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Restoration of weather cracked tires?

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Mike CA

12-16-2007 18:35:36
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I bought a pair of rear tires today that aren't bad, but do have some issues. They have some weather checking, and they have a couple of chunks missing in them at the base.
I was wondering, is there anything I can do for the rubber to help it out? Not just to look better, but to maybe breath a little life into it? The tires are sitting at my neighbors, so I don't have pictures just yet.
Any miracle cream? Wonder spray?

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Mike CA

12-17-2007 07:44:32
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 Re: Restoration of weather cracked tires? in reply to Mike CA, 12-16-2007 18:35:36  

Peabody said: Check out this article from the archives:

http://www.ytmag.com/articles/artint71.htm

I used this stuff and was well-pleased with the results.


Thank you for that. One concern brought up in that article was that the Miller Tire person said it would fill in the weather cracks, but the person who wrote the article said it didn't. I'd like to know how it worked for you in that respect.

Also, once painted and dry, can you put some tire shine on it for parades?

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Peabody

12-17-2007 05:18:20
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 Re: Restoration of weather cracked tires? in reply to Mike CA, 12-16-2007 18:35:36  
Check out this article from the archives:

http://www.ytmag.com/articles/artint71.htm

I used this stuff and was well-pleased with the results.



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Mike CA

12-16-2007 21:21:23
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 Re: Restoration of weather cracked tires? in reply to teddy52food, 12-16-2007 18:35:36  

Andy Motteberg said: (quoted from post at 21:11:29 12/16/07) Put a set of reliners in the tires and put a coat of black tire paint on them. If they look very bad, buy new ones.


I bought these wheels for the tires and rims. They aren't terrible, they are just more weathered than I remember them from a year ago. So, I want them to last me a good number of years before I replace them.

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Andy Motteberg

12-16-2007 20:11:29
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 Re: Restoration of weather cracked tires? in reply to Mike CA, 12-16-2007 18:35:36  
Put a set of reliners in the tires and put a coat of black tire paint on them. If they look very bad, buy new ones.



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Janicholson

12-16-2007 19:03:10
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 Re: Restoration of weather cracked tires? in reply to Mike CA, 12-16-2007 18:35:36  
If you have time and a place outside to do it, Black Polyurethane Door and window sealer in a caulking tube (black) or the Automotive window installation adhesive will be a crack filler. Make sure the cracks are clean. Use the tip of the cartridge to apply squirting force into the crack to fill it, then wipe off the remaining goo. Both of these products dry slowly, so it might take a week for it to be dry.
Then do the under part of the tire to finish it up.
If any cracks are deep enough to show cord, there is already some damage and if cords get exposed, they might be weather weakened and dangerous. Your call.
A flex blade putty knife about 1.5 inches wide is handy for finishing/leveling the caulking. JimN

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Duner Wi

12-16-2007 19:33:52
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 Re: Restoration of weather cracked tires? in reply to Janicholson, 12-16-2007 19:03:10  
I use 3M # 8609 fast urethane for windshield installs on tires. Cures fairly fast for me especially in hot weather. I would wait 24 hours before using tho. Seal and save the unused in the freezer for next time.



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Steven f/AZ

12-16-2007 18:46:31
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 Re: Restoration of weather cracked tires? in reply to Mike CA, 12-16-2007 18:35:36  
Don't know about fixing the cracks or holes... but don't try to repair a tire that has the cords visibly frayed or broken.

For the "new" rubber look I use Bleche White for a cleaner (spray on, rinse off) followed by some type of tire "wet look" spray once they are dry. Be aware that dust sticks to a sprayed tire...



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glennster

12-16-2007 18:42:58
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 Re: Restoration of weather cracked tires? in reply to Mike CA, 12-16-2007 18:35:36  
try a farm tire supply for tire putty repair compound. does a pretty good job repairing external warts and scars, it will not save a tire that is not structurally sound. for some pizzazz (?) dunno if i spelt that right i just use armour all tire foam cleaner and conditioner. you spray it on the tire and run away. no scrubbing, wiping, bending, stooping or any of that labor intensive stuff. blackens the tires and shines em up.

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Pat-CT

12-16-2007 18:40:38
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 Re: Restoration of weather cracked tires? in reply to Mike CA, 12-16-2007 18:35:36  
i almost had the hought of that stuff that you use to fill in the craks in your driveway to fill in he cracks in the tires?



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