Keeping your tires looking rich and dark may seem like a chore at times, but one way of making sure you’re getting the most out of your efforts is to make sure you’re buying the right product. As you can imagine, selecting the best possible tire conditioner really has to do with what’s in the bottle and less about how you use it—though this does play a key part in having great looking tires. Keep reading for a few important distinctions about what to look for in a good tire conditioner and learn how to use one to keep your tires looking awesome.
Everything you need to know about keeping your tires looking great
First thing’s first: you need to make sure your tires are conditioned. The right product helps maximize your effort, but it’s the effort itself that is absolutely crucial. I recommend applying your tire conditioner 2-3 times per month depending on how often you wash your car. Oh, and if you’re using a tire dressing instead of a tire conditioner, please stop immediately. The essential difference between the two “tire enhancing” products is that one is absorbed (conditioners) and one simply sits on the rubber’s surface. This manifests itself in a number of ways. Some of the more obvious differences are:
- Dressings generate more tire sling
- Conditioners provide longer lasting results
- Dressings are often greasy and messy
- Conditioners help achieve darker looking tires
The next big thing to understand about tire conditioners and conditioning is that you shouldn’t just grab any old thing off the shelf. You want to make sure your tires stay conditioned and protected and you do so by knowing what’s in the product itself. A good tire conditioner won’t break down in water and will cling to the surface as it progressively nourishes the rubber. A big contributor to this is whether or not the conditioner has surfactants in its formula as this will cause the product break down very easily when exposed to daily driving (same reason why wash/wax combos do not work well). Surfactants are used to mix oil and water into a uniform substance and, when the surface is wet, the surfactant is reactivated which then brakes down and allows the water and oil to separate again… causing tire sling.
So where can I find the perfect tire conditioner?
Well, honestly, you don’t have to look very far: we’ve formulated a tire conditioner ourselves that was designed to be the most effective product on the market. Years of testing uncovered some formulaic tweaks that allowed us to extend results from your average 2-7 days to 2-3 weeks, all without the use of surfactants. And, of course, it’s a conditioner not a dressing.
Have you noticed problems with tire conditioners or dressings in the past? Speak up and let us know what you look for in a product and what really makes a difference to you!