Tyre dressing is one of my favourite detailing products to use and I always try to use it when possible. Although simple to use, many people make mistakes and this is why we have created this guide on how to apply tyre dressing.
For demonstration purposes, we are using two of the best-rated tyre dressings that we tested for our reviews. These include Meguiar’s Endurance Tire Gel and Autoglym’s Instant Tyre Dressing, which are both very popular.
Steps To Apply Tyre Dressing
1. Clean The Tyres
Before you even attempt to apply tyre dressing, it’s important that you clean the tyres beforehand using car shampoo. However, if you are struggling to remove any tough dirt such as dried mud, you may want to use a car pressure washer.
Any dirt or debris left that’s left on the tyre will result in a patchy finish to the dressing after the application. Therefore, it’s important that you make the effort to thoroughly clean the tyres beforehand.
2. Ensure Tyres Are Completely Dry
Another factor that can cause tyres to have a patchy finish is if the tyre dressing was applied to a wet tyre. After washing your car, you should park it in the sun to allow the tyres to fully dry. Alternatively, you could use an old car drying towel to dry the tyres if you are impatient (like me!).
3. Apply The Dressing To The Tyres
The application of tyre dressing varies as some come in the form of a gel whilst others are spray-on formulas. If you are using a gel, you will want to use an applicator because the product can make your hands very greasy. Whilst using Meguiar’s Endurance Gel, we used the brand’s very own applicator, which worked well for evenly spreading the dressing. As shown in the image below, apply a liberal amount upon the applicator and work your way around the tyre.
If you are using a spray-on formula such as the Autoglym Instant Dressing, you can simply spray it straight onto the tyre. After a few minutes, the white residue dries onto the tyres to leave a great finish. The only issue we found whilst using a spray-on formula is that the spray can catch in the wind, which may spray onto the wheels or bodywork.
We also posted a video on our YouTube channel that shows just how easy it is to apply a tyre shine.
4. Move The Car Forward
After you’ve covered the whole tyre with dressing, you will want to move it forward by a few inches. This allows you to apply tyre dressing upon the hidden/parked part of the tyre for an improved finish.
5. Apply Second Coating (Optional)
If you have the time to do so, applying a second coating of tyre dressing to the tyres can be very beneficial. Not only does it improve longevity, it can also add to the overall aesthetics of the tyres.
6. Remove Any Excess
If there are areas that aren’t drying or the dressing has latched onto dirt, simply wipe it away using a microfibre cloth.
The Different Results
As you can imagine, different tyre dressings provide different results and many people have their own preferences. On our Instagram page, we posted the results we achieved whilst testing the products for this guide as shown below.
Personally, I prefer the finish produced by Meguiar’s Endurance Tire Gel and it also benefits from being more long-lasting when applied correctly. However, many people may prefer the more natural finish of the Autoglym Instant Dressing formula. The only problem that I found with the Autoglym formula is that it can be a pain to use due to the fact you have to spray it onto the tyres, which can also result in the formula spraying onto the wheels or bodywork.