The tyres are the only part of the vehicle that comes in direct contact with the road. Consequently, they attract a lot of stubborn dirt which is partially absorbed, due to the slightly porous quality of the rubber and requires removing. Many people are unsure of how to remove the dirt, so they either perform this step poorly or miss it out altogether, advancing straight to the tyre dressing. We will advise you how to clean the tyre before it can be dressed.
Dressing your tyre, whether to a high gloss or satin finish, will help to enhance the look of the tyre which can really improve the overall appearance of the car.
Cleaning the Tyre.
Start by rinsing the tyre with a hose or presser washer to remove as much as the loose dirt as possible. If the tyre is very dirty or it has not been cleaned for some time, use an all-purpose cleaner or degreaser. Spray over the tyre, leaving it to dwell if necessary. Otherwise use a medium stiff brush to scrub thoroughly over the wall of the tyre, ensuring you repeat the process until clean. Then rinse immediately with clean water.
You can use on old chami-leather, micro fibre towel or for the best results an air blower, or compressed air machine to dry the tyre, alternatively, you can just leave it to dry naturally.
Dressing the Tyre.
The surface of the tyre needs to be clean and dry be for applying the dressing. We find it's best to use, ‘Flexipads Split Blue Detail Foam Pads’ to apply the tyre dressing. Apply the product onto the foam applicator, how large the surface of the tyre is will help to dictate how much of the product you should use. It is best to use a small amount first, as it is easier to apply more, but harder to remove any excess. It's also a waste of the product. Wipe over the surface, ensuring a thin, even coat is applied to each tyre.
Some products will require an extra layer to be applied about ten mins later for a more glossy finish. Great if this is the finish you wish to achieve. Otherwise, you can leave it with just the one coat.
The Brown sludge.
If you don’t wash off all the old dressing during the washing process, and continually layer more and more of the product, over the weeks you will build up a brown sludge on the tyre. This is partly the dressing and partly the additional dirt from driving. It looks most unsightly and is likely to sling off the tyres and onto the wheels and bodywork.
To remove this, use the standard washing process as detailed above. Use a degreaser, to clean thoroughly, rinse and leave to dry. If a stubborn layer remains, remove with a solvent cleaner and wipe with an old cloth or micro fibre towel.
Ensure you clean the applicator pad using hot water to help flush out the dirt and old dressing. Otherwise, you will just put the sludge back onto the tyre when reapplying the tyre dressing.
Don’t apply a dressing to a motorbike or cycle tyres.
Move the car during the application process to ensure there you have cleaned and dressed all areas of the tyre.
Your wheels & tyres should be nice and clean now. we hope you found this guide helpful.
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