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Question What's the best way to remove oil residue from tires?

So I picked up some oil on my fairly new tires and went down yesterday. They are REALLY slick now. What is the best way to clean up the tires? I thought about brake cleaner and a rag, but I'm really gun shy now and not sure if I want to introduce chemicals to the side of the tires.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

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Brake cleaner works well.
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lol, but seriously brake cleaner.
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Re: What's the best way to remove oil residue from tires?

Brake cleaner will dry the rubber out and casue cracking. Since it's a fairly new tire I'd look for another way. Maybe some Dawn or something. Works good for getting oil off of your hands, I dunno.......
I nearly bit it last year from oily crap on my tire. I cleaned it off w/ brake cleaner and low and behold, there's cracks in the tire this year.
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Grease cutting detergent like dawn or a similar product with water.
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Grease cutting detergent like dawn or a similar product with water.

Yup. Wash the shit out of them.
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Re: What's the best way to remove oil residue from tires?

I know acetone/mineral spirits works well at getting the releasing agent off, don't know about oil though. Doesn't the rubber absorb the oil?
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Re: What's the best way to remove oil residue from tires?

Maybe you could try some Simple Green mixed with dawn dish detergent. I've seen them use Simple Green at the track to clean up nasty oil spills...should work on tires and it's non-toxic.
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Re: What's the best way to remove oil residue from tires?

Man that sucks.....what's the damage? pics?
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Re: What's the best way to remove oil residue from tires?

go get a bottle of simple green concentrate, empty a cup or two into a bucket fill with water, and then get to scrubbing.
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Fire....
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Man that sucks.....what's the damage? pics?
Here you go - click here.
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+3 for Simple Green.
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Re: What's the best way to remove oil residue from tires?

Yup, simple green is your friend. Use a bucket of hot water from the sink and pour the green stuff in. Depending on how much oil, dilute as needed. It's pretty concentrated, so wear gloves or your skin will start getting tingly. With a large brush, start scrubbing.
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Re: What's the best way to remove oil residue from tires?

I use Dawn, as it does not muck up the white on your wheels or plastic. I have had simple green leave white wheels a little discolored in the past.
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Pang Bufsol,we used it to clean the tyres when preparing them for puncture repairs.
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purple power?
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purple power?
Powerful stuff too...we use to use that when power washing our dirtbikes.
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use the purple stuff along with a SHAM-WOW!
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Re: What's the best way to remove oil residue from tires?

Last night I actually scrubbed them with Simple Green, and rinsed well, but it still left my tires a little slick. So I used brake cleaner to get that off. MAN was there a lot of crap on those tires. The towels I used are completely black. The tires look in good shape now, though.
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