March 24, 2007
When it comes down to tire dressing, their are two kinds of people in the world. Their are those who have restored their classic car to perfection, and are now only looking for a black, low sheen of a new tire, and those individual's who crave a black shiny (wet looking) tire.
If you are seeking a low sheen (little shine new tire appearance), simply take a good dressing "spray or gel" apply, and let it soak into the tire for approximataly 15 minute's, and wipe the tire down with an old lint free rag. Note: by wiping down the tire, they will not collect nearly as much dust, or dirt.
Now, if you are like me, I like a deep wet looking tire. For this, its not really what type of dressing you use, but how you use it. No matter if you are using (spray, or gel), application is the key to high gloss. I use a high quality (one coat) paint brush, and Meguiar's Endurance. I apply a small amount of Endurance to the end of the paint brush, and brush it onto the tire side wall. After the sidewall is fully dressed, I will go around the surface twice in one direction to promote a nice even gloss. Once done, simply walk away. Do not wipe the tire down, or the deep wet look the tire has, will be removed. Note: this method will collect dust, and dirt onto the tire.
So, my reccomendation is to use a spray type dressing (Meguiar's Hot Shine), and the (low gloss wipe down method) for general maintenence, and a gel type (Meguiar's Endurance Tire Gel( for show applications.
Try to avoid applying too much dressing at one time, to avoid splatter. Instead, let the dressing you apply soak into the rubber. If a second application is needed, wait about an hour, and then apply another coat.