The Best Wheel and Tire Cleaners of 2016
Nothing is more heartwarming than a gleaming set of wheels and here at modelcarhub.com, we take tire cleaners seriously. Tire cleaners are an essential and no motorist worth his salt is without out. These products do more than just clean tires; they also protect your wheels from aging, damage, and deterioration. Without further ado, here are some of the best wheel and tire cleansers we recommend:
Meguiar Hot Shine High Gloss Tire Spray
It’s cheap, innovative, and effective, Meguiar’s Hot Shine high gloss tire spray will keep your wheels gleaming and clean without the elbow grease! Thanks to its Meguiar’s proprietary formula, the hot shine tire spray will restore gnarly looking tires, deepening their blackness and imparting an enviable high gloss finish that lasts. It comes with conditioning agents that will prolong the life of your tires, preventing browning, premature aging, and cracking. What’s more, Meguiar’s Hot Shine spray tire cleaner’s waterproof coating protects the wheels from every day wear and tear!
We also love the two-way sprayer for a no mess, no waste application. The special nozzle gives you more control over the amount of product you spray on the tire, allowing you to adjust according to your tire dimension.
Now for the downside, there’s not a lot, really. We just wish the product added more gloss to our tires. Sure, the Hot Shine high gloss tire spray deepens the blackness of our tires, making them look new again but glossiness? Not so much. Also, make sure not to let the product get onto the rims. Some users say the product stained their rims. We didn’t have a problem with the staining but that’s because we’re generally careful with the application. Overall, this is an excellent product especially for those who’d like a budget-friendly tire cleaner.
Armor All Extreme Tire Shine Aerosol
The Armor All Extreme Tire Shine Aerosol is yet another budget-friendly tire cleanser that promises “extra ordinary results.” It boasts of an advanced formula that’s engineered to deliver glossiness while boosting tire durability without the mess.
Using the product, we loved how the All-Extreme tire shine spray obliterated brown spots and superficial cracks and stains on our old tires. The formula has a sort of smoothening agent that gives the tires a nice, even look. It stained our wheels a nice black, giving it a beautiful glossy finish that stayed on for days. We loved how the formula kept our tires looking new again and it did protect our wheels from mud, dust, and natural aging.
Now for the downside, we don’t have a problem with the formula because it’s downright impressive. It did the job right and kept our wheels black and gleaming. But the sprayer nozzle is a different story entirely. It’s just flimsy and hard to use. It didn’t spread the product evenly and made application cumbersome. Unsurprisingly, we’re not the only one who came across with the same issue. Dozens of other users claim that their All-Extreme tire shine sprayer is defective. Hopefully the brand will do something about the less than stellar spray nozzle because this tire cleaner is one of our all-time faves.
Black Magic Tire Wet Spray
The Black Magic’s tire cleaner is specially formulated to give your tires a black and glossy finish. It combines high molecular weight silicones and polymers to blur out superficial cracks and give tires a nice, even surface.
To use, just spray the product all over the tire and let sit for 1 to 3 minutes and you’re done! There’s no wiping involved so cleaning your tires is a short and sweet affair, just the way we like it. Adding to the convenience of cleaning your tires is Black Magic’s quick drying formula. Because you’re just spraying the product on, there’s less mess and application is so easy.
But does it work? You bet. The Black Magic tire cleaner left our wheels nice and clean with a low-glossy finish. According to the brand’s Amazon ad, this product offers a brilliant shine so we expected high shine so that was underwhelming.
Of course, this product only costs five bucks so for the price, it works great. One advice though, this product may stain certain spots near the wheels so use this only as directed. Also, the Black Magic tire cleaner is best for relatively new tires and not aging, cracking tires. Sure, the polymer-silicone formula helps blur out cracks but it is by no means a miracle worker. It’s not gonna transform aged tires, that’s for sure.
Mothers Foaming Wheel & Tire Cleaner
Mothers Foaming Wheel & Tire Cleaner features an advanced formula that breaks down all types of grease, dirt and grime for easy rinsing. Because the formula is non-acidic, Mothers foaming tire cleaner is perfectly safe to use on coated, chrome, clear coated, painted and factory coated wheels and hub caps.
To use, just spray the product directly on dirty tires, letting the foamy formula coat the entire wheel. Then, let the product sit for a second before you rinse it with water. Thanks to its foaming formula, coverage is great, saving you less time on application.
According to Mothers, this product allows for easy rinsing but we think they exaggerated a bit. Yes, it’s a great formula but you really have to work the product in to remove all traces of grime. Rinsing off the product is not a straightforward affair. You have to work every nook and cranny to get the product off. And while Mothers foaming tire cleaner has a gentle formula, it’s not recommended for polished or roughcast aluminum, billet or anodized wheels so watch out. Also, it may dull some painted wheels so always do a spot test.
At this price point, the Mothers foaming tire cleaner is more expensive than some products. It works better than expensive tire cleaners do but apart from the foamy application, this product just doesn’t offer anything revolutionary to warrant the price tag.
CarGuys Premium Wheel and Tire Cleaner
Car Guys’ premium wheel cleaner features a potent gel formula that melts dust, grease, and salt grime. It protects the tires from corrosion while boosting the durability of your wheels. CarGuys’ tire cleanser is guaranteed non-toxic, pH balanced and acid-free, making it safe to use on most types of tires, including alloy anodized, painted and chrome tires. That said, being pH balanced and non-toxic will not guarantee flawless results so do a bit of spot testing first before going ahead for a full on cleanse.
Testing this tire cleanser, we loved that there is no brushing involved as you work the product in. The unique gel formula ensures no drips and effortless application and we’re happy to report that this is not a hype at all. It did a great job of melting deep-seated grime on our wheels, leaving the tires looking brand new after every wash.
Of course, Car Guys’ premium wheel cleaner is not perfect; it’s one of the most expensive tire cleansers on this list but for good reasons. It’s effective and one jug contains about a gallon of the stuff so you’ll use this for a long, long time. Even better, if you’re unhappy with this product, CarGuys offer a 100$ satisfaction money-back guarantee. Just send the product back for a no question asked refund.