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Old 08-29-2012, 11:00 AM   #1
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Tire Cover Discolored

For some reason my Scamp store tire cover is turning brown! Not a happy camper. It almost seems as if the tire is staining it. I tried dish soap and water using a scrub brush with no positive results.

Anyone know what I can use to clean the tire cover? And hopefully tips to prevent future staining.

Cover gets a some morning sun from the side but is in shade much of the day and while the covered tire has never been used it is not new so I would not expect off gassing or residue from manufacture.

Nice white shiny trailer, with a 4 month old tire cover that looks like the inside of an unwashed coffee cup.
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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For some reason my Scamp store tire cover is turning brown! Not a happy camper. It almost seems as if the tire is staining it.
From what I've read, that's exactly what's happening. The outgassing of the rubber is being absorbed by the vinyl. There is no fix for an already stained cover.

To prevent it from happening, I've read where some wrap the spare in thin plastic... like a bag that your clothes come in from the dry cleaners .... prior to putting on the cover.
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:26 PM   #3
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Let me get this, spare tire cover gets ruined by covering a tire.

Sigh. Well live and learn I guess. I may just spray paint the darn thing white if I can't clean it. Don't think the paint will last but might look ok for a bit. If it's already broke I can't screw it up.

Thanks Donna My post is now a warning to the rest of the community.
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:03 PM   #4
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Paint it BLACK.
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:19 PM   #5
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My Scamp spare tire cover has been on the trailer in outdoor storage (and travel) for a year now. When I removed the tire cover I noticed that the tire had been lined with plastic sheeting much like the cleaners' bags. There is very little discoloration but it did get dirty in the grooves formed by the elastic band. I simply threw the cover into the washing machine on the gentle cold cycle and then air-dried it outdoors. I tossed it in the dryer at low for a few minutes to release the wrinkles.

I removed the original spare tire cover with the intention of using it to make a pattern for sewing a new one. I used an outdoor flannel-backed tablecloth (52" x 70") to make one tire cover and a matching tablecloth for the interior dinette (all for $3). The elastic is bungee cord by the yard from OSH. The design is an over-all pattern of fall leaves. I'm very proud of the outcome, if I do say so myself. I'll post photos when I have them. This is an easy project for one who knows basic sewing. I plan to make two more tire covers for the side tires out of white flannel-backed vinyl from JoAnn's Fabrics (I'll remember to line the tires with plastic).

I will use the original Scamp spare tire cover under the new cover. When I travel I will show off the new cover. When in storage I will remove the new cover so as to protect it.
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:53 PM   #6
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This must be why my folks always wrapped the spare in aluminum foil before putting a cover on it.
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Old 08-29-2012, 11:22 PM   #7
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I'm very proud of the outcome, if I do say so myself. I'll post photos when I have them. This is an easy project for one who knows basic sewing.....

I will use the original Scamp spare tire cover under the new cover. When I travel I will show off the new cover. When in storage I will remove the new cover so as to protect it.
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As well you should be, that sounds like a really neat project to make your trailer custom.

On the "basic sewing" ummm with fishing line and a needle I can fix the ripped seam on a cloth chair badly. Let us just say I was a better student in shop than I was in home economics. For my final project I made a doll bed mattress for the little girl across the street, think really tiny pillow. I got a c less some points for the sewing machine needle that broke when I tried to determine exactly how powerful was this motor. Apparently not able to sew through a pencil.

Since the cover is already in badly discolored I'm going to try to wash it with whatever comes to mind that might work, the washing machine instructions will be a help. If it does not clean up then I'll do what you do and use it for storage protection. Or as suggested paint it black. Painting I can do.
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As a comparison, my no-name spare tire cover, purchased from an RV store, is still white and pristine. It does not have any vinyl etc. between it and the tire. Makes me wonder, different suppliers, different quality of vinyl?

I used those spray bombs sold for use on plastics. I've sprayed vinyl parts, subject to a harsh marine environment, and been impressed firstly by how well they adhered and secondly how long they stayed looking good.

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As a comparison, my no-name spare tire cover, purchased from an RV store, is still white and pristine. It does not have any vinyl etc. between it and the tire. Makes me wonder, different suppliers, different quality of vinyl?

I used those spray bombs sold for use on plastics. I've sprayed vinyl parts, subject to a harsh marine environment, and been impressed firstly by how well they adhered and secondly how long they stayed looking good.

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The concern I had about paint was that it would crack from the vinyl flexing. Any experience along those lines?

I could live without the scamp logo so I checked camping world and those are no more expensive. $20 may be worth it to not mess with the painting.
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Gilda, PLEASE post pictures of the cover you made!

Rodger , like Gilda I tried tossed my in the washing machine on gentle and it survived but many of the stains didnt come off - but I did have some luck using a Magic Eraser to get some stains caused by something other than the tire off that washing it didn't get off.
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The concern I had about paint was that it would crack from the vinyl flexing. Any experience along those lines?

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The vinyl parts that I've painted were thicker, flexible, but not as much as the tire cover material.

If I was going to try paint I'd do it with the cover already in place. My guess is that it'd work quite well but who knows?

On the other hand 20 bucks for a new cover seems almost not worth trying to save the old one. Also maybe one from a different supplier might last much longer.

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I was just thinking-someone should make a hard cover-like the old continental kits-then you could decorate it however you wanted.
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Well I'm going to take a stab at testing multiple cleaning products on it this weekend. I'll post what I try. And if anything actually works.
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Saw 2 Jeep covers this morning, Both Black.
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