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Auto Detailing News and Tips , Issue #008, July 2014, Applying Tire Dressing.
July 01, 2014 Issue #8

Welcome to the eighth issue of the e-zine! Each month we will be providing tips and product reviews to help make the detailing process easier for you. If you have a picture of your latest detailing project we invite you to submit it with a small description of your process and products used for the job.

This month I will be talking about tire dressings. When you have spent hours detailing your vehicle it shows. Having a vehicle with a spotless interior and freshly polished exterior, really makes it stand out from a crowd. However, dull, brown looking tires can really have a negative affect on the appearance of a well cared for vehicle.

Here is a nicely detailed Chevy Camaro Iroc convertible. Paint is polished, wheels are polished but the tires are dull and brown!

Foaming type dressings are the easiest to apply. Simply spray on, let the foam dissolve and you are done. The major drawback is the over spray can be quite messy. My advice is avoid using these types of dressings on a windy day.

The same can be said for liquid tire dressings, don‘t use on a windy day! The directions may say to spray directly on the tire then wipe off the excess. Over spray will land on the wheels, and any nearby painted surface. One way to avoid over spray is to apply the dressing to a foam applicator or small sponge then wipe onto the tire.

Another thing to keep in mind when using liquid or foam dressings is excess dressing will land on your driveway and can leave greasy stains. If that is an issue for you, I suggest using gel type tire dressings.

Gels are applied to a foam applicator then wiped onto the tire. Zero over spray! I find gels last longer than spray and foaming type tire dressing. The drawback to gel is your hands could be covered in product by the time you are done if you aren't careful. Wearing rubber gloves is a good idea.

This 09 Dodge Charger SRT has had gel type tire dressing applied. Clean black tires can really make your wheels stand out!

Regardless of which kind of tire dressing you choose, it’s a good idea to wipe off any excess dressing before driving away. The excess will spin off the tire and land all over the exterior of your vehicle. It can make quite a mess!

Also, remember to never use dressings specific for tires on your interior vinyl or leather.

How about another quote?

"There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."

Aldous Huxley

Summer is here, school is out and holidays have started.

Drive carefully.

Here is a quick reminder that we have a page on Pinterest with some of the most awesome pictures of cars,trucks and airplanes that we have ever seen on the web. Check 'em out. has started a "booth" on the website . Offering products related to the auto detailing industry;to the auto body repair and painting industry; and products for boats and motorcycles as well.

There are categories available for products that are not related to the auto industry but you are more then welcome to browse to see what is available.

Until next month, thanks for reading our ezine #8.

See you next month.

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