How to Restore Old Car Tires

by David Montoya
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Old gray tires can ruin the aesthetic appeal of your car, even after a detail. This lackluster look is the result of too much sun. UV rays break down the rubber over time, resulting in a dull-looking tire that may show a few cracks. While there are several different tire-restoration products, such as sprays and foams, gels work the best at restoring a natural black without the shiny or wet look that other products leave.

Step 1

Clean all four tires with water and soap to remove dirt and debris. Dry off the tires with a clean towel.

Step 2

Apply tire-restoration gel with UV protection directly onto a sponge. Excessive exposure to UV rays causes the rubber to become brittle. This can eventually ruin the integrity of the tire. UV protection will help prevent further damage.

Step 3

Rub on a thin layer of gel with your sponge by working your way around the tire. This will ensure an even application of gel.

Step 4

Add another layer of gel if you want a shiny or glossy appearance to your tires. If not, a single layer will restore the tires' original black (it will have a more matted appearance).

Step 5

Repeat Steps 1 through 4 at least once a week to maintain a healthy black tire and to keep the rubber protected from harmful UV rays.

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