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Offline MrD

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Tyre restore - kinda, Updated :-)
« on: May 10, 2019, 08:48 PM »
 ;)Sorry if this has been covered elsewhere on this site or if I am teaching anyone to suck eggs. I've read a few sites regarding the restoring of old tyres when I read that the white/milky residue on tyres was simply the wax out of the rubber itself, I had exactly this situation and didn't want to clean this off until I was sure it was all that could be done. I read that someone had put their tyres in the oven (can't remember the temp or time) in order to melt the wax back into the tyre, With this in mind I had a cunning plan. I am not allowed near the oven - well I am but its just better off if I don't learn to use it  ;)

The simple use of a heat gun does exactly what you need it to do without ever sacrificing the tyre. I held it about 6" away and pretented I was spraying something (not an Uzi) , the results are amazing.

Before & after pics - Absolutely nothing else was done between the before and after pics, I did video it too so I might see if I can post that up.

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« Last Edit: August 03, 2019, 01:54 PM by MrD »
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Re: Tyre restore - kinda
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2019, 08:57 PM »
That looks fantastic

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Re: Tyre restore - kinda
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2019, 09:30 PM »
Nice work :daumenhoch:

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2019, 10:47 PM »
Ace. I'm gonna do it.
Thanks for posting. :daumenhoch:

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Re: Tyre restore - kinda
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2019, 07:33 AM »
Wow, amazing! Would using Mrs DTTDB’s expensive dyson hairdryer work?

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Re: Tyre restore - kinda
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2019, 10:17 AM »
DTTDB - Yes, but only if its really really expensive, I'm quite sure that if you read the manual it doesn't state "not for use on tyres" ;D

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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2019, 12:49 PM »
Great job  :daumenhoch:

The white milky residue, which some people refer to as release powder is the result of the rubber decomposing over time due to age, exposure to light/atmosphere etc.

Release powder is a myth.

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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2019, 01:02 AM »
Thats ace  :daumenhoch:

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Re: Tyre restore - kinda
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2019, 10:24 AM »
Am I alone in liking OG tyres with the milky white residue then  :-[

I like the "vintage" quality it gives them  :laugh:

Don't get me wrong what you've done there looks great... just maybe.... too good  :LolLolLolLol:
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Re: Tyre restore - kinda
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2019, 10:52 AM »
Great job  :daumenhoch:

The white milky residue, which some people refer to as release powder is the result of the rubber decomposing over time due to age, exposure to light/atmosphere etc.

Release powder is a myth.

i always thought that too.....
Top resto tip. simple yet very effective,,, :daumenhoch:
i reckon this should be a sticky..
« Last Edit: May 14, 2019, 10:54 AM by deeman »
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« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2019, 08:00 PM »
That's clever, I'm going to try that  :4_17_5:

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Re: Tyre restore - kinda
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2019, 08:22 AM »
awesome job will try this over the w/e  :daumenhoch:

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« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2019, 03:34 PM »
Great job  :daumenhoch:

The white milky residue, which some people refer to as release powder is the result of the rubber decomposing over time due to age, exposure to light/atmosphere etc.

Release powder is a myth.

i always thought that too.....
Top resto tip. simple yet very effective,,, :daumenhoch:
i reckon this should be a sticky..

Always chuckled when I saw people putting still has powder in adds as a selling point   :LolLolLolLol:

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« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2019, 05:13 PM »
Must admit I fell for the release powder myth until I read this :-[

Great job  :daumenhoch:

The white milky residue, which some people refer to as release powder is the result of the rubber decomposing over time due to age, exposure to light/atmosphere etc.

Release powder is a myth.

i always thought that too.....
Top resto tip. simple yet very effective,,, :daumenhoch:
i reckon this should be a sticky..

Always chuckled when I saw people putting still has powder in adds as a selling point   :LolLolLolLol:

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Re: Tyre restore - kinda
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2019, 11:01 PM »
Do you think this would work on some Nos but milky/fading OGK Mach  grips ??? Or is the compound too different/ soft ???
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« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2019, 11:35 PM »
Im not going to say yes but theory is the same. Id try it - but thats me. I would also be VERY careful with amount of heat and distance of said heat.

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« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2019, 11:45 PM »
Im not going to say yes but theory is the same. Id try it - but thats me. I would also be VERY careful with amount of heat and distance of said heat.

MrD

Cheers, I might try it with the wife's hairdryer before using a heat gun. Ill let you know if I'm successful or end up with a blob of vintage Japanese rubber  :LolLolLolLol:
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« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2019, 08:07 PM »
Ok so we can now (if we choose to) get rid of the "release powder"  ;D

My next question/challenge is as follows

Has anyone ever successfully managed to restore a coloured tyre to a more original colour be they Red/Yellow/Green or Blue, I'm sure the "Tyre restorers" on the market are simply a back to black type affair which is not what I am after. I know the colour is ok under the faded/grimy surface I have as a slight rub with emery has exposed it - but i cannot do the whole thing like that.

Experience/failures anyone? fistblump

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« Last Edit: July 18, 2019, 08:25 PM by MrD »
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Re: Tyre restore - kinda
« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2019, 01:52 PM »
Ok here are my failures and experience in getting coloured tyres back to a better condition without sacrificing the tyre. The heat gun trick did not help out in this instance - in fact I think it made it worse.

1st off I tried rubbing the tyre with sharp sand to hopefully remove a layer, but this didn't achieve ANYTHING apart from making my hands sore. Then whilst browsing the supermarket isles I stumbled upon a tub of "pink stuff" cleaning paste, this stuff is thicker than the original JIF (no that's not a typo). I tried a small amount of CIF but that stuff is like water now and just doesn't have any sort of grit to it at'll.

Anyway that "Pink Stuff" did wonders when put to the test, I carefully used a nail brush to spread it in and around the treads, left it to almost dry out (5-10 mins) then gave it a scrub with the nail brush and finally rinsed with water whilst still using the scrubbing brush. I did do some sections twice and also got a harder nylon brush as I felt that the nail brush wasn't strong enough for the task.

One word of warning - DO NOT get this on the printed logo on the sidewall as it WILL remove the print, I was super careful around this area and did mask it over.

Cheers

MrD
« Last Edit: August 03, 2019, 02:09 PM by MrD »
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« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2019, 04:45 PM »
Top work D  fistblump
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« Reply #20 on: August 03, 2019, 06:07 PM »
Better than NOS. Top work.  :4_17_5:

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« Reply #21 on: August 04, 2019, 11:12 AM »
Good stuff.  :daumenhoch:
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« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2019, 10:33 PM »
"Better than NOS"  ;D
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« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2019, 09:21 AM »
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