While there are many advantages of standard car washes, you could be missing out on benefits if you don't also get a tire shine add-on. Sometimes referred to as tire dressing, this simple service can elevate your car’s appearance to the next level. Here’s everything you need to know about the process.

What Is a Tire Shine?

After your tires are washed to leave the treads dirt-free, a professional will apply a chemical formula to the sidewalls. This solution can come in one of two forms. Solvent-based formulas create a glossier, wet-looking surface. Water-based choices restore a matte look similar to that of a newly purchased tire. Water-based formulas are also biodegradable, so they are better for the environment.

What Are Its Benefits?

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Even if tires aren’t the first part of a car to catch the eye, dull and cracked rubber can heavily detract from the beauty of an otherwise spotless vehicle. Since a technician can't apply this solution until the tire is deep-cleaned, this process also ensures no trapped dirt or grime is hiding in treads.

Some shines also have protective qualities. They contain chemicals that block UV rays, which slows fading and cracking. Their moisture re-hydrates dried-out rubber and lengthens its life span. Finally, the slippery coating can help the tire shed future grime, making the effects of each car wash last longer.

How Long Does One Last?

The durability of a tire shine depends on the chemicals used. Some less expensive options will wear off in a few days. High-quality, professional dressings can last over a week. Weather and road conditions can also affect their durability. For example, water-based formulas can be washed off by storms.  


Visit Richie’s Carwash in Parker, CO, if you are interested in fast and affordable services that will leave your car spotless. Offering top-to-bottom washes, they use high-quality equipment to preserve your vehicle’s appearance. They also have Free Tire Shine Tuesdays. Learn about this and their other daily specials online. Call (303) 840-1696 to speak to a friendly team member today.