White To Yellow..boot woes.

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10/3/2017 3:03 AM

Damn these white boots! lol
Anything I can put on these to make them white again? They're pretty bad.
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"Nothing happens until something moves"

10/3/2017 3:10 AM

Have you tried simple green? Take your wife's tooth brush and scrub like hell after spraying some of that green magic on it.

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10/3/2017 3:16 AM

I have..
Tried simple green, and some kind of bleach cleaner I found in the cupboard.
Maybe the missing link was the wife's toothbrush! devil

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"Nothing happens until something moves"

10/3/2017 3:42 AM

Scotch brite? I use it with soap and water every time I clean my white boots and they still look new

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10/3/2017 3:50 AM

3M headlight lens restoration kit

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10/3/2017 4:07 AM

Mr. Clean, Magic Eraser.

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10/3/2017 4:16 AM

They look like they were cooked out in the sun.

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10/3/2017 4:24 AM

I think the secret is to keep them white, simple green every ride, Mr. Clean, all the tricks, but once they go yellow there's no going back.

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10/3/2017 4:43 AM

rmoto003 wrote:

Scotch brite? I use it with soap and water every time I clean my white boots and they still look new

Scotch brite/SOS pad with Dawn and get after like he said!!!

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10/3/2017 5:11 AM

I always had good luck with Bleach White.

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10/3/2017 5:18 AM

m.hardesty16 wrote:

They look like they were cooked out in the sun.

Yes, the plastic has yellowed from UV exposure, plus red clay dirt.
I don't keep them outside in the sun, they've only been exposed through riding.
I'm not sure there's anything I can do with them.
The Scotch Brite pad, I'll try.
The headlight restorer sounds interesting.

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"Nothing happens until something moves"

10/3/2017 5:22 AM

Step1: Box up yellowed A-Stars and drop them off at a Goodwill outlet.

Step2: Order new Sidi Crossfires.



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10/3/2017 5:24 AM

JAFO92 wrote:

Step1: Box up yellowed A-Stars and drop them off at a Goodwill outlet.

Step2: Order new Sidi Crossfires.



or sg 12s but either way x2.

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10/3/2017 5:29 AM

Shout

I use it on my bike and my boots - whitens my husky plastics and white boots.... and is really cheap plus doesnt dull everything.

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10/3/2017 5:47 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/3/2017 5:47 AM

You can get white shoe polish/dye for the leather. Use soft scrub or comet on a fine scuff pad or stiff brush for the plastic, then when dry go over the leather with the dye.

Unfortunately white boots are an uphill battle. I thought I kept mine nice and white until I finally got a new pair and had them side by side...

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10/3/2017 5:48 AM

JAFO92 wrote:

Step1: Box up yellowed A-Stars and drop them off at a Goodwill outlet.

Step2: Order new Sidi Crossfires.



NP301 wrote:

or sg 12s but either way x2.

Downgrades x1000.

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10/3/2017 5:57 AM

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10/3/2017 5:58 AM

m.hardesty16 wrote:

They look like they were cooked out in the sun.

tempura wrote:

Yes, the plastic has yellowed from UV exposure, plus red clay dirt.
I don't keep them outside in the sun, they've only been exposed through riding.
I'm not sure there's anything I can do with them.
The Scotch Brite pad, I'll try.
The headlight restorer sounds interesting.

Not sure what type of Bleach cleaner you may have used but Bleach can actually in some instances sort of brown/ yellow stain certain compounds, materials and plastics rather than whiten..
You would think when you 'bleach' something it may whiten it but this is not always the case and you may actually stain it to a browny yellow shade, similar to the staining in your picture- or if not that then an off/ not so good shade of white.

In UK we have this thick type bleach stuff that often we put down toilets and it is pretty strong, this is the type that can sort of stain it darker in particular. People often think if they use this type of bleach, being quite strong it will work really well but is not always the case.

As you say also UV may have played a part as well as the possible effect of the bleach or both combined even. To me that looks more extreme than just UV and the bleach may have actually had this effect or contributed to it further.

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Always was an excellent rider ...... at crashing usually

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10/3/2017 6:03 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/3/2017 6:05 AM

a22 wrote:

Not sure what type of Bleach cleaner you may have used but Bleach can actually in some instances sort of brown/ yellow stain certain compounds, materials and plastics rather than whiten..
You would think when you 'bleach' something it may whiten it but this is not always the case and you may actually stain it to a browny yellow shade, similar to the staining in your picture- or if not that then an off/ not so good shade of white.

In UK we have this thick type bleach stuff that often we put down toilets and it is pretty strong, this is the type that can sort of stain it darker in particular. People often think if they use this type of bleach, being quite strong it will work really well but is not always the case.

As you say also UV may have played a part as well as the possible effect of the bleach or both combined even. To me that looks more extreme than just UV and the bleach may have actually had this effect or contributed to it further.

No, the type of bleach cleaner I tried on them had absolutely no effect. I tried it today for the first time.
They were yellow before and the same after I tried it.

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"Nothing happens until something moves"

10/3/2017 6:16 AM

Ok- wonder of the red clay dirt you speak of maybe has played a big part?
Its odd- on the the foot part with the black sort of inserts, the staining is more extreme than anywhere else- wonder if the red clay dirt has kind of laid trapped in there and actually had the effect of dyeing the boot? Its odd how that part seems the worse of all and that more dirt may have built up in there.Yep- maybe as you say its solely(scuse the pun) the UV and the red dirt.
Think that certain dirts/ clay pigments can act as dyes or even be used to make paints and dyes themselves, like Ochre very much.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ochre

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Always was an excellent rider ...... at crashing usually

Moto Aspes, you know you want one

10/3/2017 6:19 AM

Never seen that happen...but then in the UK we don't have to worry about UV damage quite so much!!

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10/3/2017 6:32 AM

That a reason why never had white /yellow/ boots

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10/3/2017 6:32 AM

a22 wrote:

Not sure what type of Bleach cleaner you may have used but Bleach can actually in some instances sort of brown/ yellow stain certain compounds, materials and plastics rather than whiten..
You would think when you 'bleach' something it may whiten it but this is not always the case and you may actually stain it to a browny yellow shade, similar to the staining in your picture- or if not that then an off/ not so good shade of white.

In UK we have this thick type bleach stuff that often we put down toilets and it is pretty strong, this is the type that can sort of stain it darker in particular. People often think if they use this type of bleach, being quite strong it will work really well but is not always the case.

As you say also UV may have played a part as well as the possible effect of the bleach or both combined even. To me that looks more extreme than just UV and the bleach may have actually had this effect or contributed to it further.

The bad patches around the black has actually become an orange colour. Gotta be dirt stain and UV, I guess.

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"Nothing happens until something moves"

10/3/2017 6:39 AM

heat will do the same so if they are in a shed or out building, put them inside the house. I have white tech 8 "tech series" and they look great.

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10/3/2017 6:40 AM

Yea- bet your red dirt has a load of red pigment in it that has actually dyed the boot.
Wonder if you could gentle vapour blast em?! Or even try some sort of white dye to re-dye them?

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Always was an excellent rider ...... at crashing usually

Moto Aspes, you know you want one

10/3/2017 6:50 AM

ga_pike wrote:

I always had good luck with Bleach White.

I have also had good success with bleche white tire cleaner. I've also used it to clean up grungy white plastics on the bike.

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10/3/2017 7:50 AM

I've had Fox white boots and they turned fairly fast. Now my Gearnes are changing but they are over a year old, Maybe 2.

Like stated above, if you buy white boots and ride dirt bikes you gotta expect it to an extent. Just like white riding gear...devil

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10/3/2017 8:41 AM

They want you to buy new ones!

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10/3/2017 8:52 AM

i've used soft scrub and a brush for years with good results on white boots. every few rides hit them hard, simple green on the rides inbetween.

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10/3/2017 9:03 AM

I had a crash once and left a fairly new pair of tech 10s dirty in the van for a few months. I used dish soap and green scotchbrite pads. Also several magic erasers. Took a shit load of elbow grease but I was able to get them back to looking good. I was at a red clay track and it was raining that day so the boots where covered and then left in the van during summer heat.

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