Video: How to clean and shine your tires like the pros

You spent hours cleaning and detailing your car only to discover that the tire shine you put on disappeared by the time you got to the showfield–or worse, attracted even more dirt and grime.

Before you go about slathering on more tire shine, Tim McNair of Grand Prix Concours shows you how to do it the right way.

Presented by CRC Industries.

7aull New Reader
6/13/21 1:43 p.m.

Always time well spent listening to Tim's guidance. Thanks for these videos!

Stu A

80 RX7


David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/24/21 2:57 p.m.

In reply to 7aull :

Yes, Tim knows his stuff.

This weekend I cleaned up some race tires that I'm putting back into service. Figured I'd give it a go. That SD-20 makes a huge difference. 



joeymec New Reader
2/28/23 11:25 a.m.

I have always used  lacquer thinner on a rag to clean browned, stained tires.  It takes them back to flat black with a uniform flat surface.  The you can apply whatever coating you desire, if desired.

PopeyeBoston New Reader
1/31/24 1:12 p.m.

Great video, thank you!  Like others have posted, I really enjoy these. 

I agree on the non-gloss finish of Griots  vinyl and rubber dressing. It leaves a nice, deep black color. 

What are the collective thoughts on Griot's rubber cleaner for tires?  I've used that for years, simply because I've never thought of their other products.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/2/24 2:57 p.m.

Griot’s orange rubber cleaner? I used it the other day while waiting on SD-20. The finish looked pretty natural and black.

I think the foam is just easier for me since no hose required. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/2/24 2:58 p.m.

By the way, the above is just with the Griot’s Rubber Cleaner–no dressing or anything applied afterward. 

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