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Old 20th February 2009, 23:42   #1
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Default How to get rid of oil paint from tyres?

Whats the best way to get oil paint (white colour) off tyres with the least damage and fuss?

My dad got this bright idea of painting the vehicle number on the tyres. Can't stand it & want to get rid of it asap.

Anybody has any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 21st February 2009, 01:45   #2
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Did you try tireshine?
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Old 21st February 2009, 02:07   #3
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Should wear off with a vigorous scrub. Worst case, use a bit of acetone, though I have no idea how that'll react with the rubber.
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Old 21st February 2009, 02:27   #4
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Tyreshine? Will have to find and buy it. Never tried it.

Acetone?? I think that will react very badly with the rubber. Dont wanna damage the new tyres...

Think something like diesel or WD40 might be worth a try? But again I don't know if it will adversely affect the tyres in any way...
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Old 21st February 2009, 02:51   #5
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I dont think any tyre shine/care products are gonna help.
Acetone may react with rubber.
how about petrol?
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Old 21st February 2009, 09:30   #6
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Was just toying with the idea of nail polish remover - but have no idea what it contains!
(Some are acetone free)
Another idea - how about a tire rotation to get the painted part on the inner side.

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Old 21st February 2009, 11:33   #7
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You can try using diesel or paint thinner.
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Old 21st February 2009, 11:35   #8
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Just an idea, why not put black paint on that white paint.
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Just an idea, why not put black paint on that white paint.
It will wear off in few months and when one is comfortable using paint, should be comfortable using thinner too (paint contains certain level of thinner).
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Paint thinner should do the trick. Don't apply it directly, rather soak a clean cloth & then use it to wipe the paint off.
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Old 21st February 2009, 15:05   #11
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Thanks a heap for all the responses guys...

I read on the WD40 site FAQs that its ok to use on rubber... so I tried it, and got partial success. I think what I should try next is a pressure wash. I think I should have tried that 1st... but since it cant be done at home, I tried WD40. If pressure washing dosen't do the job, I think I'll try diesel... will have to go get it in a bottle. Idea is to try the least harmful things 1st... don't wanna damage the new rubber.


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Was just toying with the idea of nail polish remover - but have no idea what it contains!
(Some are acetone free)
Another idea - how about a tire rotation to get the painted part on the inner side.
Gosh, thats toooooooooooooo much trouble! And would rather not tinker with it unless its absolutely necessary.

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You can try using diesel or paint thinner.
Yes, I think I'll try diesel. What is paint thinner called exactly? I guess I'll get it only in paint shops?

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Just an idea, why not put black paint on that white paint.
Thought of this, but I think it will still look bad if looked at closely. Also, oil paint might not be good for the rubber to begin with... so putting more of it might not be the best idea.
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um, if they are not assymetric tyres, why not just turn the tyres around on the rims, so that the sidewalls with the markings are on the inside
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^^^As I said - that would be too much trouble... and tinkering. Would think of that as a last resort.
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Old 21st February 2009, 23:49   #14
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take a scrotch bright and rin bar. a towel type cloth.

Rub gently in circular fashion along with little warm water.
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Try using brake oil.
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