If you've started detailing your car and have invested in a quality cleaning kit or the process of clay barring your car, it can be very easy to overlook the state of your tyres. People often think to clean their alloy wheels, but this can then leave their tyres looking sad and dirty.
This is where tyre dressing comes in. Not only does it make the grubbiest of rubber look fresh and glossy, but it's also very easy to apply and will make your tyres shine and your car stand out from the crowd. We've found the best examples on the market as well as a selection of applicators to ensure you get the best results possible.
The best tyre dressing
1. King of Sheen Eco Tyre Shine
Editor's pickThis is the perfect introduction to tyre dressing thanks to a complimentary applicator. This eco-friendly option is not only non-toxic to the planet but is guaranteed to not damage your tyres at all. The glossy finish looks great and it is a quick-drying product. Pros: Comes with an applicator; good for the environmentCons: Cannot choose your finish
2. Autoglym High Performance Tyre Gel
Most durable tyre dressingChoose between a high gloss or satin 'new tyre' look with this gel from Autoglym. It's also very easy to apply to your tyres, simply use an applicator on wet or dry rubber. The best part is, this is the most durable tyre dressing thanks to the inclusion of active silicone polymers.Pros: Choose your own finish; very durable once applied Cons: You'll need to buy an applicator
3. Williams Racing Tyre Dressing
Best value tyre dressing If you own a lot of cars then a five-litre bottle might be your best option. This heavy-duty option from Williams Racing will provide you with shiny tyres for a very long time. You need to be fairly liberal with your coating, but the end result is fantastic.Pros: Good value for moneyCons: Need to use a fair bit of product for a good finish
4. Autoglym Instant Tyre Dressing
Best premium instant dressingAn instant tyre dresser from Autoglym, this is quicker to apply than the gel and still offers the active silicone polymers, so you'll know it'll stay on your tyres. It won't be as comprehensive as other options but will still improve the look of your tyres. Pros: Quality finish; quick and easy to applyCons: Not as durable as an applicator-applied tyre dressing
5. Simoniz Back To Black Wet Look Tyre & Trim
Best wet look tyre dressingAnother spray-on option, this time from Simoniz. This tyre dressing offers a wet-look finish. You simply spray the formula onto your tyres and wipe off any excess residue. It will make even tired tyres a rich black colour. Pros: Easy to applyCons: Only good if you want a wet look
6. Halfords Wet Look Tyre Dressing
Best budget tyre dressingA decent budget option from Halfords, this tyre design may not give the deepest shine but it will improve the look of your tyres. It's an aerosol, however, so you'll need to be careful about overspray onto the brakes and wheel tread. Pros: Fast dryingCons: The finish isn't as good as other options
The best tyre dressing applicators
Barnwell Tyre Dressing Applicator - 2 Pack
Simple, curved foam applicator pads to make the most of the product you're applying. The handle will also keep your hands clean while you're dressing your tyre.
Meguiars Tyre Dressing Applicator Pad
Another option that will keep your hands clean, this tyre applicator has a plastic case so you can keep your hands away from the tyre dressing. It also comes in a handy storage box to keep it clean when not in use.
How to apply tyre dressing:
- Wash your tyres to remove dust, dirt, and debris. It might be a good idea to use a pressure washer to properly clean your wheels.
- You can wait for your tyres to dry if you want, but most tyre dressing can be applied to wet tyres, too.
- Apply tyre dressing to the tyres using an applicator. Make sure to never apply the dressing to the tyre tread or brakes.
- Wait for the product to dry and wipe off any excess residue. After that, you'll have some fresh-looking tyres.