Is anyone using a tire sidewall treatment that doesn't make the rubber look wet n' shiny but has more of semi-gloss almost matte finish? I want something subtle and not glossy. Any recommendations?
Get the tire dressing from Zaino!! It is called perfect tire gloss, there part # is Z-16. It is FANTASTIC!! Put it on a cloth, wipe it on...leaves a satin finish,, and doesn't come off. If you get some on your wheels, wipes right off with a cloth. The best I have found..
I've used Endurance and I definitely wouldn't describe it as high gloss. It leaves a very acceptable satin finish that lasts for weeks. My only problem with Endurance is it also leaves a layer of oily goo on the tires. This usually messes up my raised white letters and, even after cleaning the letters, leaves streaks on them as the stuff is slewed off the tires by centrifical force. If there is something better than Endurance out there I'd love to try it. Problem is that all the ricers now want that wet look on their 1" tall tires so all the products are aimed at them.
I've seen two different versions of Meguiar's Endurance. One says "High Gloss" while the one I use does not. I always wipe or "buff" the tires after the application and, while it's still a little too shiny for my taste, after a wash or two it looks great.
I've tried the Zaino tire dressing as an experiment and will probably change to that product soon. One big plus is that the Zaino dries and won't come off on your wash sponge or attract dust like the Endurance.
I've used the "Low Gloss" version of Armor ALL for several years now. The only trouble is that it's getting very hard to find - everybody carries hi-gloss, but only a few carry the low. I wonder if it's being discontinued???
The other "tip" I've got is to cut a plastic (or cardboard) disc to cover your wheels with...prevents messy overspray from getting all over the clean wheels. /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
They have two types as Rickoshay says, I use the original, which is low gloss. I also wipe most of it off to get rid of the oily residue that can happen if you use get it on too thick. It's one product you don't want to be generous with when you apply it. I've been using it for several years and like it very much.
It is billed as a vinyl and rubber protectant, that restores the oils lost thru UV and Bla,bla,bla...It sprays on and leaves a 'satin' finish. The thing I really like about it, is that doesn't attract dust like the other products I have used. I can drive the 1 mile of dirt road, that leads me to the closest paved road, and the tires still look like new.
Give it a shot, I use it on the interior as well.
Got it @ Auto Zone.