Cleaning the rig advice!

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 09:42
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Hi guys & gals!
I'd love to know what everyone uses to clean their tyres with, after an excursion into the mud/dirt etc. I can generally get the rest of the truck looking smick but the tyres never look that nice. I see trucks getting around that are modded up to the hilt with nice shiny, black tyres (and no, they're not just new!) I've tried spray on tyre shine stuff but it never gives the nice deep black 'wet-look' Any tips? Oh and while we're at it is there some sort of product that will clean the underside of your truck without the need for scrubbing? I use a sprinkler to soak the excess mud off but maybe someone can recommend a good detergent?

Cheers
Scoey.
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 09:50

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 09:50
To get the mud etc off underneath, I put the front wheels up on ramps and get stuck in with the Gernie (or similar) high pressure spray. For the tyres, I do the same. It gets all the mud off, but doesn't make them shine. I generally don't worry about that. They will just get dirty again.

When I've been in sand, I also get the hose inside the chassis rails to get as much out as possible.

A bit of paint gets knocked off underneath with of roading, so every now and then I get under with the black rust guard to keep it looking OK and prevent rust from forming.
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Follow Up By: Turbo Diesel - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 13:17

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 13:17
Norm

I have used a little basic degreaser the one you buy for $2, simple spray on around the tyre and the tim for that matter, leave sit for about 20 seconds and then hose off. Use hot soapy water to get any degreser of with a sponge and then spray on some Kitten Tyre Shine, great stuff. Makes the new black lux look great.
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Follow Up By: 100TD - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 16:57

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 16:57
agreed use straight degreaser with bulldog or similar brush wash off dry and use amourall or i use a cheap plastic/rubber dressing from kmart that doesnt turn brown when the tyres get wet from rain etc for alot longer than amourall!
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Reply By: Atropos - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 09:50

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 09:50
Hi Scoey,

Forget about the spray on stuff, get a tin of tyre paint... Its what the car yards use, just apply it with a brush..

john
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Reply By: Michael B - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 10:01

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 10:01
Scoey,

Black shoe/boot polish, good brush and elbow grease.

Regards
Michael B (SA)
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Reply By: turbopete - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 11:01

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 11:01
spray tyres with a silicon spray is a good preservative
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Reply By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 11:48

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 11:48
I spray the tyres with Armorall tyre foam.. come up looking beautifull every time
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 11:56

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 11:56
Yeah I've just started using a bottle of Armorall "Extreme Tyre Shine". It's a little expensive, but it's bloody brilliant, I've had red mud on the MTR's all summer that I got on them last winter, high pressure wash after wash and they never came up much better, just sprayed this stuff on, didn't even need to rub it or anything, you just wait 10 minutes for it to dry and they looked better than new. COOL STUFF! Looks better than that tyre paint stuff that looks really fake. It's funny how when the tyres look clean and shiny, even if the rest of the car is grubby it makes it look clean from a distance! LOL. I like the way it detracts from all the gouges and scratchs in the paintwork! ;-)
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Reply By: ro-dah-o (WA) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 11:48

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 11:48
CT-18 truck wash- works a treat in getting mud and dirt from off and under your vehicle!!

also I have brought a 'massojet' hose adapter- its a hook looking device that has small nozzles in the end of it and attaches to your garden hose (if you have one LOL)- increases the pressure slightly but is designed to manouvered in those hard to reach spots. Beats rollin around in the wet. Cheap too- about $40 a FWD shop
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Follow Up By: ro-dah-o (WA) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 11:52

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 11:52
and as for tyres, I should have mentioned I use the paint on stuff too. Keeps its shine alot longer than the spary on stuff- up to 3 washes after some very dusty roads.

has my vote
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Reply By: bmwrider - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 12:20

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 12:20
I use the same as Ro-Dah-O and have done for years. The CT-18 washes off real well. I have a little plastic click-on adapter that increases the pressure of the water stream for an all over wash and the Massojet for the hard to get at places. Just apply the CT-18 as a concentrated mix by hand spray to the hard to get at places let it sit and then wash off. I use a plastic toilet brush to scrub the tyres (after wetting them) with the CT-18 mixed in a bucket. This is usually the last thing I do when washing the exterior of the car. Always comes up looking great. I generally don't like using tyre paints or specific cleaners. The CT-18 washes off without streaks or deposits. Just chamois off all painted and alloy/chrome/plastic surfaces.

Garry
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Reply By: Rodos - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 13:05

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 13:05
Scoey, as others have said, CT18 is the go. Spray on, let it dry and wash as normal. Been using it on my dirt bike for years and it gets burried in mud which then drys, always comes up looking great.
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Reply By: Member - John L G - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 13:13

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 13:13
Scooey,

I'm lucky anough to have a mate with a truck body building business.
At the end of each trip we hook his tractor crane up to the front of the vehicle and lift it to 45 degrees and get to with the high pressure hose.
Works a treat...............
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Reply By: Scoey (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 13:36

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 13:36
Some hot tips guys! Thanks a lot. I used to use CT-18 on my dirt bike when I had it and loved it but I was told it can be a bit hard on paint? Might give it a go but if that's what you are all using! As for the tyres - I like the "Wrangler - MT/R" written in white on the sidewall so I might try a few different sprays before going the paint on gear or the nugget!
Cheers!
Scoey!
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Reply By: Max - Sydney - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 16:38

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 16:38
Scoey

I reckon tyre foam (just as good from Super Cheap as the big brand ones) is the go to get the rubber clean and shiny.

Just spray all over, leave for ten minutes and then rub over with a cloth. Would save your white lettering from getting over-painted by black. Does not outlast a long highway trip, but at $3 a can, and two rounds of the tyres per can, who cares?
Max
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Reply By: Groove - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 17:19

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 17:19
Whilst on the topic of cleaning, how do guys clean your engine and engine bay?
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Follow Up By: Bros 1 - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 17:27

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 17:27
Scoey and Groove,
With the diesel i wash everything in CT-18, motor included.
Cheers,
Bros.
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Reply By: Bros 1 - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 17:28

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 17:28
Dunno what happened there.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bware (Tweed Valley) - Friday, Mar 17, 2006 at 04:34

Friday, Mar 17, 2006 at 04:34
Wow , that's freaky! The first time I read this post I didn't know why you said that you 'Dunno what happened there', but on a second visit to this post your previous reply is all long and missing words.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bware (Tweed Valley) - Friday, Mar 17, 2006 at 04:38

Friday, Mar 17, 2006 at 04:38
One minute later it's back to normal. You keep that virtual LSD to yourself fella!
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Reply By: Laura B - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 22:36

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 22:36
the boss owns a car wash and staff get the $15 car wash for $3 so after big mud runs and dust duster weekends we go on monday mornings and give him a work out!!

at home just use truck wash!!!

looks a treat afterwards!

Laura B
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Friday, Mar 17, 2006 at 00:18

Friday, Mar 17, 2006 at 00:18
FIGHT CRIME - SHOOT BACK!!
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