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I just had my 195/55s put on and noticed within 2 days after I wash my car and use Westleys tire cleaner that the tires look like Herseys chocolate brown. Most tires dont get that bad until they have some age on them and were never dressed.

anyone had any of these tires with this problem. I cant be dressing my tires every 3 days and then have all that crap sling off on my white car.

any ideas gentlemen?

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no dressing than I will be the only guy with a Smart car driving around with Hershey Bar colored tires.....would you want tires like that Sub?

most tires take some time to do that but mine do it in 2 days
 

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Does the car wash apply something like Armor All on tires automatically? That crap attracts dust like crazy, I won't have them do it as it makes my tires brown...


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I would like to post pics but I do not know how. No one washes my cars and bikes but me. I have tried many dressings but have not found one that does not sling and lasts more that 4 or 5 days.

You all may think I am nuts but I dressed them with brake fluid then wiped each tire dry. Now the rubber looks like it is supposed to (flat dark black).

Oh, and the dressings all attract dust, but dust is not the problem nor is brake dust (I use ceramic anyway). Now I want to see how it last and holds up in rain and sun.

Stay tuned for further developments
 

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You all may think I am nuts but I dressed them with brake fluid then wiped each tire dry. Now the rubber looks like it is supposed to (flat dark black).
Back in the day (pre EPA), brake fluid was used by car dealers, detailers & hot rodders as the go to "tire shine."

Was found to accelerate tire rubber cracking AND can remove paint??? :shrug:
 

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I am a big fan of 303 Protectant. It's supposed to actually restore oxidized rubber and plastic, and block out the UV rays from the sun. It darkens rubber and makes it slippery. I've used the original formula on the car. I see they have a automotive version available too now. The only problem is that it washes off in the rain, quicker than a wax. Maybe the automotive stuff might last longer.
 

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Back when I shined my tires I used cheap spray stuff from the dollar store. Back then I had Kumho Ecsta ASTs (do NOT recommend if you live in an icy region or put a ton of miles a year) the shine lasted a week and no browning.

If you use an automatic car wash, perhaps whatever solvents they use are reacting with your tire shine and the brown is the result after a couple days?
 

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ED has had Kumhos for 4 years, always BLACK never chocolate?

Are you scrubbing the sidewall with a brush and cleaner (road grime can be oily) BEFORE dressing?

autogeek.net says “tires contain antiozonants, rubber conditioners, and UV absorbers that help keep the tire flexible. The wrong cleaner will actually cause the antiozonants, rubber conditioners, and UV absorbers to leach out of the tire, resulting in browning, discoloration and cracking of the tire.“
 
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