Products - Forever Black Car Care Products

It's kind of like edge dressing if you have dealt with that stuff before. It really works, both on the tires and the one for trim, which I use for fender flares. On the tires it lasts about 2 months if wetted often.

Tape of anything you don't want black, I used it on my TJ flares once a year and it would last that long too. If you get it on your paint you can wipe it off right away, but once it's dry, it's stuck good. You can polish it back off the paint, but then you have to tape off the flares so they stay black.

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