How to Apply Tire Shine in 5 Easy Steps
March 19, 2015
Tire shine, also known as tire dressing, is a product that will give you exactly what the name promises – a shiny, new look to your tires. It is important to select a tire shine product that will not only add a shine to the tires but also expand their durability. Selecting a good product might be easy enough, but do you know how to apply tire shine? This process might seem grueling or intimidating, but by following our 5 step guide to DIY tire shine application, you will be able to easily detail your car tires like a professional.
It is extremely important to select a good tire shine product because the wrong one can damage the tires and wheels and shorten their lifespan. Tire shine can be purchased from a store or you can easily make your own. You can choose between a solvent-based or water-based product, but the latter has proven to be safer and more effective. If you wish to purchase a tire shine product, read our article on the top 5 best tire dressings which will help you make a choice.
How to Apply Tire Shine
Step 1 – Clean the tires properly
Using a suitable cleaning solution and cleaning equipment, remove all dust, dirt and grime from the tires. Simply hosing off the tires might not be sufficient because the above mentioned elements could be embedded deeply in the tires, and it is important that you remove them before applying tire shine.
Step 2 – Dry off the tires
Sponge off excess water from the tires and leave them to dry. Although some products can be applied on both wet and dry tires, professionals recommend you apply tire shine on dry tires because there is less chance of the product slinging, dripping, or flicking.
Step 3 – Apply tire shine
Make sure you give the instructions that come with the product a thorough read before applying it. Different products will come with different applicators. You have to be especially careful when using aerosol spray cans because the product can get into the brakes and damage them. Also, if you are using a solvent-based product, make sure you wear protective gloves while applying it.
Step 4 – Let the tire shine sit
The instructions that come with the product will most probably give you the duration, but for good measure leave it for about 10-20 minutes. Do not drive off in your car immediately because that will ruin all your work!
Step 5 – Wipe off the excess tire shine
Use a sponge to dab off the extra dressing on the tires. This step is important to prevent brake dust and other grime and dirt from clinging to the tires. Also note that properly cleaned tires will absorb tire shine easily so there will be less extra product to dab off.
That’s it! All that is left for you is to enjoy those revitalized tires. By following the easy guide above you can save money and complete the process in the comfort of your own home. Tire shine application is also offered by professional detailing services, in case you are pressed for time and/or believe your tires need professional care.
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