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    Anyway to remove the logo/lettering on the sidewall of tires without damaging them???

    Is there anyway to remove the logo/lettering on the sidewalls of tires without damaging the tires???

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    W H Y ???

    I would simply not buy tires that had big logos, etc. that I did not want. If you stole or were given them, then you might not have paid a lot for them. But otherwise, why choose tires with bold logos just to turn around and remove them?
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    Because I stole them off a local police bike and it has bright yellow lettering saying "Special Austin PD Edition." It also has neon green lettering saying "Save the environment, ride a bike," I mean F that, we should all drive big SUVs and hit any cyclist on the road... the sidewalks are where the bikes belong gawddammit. It also has pink ribbon and lettering that says "Breast cancer awareness," but I'm a homosexual and I hate boobies. There's also some baby blue lettering that says "adopt a puppy," and I hate puppies, I only like them with wasabi sauce or deep fried.

    Now how do I remove all those annoying letterings without causing damage to my stolen tires?

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    steal some that dont have any lettering on them or try a black marker?
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    Magic Marker over the colors.

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    Since magic marker has already been suggested I'm going to suggest shoe polish. Model paint on the labels might also work. You maybe could take the tire off and spray paint the whole thing, then you could have any color tire you want, but the paint might crack and chip over time since tires flex.

    For me; if I liked the performance of the tire, I wouldn't worry about the labeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAK View Post
    Magic Marker over the colors.
    I remember doing that once, but I don't remember why. I'm thinking I was changing a skinwall tire to a blackwall. Anyway, as I recall, it worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowTown View Post
    Because I stole them off a local police bike and it has bright yellow lettering saying "Special Austin PD Edition." It also has neon green lettering saying "Save the environment, ride a bike," I mean F that, we should all drive big SUVs and hit any cyclist on the road... the sidewalks are where the bikes belong gawddammit. It also has pink ribbon and lettering that says "Breast cancer awareness," but I'm a homosexual and I hate boobies. There's also some baby blue lettering that says "adopt a puppy," and I hate puppies, I only like them with wasabi sauce or deep fried.

    Now how do I remove all those annoying letterings without causing damage to my stolen tires?
    Ride them through the mud a few times... that will cover up any logos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    I remember doing that once, but I don't remember why. I'm thinking I was changing a skinwall tire to a blackwall. Anyway, as I recall, it worked.
    Are magic markers colorfast? I thought they faded from the sun.

    Anyway, the tires..... I would try sanding them very gently with an orbital sander and some fine sandpaper.
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    I found (by accident) that Westly's whitewall cleaner and a scrub brush will remove some of those silkscreened logos in the blink of en eye.
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    I for one like having a label on the tire because i can line it up with the tube valve, and it helps to locate flats from punctures because the tube and the tire then have a point of reference in common.

    but as someone else suggested, i would think that some light and careful sanding could make quick work of removing any tire label without hurting the tire itself.
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