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Tire Dressings 101

Posted on: October 2nd, 2015

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.