Maryann asked: How can I remove tire marks from vinyl siding. We have tire marks from rubbing against the siding.
Whether it’s a bike incident or just driving too close to the wall, tire marks on siding are noticeable and a nuisance to remove. The rubber requires a solvent to break it loose from the surface. Once loose, it can be scrubbed away. Siding comes in different levels of quality and some colors may fade with the use of these removal products. Always test a small, hidden area first to ensure that there are no undesired effects to the siding.
You Will Need:
- A cleaning solution (available at most hardware and home improvement stores):
- Mineral spirits
- Soft cloths
- Scrubbing pads
Steps to Remove the Tire Marks:
- Begin by selecting a cleaner from the list above.
- Test on a small area of the siding to check for any effects on the color or texture of the vinyl siding.
- If the test area does not show any adverse effects, you are ready to tackle the main stain.
- Moisten a soft cloth with the chosen cleaner.
- Rub it over the tire marks. If necessary blot it on and allow it to set for several minutes.
- Scrub away with a clean cloth.
- Repeat until the tire marks are completely removed. Thin marks will be removed fairly easily. However, thick, solid marks will require much more solvent and elbow grease to get them to come loose.
- If the soft cloth does not loosen the marks, try scrubbing it with a green scrubbing pad. Do NOT use metal scrubbing pads as they will surely damage the surface.
- Once the marks are removed, fill a bucket with soap and water.
- Wash the cleaned area to completely remove any residue from the cleaning product.
- Dry the area with a soft cloth.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is effective in removing many substances. If the tire marks are small, it may work well to remove them from the surface.
I’ve already tried mineral spirits and WD-40, neither of which worked. Gasoline next with a Magic Eraser.