I bought a set of WW tires from the firm in TN and am having a lot of trouble removing the blue crap on them. So far have tried Wesley's Bleachy White, hot soapy water and finally a high pressure washer with less than desirable effects with any of them. Does anyone else have this problem or is it the Nebraska water I'm using?
Have you considered contacting the place that sold the tires to you?
You can try a solvent on them. I have used Brake Clean on a clean rag to get the majority of it off and then followed that up with Bleach White to clean up the residue.
If a new tire with the bluing sits out in the sun too long on display, the coating can be a real pain to get off. If you are storing new tires for a later date, keep them out of the sun/UV light and rapped up if possible.
Green scotch bright pad, hot soap and water.
Try Wesley's Bleche-Wite again.
However, let it soak a little bit and then scrub it with a brass bristle white wall brush (can usually be purchased at the auto parts store).
I used to use a brass bristle brush and Comet or Spic and Span(haven't seen that for years) cleaner and it worked great. That was forty years ago though, I don't know if they use the same blue stuff now or not. No doubt the formula has been changed for some reason to "protect" us. Dave
I've never had a problem removing the blue or green dye on new white sidewalls with Westley's Bleche-White and a brass brush.
It is caustic and (in my opinion) works by dissolving the surface of the rubber which then is rinsed off.
It can also burn your skin.
The steel wool pads w/soap built into them usually work pretty good.
GoJo hand cleaner with pumice.
I bought a brass tire brush at O'Reilly today and with a lot of elbow grease I now have WHITE walls. Why do they make it so hard?
I remember doing my whitewall tires on my balloon tire Schwinn bike with S.O.S. Pads when I was a kid and that worked great! The whitewalls would kind of "yellow" in time, and the S.O.S. Pads whitened 'em right up! Only thing is, I don't think they make S.O.S. Pads anymore! Maybe something similar tho',....but I don't know.
Try one of those magic sponges from Mr. Clean. They work on 20 year old whitewalls so I am sure they will work on your new ones.
My Dad had me use SOS pads to clean up the wide whitewalls on his red over white Sunliner. It seemed to work good even though I was only 10 or 12.
Harold, they still make SOS pads, we have some in the kitchen. They also work great on chrome. Dave
Comet and a stiff brush.