In this video, the professional detailer talks about how "low-odor" solvent-based tire dressings can harden rubber hosing.
He goes on to say:
"I don't want this stuff on my tire if it makes rubber - y'know - that hard."
I don't question the ability for this stuff to harden rubber hoses in his vat since the stuff is continuously exposed to high concentrations of the chemical.
But I do wonder if his statement is applicable to tires in the real world for a few reasons:
- he is out to market his water-based product, so there is a potential for conflict of interest
- the solvent applied will eventually wear off the tire, unlike the rubber hose in his example, so the effect of the chemical reaction is somehow diluted
- there are several commercial products that fall under this category which are not outlawed (to my knowledge) by international regulations
- I have never seen a tire turn rock-solid due to extensive use of tire dressing