That looks like shit. Did you use the foaming wheel cleaner?
Get some good tire gel, not tire shine. Its better for the rubber.
Its not that its gel, shine, dressing, liquid or gel. The thing to look for is that its not solvent based. I prefer water based dressing myself (optimum optibond) but im ordering another tire dressing soon that is supposed to be "durable" or more durable than most conventional dressings.
Okay, your tires don't look 100% clean, mothers wheel and tire cleaner may not have enough bite to fully clean the tires effectively. Try an all purpose cleaner or degreaser. You can find Zep purple degreaser or Zep 505 all purpose cleaner. Fantastic products for tires and undercarriage, if you get the purple dilute it 1:3 with water and wear a mask if you have one. You don't want to breathe that stuff lol. But it will ensure a 100% clean surface each time, modded has nothing but good things to say about 505.
What kind of brush are you using to agitate the product on the tire? I use a soft face wheel brush or sometimes a very stiff tire specific brush to get them 100% clean, because if they aren't spotless the tire gel won't fully soak in. Don't use a tire spray unless you link ugly black silicone sling all over your side panels. Even a cheap over the counter tire gel will sling. I recommend optimum optibond. It's not crazy expensive and a little goes a long way. It's water based and can be used on plastic and rubber trim also. Trust me when I say if you buy the 32oz you'll have tire shine for at least a year. But if you need over the counter get me guides endurance gel, I believe it's oil or silicone based, so it will sling depending on how thick you lay it on so be aware of that. It does look good though.
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Also just to add, if you rarely clean your tires or have never used a tire shine product the tires will look crazy dry, I've never seen tires appear like yours just from being dried out though, which is why I think you need a stronger cleaner.
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+1. I think the Mothers cleaner has plenty of bite, a very important step in tire cleaning, IME, is scrubbing the tire walls with a nice stiff scrub brush. Even Zep 505 wont clean a tire all the way without some strong agitation.
Which one? Cgs wash is ehh... Try towel clean by 3d
Ive tried both, i will say that i like Towel Kleen more for 2 reasons.
1. Its way cheaper, and since MF towel wash doesnt make me money...less is better
2. It smells much nicer than CG's Microfiber wash. That being said, i always thought CG's wash had good cleaning ability, but i think 3DHD's towel kleen requires a bit less product and leaves your towels smelling pretty much new, not like "cleaner"
Was gonna take the 5.0 for a spin today, but its pouring rain, gonna take the camry to lunch instead. lol