Since cleaning wheels is more involved (and more sloppy) than dressing tires, wheels should be washed before you detail your tires.
Don’t reach for the dressing straight away; first use a rubber cleaner or prep product and a scrub brush to remove dirt, grime and any residual dressing from the tire.
Next is an optional tip that you can use to keep the rubber looking good even when the dressing wears away. Apply a product like Griot’s Garage Tire Rejuvenator as a base coat and the dressing as a finishing coat.
Dressing a tire is all about the luster. The type of dressing you use will determine the finish you get. Thick, silicon-based Long-Lasting Tire Dressing produces a nice, satin finish for a natural rubber look. If you like a glossy tire, simply apply additional coats. Vinyl & Rubber Dressing also creates a satin sheen and its added UV protection makes it great for interior plastics, trim and door seals as well as tires.
Going for big-time shine? High-Gloss Dressing has UV protection but adds a higher finishing sheen than Vinyl & Rubber Dressing.
Bottom line: Do your tire prep properly, choose your level of shine, employ these tips, and you’ll be rewarded with a pristine finish that lasts and lasts.
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