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post #1 of 17 Old 04-07-2005, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Is armor all bad for my tires?

Had my new 31 BFG AT's on for about 3 months, not that is getting nice out I like to keep my TJ clean. Been using armor all on the tires. I know it attracts dust, but for awhile it looks nice. Any disadvantages to using it? Will it make the rubber rot or wear any faster or the UV rays harm them?

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post #2 of 17 Old 04-07-2005, 08:36 PM
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armor all actually protects the rubber.

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I'm not a big fan of Armor All in any case personally. I used to use it on my old car, and it actually dried out the dash more than if I had left it alone. Maybe I just had a bad experience, or other factors...I'm not sure to be honest. I just don't use it any more. I have found that simple baby oil works GREAT though & it's prety cheap.

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Just go to Advance Auto Parts or Autozone and buy their store brand of 'Black Magic Tire Spray' or "Wet n Black"

I use it all the time.

I have read that the silicon in the spray can get on your wheel when you spray your tires and takes many , many miles for the wheel to burn it off. (Can resultin warping of the rotor) I think that's crap though.

If you are paranoid now, just buy the foam tire spray----- if you manage to get that on your rotor, what can I say...

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Armor All is petroleum based thus it will eventually dry out your tires, dash, and other plastic or rubber parts you put it on.

Find a water based protectant, there are many suggested on this board.
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I use Wesley's BlackMagic, it's good stuff. I know some of the car dealerships use Pledge since it gives a medium shine without looking too 'wet' but I can't imagine anything worse for a tire than a furniture polish.

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post #7 of 17 Old 04-08-2005, 08:45 AM
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i think river bottom mud is the best dressing for tires. its a jeep why do ya want to make them tires shine like a _ _ _ _ _ _ bald head in a rain storm under a spot light? tire shine on a jeep is bout as worthless as a fur lined piss pot. -chris
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i think river bottom mud is the best dressing for tires. its a jeep why do ya want to make them tires shine like a _ _ _ _ _ _ bald head in a rain storm under a spot light? tire shine on a jeep is bout as worthless as a fur lined piss pot. -chris

I hate when tires shine to the point of gleaming or they're slimy to the touch. I spray on a coat of Simple Green and scrub with a medium-stiff brush to clean off the white letters. Then I rinse that off and hit them with BlackMagic. I wipe that down to remove the excess for a deep black. I just don't like my tires looking grey and soiled. When we go to Osky, the soil there is laden with iron and everyone's tires come out coated in red rust. Yuck.

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i think river bottom mud is the best dressing for tires. its a jeep why do ya want to make them tires shine like a _ _ _ _ _ _ bald head in a rain storm under a spot light? tire shine on a jeep is bout as worthless as a fur lined piss pot. -chris
That's hilarious! Although I do use Meguiar's tire gel on my tires maybe once a month, if that. Just when the mud grit gets in there and the scuffs from going over curbs becomes very apparent.

I'm also a fan of Aerospace 303. I would never EVER use TireWet by Black Magic though. After dealing with the stuff (look at the new package that it comes in), forget it. I avoid armor all because it contains silicone. A303 is my choice protectant!

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I use Simoniz Spray Shine, use it on the tires and the wheels. Stays on for a long time and when brake dust builds up you can spray it off with water.

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I use Simoniz Spray Shine, use it on the tires and the wheels. Stays on for a long time and when brake dust builds up you can spray it off with water.
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i think river bottom mud is the best dressing for tires. its a jeep why do ya want to make them tires shine like a _ _ _ _ _ _ bald head in a rain storm under a spot light? tire shine on a jeep is bout as worthless as a fur lined piss pot. -chris
what an instigator, BTW, I think that goes for the rest of the Jeep, right Chris?

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Armor All is petroleum based thus it will eventually dry out your tires, dash, and other plastic or rubber parts you put it on.

Not to be a D*** but arent your tires petroleum based themselves? I mean that's where we get rubber isn't it?

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I do detailing and the best stuff i've found is black magic trim and tire shine in a squeeze bottle. It's a silicone based liquid, not a spray or foam. i hand apply it with a foam applicator and then wipe off the excess with a paper towel. it looks a hell of a lot better than the spray stuff and it doesn't get all over everything from spraying it everywhere . its by far the wettest looking, blackest stuff you can put on.


also, i've been using it for quite awhile, and i've never found any damaging effects from it. it's also not greasy at all as long as you take off the excess after applying.

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