Thanks, guys, for making me feel older than dirt.
"China Black" comes up as a mid-90's Muzak-ish band and as a type of Chinese tea (pretty good -- I've had it before).
but it also comes up as "lampblack", aka "carbon black", aka "soot"
I suppose I could make my own, but then I'd be required to cast my own engine blocks and forge my own cranks as well.
OK, I contacted DuPont and asked if they still make the stuff. I sent the link to the image of the can so they couldn't deny they ever made it. And I suspect that they used "No. 7" as a product line name because of this: http://tinyurl.com/5pjbr3
It seems the No.7 product family -- the formulas, not the name -- was sold to Cyclo Chemical Corp of Los Angeles ( a subsidiary of Baxter International Inc. (http://www.baxter.com
) which also owns the Rally and Rain Dance brands that were formerly owned by Armor All. But there are some "No. 7" products that are actually manufactured by Tenneco Automotive (now Tenneco, Inc.) and the "No. 7" name was licensed by Tenneco from DuPont in 2004. (I got that info mostly from http://tinyurl.com/5jk5sd
. FYI, Tenneco also makes the Clevite, Monroe, Walker, DynoMax, and Kinetic brands. However, it appears that Tenneco only produces products using DuPont Teflon(tm), so "No. 7 Tire Black" is still MIA.
I also contacted Baxter/Cyclo and asked about "Tire Black".
Here's some more stuff:
Tire paint in purple, pink, red, green, orange and white. But no BLACK.
from the site, it looks like the product is based on the rubberized paint used for marking traffic lanes.
White, red and yellow paint pens for tires. But no BLACK.
AAA Tire Finishing Equipment and Supplies
9213 Melrose Ln.
New Orleans LA 70123
The number is disconnected and there is no current listing for them in the New Orleans area. I just included it in the interest of being thorough. Nothing comes up under a search for "tire finishing supplies".
I'll also check with some local used tire dealers on Monday. They probably use something similar to "Tire Black" to pimp out their used tires.