An underrated component of a vehicle’s curb appeal is the tires. Not everyone notices right away how much of a difference a set of clean, dark tires has on the overall appearance of a car, truck, or SUV. A quick spray of water makes them look nice and dark, but that changes as soon as it dries, so how can you achieve that same kind of look all the time? Continue reading for a quick lesson on cleaning up your tires.
Clean your Tires Thoroughly
The first step to nicer-looking tires is the most obvious, wash them off. This might not be easy to do at some times of the year, so choose your timing wisely. A sponge is highly recommended so you can form the shape of the tire as you clean. Use automotive soap or soap made for tires in the water you scrub the tires with, and then wash it all off. If you need to use a brush to break up tough dirt spots, do so now and then rinse your tires off.
Apply a Tire Dressing Product
These products go by a lot of names. They may be called Tire Shine, Tire Foam, Tire Wet, or other names, but they all basically do the same thing. Apply as directed on the product’s label, there’s no other trick here. Tire dressings can protect your tires from fading in UV light and add a protective layer to prevent new dirt from accumulating sort of like a coat of wax on your car’s paint.
Keep your Tires Looking New
With tire dressing applied and finished as directed, you should notice immediate results. Now that it’s done, you can either test your tire dressing’s endurance by taking them for a ride or preserve the shine as long as you can. If you’re preparing to show off your car at a show or just want to have your car looking nice as you cruise around your hometown, repeat these steps as needed. You probably won’t use all your tire dressing in one application, so plan to reapply every few months as needed to keep your tires looking as fresh as the day you bought them!