Audiences never see faded tires during a car show. Jet black tires act like the border of a painting– they enhance the art. The best part? It really doesn’t take much time or effort.
Wheels and tires determine a vehicle’s overall appearance. Like a dry-aged filet mignon served on a dirty plate, grimey wheels and dusty tires undermine even the best wash and wax jobs.
Want your tires to look like they came off a show car? Fausnight offers the following tips and suggestions for dressing your tires.
- Start with clean, dry tires. The tire dressing will adhere better, last longer than otherwise, and look better.
- Know your base.
- *Water-based: Spritz some onto the tires and then wipe it evenly across the surface with a rag. You may need to reapply it every couple of days, depending on the weather.
- *Silicone: Similar application process as above, though it will last longer—maybe a week or more—and produce a slicker, shinier surface.
- *Gel: Applied with a sponge for precise spot treatments. This method also eliminates the potential of overspray on the driveway, wheels or paint.
- Give it some time. Let the dressing dry for at least an hour, or overnight with certain applications. Wet or gloppy tire dressing may fling off the tires and onto the outer edges of your car’s underbody while you’re driving.
- Wet wax dressings produce the longest-lasting wet-look shine (eight to ten weeks).