View Full Version : Tire Dressing Test (Round 2) - 56K warning!

Apr 12th, 2007, 03:24 PM
OK, you can reply to this thread now, I split the days in to their own posts to narrow the problems when I copy and pasted, so.... I think I fixed all the problems. I can tell you there are way more than just the ' that cause issues when copying from word.

About a year ago I compared a few dressings in this post: Tire Dressing Test - 56K warning! (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10524), and now here are some others.

I have been waiting to do this test, I wanted a fairly dry stretch so I kept an eye on the forecast. It did turn out to be fairly dry then towards the end of the test there was plenty of rain and a few inches of snow, in the end it worked out rather well and this should give you an idea over different driving conditions.

I first scrubbed the tires with All Purpose Cleaner + and a Versa-Angle Tire Brush then just to make sure the tires were clean I used what was left of my NXT Generation Tire Cleaner and again scrubbed with a Versa-Angle Tire Brush and rinsed. I cleaned them with both the APC+ and tire cleaner to ensure a clean surface. I wiped dry then let them sit for about an hour making sure the water had evaporated.

Here is a tire all cleaned up and ready for a dressing.

Fresh Clean Tire:

I applied the following products as the directions stated on the bottles, I applied two coats to each tire to give even coverage. I then let the products dry for about an hour and took the first set of photos you see in this post, I was having a very hard time getting good photos as the sun kept coming and going, so the first photos are not the best.

Hot Shine High Gloss Tire Gel (http://www.meguiars.com/?tire-care/Hot-Shine-High-Gloss-Tire-Gel) Left front tire

Gold Class Endurance High Gloss (http://www.meguiars.com/?tire-care/Gold-Class-Endurance-High-Gloss) Left rear tire

All Season Dressing (http://www.meguiars.com/?detailer-dressings/All-Season-Dressing) Right front tire

Hyper-Dressing (http://www.meguiars.com/?detailer-dressings/Hyper-Dressing) Right rear tire

I checked the tires everyday. I am taking photos every other day or depending on weather conditions, I found in the prior test every day wasn't totally necessary as there was very little change during dry conditions.

Again I was having trouble with the photos sorry for the varying quality in the photos (its a little hard to tell exactly what the product looks like.

I did notice I was having trouble getting a nice even look to the tires with all the products other than All Season Dressing, I am guessing that the tire have something to do with this. I have not had this same trouble in the past on previous vehicles with the same products so it leads me to believe the tires have something to do with it.

Apr 12th, 2007, 03:30 PM
Day 1 - 4/1/2007

Total Miles Driven: 0
Weather: Sunny/Dry
Road Conditions: ---
Days High Temp: 57 deg F.


I did notice that the look of the dressings have evened out over the first day. All the tires look good with a fresh looking coat of dressing.

Apr 12th, 2007, 03:31 PM
Day 3 - 4/3/2007

Total Miles Driven: 34
Weather: Overcast
Road Conditions: Wet Morning/Dry Afternoon
Days High Temp: 52 deg F.


The dressings all still look great, there has been no noticeable decrease in appearance.

Apr 12th, 2007, 03:32 PM
Day 5 - 4/5/2007

Total Miles Driven: 50
Weather: Mostly Sunny
Road Conditions: Dry
Days High Temp: A Spring like 39 deg F.


Again the dressing all still look great, there has been no noticeable decrease in appearance just a nice even look.

There are a few little areas here and there where you will see some 'sling' only reason for the sling are all the groves or around some lettering in the tire where the dressing tends to get trapped and build up there during application. This appears to be true with the Endurance High Gloss and Hot Shine Gel but not with All Season Dressing or Hyper Dressing. Other than that there hasn't been any sling from the products used. Occasionally you will read someone is having sling problems IMO its more from the method of application than the product itself.

Apr 12th, 2007, 03:33 PM
Day 8 - 4/8/2007

Total Miles Driven: 170
Weather: Sunny
Road Conditions: Dry
Days High Temp: 41 deg F.


The dressings are holding up well, I am surprised by Hyper Dressing being water based I thought it would have been long gone, but other than day 3 the roads have been dry.

Apr 12th, 2007, 03:34 PM
Day 10 - 4/10/2007

Total Miles Driven: 206
Weather: Overcast
Road Conditions: Wet
Days High Temp: 41 deg F.


Well, Hot Shine Gel and Endurance High Gloss seem to be holding up the best and are tied for first although they are not glossy they still have a very nice finish and look freshly dressed. All Season Dressing is second and Hyper Dressing is a very close third.

I was surprised by the All Season Dressing, it seems to be loosing a little more of the 'look', the tire still looks as if there is a dressing on it but on close inspection you can see variation in the finish and a similar appearance has come over Hyper Dressing.

Apr 12th, 2007, 03:37 PM
Day 11 - 4/11/2007

Total Miles Driven: 212
Weather: Rain/Snow
Road Conditions: Wet
Days High Temp: 39 deg F.

No Photos

Day 12 - 4/12/2007

Total Miles Driven: 238
Weather: Overcast
Road Conditions: Wet in the morning and dry in the afternoon
Days High Temp: 43 deg F.


Well this is the last day I am going to be taking photos, as you can see the tires and more so with the rear tires are dirty. There might be some product left under the dirt but I wasn't sure how to remove the dust/dirt without removing the product. The All Season Dressing (http://www.meguiars.com/?detailer-dressings/All-Season-Dressing) and Hot Shine High Gloss Tire Gel (http://www.meguiars.com/?tire-care/Hot-Shine-High-Gloss-Tire-Gel) still have a 'dressed' look to them but its more a 'new tire' look. With the Gold Class Endurance High Gloss (http://www.meguiars.com/?tire-care/Gold-Class-Endurance-High-Gloss) and Hyper-Dressing (http://www.meguiars.com/?detailer-dressings/Hyper-Dressing) there defiantly needs to be a good cleaning and a fresh coat applied. Now keep in mind the roads were very wet and slushy all day on day 11 and I did quite a bit of driving and there were plenty of puddles.

Overall Thoughts:
Overall I am very happy with them all, they seemed to perform very well. About all I expect out of a dressing it a week, since I try to wash my vehicle at least once a week I have no problem with the performance of the products. I am confident the products would have lasted several more days if the weather had stayed dry, sure they wouldn't look as glossy as day 1 but rather more a 'new tire' look.

Keep in mind this was for fun, it isn't a perfect test. For example: I have noticed these tires (over my old trucks tires) seem to be a little more difficult to apply the dressing and give a nice even appearance but as I mentioned the look evened out.

Ryan L.
Apr 12th, 2007, 03:46 PM
Wow!! That was a lot of work, but I sure enjoyed reading it!!

I really have to try the Hot Shine Gel, really like the look it gives!!

Thanks a bunch, I'm sure this will be useful to many, many people!!!!!

:bow :bow :bow :bow

Apr 12th, 2007, 03:53 PM
Thanks for taking the time to do the test and for posting the results. It can be a pain trying to get long posts to work out.

I am surprised by the ASD. I have never used it on tires before.

One trick I use to fight sling is when removing the excess product, I put a cotton rag over my tire brush and work it. The bristles seem to help the rag get in to all the groves and letters.

Now you can drive around with four matching tires. :laughing

Apr 13th, 2007, 02:47 PM
Thanks for taking the time gb387. I use Hot Shine Aresol and I like it the best out of everything I tried. It definetly seems to coat the tire and last a little while. I wish it would last longer. I liked the initial look of Hyper Dressing though.

Apr 13th, 2007, 05:37 PM
I use hot shine aerosol right now, but I think I'll have to order some of the gel. I really like the look after it rained. IMO Day 8 on Hot Shine and Endurance is the perfect amount of gloss.

Apr 16th, 2007, 07:02 PM
Excellent write-up and thank you for taking the time to conduct this test and post the results.

I have some Hyper-Dressing on the way and am curious as to the dilution ratio you used. I'm impressed that it turned out the way that it did.:)

Apr 17th, 2007, 03:49 AM
Excellent write-up and thank you for taking the time to conduct this test and post the results.

I have some Hyper-Dressing on the way and am curious as to the dilution ratio you used. I'm impressed that it turned out the way that it did.:)

I forgot to add that, so here is what I used: Hyper-Dressing - 3:1 Satin Finish

Apr 17th, 2007, 03:57 AM
Interesting test! Thanks for sharing! I'm going to have to try ASD on my tires now.... :)

J. A. Michaels
Apr 17th, 2007, 06:07 AM
gb387,great test. This looked like it was fun to do. I'm sure it was alot of hard work. Thank You for taking the time to do this test. Presently I only used asd for wheel wells. Now I'm going to try some on the tires. Thanks again for a excellant write up and a very good idea for a test.

Aug 15th, 2008, 05:29 PM
Great test of tire dressings. I agree with acsuppa that the Hyper Dressing looked the best at firs, but the Hot Shine really pulled through after almost two weeks. Good stuff.

Oct 8th, 2008, 08:12 PM
Endurance High Gloss is my favorite Meguiar's tire gel...Never found Hot Shine nor others all that special...

Jun 13th, 2009, 09:00 AM
I forgot to add that, so here is what I used: Hyper-Dressing - 3:1 Satin Finish

What dilution ratio did you use for the All Season Dressing?

I wonder what either product looks like at full strength?

Jul 4th, 2009, 11:13 PM
What dilution ratio did you use for the All Season Dressing?

I wonder what either product looks like at full strength?

ASD is used as is. It cannot be diluted.

The highest gloss of Hyper would would be 1:1. It would just look glossier than the satin ratio. I'm not sure if you could use it full strength. It's fairly thick...

Jul 4th, 2009, 11:33 PM
very informative post. i used the hot shot aerosol spray tire dressing and it works great. the thing ive noticed is that it doesnt keep that fresh shine for more than a week...

Oct 11th, 2009, 05:24 PM
one question. How 'oily' and 'sticky' is Insane Shine compare to Endurance Gloss & ASD ?

From the bottle, the Insane Shine look 'watery' to me ;)

Jason B
Sep 10th, 2016, 08:45 AM
So the endurance is the one that we think lasted the longest?

May 29th, 2017, 08:10 PM
Use the endurance, wipe off excess. Works great.