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Is "Spray Nine" Whitewall Cleaner?
« on: October 09, 2017, 11:54:39 AM »
Do any of you guys or gals use Spray Nine" for whitewall cleaning on all your cars?  EAM
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Re: Is "Spray Nine" Whitewall Cleaner?
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2017, 05:24:32 PM »
I use it and it seems to do a good job. I have also used it with 4-zero steel wool (0000) to remove stubborn curb scuffs. I think with any cleaner one is probably best to use it only occasionally as they may lead to premature age cracking. But Spray Nine seems to be a good general choice of whitewall cleaner especially if used only as required. Clay/Lexi

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Re: Is "Spray Nine" Whitewall Cleaner?
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2017, 08:34:01 PM »
Diamondback recommends Simple Green. I use that with a nylon Dobie scrub pad. Works good and any overspray doesn't seem to remove wax on the wheels. Years ago used Westleys Bleach White which they discourage - too hard on the tires.
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Re: Is "Spray Nine" Whitewall Cleaner?
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2017, 08:57:12 PM »
The name of the product is Westleys Bleche White.  There is no bleach in this product, they misspell the word to indicate that it whitens the whitewall like a bleach but without bleach in the formula.  I used it for years with no problems, now I just use a good old Brillo pad.

From the Diamondback catalog (page 35) ---

"Cleaning Tips (No Bleach)
One of the first things you will notice is that Diamond Back Classics are extremely easy to clean. Most whitewalls turn dingy or
yellow because of the leaching of chemicals (mostly anti-oxidants) into the white material. Because our process uses a butyl lining to stop chemical leeching, you only have to clean the surface dirt.We recommend frequent cleanings with an abrasive cleaning pad.A fine or medium sanding sponge works well.  These are available at most hardware stores.
Any good cleaner works OK - Castrol Super Clean, 409, Simple Green, Greased Lightning - just to name a few.  Avoid cleaners
that contain bleach. Prolonged use of these cleaners can “dry” the whitewall surface. Do not use products such as Armor All on
whitewall.This could cause slight discoloration.Whitewall surfaces tend to “dry” with time, heat, ozone, etc.A vigorous cleaning
periodically will get rid of the dry surface and help maintain the tire’s beauty. Don’t be afraid to scrub."

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Re: Is "Spray Nine" Whitewall Cleaner?
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2017, 10:27:28 PM »
For what it's worth, I knew a limo service owner once who swore by Fantastik for whitewalls. Has anybody here ever tried it? I'm a Westley's man myself, but I don't think they call it that anymore.

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Re: Is "Spray Nine" Whitewall Cleaner?
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2017, 11:27:07 PM »
I have used Fantastik as well and it seems consistent with Spray Nine. I like both and would chose one if the other was not available. Clay/Lexi

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Re: Is "Spray Nine" Whitewall Cleaner?
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2017, 02:02:13 AM »
The name of the product is Westleys Bleche White.

Actully it is Bleche-Wite now by Black Magic.  No "H" in Wite.   :)

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Re: Is "Spray Nine" Whitewall Cleaner?
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2017, 02:23:35 AM »
You guys are so lucky to have these choices. There is no whitewall cleaner here. We used to have Wessleys Bleche Wite imported and I have used it for decades.  I have never seen anything detrimental happen to my tyres in 30 years, they wear out first.  They have gone through a couple of name changes over the years and is now very diluted compared to what it was.   I use a household scrubbing brush and do it every time I take the car out. The trick is to start doing it when the tyres are new. Keeps them really bright.  Guess it's whatever works best for you.
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Re: Is "Spray Nine" Whitewall Cleaner?
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2017, 12:53:48 PM »
I have used both Spray Nine and Bleche-Wite with scotch brite.

Both work well and never had an issue.
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Re: Is "Spray Nine" Whitewall Cleaner?
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2017, 04:07:49 PM »
It is correct that Bleche Wite (spelled right this time) does not contain bleach. It's sodium meta silicate which is a cleaning agent used in dishwasher detergent. It was the guy at Diamondback when I ordered who cautioned against the product when I offered that I used it for years keeping white walls white. Always avoided any overspray because it will take any wax off wheel edge or beauty rings.
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Re: Is "Spray Nine" Whitewall Cleaner?
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2017, 12:34:37 AM »
Whenever you have questions about any product do a Google search using the name followed by MSDS, such as "Bleche Wite MSDS".  I got this page:  http://www.flagshiphawaii.com/msds/Alphabetical%20by%20Manufacturer/blackmagic_blechewite_tire_cleaner.pdf
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Re: Is "Spray Nine" Whitewall Cleaner?
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2017, 04:56:51 AM »
I too know it as "Wesley's" Bleche Wite. 

I guess it's no longer "Westley's", I hope Westley and his family got 7 figures for it.

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Re: Is "Spray Nine" Whitewall Cleaner?
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2017, 06:50:18 PM »
Westleys sure isn't what it used to be.

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Re: Is "Spray Nine" Whitewall Cleaner?
« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2017, 07:30:00 PM »
Yeah, I recall it leaving the tire darker, like it had a dressing applied to it.

I suppose Mr. E, Mr. P and Mr. A had something to do with it....
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Re: Is "Spray Nine" Whitewall Cleaner?
« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2017, 10:07:01 PM »
Haven't noticed a darker appearance just that it doesn't clean as well. I asked a few questions and found out their formula was weakened to meet stricter VOC regulations.

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Re: Is "Spray Nine" Whitewall Cleaner?
« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2017, 08:24:13 AM »
I use the standard Simple Green. It is easy to use and does not pose hazards for health or the environment. I use it with a brush with bristles that are not stiff. Results have always been most satisfactory.

This product works well for cleaning lots of things, including stains on clothing and as a household cleaner.

I have no interests in Simple Green -- just a satisfied user for many years.

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