Richard's Top 3
Tire Dressing Tips


Go the extra mile. Three or four times a year, step-up your wheel cleaning game by claying to remove embedded contaminants and then sealing or waxing (synthetic wax preferred) the spokes and barrels to better shield your wheels against future brake dust accumulation. This makes your wheels easier to clean in the future.


Dial in the shine. Some tire dressings produce a satin finish initially but if you like a tire with more gloss, simply apply more coats. Other dressings provide more luster when applied to directly to the tire, less when applied to applicator and wiped on. You can knock the gloss of an aerosol down by wiping the tire with a towel after application. I encourage you to experiment with your dressing and get the perfect look for your tastes.


Got whitewalls? To clean whitewall stripes or lettering use our new Foaming Tire Cleaner. Apply a thick layer of foam and let it work its magic for three to five minutes. The foam will take on a brown hue, then rinse and dry the tire. For a deeper cleaning, agitate the foamed tire with an Ergo Wave Scrubber, Three-Finger Detail Mitts, or a toothbrush before rinsing and drying.

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