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21 Best Tire Shines the Pros Want to Keep Secret. Shhhhh…

Many car owners overlook their tires when cleaning or detailing their cars. On the other hand, car dealers rarely make that mistake because they know just how much a set of shiny, fresh-looking tires can enhance a car’s look.

When well primed, your tires can make your car look newer than it actually is. There are many tire shine products on the market, and they all claim to deliver extraordinary results. This article will explore some tire shine products that the best car detailers often rank as the best tire shine products for your money.

#1: Torque Detail Graphene Tire Shine

The brand new, latest and greatest in car care technology is Torque Detail’s very own Graphene Tire Shine.

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Our first product, Graphene Burst was a massive hit! Our customers loved it. It’s a steel-strong protective coating for you car that brings incredible shine in minutes.

You can only imagine our customers’ reaction to when we brought the same strong graphene technology to tire detailing.

Graphene Tire Spray provides the longest lasting shine and protection on the tire care market.

#2: Torque Detail High-Gloss Tire Shine

First on this list is the Torque Detail High-Gloss Tire Shine Spray bottle, and with good reason. This all-in-one solution will restore your tires in record time and without costing you an arm and a leg. It is designed to deliver a black matte sheen - much like that of new tires. It also leaves a protection layer that will repel water and dirt while also shielding your tires from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The folks at Torque Detail also infused this product with sealing agents that close gaps or imperfections while combating dry rotting.     

The Torque Detail High-Gloss Tire Shine Spray is more of a tire dressing product than it is a tire cleaner, so clean your tires before applying this product for the best results. Just spray the product onto your tires, give it 5-7 minutes to soak into the tires, and then gently dab off excess fluid from the surfaces of your tires.

#3: Chemical Guys V.R.P. Vinyl, Rubber and Plastic Protectant

The Chemical Guys V.R.P. Vinyl, Rubber and Plastic Protectant is a water-based creme dressing that will both nourish and protect your car’s tires. This non-greasy detailer will penetrate your tires’ fibers and rejuvenate them, causing them to restore their color and strength. It will also leave a layer of protection that will block the sun’s rays, thus arresting any fading or cracking. This product is also safe to use plastic, vinyl or rubber trim to double-up as an interior detailing product.  

When applying this product, start by cleaning your tires using your preferred car wash soap. After that, squeeze a small amount onto a foam applicator and gently rub it into your tires. When you are done, buff off any excess product using a microfiber towel.

#4: Meguiar's Hot Shine Tire Foam

The Meguiar's Hot Shine Tire Foam is exceptionally easy to use. It will nourish and shine your tires in one convenient, hands-off step. Just spray it onto your tires and let it seep in. The thick, active foam will dry up to reveal a deep, black shiny coat with conditioners and water-resistant polymers that will enrich the fibers of your tires to keep them looking new. In ideal driving conditions, this UV-protectant layer will last for several weeks. This product is also designed to function as a tire dresser, so you have to clean your tires before using them for the best results.

Worth noting, however, is that when it gets onto your wheels, it will leave a messy, oily residue. Therefore, do your best to restrict it to your tires. The Meguiar's Hot Shine Tire Foam also does not last as long as many competing products.

#5: Meguiar's G7516 Endurance Tire Gel

As its name suggests, the Meguiar's G7516 Endurance Tire Gel is a long-lasting gel that can hold up to inclement weather or regular washes for weeks, even months. It delivers a wet, rich, high-gloss shine that will make your tires look fresher or newer. Also, according to Meguiar's, that oil-based, thick, rich gel will not run, overspray, or drip, so the product will not get onto your car’s paint.        

The Meguiar's G7516 Endurance Tire Gel is formulated with synthetic polymers that will form a shiny, protective layer over your tires. This layer will fend off the negative effects of the sun and will also keep your tires from browning.

#6: Stoner Car Care 91094 More Shine Tire Finish

As tire shine sprays go, the Stoner Car Care 91094 More Shine Tire Finish is ranked among the better offerings on the market. That may have something to do with the fact that Stoner Car Care has over 75 years of experience in developing car care products. According to Stoner Car Care, this product enables you to dress your tires in seconds - 15 seconds per tire, to be precise.

When sprayed, it dries clear, so it won’t sling, attract dirt, or require you to follow up with a wipe-down. It also does not leave unsightly residue, but just a fresh, glossy shine. The more coats you will apply, the glossier your tires will be.

#7: Black Magic 5072647 Tire Wet Gel

If you are going for a wet and glossy finish, the Black Magic Tire Wet Gel will serve you well. This thick gel leaves a weather-resistant, deep black coating that lasts for weeks. Also, its advanced silicone formula is designed to fill in scratches and scuff marks, so it may make your tires look newer. When applying, pour the gel onto the applicator that comes with the package and gently dab different points on your tire sidewalls before rubbing the gel into the surface.  

However, this product is quite sticky, which means that it can attract a fair amount of dirt in a short while. Also, it can sling considerably when not left to dry well.

#8: Carfidant Ultimate Tire Shine Spray - Tire Dressing & Protectant Kit

With the Carfidant Ultimate Tire Shine Spray, you can also control the amount of shine your tires get. Just one coat will give your tires a light, natural shine, but every additional coat will make them glossier. Also, thanks to its synthetic-polymer formula, this product does well in the protection department, offering commendable UV-ray and road grime protection.  

You can spray the product directly onto the tires or spray it onto a foam/cloth applicator and then rub it into the sidewalls of your tires. It does not sling and is not greasy.

Deep rich jet black tire shine that lasts
JET BLACK SHINE For 1+ Months

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#9: TriNova Tire Shine Spray

The TriNova Tire Shine Spray also checks all the boxes regarding the deliverables you would expect from a good quality spray-on tire dressing, e.g., a high-gloss shine, UV-ray protection, dirt and road grime repulsion, long-lasting effect, and ease of use. Its advanced formula of synthetics will set into your tires to form a protective layer that will guard against fading, cracking or yellowing. Also, when it dries fully, it leaves a non-stick coating that will not attract dirt, so it will also prevent browning.  

When applying, spray evenly onto the sidewalls of your car’s tires and let it sit until it dries. If you are going for a low or medium shine, wipe off any excess fluid from your tires after 15 minutes. The longer the product will sit on your tires, the deeper the shine it will deliver.

#10: Chemical Guys TVD11316 Tire Kicker Sprayable Extra Glossy Tire Shine

The Chemical Guys Tire Kicker Sprayable Extra Glossy Tire Shine is a water-based tire dresser, so it will not leave a greasy residue on tires or wheels. It penetrates deep to enrich tire fibers and restore color, thus restoring a brand new look. Its deep, wet shine lasts for weeks and does not cause browning because it does not attract dirt; it finishes dry to the touch.

A plus that you get with this product is that you can use it on plastic, vinyl or leather surfaces. Therefore, you can also use it to clean side mirrors, plastic fender/bumper trim, and most interior surfaces. The Chemical Guys Tire Kicker Sprayable Extra Glossy Tire Shine is also an effective UV-ray blocker.  

According to Chemical Guys, the best way to apply this product is by spraying it onto a foam applicator and rubbing it deep into the sidewalls of your tires. After that, buff off any excess fluid using a microfiber towel, and let it sit for at least 15 minutes.

#11: Adam’s Tire Shine

Adam’s Tire Shine is a silicone-based tire dressing that also delivers a rich, wet look. The product is easy to use, and just a little goes a long way. It dries to the touch in a matter of minutes, so it will not sling. However, do your best to keep it off your wheels or fenders because it may leave an oily residue. Adam’s Polishes folks have designed this product to work especially well on bigger tires with large/aggressive tread blocks. The product penetrates such tread blocks effectively, adding a deep shine to all their intricate surfaces.    

This product also lasts long; its hydrophobic properties will keep repelling water, dirt, and road grime for weeks. It also has a Banana Taffy scent that you are sure to like.

When applying, spray the product onto your tires and leave them to dry for 15-30 minutes. Then wipe down the tires using a microfiber towel.

#12: Car Guys Tire Shine

The Car Guys Tire Shine also offers great all-around value. It delivers a high-gloss shine and a restored look, and when allowed to fully dry, it will not sling. The more coats you will apply, the glossier your tires will get. In addition, its active synthetic polymer additive is purposefully formulated to form a strong UV-ray-resistant shield over tire rubber, so you can count on it to prevent drying, fading, or cracking for a long time. Its synthetic compounds do not damage rubber or cause it to change color with time, so you can use it liberally on your tires over extended periods. Also worth noting is the fact that it dries to the touch. It will not collect dirt and dust and also does a great job of repelling water.    

When applying Car Guys Tire Shine, you can spray it onto a foam applicator and then rub it into your tire’s sidewalls. Alternatively, you can spray directly onto your tires. In both cases, leave it to air dry for the best results.

#13: Meguiar's G190315 Ultimate Insane Shine Tire Coating

The Meguiar's Ultimate Insane Shine Tire Coating succeeds in delivering convenience and ease of use in tire dressing thanks to its advanced resin technology and its purposefully designed aerosol can. Its effective synthetic polymer formula delivers a high-gloss tire shine and a soaking-wet look with just one application. This formula will also protect your tires from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays, so it will also keep your tires from fading or cracking. When applying, just spray directly onto your tires’ sidewalls and walk away. The aerosol will squirt just enough product to enable you to get the job done in just one round, but you can add as many coats as you please.  

Worth noting, however, is that this product tends to sling, so you may not want to apply too much of it. Also, to limit the slinging, wipe down your tires with a microfiber towel a few minutes after applying the product.

#14: Armor All 78004 Extreme Tire Shine

The Armor All Extreme Tire Shine delivers in terms of giving your tires an extremely wet look. It has been infused with conditioners and gloss enhancers to restore color to your tires while adding a shiny coating that will last for weeks. Also included in its proprietary formula are UV-ray blockers, so it will also protect your tires from any fading, cracking, drying, or discoloration associated with the effects of the sun.  

However, this product can sling off onto your car’s paint if not given enough time to dry. Armor All recommends a 15-minute wait, but 30 minutes or more will be a safer bet. Also, this product’s unfavorable spray nozzle design may frustrate your efforts to spray your tires evenly.

The product is also easy to apply. While holding the bottle 4-6 inches away from your tire, spray liberally onto your tire’s sidewalls and leave to dry.

#15: Turtle Wax T217RA Wet'n Black Ultra Wet Tire Shine

The Turtle Wax Wet'n Black Ultra Wet Tire Shine delivers on what it promises, i.e., a wet, deep-black shine. It has been formulated with a proprietary synthetic polymer formula to bring out the rich, black color your tires had when new. This product also benefits from conditioners that will revitalize your tire rubber, making it fresher and healthier than before. It will also leave a UV-ray-resistant film on your tires that will prevent drying, fading, or cracking.

The Turtle Wax Wet'n Black Ultra Wet Tire Shine is also easy to apply. Just spray it on evenly and leave it to dry. It has very light viscosity and a white tint that disappears as it dries out. Avoid spraying it onto your wheels as it may leave an oily residue. Also, give it ample time to dry to avoid any slinging.

#16: Lucas Oil 10513 Slick Mist Tire and Trim Shine

The Lucas Slick Mist Tire & Trim Shine is a water-based tire dresser, so overspray will not be a problem because it will not leave an oily residue. It effectively delivers a like-new shine while restoring color and health to tires. The more coats you will spray, the more shine you will achieve.

Another great thing about this product is that you can also use it on plastic or vinyl surfaces, so it can double-up as an exterior or interior trim dresser. The Lucas Slick Mist Tire & Trim Shine has also been infused with UV blockers that will keep your tires from cracking or fading when exposed to the sun.    

Also, like most other water-based tire dressers, it does not sling. It dries to the touch and does not attract dirt or debris.

#17: Mothers 16915 Speed Tire Shine

The Mothers 16915 Speed Tire Shine is also a favorite among auto detailers. Its unique silicone formula utilizes advanced micro-emulsion resin technology, which yields a tough, long-lasting UV-ray-resistant protective layer and a high-gloss finish. When applied, the product penetrates deep into tire rubber to enrich its fibers. As a result, it achieves a restored, like-new look.

Mothers 16915 Speed Tire Shine also does not sling or run, nor does it cause tires to turn brown. However, you should not let it get onto your wheels because it may leave an unsightly residue. It has also been said to etch and discolor wheels.

#18: No Touch (NT21-6-6PK) 'Tire Shine' Original Tire Care

The No Touch 'Tire Shine' Original Tire Care is a bit different from many of the spray-on tire dressers on this list because it is also designed to clean tires. It will clean, shine, and protect your tires in one step, so you will not have to clean your tires before applying it. It contains active synthetic agents that will soften and lift dirt from the surfaces of your tires while leaving a protective barrier and a rich, satin finish. In addition to blocking the sun’s UV rays, this barrier will also repel dirt and moisture.

This product will spray onto your tires as a thick white foam that will leave a low-gloss shine as it dries.

#19: Cristal Products CRI-107-C Untouchable Wet Tire Finish

You can also count on the Cristal Products Untouchable Wet Tire Finish to deliver a deep, wet look and a high-gloss shine. This spray-and-walk-away product contains a silicone-based formula designed to penetrate deep into tire fiber to deliver the best results. It provides a deep shine that can last up to 10 days, and it also offers commendable protection from dirt, road grime, and the sun’s rays. The high-gloss shine it provides will improve with each coat.  

Also, this product’s aerosol can lets out a wide band of spray, so it will enable you to cover the sidewalls of your tires with few passes. According to Cristal Products, this product can shine up to 24 tires.

#20: Griot's Garage 10938 Black Shine Tire & Trim Coating

As its name suggests, the Griot's Garage 10938 Black Shine Tire & Trim Coating can be used on both tires and exterior/interior trim. It is purposefully designed for black surfaces and delivers a deep, high-gloss shine with just a small amount of product. It also lasts long; it can withstand multiple washes and even rainfall. It also does not run or streak.

Also, this product’s spray can is designed to produce a steady and precise spray pattern to achieve minimal overspray and reduce the number of passes you need to make to cover your tires.

The only major downside with this product is that it may sling onto your car’s paintwork when you use too much of it.

#21: Rust-Oleum Wipe-New Blazing Wet Tire Shine

The Rust-Oleum Wipe-New Blazing Wet Tire Shine is yet another aggressive, spray-on tire dresser that guarantees a ‘blazing wet’ shine and a richer, blacker tire color. It is applied in one easy step, and it dries to the touch in a matter of minutes, so there is no need to wipe off the product. You can also count on this product’s durability, even with regular washes or rainfall. This is because its advanced synthetic formula will bond firmly to your tire surfaces to shield them from the sun, dirt, and harsh chemicals.

To avoid slinging, though, apply just enough product and wait at least 30 minutes for it to dry.

Deep rich jet black tire shine that lasts
JET BLACK SHINE For 1+ Months

Quit applying cheap tire products week after week! Graphene Tire Shine uses graphene; a mineral 200X stronger than steel for the longest lasting shine & protection on the market.
★★★★★ "Graphene Burst BLOWS ME AWAY! Applied a month or more ago. Still sparkles like a diamond in bright sunshine!" - Mike J.

RESTORE TIRES

Summary

As a rule, tire dressers ought to be applied to clean tire surfaces (even the tire dressers that are said to have cleaning capabilities). That way, you are more assured of excellent results.

All the above products offer great value. Ultimately, the look you are going for, the level of convenience and protection you desire, and the amount of money you are willing to spend will influence the choice you will make. Spray-on tire dressers, for example, are cheaper and easier to apply but generally do not last as long as tire gel dressers.

  • Published on Sep 20, 2022
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