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: What is the best way to clean paint off tires?

02-22-2008, 09:32 AM
Previous owner decided to spray paint the wheels and got overspray on the inside of the rear tires. I removed the tires, sandblasted and re-painted the wheels and getting ready to put the tires back on painted rims.

What is the best way/cleaner to use to remove it before I put the tires back on?

I have heard that DOT3 brake fluid works good and then clean it off with a 409 or equivalent cleaner?? Anyone else ever heard this? What about WD40?

Would laquer thinner damage the rubber?


Mr Jimi
02-22-2008, 09:56 AM
Sandblasting is the very best way.

02-22-2008, 10:04 AM
Any petroleum product is not good for the rubber technically .Id use steel wool and soapy water or a scotch brite pad.The friction will take it right off pretty quick.If you use a petroleum product just don't go to crazy with it.But id try steelwool first.

02-22-2008, 11:25 AM
I use Carb. Cleaner on a rag. If the tires aren't dry and cracked it will take it right off and make the tires look new. However if the tires are dry and cracked you have to use a scrub brush and a heavy cleaner, I use the solvent from my parts washer.

02-24-2008, 04:18 PM
Sandblasting is the very best way.

I second this recommendation.

02-24-2008, 08:17 PM
Easy Off oven cleaner works well. If you shoot the foam in a disposible container (coffee can) brush it on the areas and let it sit in a cool, dry place it will lift the over-spray in 15 minutes.

02-25-2008, 09:14 PM
If I get paint on the tires I use thinner (or reducer) to remove it.

06-10-2008, 12:24 AM
gasket remover works nicely on removing paint from any surface

06-10-2008, 12:27 AM
PLOWING relatively soft ground works...it just takes a couple of seasons...:rolleyes:

06-10-2008, 01:30 AM

06-10-2008, 06:47 AM
Next time you go to paint the wheels, spred some Vasaline on the tire. Paint the wheel, and wipe the overspry off!!

06-10-2008, 07:16 AM
Black tire paint, but then you have a whole can of worms painting the whole tire.

06-10-2008, 08:44 AM
Can ya rotate the tires? Mounting Left to Right or vice versa. Put the painted side on the inside where ya can't see it? If you have Ag tires, make sure the tread is going in the right direction.

06-10-2008, 10:21 AM
I use the vasoline or grease trick a lot, if I'm in a hurry and don't want to tape off everything--but Acetone on a rag works well.to remove overspray when you miss....

06-10-2008, 12:28 PM
I've used carb or brake cleaner,paint thinner or laquer thinner, to get overspray off tires--but they will dry out the rubber some and possibly cause the tires to crack sooner that they normally would...I'd say brake fluid would be OK,it's made to be compatible with rubber seals in brake calipers,etc,and EATS paint real good!..

I've used E-Z Off or other cheap dollar store oven cleaners to clean tires and gunky parts before painting with excellent results,you just have to be careful what you use it on--it'll eat into aluminum if left on for long,and lifts paint off engine blocks made of aluminum too--Castrol Super Clean does the same thing,so if you have mag wheels ,be careful not to get the cleaner on them!..


06-25-2008, 09:01 AM
I got about 95% of the paint off with thinner and some scrubbing and it came out very good. I appreciate everyones advise on this.


06-25-2008, 10:17 AM
I've powerwashed paint off tires.