Join Date: May 2013
Location: Left Coast, Canada
Stick with the SOS pads mixed with a bit of elbow grease. If you can keep any additives on the whitewall and completely off of the sidewall or tread then the cosmetics should be find. Adding other reactive chemicals can and do negatively impact the rubber and can create a problem on the only thing touching the road at 60 mph. If your mileage is such that you change your tires every year the damage may not build up but it you're hanging on to them for a couple of years there will be damage that may not be evident to you.
As for bleach in particular you have to remember that it does what it is supposed to by oxygenating and destroying things at the molecular level. At strength it has been shown to dry out rubber so hopefully you're diluting it in the soapy water to be just a bit above the amount in drinking water. If you want an example just buy one of those bleach based toilet cleaners that sit in the tank. You will start going through rubber flappers at about 3 times the speed you used to. You can buy longer lasting flappers but they are made of silicone, not rubber. Just as an interesting FYI, chlorine and other chemical based bleach makes things brighter by destroying and changing the molecule so it doesn't absorb light. Whatever filth or muck you used it on in your toilet, your tire or even that stuff you squirt on your carpet, the dirt didn't magically go anywhere. It's still there, it just reflects all the light.
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Last edited by 53canuck; 09-17-2015 at 10:19 AM.