Tyre Dressing Remover

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    Hi guys,

    I need some advice please, what can i use to remove silicone based tyre dressing from my tyres?

    I had the car valeted, and whilst i was happy, the tyre dressing is silicone based, and i think got onto the tread area as well :(

    If i'm not mistaken, i can use a tyre cleaner that might be used before such dressing products to ensure a clean tyre wall before application.


    So ... what's best, easiest to use and gives the best results?

    Thanks for your time
     
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    lol, i wish it was that simple, i think i've already managed that a couple of times at least, it's actually the push on the front that worries me, understear is a little disconcerting on a rear end happy car !
     
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    thank you for that, appreciate the help :)

    Funny enough i had been looking at that site, and have a question, because i was narrowing down the options, and i was wondering what the differences between the one you suggested and this one were and if you had used it before.....

    Meguiars Super Degreaser

    The brush i assume is nothing special, just shaped conveniently for side wall cleaning ? (it is likely i'll be taking the wheels off the car to be able to clean them properly)

    Tyres are brand new dunlop winter sport 3d's
     
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    Hello

    Yes elite car care is where i get 95% of my gear from and is defo one of the best detailing stores in the uk. What makes them even better is that you can walk in and buy as oppose to just ordering on the web. If you mention me to Alex (the owner) im sure he will give you a very good deal indeed on anything.

    As for the question on the degreaser, the APC is just alot kinder. Where's the SD is quite aggressive. Does its job everytime, but you need to be slightly more careful where your spraying it. It will clean the tyres quicker, but the APC is worth buying because you can do alot of jobs with it. Without worrying its going to do some damage.

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    ok, thanks for that.
    I'll be ordering online, cause i'm over near oxford and not really close enough to visit.

    Bear with me on the questions, when you say aggressive, u mean in the reaction on the rubber ? or it's general cleansing ability/abrasiveness

    i'll probably be taking the wheels off to wash them down,and buying the stuff just for this job.

    speed of task is secondary to shifting the silicone dressing
     
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    If your doing a wheels off clean get yourself iron x. It will be the best investment you make, when it comes to cleaning wheels.
     
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    Super degreaser can stain rubber if you're not careful, it is great for cleaning engine bays and wheel arches, that kind of thing. Be careful with the dilution and never ever let it dry! The Meguiars APC is a brilliant all round cleaner that you can dilute to suit different needs. I use it a lot and it will definitely shift your tyre dressing. Most of the time silicone based tyre dressing will come off very quickly anyway, it isn't very durable. I just pressure washed my tyres after I picked the new van up and the crap the dealer put on just washed off.

    If your wheels are in good condition and you keep on top of them you'll find APC is very good for cleaning them too, it's pretty much all I use on my own wheels.
     
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    I think it will have long worn off any tread, you will be doing more harm than good!
     
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    thanks for all the help ad suggestions guys, apprecate it (even the funny ones, made me smile)
    I've ordered up some of the Meguiars All Purpose Cleaner, will give that a try.

    @jaymanek - yeah, i'd have thought so too, yet i still seem to be feeling it on the tread, and getting a black residue on my fingers when checking, whether in the wet or dry, and in the wet the way the water runs off the tyres is very conclusive of silicone still being present, and this morning the car was unnaturally slippery and unstable, i have nothing to lose by giving them a thorough scrubbing down.
     
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    The sheer amount of contaminates ,diesel ,oil,coolant and god knows what else on the road surface ,ive never heard of a tyre dressing product to stay on a tyre tread for more than a few miles ive slapped it on most my cars over the years and have never had this problem or ever heard of anyone else ,my brother in law is a valet for 15 years now and he hasnt ever been called back on this issue .

    Im wondering what product was used ,or you say the tyres are brand new ,have you driven them in poor conditions prior to the valet ?

    Are the pressures ok ?

    Just cant see it being the tyre shine causing it .

    Driven round under a two ton motorcar wont shift it i think scrubbing wont either.

    I would get on a straight spin the wheels a tad and then brake hard ish a few times ,that should take a few thou off the tyre .
     
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    I don't know the exact product, and nope, the tyres had only been on a couple of days, yes pressures are ok, i think there's not much left, just some residue between the treads that is getting moved around, mainly i can definitely feel a difference between the inner wall and outer wall of the tyre still and get a black ish slippery residue off the outside, giving them a wash over cant help.

    Silicone compounds are a nightmare to shift for paint finishers, if you prep a window felt with a silicone slide type stuff to aide the travel of the window in the track and get it across the door, even months after if you have to have the door repaired/sprayed the guy doing it will know because small particle s of silicone will fish eye the paint finish
     

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