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Getting Rid of Brown Tires

Getting Rid of Brown Tires


Are your tires on your vehicle Brown? Have you ever wondered what causes that to happen? Well, tires have an ingredient called Antiozonant that is used to protect the tires from the ozone that’s in the air. This helps the tires lifespan by preventing premature deterioration and oxidation of the rubber as well is premature cracking. The design of the tire causes it to push the Antiozonant constantly to the surface to replenish itself throughout the tires lifetime. This process is also known as tire blooming.

When air mixes with the Antiozonant, it creates a reaction with the ozone in the air and makes it turn brown. Luckily, you can clean this brown off but since it is always coming to the surface, this will need to be done frequently. 

The best route you can take to prevent your tires from turning brown is to put a tire dressing on them. This will not only protect your tire from the environment, but will also hide any browning that does happen when the Antiozonant reaches the surface.

When it comes to tire dressings, there are many to choose from. They each perform a little differently, though. Some of them give the tires a matte black finish while others make the tires seem very wet with a deep black look. You will also need to consider if you want a dressing that is silicon based on water-based. I personally prefer water-based dressings because the silicone ones can sometimes cause the tire damage. You should be able to get 2 to 6 weeks from a water-based addressing depending on how many coats you put on the tire.

Clean your tires very well before you try to apply a tire dressing. You can use a decrease or, all-purpose cleaner, or automotive rubber cleaner on your tires. If the tire services clean, the tire dressing will bond better and last longer.

An old wax applicator pad or microfiber applicator pad are best for applying the tire dressing. Run a line of dressing down the pad and rub it evenly over the tire. Since the applicator pad will need to be saturated as well, the first tire would normally require the most dressing. Be sure that none of the tire dressing is put on the tire anywhere that it contacts the road. Otherwise, it could be dangerous.

Once the tire dressing his own, give it a couple of minutes to cure. After cured, use the clean side of your applicator to buff the tire and remove excess dressing. If you plan to add more dressing, let the previous one drive first.