Any car enthusiast will tell you that tire dressings are the best way to highlight an already sweet ride. With such a wide-range of products available, it can be difficult to know what to look for when selecting a dressing for your tires. Most detailers will tell you that tire dressings can vary a great deal in durability and shine – so asking around for recommendations is often a good place to start.
There are two common types of tire dressings: oil-based and water-based products. Generally speaking, most tire dressings will help prevent cracking, fading and hardening of tires, but the finish they leave behind depends on whether they’re oil or water-based. Oil-based dressings are used to create a glossy, “wet” shine, and in contrast, water-based dressings create a low gloss, velvety appearance.