Comes in Matte or Gloss Finish
Plasticoat Tire Shine is a polymer-based ‘permanent’ tire shine composition. It is a clear-coat.
It is best applied with a 2-inch high density foam roller. It forms a flexible, durable, dry-film that is not tacky. One or two coats are recommended. Two coats produces a blacker and shinier finish. It can be applied year-round (down to 50 F), and is not affected by rain, snow, road salt, will not evaporate on hot, sunny days, and dust (including brake dust) and particulate (under dry-driving conditions) will not adhere to the surface.
Application time on average sized car tires is approximately ten to fifteen minutes per 4 tires – one coat. It dries in 20 – 40 minutes, depending on temperature and humidity.
The finish is blacker and shinier than conventional silicone oil-based products. The satin-finish
product is recommended when a softer, ‘new tire’ look is preferred. Films are also not damaged
by pressure washers or the car wash. The finish lasts for several months under normal (i.e., city/highway)
driving conditions. A fresh coat may be applied directly over older films that are clean and dry. No
additional surface preparation is required. The product is non-toxic, non-flammable (i.e., water-based),and non-hazardous (i.e., is not a HazMat).
Tire Surface Preparation:
- Tire surfaces should be clean, dry, and free of silicone oil (e.g., from other tire shine products, and mold release agents on new tires), road grime, and brake dust before applying this product to ensure proper adhesion and a desirable finish.
- Clean tires first with a commercial sodium metasilicate-based cleaner/degreaser (see FAQ for recommended products and availability).
- NOTE: Please review the safety precautions on the bottle before using these recommended cleaning products.
- Spray the cleaner/degreaser on liberally and scrub vigorously with a soft-bristled brush capable of getting in and around the tread line, and all of the raised lettering/numbering, etc. (e.g., a nylon scrub brush – auto parts stores sell brushes designed specifically for scrubbing tires).
- NOTE: Proper cleaning may require a full bottle of cleaner/degreaser, and WILL require a lot of scrubbing and rinsing.
- A dark brown discharge indicates that silicone oil, road grime, and/or brake dust IS present, and must be removed.
- Allow the cleaning product to sit on the tires for a few minutes, and then rinse thoroughly with water.
- Note: Be sure to rotate the tires during cleaning to ensure that the entire tire surfaces (i.e., including the portions initially facing the ground) are thoroughly cleaned.
- Tire surfaces are properly cleaned and ready for application when the ENTIRE tire surfaces wet evenly, and are darker when wet (if in doubt, allow tires to dry, and then re-wet).
- If the rinse water beads, and the tire surface does not darken when wetted, on any part of the tire surfaces, the cleaning/ scrubbing/rinsing process MUST be repeated (See website ‘How To’ videos).
- Allow tires to dry completely before starting.
- RECOMMENDATION: A very effective way to determine if the tires have been properly cleaned is to prepare a small Plasticoat Tire Shine test spot on one front tire first (one coat), allow to dry, and then drive the vehicle a few miles. Inspect the test spot. If the film is cracking, flaking, or is totally removed, the tires ARE NOT properly cleaned (See ‘How To’ videos).
- NOTE: If cracking and flaking is observed, refer to the FAQ page to learn how to totally remove the test spot.
- NOTE: Failure to completely remove the oily residue from previous tire shine products, or mold release agents, will prevent Plasticoat Tire Shine (because it is water-based) from properly adhering to tire surfaces, which will cause the cured films to start flaking off once the vehicle is driven.
- NOTE: Proper and thorough tire preparation (i.e., cleaning and rinsing) will significantly increase the longevity and improve the appearance of this product.
Directions for use:
- Apply with the included high density foam roller.
- If what look like small ‘craters’ (referred to as ‘fish eye’) start forming on the film while applying product, there are residual tire shine products, or mold release agents, or surfactants, on the tires, which should be removed. Quickly rinse product off before it starts to dry, and refer to the ‘Tire Surface Preparation’ section.
- If a blacker and shinier finish is desired, apply a second coat. Wait for the first coat to dry completely before applying the second coat.
- If two coats are to be applied on the same day, for added convenience, the un-washed roller and tray may be stored in the refrigerator between coats for up to approximately two hours.
- If this product gets on the wheel, or the body of the car, quickly wipe off with a damp paper towel, sponge, or cloth. It will not harm these types of surfaces.
- Allow coatings to dry completely before using the vehicle. Dry time is approximately 30 minutes (i.e., milky appearance has totally disappeared), depending on temperature and humidity.
- Do not expose a fresh coat to rain or sustained wetting, otherwise the film may temporarily revert to the milky appearance.
- Driving with fresh coatings under dry conditions and/or exposing them to direct sunlight, after they have completely dried, will accelerate the final cure process.
- If the coatings get damaged (e.g. scuffed on a curb), clean the damaged portions with a damp nylon dishwashing scrub pad. Use the abrasive side to remove any loose flakes of coating that are still sticking to the tire surface. Once the surface is clean and dry, apply a fresh coat of product to the damaged portion.
- Clean fully cured coatings with a pressure washer, garden hose, wet cloth, abrasive side of a nylon dishwahing scrub pad (light buffing action – an older, used pad is better), or soft bristled brush and water. Mild detergent solutions (e.g. dish washing detergent) may also be used.
- A fresh coat may be applied directly over an existing film that is clean and dry. No additional surface preparation is required.