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Tire Shine Round-Up




Over the past few years I have experimented with several Tire Shine products and the following are some of my recent favorites.

The Armor All Extreme Tire Shine Gel was one my first go to tire shine products. I decided to give it a try after reading the positive feedback on Autopia.
It is a gel based tire dressing and works great for those who prefer a very glossy tire shine; the level of gloss can be customized by how many applications you do.
The gel is applied with a foam applicator with a special slit that runs in the center where you apply the gel.

What impressed me the most about this product was the durability. It would often last me an easy 2 weeks plus, even during a few rain storms.

Unfortunately I would witness a slight browning of the tire after 3 weeks. A downside to the durability is the cleanup. If you go without cleaning your tires after a month, the residue can stick to the tire in between the cracks and the lettering.
It can be somewhat difficult to clean up, so you will need to resort to using an Acid based cleaner or an aggressive APC(All Purpose Cleaner).


Here are few pictures on how it looked, as you can see it has very glossy look but to some it might look greasy looking.






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In the past year I have read good reviews about the Surf City Products, most notably their Hot Rod Protective Quick Detailer (good stuff).
This lead me to try out their other products like their Beyond Black Tire Pro.

It's a water based tire spray and it's marketed for making tires look blacker.

I was immediately impressed by how easy it was to apply. I would simply spray a clean cloth and apply it to the tire. The tire spray has a blue tint and a very pleasant smell to it. It's also non-greasy unlike the AA gel.

Durability was actually pretty good and could last me up to two weeks. Not quite as long lasting as the AA tire shine though.

I became a big fan of the look I was able to achieve though. It leaves more of a matte sheen that you often see on new tires.

Here are few pictures of how it looks:








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Most recently I came across the Vinyl and Rubber Care spray from Autoglym.


Autoglym has a very extensive lineup of detailing products originating from the UK; but so far I've only had the opportunity to try their Rubber Care spray and their Rapid Detailer.
I just want to note that their Vinyl and Rubber Spray is actually marketed as an interior cleaning and shine spray. It works great for dashboards and interior body panels; but I experimented in using it as tire spray and I have to say I'm actually very satisfied.

It applies just as easy as the SC Black tire pro spray and has a nice citrus smell.

The durability is the weakest of the group lasting me about a week and a half.

The look of the tire actually falls in line with the SC product and looks pretty similar. It does have that matte look, but I found that it has a slightly better shine than the SC spray.

Here is how it looks:









So my favorite?

I have to say it's a tie right now between the SC and the Autoglym spray. I alternate between the two whenever I wash my car.



Again note that the level of shine can be customized by the number of applications, but the above pictures were from me applying about two coats.

Prep is key, so make sure to completely clean the tire surface before applying a tire dressing.



How have your experiences been with the other tire products on the market?
Would like to read your feedback on the other tire dressing out there.


Thanks for looking.
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nice pics and info there.
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Re: Tire Shine Round-Up

Good review, I'll have to experiment with those when I can.


Personally I use Black Magic's Tire Wet:

(Black Magic Car Care Products - Black Magic Tire Wet).


I just washed my car yesterday and I guarantee that the shine it give will last until my next wash, easy. I apply it either by spraying onto a rag or spraying on the tire itself. Which can make a difference. For my best results I apply to a rag and do 2 applications. This provides a slightly glossy matte finish, and after a day or 2 of driving chills to a good clean matte, which is exactly what I like.

This is still my first tire shine, and when I run out of this bottle I'm sure I'll experiment around, but honestly I'm perfectly happy with it and would recommend it to any of my friends...
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Re: Tire Shine Round-Up

I personally havent tried the tyre pro stuff or the autoglym. I use the armor all gel stuff and i realy like the shine it gives my tires. I hate the mess it leaves after about 2 weeks. I go to biglots and buy some rags for cheap and have to spend atleast 5 minutes per tire to get all the crap off before i can shine them again. Your last 2 products dont realy look like they leave a high gloss shine like the armor all. Maybe its just the wrong angle for the pics but i duno. I have tried the black magic stuff that Lazer posted and i think its pretty decent, although i havent tried it by applying it to a rag first. I have tried some Turtle wax aerosol spray and i think it sucks bad. It didnt keep my tires shining for more than 2 days.
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nice pics and info there.
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No problem at all. Just wanted to provide a little feedback on some of what I tried.

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Good review, I'll have to experiment with those when I can.


Personally I use Black Magic's Tire Wet:

(Black Magic Car Care Products - Black Magic Tire Wet).


I just washed my car yesterday and I guarantee that the shine it give will last until my next wash, easy. I apply it either by spraying onto a rag or spraying on the tire itself. Which can make a difference. For my best results I apply to a rag and do 2 applications. This provides a slightly glossy matte finish, and after a day or 2 of driving chills to a good clean matte, which is exactly what I like.

This is still my first tire shine, and when I run out of this bottle I'm sure I'll experiment around, but honestly I'm perfectly happy with it and would recommend it to any of my friends...
Good deal Lazer. Thanks for providing your thoughts on the BM Tire Wet spray. I'll have to check into it.

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I personally havent tried the tyre pro stuff or the autoglym. I use the armor all gel stuff and i realy like the shine it gives my tires. I hate the mess it leaves after about 2 weeks. I go to biglots and buy some rags for cheap and have to spend atleast 5 minutes per tire to get all the crap off before i can shine them again. Your last 2 products dont realy look like they leave a high gloss shine like the armor all. Maybe its just the wrong angle for the pics but i duno. I have tried the black magic stuff that Lazer posted and i think its pretty decent, although i havent tried it by applying it to a rag first. I have tried some Turtle wax aerosol spray and i think it sucks bad. It didnt keep my tires shining for more than 2 days.
You are right about the AA tire gel; it provides the most shine of the three if you prefer the wet look. The cleanup can be a pain like you mentioned.

The last two have a more toned down look.

Thanks for your feedback on TW spray.
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Re: Tire Shine Round-Up

I use the Black Magic Titanium Matte Tire Finish. Basically just darkens the tires to look very deep and rich without all of the gloss and greasiness.



Black Magic Car Care Products - Titanium Matte Tire Finish


Love this stuff. I usually apply it every other wash to keep that rich dark look. Never slings sh!t everywhere like other shines will and doesnt pick up particles and brake dust off of the roads either. I apply it by spraying onto a sponge applicator then just swipe it right onto the tires. Dries very quickly.

Not the best pic but you get the point. This was taken the day after I applied the product.
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I use the Black Magic Titanium Matte Tire Finish. Basically just darkens the tires to look very deep and rich without all of the gloss and greasiness.



Black Magic Car Care Products - Titanium Matte Tire Finish


Love this stuff. I usually apply it every other wash to keep that rich dark look. Never slings sh!t everywhere like other shines will and doesnt pick up particles and brake dust off of the roads either. I apply it by spraying onto a sponge applicator then just swipe it right onto the tires. Dries very quickly.

Not the best pic but you get the point. This was taken the day after I applied the product.

Looks like some good stuff 1BadBB6.

I also prefer a semi-gloss matte finish and no-slinging is a must. I can confirm that the water based Surf City and Autoglym sprays do not sling as well.

The Armor All will not sling if applied lightly on the sidewall, but its best to be cautious to not over-apply it on the edge of the tread.



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thanks, yea me neither but it will be awhile.
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Well written, thanks for posting all that mate.

Oh, and I love the new sigs Kev!

Have you got access to any of the ingredient lists? I'm particularly finicky about using any product which contains silicone, and I know that amour all use it in practically every other product they have (in all seriousness silicone is the core ingredient in most of their interior products).

But I'll def give the AutoGlym product a try when my Meguires Hot Shine runs out (AutoGlym is easier to get here than surf city gear). The hot shine is applied as a gel, and my review of that reads similar to your review of the armour all - looks great for 2 weeks but turns to crap afterwards. The hot shine also tends to run a bit if you drive straight after applying it.
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Well written, thanks for posting all that mate.

Oh, and I love the new sigs Kev!

Have you got access to any of the ingredient lists? I'm particularly finicky about using any product which contains silicone, and I know that amour all use it in practically every other product they have (in all seriousness silicone is the core ingredient in most of their interior products).

But I'll def give the AutoGlym product a try when my Meguires Hot Shine runs out (AutoGlym is easier to get here than surf city gear). The hot shine is applied as a gel, and my review of that reads similar to your review of the armour all - looks great for 2 weeks but turns to crap afterwards. The hot shine also tends to run a bit if you drive straight after applying it.
Thanks Brash.

I checked the SC and AG bottles and didn't see an ingredient list.
Definitely look into AG's dedicated tire spray and let us know how it is.
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definitely going to try this, I just use water and sponge to clean mine up aha
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surf city for the win! that is an awesome product!!!!
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Yes sir! Its my clear favorite now and the durability is pretty darn good isn't?

The autoglym spray is my go to product for my dash and interior though.
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Works well and is very easy to apply. Only thing I dont like about it is that it can get messy. I would give it a 7/10



This kind of tire shine is my favorite since the bottle lasts a very long time, applying it is extremely easy since its not messy and very accurate. I would give it a 10/10 as Ive seen it change completely brown tires into nice and fresh in a few wipes
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I use black magic; I like it a lot it stays looking kind of wet at first but by the next day it's more matte and I like this tire shine. I use a tire shine pad/sponge thing, spray it on there, and it's very easy to apply cleanly
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