#1, How the damage is done; There are two main degrading agents that attack rubber, plastic, and vinyl—ultraviolet (UV) light and ozone. Both attack the long hydrocarbon chains of the rubber, trim, and vinyl skin by breaking these bonds, shortening the molecules with a resulting loss of elasticity and other properties.
Manufacturers add two primary sacrificial protectants to rubber. To protect against UV, manufacturers add carbon black. Therefore, tires and trim are almost always black. The carbon black will turn white or gray as it absorbs and transforms the UV energy and disperses it as heat. To protect against ozone, manufacturers add a synthetic wax-based sacrificial protectant. The ozone attacks the wax and gradually depletes it. As the tires rolls, additional wax is forced to the sidewall. This process is often referred to as ‘blooming.' A tire that is not used and flexed will have the wax depleted by ozone and thus begin to suffer dry rot.
Solvent-based silicone products, which are the most commonly advertised ‘protectants,' actually dissolve the wax and cause premature fading and sidewall cracking. Nationally advertised protectants contain harsh petroleum surfactants and are most often blended with glycol (antifreeze) to prevent drying and provide a shiny look. Unfortunately, the glycol also keeps the harmful surfactants active on the surface.
Silicone protectants also present a health and liability risk. They are dangerous to use on carts. Protectants, old-school type or newer ceramic coatings, can present a slip hazard. They can make steering wheels and pedals slick as well they expose occupants to toxins. If you read the fine print on labels and brand websites you will find disclaimers about these risks.
Protectant Check: If it feels slick or greasy after application, it contains active solvents.
Another negative, which you have likely experienced, is that silicone also attracts dirt and dust particles. A quality protectant should contain a strong UV-blocking compound to bolster the efforts of the carbon black and should not contain surfactants that remain active after applied.
Ceramic coatings and ceramic protectants have flooded the marketplace. We first introduced quartz and titanium blends into our full product line in 2015. There are now many cheap copies and many products claiming to contain ceramics. The majority of these are not ceramic. Polysiloxane is most often what you are buying with these ‘cheap ceramics.' Polysiloxane is just a step above silicone protectants, yet only gives the user a bit more longevity and no ceramic qualities or abilities.
True ceramic provides excellent protection and an enhancement of color and shine. Ceramics do not qualify as true restoration products, yet are often marketed as such. If your fleet is new or near-new condition, a real ceramic may be all you need. D3 RENEW PROTECT has always preferred to take ceramic a step further. Since 2015 we have always maintained a ‘ceramic-hybrid’ product line. This hybrid gives the user a true 100% OEM renewal and all the strong benefits of ceramics.
Plastic Trim Comparison FIVE MONTH Update!! Which Restorer/Protectant Is Leading The Way?
Setting up for another video and hardcore test of D3 | RENEW PROTECT.
Many like to use BLAK as a base treatment and follow with GLOZ ... so, we are putting it to the test.
This trailer tire will be dropped in a tidal marsh for a week!
The Tire SURVIVED! We are completing the video now.
"This stuff is working great!
Purchasing Manager | Scottsdale National Golf Club
Because we never use slippery ingredients like silicone or active detergents, D3 | RENEW PROTECT products are perfectly safe to use on grips, footwells, saddles, seats, flooring, and pedals. And D3 | RENEW PROTECT actually ‘feeds’ and restores the surface, extending life and preventing dry rot. D3 | RENEW PROTECT is a favorite with dealers and riders for its ability to save parts from replacement and to add value to showroom inventory.
D3 | RENEW PROTECT supplies co-polymer essential feeding elements that restore the original composition of the surface and create a dry-seal ozone and UV block. This technology also serves to retard the 'blooming' and 'off-gassing' processes and greatly enhances the retention of protective elements within the surface. D3 | RENEW PROTECT BLAK also contains carbon black and is ideal for the restoration of faded black surfaces and rejuvenation of their protective properties.
Check out our how-to videos on our YouTube channel.
If you have any questions, let us know.
An online search quickly tells you that tire dry rot is a big and expensive problem. Top search inquiries include “How to keep tires from dry rotting”, “How to tell if tires are dry rotted”, “How long does it take for tires to dry rot?”, and “Protect tires from sun damage.”
D3 | RENEW PROTECT BLAK has become a favorite tire dry rot prevention product in the RV and golf cart industries. Get a permanent fix for rubber, plastic, and vinyl fading and cracking with D3 | RENEW PROTECT - BLAK and GLOZ, which supply copolymer essential elements that restore the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) composition of the surface. D3 | RENEW PROTECT also creates a dry-seal ozone and UV block with infused zinc and titanium oxides. This technology also serves to retard the 'blooming' and 'off-gassing' processes and greatly enhances the retention of protective elements within the surface. This dry seal also keeps surfaces much cleaner. D3 | RENEW PROTECT BLAK also contains a high level of carbon black. It is ideal for the restoration of faded black surfaces, because carbon black is a competitive UV absorber. D3 | RENEW PROTECT products are silicone-free, oil-free, and form a dry seal with no active petrochemical solvents.
Check out the how-to videos on our YouTube channel.