I remember being young and hearing stories about how people used to put Coca-Cola on their tires. There is nothing like having a set of nice tires to complement a clean vehicle. With that said, what’s the best product to use on your tires?
One of the most famous tire dressings on the market is Armor All – that famous can spray which goes on foamy and leave a wet-like shine.
Here is the reality. If the tire dressing comes in an aerosol can, it will do more harm than good. Yes, you heard me correctly.
Not only that, but any petroleum based tire product is not good for your tires. This is because a number of the substances used to allow the solution be to properly dispensed in an aerosol can are detrimental to the rubber that makes up your tires. What this does is it causes your tires develop cracks and to turn brown over time. Ultimately, this causes the tires to degrade prematurely and increases your replacement cost.
What other pitfalls occur by using aerosol tire dressing sprays?
Spraying tire dressing often causes overspray for on your wheels and fenders, which is far from ideal. On top of it all, if you drive your car the dressing is still wet, it will sling onto your car’s paint.
So now that we realize the ill effects of tire spray and certain dressings, what is the solution?
The best thing for dressing your tires is a water-based gel.
Water-based tire gel can be applied with a cloth or sponge applicator. The excellent thing is that it does not turn your tires brown or cause them to crack over time since it isn’t oil based, but water based instead.
There are a few good products on the market currently, and while I won’t suggest one particular brand over another, just be cautious to look for water-based products and then follow the instructions for the product. Applying two coats will make for a better, longer-lasting shine.
Alternatively, you can always rely on Kip’s Auto Detail to clean your car and make your tires and wheels sparkle! Call us today – we’d love to hear from you!
What brand of tire cleaning products do you use? What is your favorite method for cleaning tires and wheels on your ride?