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Hey guys. How's it going? I was just looking at my car outside, and I noticed that after 15K, my front Rosso's are starting to brown pretty badly. Even after I apply Meguiar's tire shine to the wheels, they become brownish looking after just a few days. <p>What can I do to keep them looking nice and black? <p><br>And on a side note - checked my coolant level today, and was about 3/4" below the MIN mark. Topped it off with some dH2O. Am I to be concerned about a problem, or is such a loss a normal thing? <br>That coolant cap was hard to get off too. Its on there tight, and you have to give it like 10 turns before it comes off. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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When washing the car, consider using a stiff-bristled tire brush on the tires' sidewalls to give the old oxidized rubber a good cleaning. Just be sure to exercise caution so as to not scratch and damage the wheel's painted surfaces with said brush while cleaning the sidewall rubber.
 

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Re: Browning Tires (vivek9856)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>vivek9856</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I was just looking at my car outside, and I noticed that after 15K, my front Rosso's are starting to brown pretty badly.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Not much life left in the Rossos at 15K so don't worry about it.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>vivek9856</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Even after I apply Meguiar's tire shine to the wheels, they become brownish looking after just a few days. <p>What can I do to keep them looking nice and black? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Wheels should not be black nor is putting tire shine on them a good idea. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Browning Tires (MagoonR)

Magoon, I felt you coming in any second now. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><p>As far as 15K on the Rossos - I only got like 3 or 4 more months / 3K miles more on this car, and I'll be gone to Penn. So the tires/car will be in my dad's hand after that, so he can go slipping off the road if he wants to not change those tires. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>But whats bad about tire shine?
 

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Re: Browning Tires (vivek9856)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>vivek9856</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">But whats bad about tire shine?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Not a thing.........as long as you put it on your tires; not wheels. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Browning Tires (MagoonR)

Lol. Fine - ya got me. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Browning Tires (vivek9856)

I use Meguiar's tire shine also. You're talking about the product called "Endurance", right? It keeps my tires looking black for at least 3-4 weeks, if not longer. I keep my car garaged as much as possible, so that helps the tire shine last longer. Sometimes if I'm in a big hurry, I'll spray on some STP Son of a Gun or Armor All, but those sprays get on my clean wheels, and then I have to wipe the wheels clean later, so I guess I'm really not saving any time that way.
 

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Re: Browning Tires (MAC1LSR)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MAC1LSR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I use Meguiar's tire shine also. You're talking about the product called "Endurance", right? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I believe so. I don't have the bottle with me now, but it has a deep purple tint and smells nice. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>But it keeps my rear tires (brand new) looking black for as you said, three to four weeks. However, my old front tires brown out much faster.
 

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Re: Browning Tires (vivek9856)

Not sure where, but I also thought I heard that tire shining is not good for the rubber. I do it regardless, but not that often these days just because I don't have time.
 

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so you decided on Penn? congrats<p>have you ever used the Tire gel? it comes with an applicator to rub on. might last longer than a spray or foam.<p>i use black magic spray and it last even through rain (or about 1-2 weeks depending) but i fine that when it mixes with my brake dust my rims look turn a gunmetal color, which is never good.<p>and on that note, whats a good rim cleaner? like a spray on foam and washer or should i use some elbow grease or what?<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DGBibo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">so you decided on Penn? congrats</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Yup. Thanks! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DGBibo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>have you ever used the Tire gel? it comes with an applicator to rub on. might last longer than a spray or foam.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>The Meguiar's tire shine is a gel, and I squeeze it onto a foam tire applicator and rub it on. <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DGBibo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>and on that note, whats a good rim cleaner? like a spray on foam and washer or should i use some elbow grease or what?<br></TD></TR></TABLE> <br>Get on your knees, and get a brush that fits in the slots of the Zubras, and get down and dirty. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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i have Ursas, which sounds like a Swedish ****s but they look good, remember in got the s60, no Zubs for me.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by DGBibo at 2:22 PM 4-14-2009</i>
 

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Re: Browning Tires (Freeworld)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Freeworld</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Not sure where, but I also thought I heard that tire shining is not good for the rubber.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>It depends on what you use. The Armorall stuff will damage tires as well as plastic trim. <p>Any good product will help against sun damage. I use 3M Rubber Treatment and Tire Dressing for a medium gloss finish.
 

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Re: Browning Tires (napster)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>napster</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>The Armorall stuff will damage tires as well as plastic trim. <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Oh really? I applied it for the first time a few weeks ago to the rubber gaskets around the doors and the black plastic on the side view mirrors. Should I not do that anymore?
 

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Re: Browning Tires (vivek9856)

Keep away from it, eventually it will bleach the black trim.
 

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4 good brands in your local big box:<p>Meguiar's<br>Mothers<br>3M<br>Lexol/Vinylex<p>Stay away from all the rest. The others are usually created with the cheapest ingredients possible for the lazy everyman big box shopper who wants to do nothing and spend next to nothing. "Once a year car polish!", "Spray and walk away!" Whether or not they actually do anything, or end up being bad for your car are secondary to being shiny and easy. Although if you use a shampoo and conditioner in one they are probably up your alley;-)<p>Autogeek.net, detailcity.com, topoftheline.com, autopia-carcare.com carry nothing but excellent products, and about 90% can't be found in brick and mortar stores. Detailing is just like any other hobby. There's the junk you can buy in a big box store, then there's the harder to find boutique stuff.<p><br>
 
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