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post #1 of 8 Old 10-20-2011, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Tires drying out mid-sidewall?

Just a quick one here: My tires seem to be getting a brown band mid-sidewall; looks almost like it's getting dry. They're fairly new and I don't think there's any cracking, but I've never seen this before.

Thoughts? I don't want to take it to a tire place and be told I need tires (like they tend to say) unless that's truly the case.
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-20-2011, 03:14 PM
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Mud can stain tires. Pressure washer and a scrub brush will usually take it off. Or that sidewall cleaner for white walls. I can't remember the name. Simply white e something works well

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If it's just mid stain from the stormy summer then I'm fine with that - so long as it's not really the rubber getting funky on me.
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Do you put any kind of armorall or tire dressing on them? That stuff can dry out your tires and turn them brown.
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Do you put any kind of armorall or tire dressing on them? That stuff can dry out your tires and turn them brown.


I was told the same as above by the manager at Mavis Tire in Farmingdale, NY (FWIW)!

Also check the manufacture date stamped into the sidewall. Probably not an issue for you but the date will tell you if the tires were lying around dry rotting before being used for your vehicle.
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Mud can stain tires. Pressure washer and a scrub brush will usually take it off. Or that sidewall cleaner for white walls. I can't remember the name. Simply white e something works well
The whitewall/blackwall tire cleaner I have is called Westley's Bleche-Wite, It does a really good job on the whitewalls so maybe it woud work on the brown stain too.
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heh, I don't use tire dressing; don't even wash the damn Jeep =0)
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The brown color is caused by anti-oxidants and anti-ozonants put in the tire to keep them from cracking. They are designed to come to the surface of the sidewall and protect the rubber from O2 and O3. Based on different conditions, this becomes more noticeable in some conditions / tires than others. Go ahead and wash off with soap and water first before trying the tire cleaners.
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