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Product Review: Chemical Guys Total Extract Tire & Rubber Cleaner

Tire being hand washed with a scrub brush.
Wash tires properly before applying Tire & Rubber Cleaner. Photo: Robert Nickel

This New RV Tire & Rubber Cleaner Is Safe & Effective

I think I’m pretty typical when it comes to maintaining the appearance of my vehicles, my Airstream trailer included. I want them to look good, but I also don’t want to spend my whole weekend working on them. My truck and car are washed regularly at a local carwash, and I wash my travel trailer by hand as the need arises, or at least every month or so during the travel season.

When I wash them, I tend to wash the RV tires just like the rest of the vehicle, with a bit of soap and a quick scrub with a mitt. The carwash does spray my tires with a mystery fluid they claim is tire & rubber cleaner, which is usually pink in color. For all I know, it could be a mixture of Pepto-Bismol and antifreeze; there’s no way to know. My tires look shiny for a couple days but then quickly fade back to a boring dull black/brown finish.

Chemical Guys Total Extract Tire & Rubber Cleaner

I was given the opportunity to try out a bottle of Chemical Guys Total Extract Tire and Rubber Cleaner, and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I went to their website, read the instructions, and watched the videos on how to use the product. It seemed easy enough, so on a cool Virginia morning, I set to work.

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Washing the tires

I washed the tires of my truck as instructed, then liberally applied the cleaner. I used a Chemical Guys scrub brush to scrub the tires, but any tire scrub brush will do.

My tires started out with the white lettering looking a bit worse for wear and the rest of the tire looking dull. After scrubbing and rinsing, the raised letters looked great (lead photo at the top), and the rest of the tire looked a whole lot better as well. I took my truck back to the car wash where the mystery sauce was once again applied, and it actually looked a lot better and seemed to last longer as well.

Treating with tire & rubber cleaner

Next came the most important test–using the tire cleaner on my RV’s tires. My trailer has Goodyear Endurance tires, and as I mentioned, I don’t do anything special to maintain their looks.

I’ve heard applying petroleum-based cleaners and shiners is bad for the tires, so I avoid it and stick to just washing the tires with soap. Chemical Guys Total Extract Tire and Rubber Cleaner is not petroleum-based, and thus avoids the issue.

Treated and Untreated picture of RV tires. One was cleaned with Tire & Rubber Cleaner
Treated and untreated picture of RV tires. Photo: Robert Nickel

My trailer tires started out looking a bit on the dull side, and following the same procedures as my truck tires, I applied the cleaner and scrubbed the tires. I was again pleased with the results. You can really see the difference when the treated tire is compared to the untreated tire.

Conclusion

I was pleasantly surprised at both the ease of use and the results gained by using Chemical Guys Total Extract Tire and Rubber Cleaner.  Based on my experience, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking to improve the looks of their RV or tow vehicle tires.

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