After you spend time cleaning your bus, a bright, shiny set of tires will complete your work. Knowing how to keep them clean and fresh will also prolong their life. Certain products you use can either help or hinder the life of your tires.
Products come in two varieties: Solvent based and water based. Solvent based products, which are clear and greasy, contain a compound known as Dimethyl which can leech the elasticity from the tire causing it to harden prematurely and cause browning. These products will last longer. Water based products, which are milky, contain a silicone based organic polymer called PDMS. It is used in everyday products such as shampoo, that leaves hair smooth and silky. They often contain UV blocking ingredients. They won’t last as long as solvent based products, but the benefits are worth their use. They can be diluted to save on cost.
The steps to cleaning your tires are: [Read more…]