Dressings beautify vinyl, rubber, and plastic with a finishing sheen and often contain protectants to ward off UV damage. Introduced over 19 years ago, Vinyl & Rubber Dressing was the first such product from Griot’s Garage. Since then, we’ve developed a number of others. This article will help you select the best dressings to suit your needs.
Here’s a quick description of each of the four dressings in the Griot’s Car Care lineup. There’s also a handy chart and side-by-side application photo to help you compare these great products at a glance. As always, if you have any questions or helpful hints of your own, feel free to leave them in the comments below!
Tire Rejuvenator: This is a semi-permanent black dye designed to give your tires a full black color. The great thing about this dressing is that you can apply it to your tires to restore blackness, then follow-up once it’s dry with another dressing to give it the desired level of gloss. If you use Tire Rejuvenator and don’t apply another dressing on top, it has almost no sheen at all! Since it is a semi-permanent dye, it will need to be re-applied periodically and should not be used on white-wall tires.
Vinyl and Rubber Dressing: This is our best-selling all-purpose protectant. I love this dressing for all surfaces because of its perfect, satin sheen and the added UV protection for interior plastics, trim, and door seals. I also use this dressing on my tires during the “dry month” here in Washington state (ok, some years it’s two months).
Long Lasting Tire Dressing: I use this dressing on my tires and exterior plastic trim during the rainy season. Because it has a thicker consistency, it lasts a long time. Another benefit is that you can adjust the sheen of this product by going over your tires and trim, then wiping off some of the excess to lower the sheen, or applying multiple thin coats to build the gloss and longevity of the dressing.
High Gloss Dressing: This protectant has versatility similar to Vinyl and Rubber Dressing, because you can use it on everything from interior and exterior plastic to rubber surfaces. This dressing also has UV protection but adds a higher finishing sheen. It isn’t as glossy as Long Lasting Tire dressing because of its thinner consistency, but it still provides a nice shine.
Need more comparative data? Here’s that handy reference chart and side-by-side photo…
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