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Westley's Bleche-Wite tire cleaner. Spray it on, let it penetrate for an hour, go over the over-spray areas with a wire brush. Should clean up good.
 

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Well I tried the Westley’s, I love Westley’s and have been using it for decades. It didn’t touch the paint. I bought a quart of lacquer thinner and used that for a couple hours and discovered something crazy. Whom ever painted these did not tape off the tires, they painted the wheel and the sidewall, and I’m not talking about a bit of over spray, they painted clear out to the tread! And then, they taped the wheel and painted the tire black! What I thought was a little overspray was just a few places where the black had cracked or worn off a bit And the yellow showed thru! The longer I scrubbed with lacquer thinner the yellower the tire got!
Ended up buying a nylon bristle wheel that I chucked into my drill. It still took 3 more hours but the tires are looking pretty good. Now to dismount them and sand and paint the wheels.
Never seen anything quite like that before!
Thank you for the suggestions.
 

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Well I tried the Westley’s, I love Westley’s and have been using it for decades. It didn’t touch the paint. I bought a quart of lacquer thinner and used that for a couple hours and discovered something crazy. Whom ever painted these did not tape off the tires, they painted the wheel and the sidewall, and I’m not talking about a bit of over spray, they painted clear out to the tread! And then, they taped the wheel and painted the tire black! What I thought was a little overspray was just a few places where the black had cracked or worn off a bit And the yellow showed thru! The longer I scrubbed with lacquer thinner the yellower the tire got!
Ended up buying a nylon bristle wheel that I chucked into my drill. It still took 3 more hours but the tires are looking pretty good. Now to dismount them and sand and paint the wheels.
Never seen anything quite like that before!
Thank you for the suggestions.
Wow Tom, sorry that your tires have turned out to be such an ordeal. Almost sounds like the horror stories you hear about of the auto paint shops that back in the day that would 'Paint any car for $99.95' and you'd end up with tires, windows, and chrome trim all painted, 🤣lol. Sorry no disrespect to your situation intended here but it sounds like you've made good progress on getting your tires cleaned up. I can relate to finding out about shoddy paint work or mechanical claims of past owners though. The seller of my 110 had in the listing that 'it starts right up'. Ya Right! Well, it barely ran when it was delivered to me, was hard to get started and sounded like a free wheeling old washing machine when you turned off the key. It had a burnt exhaust valve, practically Zero compression, and needed a rebuild. Hang in there, we've all been there in one way or another but I guess it's all part of the journey my friend.
 

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I like to go over them with tire dressing quickly after scrubbing them like that to keep them from drying out anymore than they already are.
Sorry to hear about your bad luck. I remember pop doing that on cars he would do a paint job on. Way before tire dressings and was a way of life back then. Do they even make tire paint anymore?
 

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UPDATE: Over the last couple of months I have worked (here and there) on hand sanding the wheels, priming and painting with actual JD yellow so that they will match the fronts. Got these original Goodyears mounted and put on the tractor. I completely dropped the ball on taking progress pictures. 😔
I had it out today so I took a couple of finished pictures.
Tire Wheel Motor vehicle Automotive tire White
Wheel Tire Plant Tractor Vehicle
Tire Wheel Vehicle Automotive tire Tread


I think they look pretty good.
 

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UPDATE: Over the last couple of months I have worked (here and there) on hand sanding the wheels, priming and painting with actual JD yellow so that they will match the fronts. Got these original Goodyears mounted and put on the tractor. I completely dropped the ball on taking progress pictures. 😔
I had it out today so I took a couple of finished pictures.
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I think they look pretty good.
Very nice job on your wheels, they're looking Great!
 
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