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Tire Shine - Do You Need It?

The other day I was watching a popular reality show whose star opens each episode driving his shiny red classic muscle car. As he exited his car with shiny chrome rims beaming, I noticed his tires were dull and lifeless. I immediately thought, his car would be even more impressive had he used some tire shine on his tires.

Tire Shine is just as essential to our vehicle as washing and waxing. It keeps the tire supple and conditioned and it adds to the overall appearance of a clean vehicle. There are several kinds of Tire Shine products out there but only a few really condition and protect your tires from that weathered look.

For most travelers driving on dry surfaces a traditional spray tire shine will hold up nicely for a minimum of 3-4 days. There are some sprays that come in a can from Meguiars that are quite impressive and rather effective for quick touch ups. Then there are some that come in a spray bottle that can last up to 1 week if the weather allows and are extremely effective for high gloss on-the-spot shine. When using any spray, always allow your tires to dry or settle at least a few hours before driving to prevent spray-off. I personally prefer and highly recommend using a tire gel which can last the longest - up to 1 week - provided the road surface is dry.

Please note that application is key to the longevity of the product. I use a large round applicator sponge or microfiber wand as an applicator for even distribution and quick detailed touch ups. Both of these types of applicators can be purchased for a minimal price of $2 - $3 at Wal-Mart or Auto Zone.

No matter which product you choose, always remember to shine your tires after you wash and wax your vehicle for that 'just detailed' look that will turn heads every time.

Tire shine and tire gel manufacturers vary; Eagle One, Meguiars, Black Magic and Armor-All are some of my favorites. I always say that a clean car with lifeless looking tires is like pairing up a brand new outfit with your old shoes. It's a matter of style.

Happy New Year and Please Drive Safely!

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