How To Apply Tyre Dressing

After you’ve cleaned your alloy wheels, the tyres often standout if they haven’t been dressed up with a tyre product. If you are new to detailing, this involves using a tyre dressing and we show you exactly how to apply it.

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How To Apply Tyre Dressing
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Tyre dressing is one of my favourite detailing products to use and I always try to use it when possible. Although simple to use, many people make mistakes and this is why we have created this guide on how to apply tyre dressing.

For demonstration purposes, we are using two of the best rated tyre dressings that we tested for our reviews. These include the Meguiar’s Endurance Tire Gel and the Autoglym Instant Tyre Dressing, which are both very popular.

Steps To Apply Tyre Dressing


1. Clean The Tyres

Before you even attempt to apply tyre dressing, it’s important that you clean the tyres beforehand using car shampoo. However, if you are struggling to remove any tough dirt such as dried mud, you may want to use a car pressure washer.

Any dirt or debris left that’s left on the tyre will result in a patchy finish to the dressing after the application. Therefore, it’s important that you make the effort to thoroughly clean the tyres beforehand.

2. Ensure Tyres Are Completely Dry

Another factor that can cause tyres to have a patchy finish is if the tyre dressing was applied to a wet tyre. After washing your car, you should park it in the sun to allow the tyres to fully dry. Alternatively, you could use an old car drying towel to dry the tyres if you are impatient (like myself!).

3. Apply The Dressing To The Tyres

The application of tyre dressing varies as some come in the form of a gel whilst others are spray-on formulas. If you are using a gel, you will want to use an applicator because the product can make your hands very greasy. Whilst using the Meguiar’s Endurance Gel, we used the brand’s very own applicator, which worked well for evenly spreading the dressing. As shown in the image below, apply a liberal amount upon the applicator and work your way around the tyre.

How To Use Tyre Dressing

If you are using a spray on formula such as the Autoglym Instant Dressing, you can simply spray it straight onto the tyre. After a few minutes, the white residue dries onto the tyres to leave a great finish. The only issue we found whilst using a spray-on formula is that the spray can catch in the wind, which may spray onto the wheels or bodywork.

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4. Move The Car Forward

After you’ve covered the whole tyre with dressing, you will want to move it forward by a few inches. This allows you to apply tyre dressing upon the hidden/parked part of the tyre for an improved finish.

5. Apply Second Coating (Optional)

If you have the time to do so, applying a second coating of tyre dressing to the tyres can be very beneficial. Not only does it improve longevity, it can also add to the overall aesthetics of the tyres.

6. Remove Any Excess

If there are areas that aren’t drying or the dressing has latched onto dirt, simply wipe it away using a microfibre cloth.

The Different Results

As you can imagine, different tyre dressings provide different results and many people have their own preference. On our Instagram page, we posted the results we achieved whilst testing out both of the products for this guide as shown below.

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Personally, I prefer the finish produced by the Meguiar’s Endurance Tire Gel and it also benefits from being more long lasting when applied correctly. However, many people may prefer the more natural finish of the Autoglym Instant Dressing formula. The only problem that I found with the Autoglym formula is that it can be a pain to use due to the fact you have to spray it onto the tyres, which can also result in the formula spraying onto the wheels or bodywork.

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