Tire Paint Removal

ACO43

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This has probably been ask and answered before but I couldn't find anything via a search. The painted on ID number that they tend to do on one of the tires for the government auctions...

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...what is the best way to remove this without damage to the tire? Thanks!
 

Welder1

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Gimp is right sandblasting works great to clean up rubber. I do that all the time but I am also a commercial blaster too,
 

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Try a little diesel fuel and a brush. I've been using used synthetic motor oil as a tire conditioner. Put on liberally and wipe off. The really small cracks seem to swell just a bit so dirt and mud doesn't hold there.
 

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Like mentioned, I would try the car wash first.
Access to sandblaster is difficult for most of us.
Pressure wash should work.
Seems like the longer the paint has been on tire, the harder it is to remove.

At least it was painted on tire instead of trailer.
Getting it off of CARC is painful.
 

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Well,,,,,,?!

Have you attempted removal yet?

Anything work?
Probably won't get to it for a while. I'm actually going to sell those tires and wheels and I'm working on other issues on the trailer right now so that's on the back burner. Just wanted suggestions on how to clean them up to sell them. When I do get to it I'll post about it though.

...and thanks for all the suggestions everybody.
 

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Spray Brake Cleaner and some scrubbing. I have had some tires like that cleaned up. Whatever residue remains can be painted with "tire Black".

That looks like a paint marker which has a wax / crayola type texture with paint mixed in. Does not look like rattle can.
 
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Tinstar

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A lot of chemicals will break down the rubber over time.
It soaks in and while rubber appears to be clean and dry on the outside, it’s is not.
Slowly breaking down the rubber from within and leading eventually to failure.

This was a problem in helicopter transmission and other critical rubber mounts.
Kept failing early and it was traced back to cleaning chemicals.
Rubber was reformulated to prevent it and no other issues.
No accidents from it that I’m aware, but early replacement adds up when some of them are over $2k each.

Cost is way to prohibitive for tires.
 

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Maybe it's my computer but all I see is a black cap. What is it?
I too am curious as to how you 'thinned' that cap to spray it on the tires.
Seriously though, is it tire paint? or what do you use.
We jet wash. scrub, then apply back to black or armor all. That Works fine.
 

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Looks like a spray paint can cap showing it’s color is flat black.

Spray painting tires.
Interesting.
 
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