TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat
Occasionally we get calls from customers about problems with the Tire Clearcoat
not adhering and flaking off the tire.
In almost all cases we were able to resolve the problem.
The following are recommendations to avoid or repair a problem.
First, we stress reading the cleaner instructions and following them
carefully. Proper cleaning is
the key to success! The best gauge
as to whether or not the tires are clean is to scrub and rinse the tire
repeatedly until the suds are white, usually 2 or 3 times. 99% of the time this is true and the
results are what are expected and the customer is thrilled with the results.
Some customers suggest that you clean the tires and then drive for a day or two
to let any remaining residue that may be left in the pores to surface and then
do a final cleaning with TUF SHINE Tire Cleaner.
Do not rinse the tire brush in a bucket of water between cleanings. The water
will get contaminated by the silicone residue on the brush and you will
re-introduce silicone onto the tire.
Rinse the brush with a stream of water from a garden hose.
Scrubbing in multiple directions to ensure that the ribbing and areas around
lettering is a must. The TUF SHINE
Tire Brush supplied with the kit is designed especially for this purpose and has
the right amount of scrubbing power, but still fine enough to get into these
If 3 cleanings are still not providing you with white suds, chances are there is
a waxy petroleum based dressing on the tire.
Adding 30% household ammonia or isopropyl alcohol to the cleaner may
help. In extreme cases, cleaning
with straight lacquer thinner or denatured alcohol from your local hardware
store may be required (Wear protective
gloves) This would be a one-time process to prep the tire for the clearcoat,
and should not do any more damage to the tire than normal weathering and
oxidation of the sidewall since it evaporates so rapidly. We suggest using a slightly damp rag
to slow down the evaporation of the solvent to give you more working time. We have
followed this procedure
ourselves without any negative consequences.
Follow up with a final cleaning using the TUF SHINE Tire Cleaner to remove
any remaining residue.
Allow tire to dry before
applying the TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat to the tires.
Once you seal the tire with the tire clearcoat, the
factory lubricants still in the tire are locked in and will not allow the rubber
to dry out or crack.
If there are some areas that start to brown and flake after applying TUF SHINE
Tire Clearcoat, consider going to a do-it-yourself car wash and use the tire
cleaner setting and pressure wash the tires to remove the old dressing and the
TUF SHINE finish in areas where it is flaking off. Then follow the TUF SHINE cleaning
process again. Cleaning with the brush
and cleaner should remove any clearcoat from stubborn areas that were not
pressure washed off so that the next coat of clearcoat finish will adhere. The
clearcoat that had adhered in the beginning should not be affected, but may be
dull looking. Apply additional
coats, as needed, of the tire clearcoat to blend in the finish for a uniform