Getting your tires shined at the car wash
Getting your tires shined is a great way to make your car look even better after washing it. It can also protect your tires from breaking down due to powerful ultraviolet rays from the sun. If you live in an area with lots of strong sun rays such as Hawaii, your tires can really fade over time. Getting regular or semi-regular tire shines will prevent this from happening.
The vast majority of people will get their tires shined when they get their car washed. Most options at the car wash will include a tire shine. Although, sometimes the most basic and cheapest car wash packages will not include a tire shine. So, if this is the case, just pay an extra five or ten dollars to either add a tire shine or level up to the next car wash package. It is recommended that you get your tires shined at least once a month. If it is a particularly rainy month or you have been off-roading, you should try to get your tires shined every other week.
How you can do it yourself
If you want to shine your tires yourself and skip too many unnecessary car washes, it will not be that difficult. You will just need a tire shine kit. You can pick this up at a care store such as Auto Zone or you can order one online on a site like amazon. A tire shine kit will typically run somewhere between thirty and sixty dollars. Most tire shine kits will include the following: tire cleaning spray, tire shine applicator pads, a scrub brush, gloves and instructions.
Shining your tires is pretty straight forward. You should start by wetting the tires with a hose and spraying off excess dirt and grime. After that, use your tire shine kit’s instructions to apply the tire shine. Once you have done that, wash your tires with soapy water and you will be all set. Your tire shine kit will require that you leave the cleaning spray on for a certain period of time before you wash it off. Be sure that you do not exceed this timeframe because the tire shine spray will be much harder to get off if it dries and, if it does dry, it could possibly damage your tire.
Getting your tires shined will keep them looking brand new. It will also prevent them from fading and looking dull due to damage from the strong UV rays in Hawaii. You should get your tires shined in Hawaii at least once per month. You will have the choice of getting your tires shined when you bring your car to the car wash or to do it yourself. If you choose to do it yourself, you will need to buy a tire shine kit and be sure to follow the instructions that come with the kit.