White Tires: Classics or Latest Trend
Almost 99% of all vehicles in the world have got classic black tires. Tires are normally selected for certain kind of terrain to travel in (highway, mud, AT – all-terrain, etc), or for certain season (summer, winter, all-season). Now, it seems like tires are about to become not just the thing that separates metal rims from the ground, but a nice accessory that will make a vehicle stand out from the rest.
Check it out: Lexus UX got shod in nice completely white tires, inspired by Air Force 1 sneakers by Nike.
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White tires on the Lexus crossover inspired by Nike
As you see, these custom white tires on the Lexus are more, just another fancy accessory to show up. Lexus modeled them in partnership with John Elliot, and the overall design of tires is not just plain white on white. They were made to resemble Nike sneakers, so the tires have got the pattern that resembles the one that is on the iconic perforated leather shoes by Nike.
Here are some other features of the all-new white Tires:
- white on white compound layers;
- double-stitched leather;
- a metal air valve that is designed to resemble the metal lace tips of Nike shoes.
“We wanted to push that concept even further by creating the ultimate homage to urban style: tires inspired by classic, street-style sneakers.” – says Lisa Materazzo, Lexus vice president of marketing.
So we see, that white tires are not something fashionable, sporty, urban and unusual, though the overall concept dates back to old good times, when whitewall tires could be easily found on the classic American vehicles.
Whitewall Tires: Old Good American Tradition
Old-school classic cars are normally associated with those white sidewall tires. They are a part of the automotive culture of 1950s-1970s. As an option, tires with white sidewalls were available even earlier, back in 1920s, 1930s and 1960s. Up to these days, they do not look old-fashioned, when installed on the proper rims. By ‘proper’ we mean classic multi-spoke rims that will look right on the older vehicles. Today, many suppliers offer whitewall tires in the diminutive pin white 3/8″ stripe that covers the sidewall of the 4″ plus wide tires.
The Best Whitewall Tire Brands
Whitewall tires are not too popular these days, so not all manufacturers offer them in their tire selection. Still, here are the major brands that still offer classic whitewall tires.
|- the first modern-built radial construction whitewall tires ever produced;|
- approved in the US (DOT) and European Union (ECE);
- designed for all-season usage;
- backed by manufacturer’s tread life warranty.
|- classic style and modern performance;|
- radial tires with all season tread design;
- many sizing options (R13, R14, R15).
|- 3 series of whitewall tires: radial, antique & classic, muscle & performance;|
- proudly made in USA;
- for all-weather drive;
- feature retro side wall design.
|- tubeless 4-ply polyester construction;|
- made from the original mold;
- proudly made in USA.
|- "Apple Crust" edge;|
- square tread shoulder;
- full radial construction;
- made from the new radial molds.
Many sports cars and modern muscle cars look right when shod in whitewall tires. Combination of custom rims and white sidewall on the tires provide that exclusive and perfectly clean look. Quite often, vehicles exhibited at shows also boast custom white tires, to remind of the traditional American tires that were so popular in the middle of 20th century. When the times of chromed bumpers and classic cars have passed, white tires also seemed to be a part of a nice tradition that passed.
White Tires: Things to Consider
Whenever white tires become trendy, the owners will face the same problem as the owners of tires with white sidewalls did. It is a real challenge to keep them clean, as such tires scuff easily and show off every bit of dirt that got onto them.
And here is the worst thing about the whitewall tires. Even when you do not drive the vehicle that has got them on, the white tire quickly turns yellow or brownish and no longer looks nice and clean.
How to clean whitewall tires?
Consider this quick guide, that will hopefully help you keep the white tires in the top condition.
- Select a quality cleaning solution for whitewall cleaning. Pay attention, that the product is marked that way, as the majority of rubber cleaners are developed for black sidewalls, and the package will not necessarily say that. Make sure not to save at this point and not to use regular household cleaning products, as they may potentially contain alcohol, chlorine or bleach, that will damage the sidewalls.
- When you are about to start, touch the tires and make sure they are cool. If not, give them some time to cool down. Next, pre-rinse the tires with cool water.
- Apply the whitewall cleaner on the wheel by spraying it on the white surface. It will help you break down the brake dust, road dirt and remove scuffs by making the tires look whiter, even if they got dull or yellowish with time.
- Check out the instruction to see, how much time does the whitewall cleaning solution has to stay on the surface. Usually, it is around 5-15 minutes, depending on the brand. Scrub some scuffs with a brush if needed.
- Rinse the solution along with dirt with clean water and allow your white tires to dry.
White Tires Cleaning: PRO tips
- If the white tires turned really yellow, feel free to use scrub pad or even sandpaper. This way you will gently remove that yellowed layer, as there is no other safe way to get rid of that yellowness.
- Frequent cleaning will help you save a lot of effort in your whitewall cleaning routine.
- If the tires are kept outside for a long time, make sure to apply UV protectant to prevent from that UV fading.