How to Remove Stains From Whitewall Tires


Whitewall tires add a classic look to your automobile. Black-walled tires can become dirty and dingy looking over time but whitewall tires tend to show every spot of dirt and grease. Proper cleaning and maintenance keeps your tires looking clean, whereas grease and dirt left on the whitewalls ends up attracting more stain-causing substances. Use of appropriate cleaners will remove stain-causing substances from your whitewall tires without weakening the material.

Things You'll Need

  • Engine cleaner/degreaser
  • Clean cloths
  • Nylon mesh scrubbers
  • Bucket
  • 1/2 cup sudsing ammonia
  • 1 pint rubbing alcohol
  • Chamois
  • Saturate the whitewall tires with an engine degreaser. Allow the degreaser to sit on the tires for a few minutes to soften and break down grease and oil.

  • Spray your clean cloth with the degreaser and rub the oil stains off your whitewall tires. Apply more degreaser as needed and continue to scrub. Use a nylon mesh scrubber to safely scrub off stubborn grease stains.

  • Absorb as much of the oil and degreaser as you can with a dry, clean cloth. Wipe around the tire, moving to a clean part of the cloth, as needed, so you don't transfer grease back to the tires.

  • Mix 3 1/2 quarts cool water, 1/2 cup sudsing ammonia, and 1 pint rubbing alcohol in a bucket. Swish the solution around to mix the ingredients. This glass and window cleaning mixture removes any remaining stains and debris from your whitewall tires.

  • Dip a clean nylon mesh scrubber into the cleaning solution. Scrub your tires, paying close attention to stained or discolored areas. Apply more cleaning solution and continue to scrub until the stains and discoloration are gone.

  • Dry your whitewall tires with a chamois. Check to make sure all stains and oil have been removed and repeat steps, as needed, until your whitewall tires are clean and stain-free.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hose off your tires after a particularly dirty ride. This helps cut down on stains and dirt.
  • Use an old soft-bristled toothbrush to remove stubborn stains from your tires.

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