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Hmmm Tyre cleaning! They still won't shine!

Ok so what's the best way to clean tyres before applying a shine gel? I scub mine with a stiff brush and some shampoo in a bucket, before applying product - but they still don't shine like they should. Do I need some sort of degreaser to get rid of the build up?
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try some all pupose cleaner mate, should do the trick, and can dillute it to the required amount!
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Well, I find that the Meguirs Hot Stuff Tyre Shine is incredible for making tyres black and shiny and that an alloy wheel cleaning brush gets them clean enough first, so you should try that mate,
 
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I use some turtlewax gel stuff seems to bring up the tyres nice.
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I find that gel's do work the best, but if in a hurry the Meguiers stuff, or HOWEVER it's spelt, also works wonders,
 
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Get some APC as lpool says. You can get Megs stuff, 12 for a us gallon (3.8ltrs approx) or just go to tesco and get some daisy, their own brand. Its dirt cheap! Mix it 1:4 and use a toilet brush or one of those dish washing brushes. I have these and also a Vikan Brush
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which i use for wheels, arches and tyres.
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I use Armour All tyre foam.

Spray it on, walk away and 5 mins later you have clean, black tyres.

They are not massively shiny but thats how i like them.
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yeah i'm not big on shiny tyres.
i usually squirt some ag tyre dressing on and wipe around with a cloth.
when the ag stuff runs out i'll be trying the chem guy trim gel, that gets good reviews.
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Megs endurance gel is all you need, you dont need to over clean your tyres before either; just a quick sponge.
Blackening your tyres is essential in bringing out the full depth of colour in your bodywork.
 
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I use Mothers Reflections Advanced Tire Care and just spray direct onto sponge applicator and not tyre..... it works great and lasts well.
Very clean look without being too shiny.
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iv been through all the spray can ones and the best by far is carplans tyre shine, just spray on, and done. last a few weeks too, and its cheap.
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If you want the sating look go for Finish Kare #108 Top Kote Dressing. Its available in a sample pack from cyc.
FinishKare - Sample Kit
The rest of the pack is class aswell.....bonus!
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Thanks to you all for the suggestions! I'll try using some all purpose cleaner next time before I 'shine' them up. Not looking for overly shiny tyres but at the moment they just dry dull no matter how much stuff I use! Cheers
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yeah i'm not big on shiny tyres.
i usually squirt some ag tyre dressing on and wipe around with a cloth.
when the ag stuff runs out i'll be trying the chem guy trim gel, that gets good reviews.
I've heard of the Chemical Guys stuff too, think I will invest in this next time
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Go to the supermarket and find some Johnsons Klear. It is supposed to be for linos and floors but it works a treat on tyres (CLEAN tyres!).
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I use Mothers Reflections Advanced Tire Care and just spray direct onto sponge applicator and not tyre..... it works great and lasts well.
Very clean look without being too shiny.
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never heard of this stuff before. anything else they do any good?
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never heard of this stuff before. anything else they do any good?
Only tried the Reflections Tire Care and the FX Spray Wax Detailer, been very happy with both anyway.
A very popular brand in America I think.
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How new are your tyres? Old tyres often have loads of small cracks in the sidewall, so any dressing you use literally seaps through the holes in the rubber and will not sit on the surface. In terms of product, I too find Amourall tyre foam very easy, and good value.
 
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This thread has more different suggestions than I've had hot dinners, and that's alot
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Heres teh CG New Look Trim Gel.
Chemical Guys - New Look Trim Gel
Bare in mind your getting a product that does the whole car ie int/ext trim aswell as tyres and you use literally none!
Meguiars Endurance is another cracker.
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How new are your tyres? Old tyres often have loads of small cracks in the sidewall, so any dressing you use literally seaps through the holes in the rubber and will not sit on the surface. In terms of product, I too find Amourall tyre foam very easy, and good value.
Well I had a new pair a few months back (5 months?). They seemed to to shine up nicely the first few times
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Well I had a new pair a few months back (5 months?). They seemed to to shine up nicely the first few times
It's not an age issue with the tyres then. Just get some Armourall tyre foam, if that doesn't shine 'em up, nothing will!
 
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It's not an age issue with the tyres then. Just get some Armourall tyre foam, if that doesn't shine 'em up, nothing will!
I'll put that to the test I think, cheers for the recommendation; it sounds pretty serious stuff
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You gotta be kidding me...? It's been DAYS since this was first posted, they gotta be shining by now,
 
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Ellaura, you still haven't said what product you use??

It's not the cleaning that makes them shiny but the dressing. A dirty tyre will shine if you lather on silicon gel but it will probably be a brownish shade.

As said above, brush with an APC, rinse well and then apply your product of choice.

If you want really shiny tyres (some don't like them) then multiple applications of Megs Endurance Gel applied with a foam applicator will have them "dripping wet".
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