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      10-10-2010, 12:32 PM   #1
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How to not get tire shine residue on wheels

This could potentially be one of the dumbest questions from a car enthusiast, but I have to ask.

When applying tire shine or a similar product, how do I avoid getting it on my wheels? After spending so much time cleaning the wheels, the residue from the tire shine completely messes up everything. Once you start driving, it's all over.

Because of this, today was the first time I applied Tire Wet on my car since roughly 2001. Back then I would shove paper towels in between the tire and the rim, but that took too much time. I thought about using painters tape, but that was too expensive to use just for cleaning a tire.

What do you guys do?
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Sounds like you are using too much product, and possibly the wrong product to begin with. If you really want the wet look, apply with a small sponge and let sit for a little while then wipe off the excess before driving off. I personally prefer a natural look like Prima Nero, which applies very easily and quickly adheres.
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Sounds like you are using too much product, and possibly the wrong product to begin with. If you really want the wet look, apply with a small sponge and let sit for a little while then wipe off the excess before driving off. I personally prefer a natural look like Prima Nero, which applies very easily and quickly adheres.
Well, it comes in a spray bottle and it just comes out all messy. I try my best to do it so it only contacts the tire, but it doesn't always work. I've seen the sponge looking applicators before. Maybe I'll try those.
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Yeah, don't spray directly. Spray onto a sponge or some other applicator and then wipe of any excess.
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This could potentially be one of the dumbest questions from a car enthusiast, but I have to ask.

When applying tire shine or a similar product, how do I avoid getting it on my wheels? After spending so much time cleaning the wheels, the residue from the tire shine completely messes up everything. Once you start driving, it's all over.

Because of this, today was the first time I applied Tire Wet on my car since roughly 2001. Back then I would shove paper towels in between the tire and the rim, but that took too much time. I thought about using painters tape, but that was too expensive to use just for cleaning a tire.

What do you guys do?
Use one of the gel products. Eagle One is what I use and it's so easy my kids could apply it with ease.
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Get ready to have your tire shining world rocked.

Use a fat brush. Spray your dressing on to the brush. Apply to tire. You will get dressing in the cracks of the tires like never before. If you apply too much, use whatever towel to mat it out.

I just saved you tons of product. Sponges eat the stuff up and don't let it out well. You also just saved tons of time, as this is the fastest way to get a thorough job.
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Get ready to have your tire shining world rocked.

Use a fat brush. Spray your dressing on to the brush. Apply to tire. You will get dressing in the cracks of the tires like never before. If you apply too much, use whatever towel to mat it out.

I just saved you tons of product. Sponges eat the stuff up and don't let it out well. You also just saved tons of time, as this is the fastest way to get a thorough job.
Thank you sir! I avoided tire shine since ~2001 because of this "fear". I'm going to have to give your suggestion and try. The car looks so much better this way.

I walked out of the house to look at it 3 times already just because of the tire shine.
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Get ready to have your tire shining world rocked.

Use a fat brush
Ha, funny way to introduce your tip. However, what the heck is a "fat brush"?
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Ha, funny way to introduce your tip. However, what the heck is a "fat brush"?
Now that I think of it...you're right. What exactly is a "fat brush?" I've seen those large horsehair brushes people use sometimes for interiors, but I don't think those are it.
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Fat brush is a brush with nice thick and plush bristles. If you use a brush that is not thickly packed with bristles you will waste product going down the stems instead of on the surface.
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Forget that spray bottle shit they sell at Pep Boys. Try this.

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Fat brush is a brush with nice thick and plush bristles. If you use a brush that is not thickly packed with bristles you will waste product going down the stems instead of on the surface.
example?
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I apply it to a sponge and then use the sponge to put it on, works great.
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example?
I think a picture would greatly help many of us who are interested in your tip!
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This is a picture of me using my choice of brushes.


Notice how plush it is on the surface? When you spritz the product on, it will stay on the top portion better and you will have less waste. Even on the most uneven and crack-infested tire, I won't spend more than a minute per tire. This really is a great tip and a personal secret. I just felt like "giving back".(lol)
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1 minute per tire is a long time. I use a foam applicator and it takes me about 20 sec with similar results. If I want more shine, I just do a second pass after the first one dries.

Sample of the applicator I use


Here's some pictures from this weekend after one pass (not totally dry yet)



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This is a picture of me using my choice of brushes.


Notice how plush it is on the surface? When you spritz the product on, it will stay on the top portion better and you will have less waste. Even on the most uneven and crack-infested tire, I won't spend more than a minute per tire. This really is a great tip and a personal secret. I just felt like "giving back".(lol)
Thank you very much! thats a great secret to have. is that the NSX you cleaned up?
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1 minute per tire is a long time. I use a foam applicator and it takes me about 20 sec with similar results. If I want more shine, I just do a second pass after the first one dries.

Sample of the applicator I use


Here's some pictures from this weekend after one pass (not totally dry yet)

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You're not allowed to talk of the time it takes me to dress tires(when I didn't say it took me a minute...but a minute at most/think fat suv tires) and then post up a tire that is not completely covered.



Ya don't have to like how I dress tires. But I used to use sponges and they simply aren't as efficient and can not get in the cracks as good or as fast(if done right). Someone ask and I offered this tip. Take it for what it's worth.
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Thank you very much! thats a great secret to have. is that the NSX you cleaned up?
Yes
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You're not allowed to talk of the time it takes me to dress tires(when I didn't say it took me a minute...but a minute at most/think fat suv tires) and then post up a tire that is not completely covered.

It actually is completely covered but its just not dry yet. Hard to see at that angle too. All I did was point out that 1 min per tire is actually a long time. Don't take it personally. If it works for you that's great. If the OP chooses to go with another method, then whatever. Better to offer more suggestions and let him choose rather than seeing only 1.
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It actually is completely covered but its just not dry yet. Hard to see at that angle too. All I did was point out that 1 min per tire is actually a long time. Don't take it personally. If it works for you that's great. If the OP chooses to go with another method, then whatever. Better to offer more suggestions and let him choose rather than seeing only 1.
I'm not insulted.

The area I pointed out is the portion that most are going to struggle with when using a sponge.
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I use a DetailersDomain Uber Small Dressing Applicator Pad, works great for gels and liquid forms of dressing. I go over the tire 2 times, let it sit for about 30 min and go back over with a dedicated MF towel, this keeps from dressing "sling" and gives the tires a great matte finish. If your tires look like a Krispy Kream donut your doing it wrong
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