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Best Tire Shine: Make Your Tires Look Brand New

Achieve a high-gloss shine with these top-notch products

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BY Noelle Talmon / LAST UPDATED ON November 14, 2021

Over time, your vehicle's tires start to fade and wear out as they are increasingly exposed to the elements and road debris. Tires withstand a lot of abuse and can sustain scuff marks and small cracks, which ages them and, frankly, makes your vehicle less attractive overall. Car shampoo doesn't do a great job of cleaning your tires. Instead, you need a product that's specially designed to spiff up your tires. The best tire shine brands not only clean your tires but also produce a nice, glossy look. If you enjoy detailing your car or truck, you don't want to neglect your tires if you want a polished result. When used as a regular part of your maintenance routine, tire shine not only makes your tires look better, it can also protect them from UV rays and other damage. Check out our list of the best tire shine products currently available.

Best Overall
Car Guys Tire Shine Spray
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Summary
Summary

Easily sprays on tires to give them a shiny finish. Product is made up of a polymer additive that will not damage the rubber.

Pros
Pros
  • Comes with its own microfiber applicator
  • Shine smells good so you don’t get that greasy workshop aroma
Cons
Cons
  • Microfiber may begin to fall apart after several uses
  • Satin finish it gives your tires may wash off with any amount of rain
Best Overall
Car Guys Tire Shine Spray
Best Value
Meguiar’s Endurance Tire Gel
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Summary
Summary

Tire gels give you control over how much shine goes on the tires and allows you to pinpoint specific areas.

Pros
Pros
  • Acts as a UV protection against the sun’s rays
  • This prevents the color from fading and the tire from cracking
  • Has a grape smell
Cons
Cons
  • Gel-based tire shines are more time-consuming and require more manual labor
  • Your hands will get dirty
Best Value
Meguiar’s Endurance Tire Gel
Honorable Mention
TriNova Tire Shine Spray
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Summary
Summary

Your tires will have a gloss finish to them once the tire shine is wiped away. Gives you more control over the finished look of your tires.

Pros
Pros
  • Easy to apply and works great after just one coat
  • You can choose how shiny you want your tires to be
Cons
Cons
  • The spray bottle is flimsy and comes with only a wide setting, which means the spray will hit a larger majority of your tire, preventing an even coat
Honorable Mention
TriNova Tire Shine Spray

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Our Methodology

We took several factors into consideration when compiling our list of the best tire shine. First, we made sure to only include tire shines produced by well-known, respected brands with a history of creating high-quality car cleaning products. We also chose tire shines that create that coveted high-gloss look and were easy to use and provide relatively long-lasting results. We also spotlighted tire shines that are available in a wide range of prices to suit a variety of budgets. In addition, we checked user feedback to see how these products perform in real-world conditions. To learn more about how we evaluated these products, go here.

And just as a quick safety note, never ever put tire shine on the treads of your tires. Tires grip the road not through their sipes but through a chemical bond that is created between the tread’s rubber and the pavement. By applying tire shine to the tread, you interfere with that bond and can result in reduced or removed traction and you end up wrapped around a telephone pole. We repeat—do not apply to the tread of your tires. 

Best Tire Shine Reviews & Recommendations

Best Overall
Car Guys Tire Shine

Our top pick is the Car Guys Tire Shine Spray, as it has its own patented polymer additive to protect tires and give them a restored look. It's designed to extend the life of tires without using chemicals that can damage the rubber. This product can also be used on plastic and vinyl surfaces, including the dashboard and other parts of your vehicle. 


The shine won't damage rubber, plastic, or vinyl, so you can apply it frequently without harming the surfaces. While the package includes a microfiber applicator, it's cheaply made and can fall apart after just a few uses. Another drawback is that the finish isn’t water-resistant and can wash off with a small amount of rain, so you may have to reapply the spray after a storm.


Product Specs

  • 18-ounce spray
  • Applicator pad included
  • Model number: 5841716230 

Pros

  • Non-greasy
  • Easy to use
  • Long-lasting protection
  • No sling

Cons

  • Not water-resistant
  • Applicator pad is cheaply made
Best Tire Shine Value
Meguiar’s Endurance Tire Gel

Meguiar’s Endurance Tire Gel is an affordable yet effective tire shine product that smells pleasantly of grapes. The 16-ounce container is designed to last a handful of applications and sets of tires before it runs out, and we like that it acts as a protective layer against UV rays to prevent tires from fading in the sun. The shine also helps to keep the rubber from cracking in high temperatures.


However, there are a few drawbacks to using a gel as opposed to a spray. It is more time-consuming to put it on all four tires and requires more elbow grease. It also can get your hands dirty if you are not careful, but it is simple to remove by just washing your hands. In addition, the 16-ounce bottle does not come with an applicator, so you will have to purchase one separately.


Product Specs

  • 16-ounce gel
  • Grape aroma
  • Model number: G7516EU

Pros

  • Last through washing and rain
  • Protects against UV rays
  • Keeps tires from fading and rubber from cracking

Cons

  • Application is a little time consuming
  • Can make your hands dirty
  • No applicator included
Tire Shine Spray Premium Option
TriNova Tire Shine Spray

The TriNova Tire Shine Spray creates a high-gloss shine and protects the rubber from prematurely aging. It’s easy to apply and works well after one coat, so you don’t have to reapply it as often as some rival brands. The spray is capable of getting rid of salt, dirt, and grime and one of its best features is its ability to provide either a medium or high shine, which is determined by the amount of solution and time you spend on the application process.


The longer you keep the spray on the rubber before wiping it away, the shinier the surface will be. Unfortunately, the spray bottle feels a little flimsy, so you need to hold onto it firmly during application. Also, the nozzle has a wide spray pattern that causes a lot of over spray onto the ground or on the vehicle’s body. We recommend holding it closer to the tire to get a more even spread across the rubber.


Product Specs

  • 18-ounce spray
  • Made in the United States
  • Model number: 33511 

Pros

  • High-gloss finish
  • Long-lasting shine
  • Protects against deterioration 

Cons

  • Bottle is flimsy
  • Produces a lot of over spray
Easiest To Use
Meguiar’s Ultimate Insane Shine Tire Coating

This tire shine from Armor All will make your tires look nearly new by producing a wet look and deep black glossy shine. We like that with regular application, the product creates a coating to protect against fading and cracking, and mixed into the formula are gloss enhancers and conditioners.

 

Once applied, the product will last for several weeks, which means you have to apply the shine less often. Unfortunately, the spray nozzle can create a mess on your tires and you may need to clean your wheels before you can call the job done. You also need to let the product dry for at least an hour before you can drive. This is significantly longer than other tire shine products and even then, you may still get sling-off.


Product Specs

  • 22-ounce spray
  • Fortified with conditioners
  • Model: 14373B

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Produces a wet, glossy shine
  • Protects against fading and cracking

Cons

  • Spray nozzle can be messy
  • Requires an hour of drying time
  • May produce sling-off

 

Fastest Drying
Black Magic BM23 Tire Wet

To use this Black Magic tire shine, simply mist your tires with a light coating and let the product sit for 1-3 minutes. It produces a high-gloss shine and uses PolyShine Technology to make tires look shiny and new. If you prefer a more subtle shine, you can spray it onto a clean sponge or cloth and then wipe it off of your tires. The manufacturer claims it lasts up to four weeks, so you’ll only have to apply it once a month.


It dries quickly to reduce the chance of sling-off. Unfortunately, the trigger spray is challenging to set, and either too much liquid or not enough comes out. You may also find that the “high-gloss method” doesn’t produce as high of a wet-gloss look you want. You should also be careful if you have Plasti Dip wheels, as this product contains petroleum, which will eat away at a Plasti Dip coating.


Product Specs

  • 23-ounce spray
  • Uses polymers and high-molecular-weight silicones
  • Model: BM23

Pros

  • Produces a high-gloss shine
  • Lasts up to four weeks
  • Dries quickly

Cons

  • Spray nozzle is a hassle to set properly
  • Not designed for use with Plasti Dip wheels
Best Aerosol
Meguiar’s G190315 Ultimate Insane Shine Tire Coating

You can achieve a high-gloss, wet-look shine on your tires with Meguiar’s Ultimate Insane Shine Tire Coating, which uses a special blend of synthetic polymers. A lasting finish is achieved through advanced resin technology and the beautiful glossy finish will maintain its look due to anti-ozonates, which protect rubber tires from cracking or fading.


This high-gloss shine is also easy to use, with the aerosol can allowing you to quickly spray the product on your tires, and you’re done. Unfortunately, this tire shine doesn’t stick well once you start driving and can also create a sling-off effect on your car’s paint, which you’ll need to clean off. The shine will also dull quickly once you start driving.


Product Specs

  • 15-ounce aerosol can
  • Synthetic polymer formula
  • Model: G190315

Pros

  • Glossy finish
  • Protects against cracking and fading
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Doesn’t stick well while driving
  • May produce sling-off
  • Dulls faster than some rival brands
Best UV Protection
Turtle Wax T217RA Wet'n Black Ultra Wet Tire Shine

Turtle Wax Wet N' Black tire shine penetrates deep into the rubber. This locks in the high-gloss shine for weeks of protection. Simply spray the product on your tires, and let it sit for 3-5 minutes. The self-levelers ensure you get even coverage. The coating is a proprietary blend of silicone polymers that has a unique bonding chemical makeup that allows the shine to cling to your tires, even through washing.


Tire life is extended due to UV inhibitors that protect the tires from drying and cracking. Unfortunately, it can look streaky on your tires, and if you apply too much, it’ll look cloudy. You should also be very careful to not get it on your wheels. Certain types of wheels can become damaged if the product is sprayed on and left there.


Product Specs

  • 23-ounce spray
  • Contains silicone polymers
  • Model: T217RA

Pros

  • High-gloss shine
  • Covers tires evenly
  • UV inhibitors protect against fading and cracking

Cons

  • May produce streaks
  • Can cause damage on certain types of wheels
Best No-Streak Formula
Griot's Garage Black Shine Tire & Trim Coating

The Griot's Garage Black Shine Tire & Trim Coating is a water-resistant formula that's designed to last through rain and several car washes and protects against harmful UV rays. It’s designed to produce an even and precise spray pattern to prevent over spray and applies smoothly on your tires, wheel wells, and trim while producing a deep and dark shine. Nor will it run or streak.


Also, it has a pleasant scent, which makes car cleaning much nicer. It's easy to apply, and you only need one or two quick passes for it to take effect. It also lasts a while, making it good value. However, applying too much can create slinging around your fenders and panels, so you may want to spray it on a pad applicator instead of directly on the tires. It may also sling if you don't let it sit a bit before driving.


Product Specs

  • 15-ounce aerosol
  • Water-resistant formula
  • Model: ‎10938

Pros

  • Lasts through rain and car washes
  • Protects against UV rays
  • Won’t run or streak

Cons

  • Too much product can produce sling
  • May require more drying time than other brands
Best With Silicone
Mothers 16915 Speed Tire Shine

This tire shine from Mothers produces an instant high-gloss finish and is very easy to use. Just spray it on your tires, wipe off any over spray and drips, and let it dry for a few minutes. This durable tire shine penetrates into your tires to provide long-lasting results and uses an advanced micro-emulsion resin technology that works quickly with minimal effort.


The formula also smells nice, which makes it enjoyable to use, too. Unfortunately, it's not safe for certain rims as it can cause etches and discoloration, which are almost impossible to remove. So make sure you check the label and your rim’s composition before clicking the Buy It Now button. This tire shine may also turn some rubber tires a brown color. In addition, the shine won’t last as long as other products on the market.


Product Specs

  • 15-ounce aerosol
  • Uses micro-emulsion resin technology with premium silicones
  • Model: 16915

Pros

  • High-gloss finish
  • Easy to use
  • No sling-off

Cons

  • Can damage wheels
  • May turn tires brown
  • Not as long lasting as some other options
Best for the Environment
Carfidant Ultimate Tire Shine Spray

The Carfidant Ultimate Tire Shine Spray creates a wet, dark, and slick look on your tires with just a few pumps and the formula blocks UV rays and provides protection against salt and other road debris. Made with a nano-polymer coating, the non-toxic formula does not contain excess dyes or fragrances, and it's environmentally friendly. We like that it's simple to control the shine level.


The instructions are straightforward, and you can opt for a more natural shine or a deeper, more wet-looking shine. American-based Carfidant also provides a 100 percent refund if you're not satisfied with the results. One problem is that the nozzle may leak when it sprays, so you may waste a little bit of the product. Unfortunately, this is a problem endemic to many brands. Also, its lifespan holding onto your tires isn’t the greatest, particularly if it rains.


Product Specs

  • 18-ounce spray
  • Formulated with a nano-polymer coating
  • Model: ‎8542144535

Pros

  • Produces a wet, sleek look
  • Protects against salt and road debris
  • Non-toxic

Cons

  • Nozzle may leak
  • Not as long lasting as other brands
Most Versatile
Chemical Guys Tire Kicker Extra Glossy Tire Shine

The Chemical Guys Tire Kicker Extra Glossy Tire Shine is designed to enhance the exterior appearance of your tires and other rubber, vinyl, and plastic parts on your vehicle, making it extremely versatile. It is safe for use on your interior, exterior, and engine bay too, and is a non-greasy formula. In addition to tires, you can use it on faded grilles, plastic mirrors, bumper parts, dashboards, vinyl seats, etc.


It also prevents parts from fading in the sun and is easy to use: just spray it on, and wipe off the excess formula. One downside is that you have to reapply it regularly as its effects don’t last as long as some other products and rain and snow can remove it quickly. It can also be a  little messy as the nozzle tip may act erratically.


Product Specs

  • 64-ounce bottle
  • Designed for interior and exterior use
  • Model: TVD11364SW

Pros

  • Non-greasy
  • Prevents parts from fading
  • Works on rubber, vinyl, plastic, and more

Cons

  • Requires regular reapplication
  • Formula is messy
  • Nozzle tip can be finicky
Best for Tires & Trim
Lucas Oil Tire & Trim Shine

Lucas' Slick Mist tire shine makes your tires look nearly new. This easy-to-use spray goes on smoothly and is designed to smell pleasant. The formula is thick and effectively clings to your tires and after repeated use, it will build up on your tire to create a protective coating without being gummy or gooey. We like that it's more than just a tire shine.


While it will enhance the look of your tires, you can also use it on black trim and it won’t create slick driveway stains like several other tire shine products on the market. Unfortunately, it won’t restore faded and old black plastic to make it look brand new. Also, it can take several applications to see results. You need to put in a lot of effort to achieve a change. Also, after this product dries, your tires may look like they did before application.


Product Specs

  • 24-ounce spray
  • Designed for tires and trim
  • Model: 10513

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Pleasant smell
  • Won’t leave stains on the driveway

Cons

  • Won’t make trim look brand new
  • Several applications required for best results
  • May lose its shine after it dries

Our Verdict on Tire Shines

Our pick for the best tire shine is the  Car Guys Tire Shine Spray. It's easy to use, gives tires a restored look, and can be used on plastic and vinyl surfaces as well. It also provides UV protection and comes with an applicator pad for convenience. For a more budget-friendly option, consider the Meguiar’s Endurance Tire Gel.

What to Consider When Buying a Tire Shine

There are several factors to consider before purchasing a tire shine. First you need to familiarize yourself with the types available and the pros and cons of each, so you can find the best kind to suit your needs. Next, you should look at the products' protective qualities, durability, ease of application, and other features in order to make an informed buying decision.

Types of Tire Shines

Spray On Shines

Many tire shining products come in a spray bottle for better application accuracy. These tire shines are easy to apply and allow the liquid to reach challenging areas such as in between the tire ridges. They are made up of oils and polymers mixed with water. These types of shines don’t wear down the tires, meaning they can be used more often without fear of damaging the tires in the long run. However, they do not last as long as gel-based options.

Gel-Based Shines

Gel shines come in a bottle and give you control over how much product you use and where exactly it goes. These shines are applied by rubbing the gel onto the rubber of the tire with a microfiber cloth. You could also do the opposite by applying the gel to the cloth first. These require more time and care to make sure the tire gets a nice finish.

Tire Shine Key Features

UV Protection 

Tire shines come with an added feature and benefit for your tires: While giving them a shiny finish, they also protect against the sun’s UV rays. This prevents them from fading and showing signs of aging. If you live somewhere particularly sunny, we recommend investing in a tire shine with better UV protection.

Shine Control

Spray and gel shines can leave your tires with a number of different finishes. The results depend on how long the shine is left on the rubber and, in some cases, how much is put on. The longer it remains before being removed, the shinier finish the tires will get.

Durability

Tire shine can disappear pretty quickly after application if you don’t choose a product that offers durability. Some formulas last for just a few days; others can stick onto your tires for a week or longer. The more durable a tire shine product is, the more value you’ll get with every use. Look for products that can survive UV rays, car washes or car wash soaps, and combat dirt you’ll pick up while driving to find the most durable options.

Ease of Application

Tire shines come in a gel or spray form. Both are simple to apply, but gel-based shines may take more time and require more manual labor, while sprays are applied more quickly.

Finish Results

If making your tires super shiny isn’t the end goal, you can instead give them a matte or satin finish. This look will make the tires less sparkly and create a factory look instead.

Microfiber Applicator Pad

It is important to have something to rub in the tire shine. Microfiber applicator pads are used to rub in the spray or gel to get an even coat all around the tires. Many products may come with their own pad, but if they don’t, you will need to buy one in order to make sure you get the best finish possible.

Benefits of a Tire Shine

  • Enhanced gloss and color. A tire shine can make your tires look brand new all over again with a single application. It’ll literally gloss over signs of wear like fading or tire scuffs and marks, leaving behind an enriched black color with more depth, a sleek shine, and high gloss. You can even opt to make some tire shines more matte by wiping them for a customized appearance.
  • All-around protection. Tire shine adds a layer of cool shine, but it can also help protect your tires, keeping them cleaner every time you hit the open road. Tire shine can keep dirt, mud, and other kinds of debris from gunking up your tires and making them look worse for the wear.
  • Prevents potential damage. Over time and exposure to the elements, your tires can become damaged (and unattractive) due to UV light, rain, and temperature changes. Tire shine can actually combat these types of damage and wear to protect your tires. It’ll even help prevent cracks from forming, offering lubrication and moisture.

Top Brands

Chemical Guys

Based out of California, Chemical Guys designs and creates high-quality waxes, coatings, polishes, and sealants for cars. The company offers videos and courses to teach people how to properly care for a car. One of its top products is the Chemical Guys TVD80816 Optical Select Tire Shine (Hybrid V07)

Car Guys

Car Guys is a brand devoted to properly detailing cars to make sure they last longer. It launched as a website in 2015 and evolved into a company later on as it started to design its own personal car products. Its best-rated tire shine is the Car Guys Tire Shine Spray.

Meguiar’s

Founded in 1901, Meguiar’s has been creating care products for more than just vehicles over its 118 years of business. It began as a furniture polishing laboratory by Frank Meguiar, Jr., then later began to develop its own products for automotive care. One of its most recommended products is the Meguiar’s Endurance Tire Gel.

Mothers

Based in Huntington Beach, Calif., Mothers got its start by creating mag and aluminum polish. Today, the company produces over 100 products, including tire shine, leather conditioner, wheel cleaner, and foam wash. We recommend the Mothers 16915 Speed Tire Shine.

Armor All

Chemist Joe Palcher invented Armor All Protectant in the early 1960s, but it wasn't patented until 1979. These days, the company produces a wide range of cleaning products, from protectants and disinfectants to cleaners and air fresheners. One of its top products is the Armor All Extreme Tire Shine.

Tire Shine Pricing 

Many tire shine products are affordable and cost $5 or less. They are often small spray cans or bottles but are a good option if you want to try out a new tire shine and don’t want to spend a lot of money. Spend up to $10, and you'll find more options from more popular brand names. Packaging is often a little bigger, so the products will last longer. If you spend $10 to $20, you'll find tire shines that are more durable with more features, such as UV protection. Products that cost more than $20 are typically sold in larger containers or bulk packaging.

Tips and Tricks

As with something you do for decades upon decades, you pick up a few tips and tricks along the way in terms of selecting the right product, and/or using it. That’s the case with us and tire shine products. To help you bridge the information gap, here’s a selection of what we’ve learned along the way.

  • Make sure your tires are clean and dry before applying a spray or gel. The shine solution can’t remove debris or dirt effectively, but the resulting shine can help keep dirt and other road debris from sticking to the tires.
  • For sprays, it is recommended you hold the bottle closer to the tire when applying. That way, you will have more control over where you’re spraying and how much product hits your tires.
  • Sling is what happens if a tire is not fully dried after applying tire shine to the rubber. If any water from the product is leftover, it will be flung off and stick to your car as soon as you start driving, thus removing the tire shine. To prevent this, make sure the tires are completely dry.
  • Avoid applying tire shine when it’s hot out to get a nice even coating on the tires and give them a slick finish. You should also avoid applying shine products to tires that are hot or warm. Bring the car into the shade or wait until the sun has set to apply.

FAQs 

You’ve got questions. The Drive has answers!

Q: Can all tire cleaners be applied to plastic and vinyl?

Some, but not all, tire shine products can be applied to other areas of your car. We recommend researching a shine before you start applying it to plastic or vinyl.

Q: How long does the shine last?

This is a difficult question to answer because each tire shine is different. The majority will keep your tires shining for up to a week, but check with the manufacturer to make sure.

Q: Will tire shines leave a stain on concrete?

Yes, however most stains will go away over time or can be washed away with a hose or power washer.

Q: How easy is it to remove accidental marks on wheels?

It’s simple to remove any marks you may get on the wheels. Just use a microfiber to wipe it off quickly.