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    Detailing tires and other rubber

    Currently I'm using the G14324C Hot Rims Aluminum Wheel Wash for my machine finish alloy wheel, but since this product isn't advertised for tires, I didn't spray it on the tires in fear that it may thin out or remove the G12024C Hot Shine High Gloss Tire Spray I applied. I'm wondering whether it's safe to use on tires, since it's supposed to be the least aggressive cleaner. If not, would any APC work well for the tires?

    Also, I'm looking for the product that protects rubber, such as door seals and wiper blades. Would the G12024C work since it's water based? Or would something like G14716C be recommended?

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    Re: Detailing tires and other rubber

    Hot Rims Aluminum Wheel Cleaner will work to clean the tire very lightly, but is not anywhere near the strength of a APC or degreaser. Most any All Purpose Cleaner or Degreaser will work to remove any of our "Tire Shine" Products from the tire sidewall. Removing a tire shine by cleaning the tires every week or 2 is actually a good practice. This allows you to have a nice "clean slate" sidewall, for a fresh new application of tire shine. G120 is only recommended for tire sidewall application.

    G14716 Ultimate Protectant Spray would be much more suitable for rubber, door seals, wipe blades, exterior trim, etc. Our G15812 Ultimate Black Plastic Restorer is a bit more designed for exterior compared to G14716 Ultimate Protectant Spray, and although not heavily marked towards rubber, it is our most premium option for exterior rubber.

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    Re: Detailing tires and other rubber

    Thanks for replying.

    So if I only want a mild cleaning of the tire I can use the Aluminum Wheel Cleaner. I took a look at the MSDS and it says the G14324C has a ph value 7.8 - 8.8, it definitely hasn't damaged my wheels and cleans pretty well. However, I haven't gotten the chance to try it on the chrome exhaust, neglected it during the past 2 washes, dunno if it'll perform well, but it shouldn't do any damage I guess since chrome wheel cleaners are much stronger.

    I considered buying the Black Plastic Restorer, but some of the black trim aren't that black compared to the gloss black trims, I fear it might make them too black. Currently I used ULW on the gloss black ones and haven't touched the regular ones, though some wax got on a few spots and deepened the color, I suppose I should clean them off using dish soap or something.

    Will look into getting the G14716.

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