Tires are messy business, but just because it is dirty work does not mean there isn’t a way to circumvent most of the dust and debris and have them looking shinier than ever. What is fascinating about making tires sparkle is that there are so many different ‘word of mouth’ ways it can be accomplished. Some methods are old school, and some use state of the art cleaners being rolled out to auto stores now. So what are some of the ideas used?
“The best solution to bring out the character of every tire is using quality, professional grade tire solutions that are typically acrylic based. After cleaning the surface of the tire, apply the tire cleaner to a foam applicator pad”
Prep The Tires
Before any restorative solution is undergone, your tires should be washed as thoroughly as possible. Applying products to a dirty tire is not only counter-intuitive, it is a complete waste of time. Power washing tires is most effective, as the sheer force involved removes all the particles that have accumulated for months. If you do not have access to one of these units, garden hose spraying or a drive thru car wash will do. If you are serious about making the shine last, it is advantageous to have auto detailers complete the process from beginning to end.
Pledge is an old method that is making a comeback among auto enthusiasts. Pledge, or similar cleaners like it, are primarily based to clean and coat furniture. The reason some people use them on tires is because it leaves a finish less greasy than some detergents specializing in tire shine. Opponents to Pledge state that sometimes it can make tires crack, but this is not a frequent occurrence.
Shoe polish has been used for years, particularly because it makes tires appear jet black. This polish is only a temporary solution and does not work well for the long haul. Additionally, because it is not designed with tires in mind, it does not have restorative properties that professional cleaners incorporate.
Baby Oil, Water, Dish Soap
This is a homemade recipe that makes tires shine dramatically with the use of the baby oil. Similar to the furniture cleaner and shoe polish, it is one that will only highlight your tire, not encapsulate the sparkle. That being said, it is the most inexpensive of all alternatives, and can be whipped up in minutes from components added around the house. Castor oil can also be used in place of baby oil, but its application must be used with a damp cloth. Castor oil also needs the tire to be primed with alcohol beforehand. This guarantees that the oil’s shine will linger.
Tire Coating And Wax
The best solution to bring out the character of every tire is using quality, professional grade tire solutions that are typically acrylic based. After cleaning the surface of the tire, apply the tire cleaner to a foam applicator pad. A microfiber towel can be used, but this is not ideal because you will likely have to throw it out afterward. Generously rub in the solution until you see a faint reflection in the tire. Using tire cleaners that are cleared by experts are fantastic because they not only restore, but they seal as well. The coat is designed to make the tire look wet and right out of the car wash no matter how long you have been driving.
Making tires shine depends on your budget, but using pro auto detailers will guarantee you can match the highest grade solution with your particular type of tire. Experts also know how frequently to apply the solution to make sure your tires never lose their gloss, color or appeal.