Armor All Extreme Tire Shine is a very popular tire dressing for anyone looking for intense shine. Some people love the extreme shine, while others like a more subtle approach to dressing on their tire sidewalls.
But having side walls so shiny you need sunglasses to look at might come with some drawbacks. Most extreme shine products are notorious for being gooey, messy, and throwing plenty of sling onto your car paint.
If all you want is extreme gloss and shine on your tires, then you can run with the Armor All extreme tire shine. But if you are the least bit concerned with any of the possible drawbacks associated with these hyper shine products than I strongly suggest you keep reading.
Before I get into an in-depth analysis of the Armor All extreme tire shine you can get yours here if you know you are chasing that hyper shine appearance and that is all you ultimately care about.
Darren's Tips: I understand there are people simply chasing the shine!
Kicking all other variables to the curb all in the name of extreme shine might be your only requirements.
I have never been one of those people so it is hard for me to justify ever using this product on any car I would ever own or drive. I don't like the extreme shine, and I certainly don't like the mess or sloppiness that generally comes with these hyper-shine products.
Let me lay down the required list of key points should you decide to make a judgement call based on a bullet point list if you are not the type of person that wants full understanding of a product or a topic of detailing:
If you have come here as a "Cliff Note" kind of person, then obviously you have read enough. But if you are looking to become as informed as possible, and not necessarily convinced that Armor All extreme tire shine is the way to go, then keep reading.
There is no shortage of tire dressings from which to be overwhelmed by! From brightly colored packaging to sexy names, even the most experience car enthusiast will find a dizzying array of tire dressings from which to become separated from their money.
Tire shines come in (2) basic varieties:
Solvent based tire dressings use some type of solvent as the "carrier" for silicone. Silicone is the accepted ingredient used in tire dressings as the ingredient that creates shine as well as offer a level of protection or conditioner for your tire.
Silicone by itself would be very impractical to be sold exclusively as a tire dressing for many reasons, and therefore is formulated into tire shine products that allow silicone to be applied to your tire sidewall in a way that offers a good user experience, as well as a good end result.
Solvent base tire dressings like the Armor All Extreme tire shine are all about shine. Unlike water base tire dressings that can also produce healthy amounts of gloss and shine, solvent based tire shine products reign supreme for extreme shine!
If you go through the checklist above, you should be capable of coming to a conclusion as to which type of tire shine represents the best fit for you.
It's all about silicone. Silicone is the ingredient needed to create the shine you are looking for. Solvent based tire dressings use a solvent (solvents come in endless varieties. Some are very dangerous to your health, some are less dangerous) as the molecular "carrier" of the silicone in creating the formulation.
As you can likely guess, water based dressings use a water molecule as the carrier of the silicone in their formulation.
Solvent based dressings have a few advantages if you are chasing hyper shine over their water based counter parts, but solvents tend to be damaging to both the rubber composition of your tire along with your health.
Many solvents that were once used to create tire shine products are now illegal in most states or countries. This is why many of the products in this modern world we live are made using water instead of harmful solvent ingredients.
Since water and silicone do not mix well together (think of vinegar and oil in the form of a vinaigrette salad dressing) additional ingredients in the form of surfactants are need to help bind the silicone and water together.
These ingredients are homogenized to create a nice emulsion (mayonnaise is a form of emulsion consisting of egg yolk, oil, and vinegar) which then becomes the final product like the Armor All extreme tire shine.
Most solvent based tire dressings suggest you spray the product directly onto the tire sidewall. This allows the product to go straight from the bottle onto your sidewall and creates an extra thick layer.
Many of the solvent based tire dressings have a thicker consistency due to the solvent content and do not respond as well when using a traditional applicator sponge. Once again, most people reach for a solvent based tire shine to create that hyper shine look.
The problem with spraying any tire shine directly onto your tire is this thing called over spray. It is impossible to control the spray pattern precisely so that the tire shine only goes onto your tire sidewall.
This means that your wheel and surrounding paint will get over spray on them which will require more time and effort to clean these areas off. Intense shine in the form of the Armor All extreme tire shine is not likely something you want on either your wheel nor your paint!
Many people find themselves simply overwhelmed by the endless choices and endless voices all screaming for their attention. For this reason many of my long term followers simply want to know what I would do if I was them.
And for this reason I am going to tell you what I do both for my personal cars and as a professional detailer.
Darren's Tips: When I was first introduced to water based tire dressings I immediately expected them to be inferior. I wondered how a water based dressing could hold up to normal use and specifically when washing your car.
I figured water based also meant water soluble. The formulator of the Nu Tyre Lotion enlighten me on the unqiue capabilities of this particular tire shine by relating it to latex paint.
Latex paint is water based and can be washed off while still wet. But once latex paint dries on your walls, it can no longer be washed off with water. This tire dressing uses the same technology in its very "tight" emulsion.
Once this product dries it is resistant to water and lasts a long time. It also represents a very versatile product as I no longer need a dedicated product to treat exterior vinyl trim pieces, and it can also be used on all the interior components I would normally use additional dedicated dressings for.
Now that you know the exact tire dressing I prefer and recommend, you will also want one of these applicator sponges that I discovered from a completely different industry.
Most "professional" tire dressing applicators simply suck. I love this sponge as it is the best tire dressing applicator sponge I have ever used and I cut it in half so I get two for the price of one.
If you decide to get the Armor All extreme tire shine you can still use this applicator sponge, but the solvent based dressing of the Armor All product will likely turn this rock hard after the dressing dries on the sponge.
Solvent based tire dressings have always been a problem when it comes to applicator sponges in general.
Darren's Tips: When I get this sponge in the mail, I immediately cut in half. When I use it (you can use it with any tire dressing of your choice) I get it completely wet and then wring out all excess water as tightly as I can.
I always apply the tire dressing directly to the face of the sponge (this prevents any over spray from getting onto my car) and then apply a nice coat of the Nu Tyre lotion to the tire sidewall. Once I am satisfied with the first layer of dressing I allow to dry.
If I want additional shine, I come back in and apply a second coat.
Before you go I want to add some additional pointers when dealing with any tire dressing specifically. A topic most people consider very trivial is actually worthy of some additional tips:
At this point you should not only be a much more informed car owner, but possibly come away with a different decision of tire dressings than when you first arrived here.
Regardless, I wish you much success in your detailing efforts!