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Myths about retreading

Myths about retreading

The early days of retreading have created some false statements about retread quality, safety and performance.

It’s about time they are put to rest !

The rubber you see on the highways comes always from retreaded tyres

  • This is mostly the result of a blow-out caused by excessive heat through under inflation or overloading.
  • These pieces contain steel wires, which are not part of the tread.
  • Just like for new tyres, treads are vulcanized to casings, not “glued”.
  • This bonding is actually the strongest part of a tyre.

Retreads are not safe

  • These pieces contain steel wires, which are not part of the tread.
  • Quality new tyres are manufactured to be retreaded.
  • Only selected casings are used for retreading.
  • Retreading is a controlled process using high tech equipment.
  • Retreads are subject to similar conformity standards as new tyres (ECE 109).


“If you think retreads are unsafe, don’t fly! Nearly every major airline company equips their planes with retreads.”

Retreads perform less than new tyres

  • Bandag retreads often equal and/or exceed the mileage performance of new tyres.
  • The mileage performance of a tyre is of course influenced by many external factors like: application, load, route, road conditions, driving style, etc.
  • Choosing the right product for your specific conditions is key for achieving optimal mileage performance.

Retreads will save you money!

  • Well actually this one is right!
  • Since performance is similar and retread cost substantially less than new tyres, retreading is an effective way to lower your total tyre costs.