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Picking The Right Tire Dressing

picking_the_right_tire_dressing_thumbnailDressings beautify vinyl, rubber, and plastic with a finishing sheen and often contain protectants to ward off UV damage. Introduced over 20 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 five dressings in the Griot’s Garage 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 Rejuvenatorchoosing-the-right-dressing_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.

v-and-rVinyl & Rubber Dressing

This is our best-selling all-purpose protectant. I love this dressing for all surfaces because of its perfect, non-greasy 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 Dressingchoosing-the-right-dressing_long-lasting

I use this dressing on my tires and exterior plastic trim during the rainy season. The use of a thick polymer contributes to the dressing’s strong water repellency and its long-lasting nature. 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 increase the longevity of the dressing.

high-glossHigh Gloss Dressing

This protectant has versatility similar to Vinyl & 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, non-greasy finishing sheen. It isn’t as glossy as Long Lasting Tire dressing because of its thinner consistency, but it still provides a nice shine.

 

Black Shinechoosing-the-right-dressing_black-shine
The only aerosol in our lineup, this premium dressing delivers best in class coverage and lays down smooth for a consistent finish and maximum gloss all the way around the tire. Our water-resistant formula provides extended durability against rain and multiple car washes, while also fending off road grime. Ideal for use on tires, trim, and wheel wells. For a less glossy look spray Black Shine onto tires or trim surface, allow product to penetrate for 20 seconds, then wipe off with our Micro Fiber Multi-Use Utility Towel. For a high shine appearance spray Black Shine onto tires, allow product to stand and dry for 20 minutes.

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1) Raw tire. 2) Tire Rejuvenator. 3)  V&R Dressing. 4) Long-Lasting Tire. 5) High Gloss. 6) Black Shine

 

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7 Comments

  1. What should I do for the best appearance with the tires on my 1972 Fiat 124 Spyder. The Pierellis are 12 years old, but the car is inside year around. I used ArmorAll 4 years ago.

    I was able to buy a can of Black Shine at the local Advance Auto Parts, that’s all the Girot’s tire products they had. What do you suggest I should use before using the Black Shine?

    • William Teaford says:

      I’m still waiting for a Reply.

      • Hi William,

        I’m very sorry for the late reply.

        There is not necessarily a right or wrong answer to this question, it is mostly preferential. The most popular choice for older classics is an original looking finish. To achieve this use our Rubber Prep to first clean the tire followed by our Vinyl and Rubber Dressing to dress it. Vinyl and Rubber Dressing contains UV protection and leaves the surface with a matte or satin finish. If you prefer a glossy surface the Black Shine that you already purchased is an excellent option. I still recommend cleaning with Rubber Prep first for best results. To reduce gloss with Black Shine, spray the tire then simply wipe lightly with a dry micro fiber to dull the finish. ~john

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  3. Brian K. Tarkington says:

    I quit using tire dressings after I checked with both Dunlop and Yokohama. Both tire makers recommend that no dressings be used. Can you comment on this? I try to keep my tires clean, but they do not look as good without dressing.

    • It is likely that the reason Dunlop and Yokohama recommend against tire dressings is that they do not manufacture the dressings, therefore they can’t control exactly what is in them. Some tire dressings on the market use inferior chemistry, low-quality silicones, and other ingredients that may harm rubber over a long period of time. Part of the reason tire manufacturers recommend against dressings all together is to eliminate any liability or issues in the event a customer damages one of their tires.

      All of that being said, our tire dressing products are thoroughly tested and proven to be safe and effective for their intended use. Since we manufacturer our liquids in-house we have full control over the ingredients we use. A safe and effective user experience is extremely important to us so you can rest assured knowing our tire cleaning and dressing products are properly formulated and diligently tested so you can use them with confidence.

  4. John Fry says:

    I would like to get a bottle of the Tire Rejuvenator but am having trouble finding anyone that offers this product. Is this product still available?

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