FAQs & Tips
TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat
Is it really permanent?
Just as the clearcoat on a car is permanent, so is TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat. With proper care, TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat should outlast the tire tread. Normal pressure or hand washing will not remove the coating.
Is pre-cleaning of new tires necessary?
Yes. TUF SHINE Tire Cleaner has been specially formulated to remove silicone. New tires have a factory silicone or wax mold release agent on the sidewall, which must be removed first. Both new and used tires must be cleaned to remove oxidized rubber, road grime and especially silicone residues from previous tire dressings. The TUF SHINE Tire Cleaner is used only for the first cleaning and should not be used after TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat is applied since it may dull the finish. After that, wash the tires with mild soap and water. Read and follow directions on the bottle for best results.
Is TUF SHINE Tire Cleaner safe for wheels?
The cleaner is generally safe for most wheels and mild compared to wheel cleaners. In rare instances, it may cause minor spotting on some uncoated aluminum wheels. These can be polished out. Always test a small area first and clean only cool tires and wheels. Do not use in direct sunlight or allow cleaner to dry on wheels. Rinse thoroughly after cleaning.
What if the tire isn’t cleaned properly?
Because TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat is water based, it will not stick to silicone. The finish will flake or peel from areas where silicone tire dressings were not completely removed.
How do I care for the tires following application?
Care for the finish as you do the paint. Wash tires with a mild soap and water and a soft car wash brush or mitt. Always rinse the tire thoroughly after cleaning. Harsh tire cleaners and degreasers will dull or remove TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat.
Can I touch up scuffmarks?
Yes. Just apply TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat to the area that needs repair. Build up the finish to match the rest of the tire by dabbing clearcoat on the scuffed areas only. Allow each coat to dry before applying additional coats. Usually 2 or 3 coats should do the trick. You might want to blend it in by applying a final coat to the entire tire.
How does it protect the tire?
TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat seals in lubricants that are built into the tire at the factory. Without TUF SHINE, these lubricants will evaporate or wash off and may cause the tire to oxidize and/or crack. Other products are designed to lubricate the rubber, but must be applied often to maintain protection. TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat is PERMANENT and blocks out UV rays and damaging ozone.
Will it attract dust and dirt?
TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat is a dry, anti-static finish. Dust and dirt will not stick to the tire. You can actually dust your tires or rinse them off with a garden hose. Dirt and mud will wash off more easily because TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat seals the pores in the rubber.
Will it work on whitewalls and raised white letters?
Yes. In fact, TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat will seal the white rubber and prevent dirt and road grime from penetrating and dulling it. Whitewalls and raised letters will stay white longer than uncoated tires. Always seal the white areas first with TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat and let it cure for 5 minutes or more before coating the black portion of the tire. This way, if any black residue is wiped onto the whitewalls, a dampened rag will remove it before it has a chance to dry on the white sections.
Will it crack or turn brown?
No. TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat has over 500% elasticity and will not crack. The finish was tested under extreme weather conditions by an independent lab and remained clear. Extreme heat may cause amber colored anti-ozonants to bloom to the surface and turn whitewalls yellow. These anti-ozonants are formulated into the rubber compound at the factory. All competitive dressings had the same yellowing effect when tested under the same conditions.
Can you apply too many coats?
TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat is a super thin coating and can be applied often. Generally, except for scuffmarks, the tires will not need touch-up for 2 to 4 months or longer. It is not necessary to apply as many coats as would be needed with other tire dressings to maintain a shine.
Can I re-use the applicator sponge?
Yes. After each use, rinse with clean water and allow to dry.
TUF SHINE Spray & Shine – Quick Detail Spray
How does it work?
TUF SHINE Spray & Shine is a quick detailer that acts as a cleaner to remove light dust, bug splatters, fingerprints, tar and bird droppings. It will level out microscopic imperfections in the clear coat to give paint that just waxed look, enhancing the gloss and shine in just minutes.
How long will the finish it last?
The protection will last for 4 to 6 weeks, depending on how the car is stored, weather conditions, and how the car is washed. It is not a substitute for regular wax, but will extend the time period between wax jobs.
Does it contain silicone?
Yes. There is a trace amount of silicone (less than 1%), which helps to enhance the shine and durability.
Should the vehicle be washed first?
It is recommended that you wash the car first to conserve product and use less towels. Dirt can be trapped in the towel and scratch the paint. It is OK to use TUF SHINE Spray & Shine to remove light dust. Just make sure to coat the surface thoroughly and wipe with a soft towel. A light spray is all that is needed.
What is the best towel to use?
Micro-fiber and soft terrycloth towels are best. Avoid using stiff or dirty towels. Spray a section, wipe it with one towel and then buff dry with a second towel, folding often. This way, as the first towel becomes damp, you still have a dry towel to use for the final wipe.
How long will it take to apply TUF SHINE Spray & Shine?
Generally, it should take 15 minutes or less to do an average passenger car. Trucks and vans will take longer.
Can I use it in direct sunlight?
Yes, where most other quick detailers must be used on a cool surface, TUF SHINE Spray & Shine may be sprayed directly on a hot surface. It will NOT streak if wiped dry immediately.
Can I use it on the interior of the car?
Yes, but only on non-porous surfaces. Do not use on leather, vinyl or cloth. Spray on towel and apply rather than spraying directly on surface to avoid overspray.
Will it leave any residue?
No. As long as it is buffed off properly it will not leave any residue or streaks. It may be used on black textured trim and moldings, chrome, glass and paint without leaving any white chalky residue. To avoid streaking, always buff the surface dry. DO NOT allow to self-dry.
Can it be used on windshields?
Yes. It’s fantastic on windshields. The water repellant feature allows water to race off the glass. Make sure all residue and streaks are buffed off completely. It will repel rain and makes bug removal easier. The windshield wipers will work better since it makes the glass slicker and the wipers won’t drag or chatter going across the windshield. Always clean wiper blades to enhance their performance.
How many times can I treat my car with a bottle of TUF SHINE Spray & Shine?
On an average passenger car, it should take only 2 to 3 ounces and provides 6 to 10 applications if the car is clean.
Is there anything in TUF SHINE Spray & Shine that can scratch paint?
Will it cause swirl marks?
No. It is perfect for dark colors because it won’t scratch or leave swirls.
TUF SHINE Black Restore
What is TUF SHINE Black Restore?
TUF SHINE BLACK RESTORE is similar to the TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat, but tinted black to restore the faded, rubber and chalky trim on cars, trucks, golf carts, boats and more.
What surfaces can I use it on?
Use TUF SHINE BLACK RESTORE on hard plastic and rubber surfaces. It will not adhere to some soft plastics like polyethylene, polyurethane, or other similar plastics that look waxy. It is best to first test it on questionable surfaces for proper adhesion. Allow a few days to cure and then try to scratch it off with your fingernail. If it does not scratch off with moderate pressure, it should perform properly. Avoid getting it on whitewalls and raised white lettering. Occasional touch-ups may be necessary.
How is it applied?
You apply it the same way as the tire clearcoat. Read also (Tire Clearcoat Instructions) & (Tire Clearcoat FAQ’s)
Is pre-cleaning necessary?
Yes. All surfaces must be pre-cleaned to remove any silicone, oils, oxidized rubber/plastic, and any dirt clinging to the surfaces. Prep the area with TUF SHINE Tire Cleaner diluted 4 to 1 with water. Wipe cleaner on and off with a rag or scrub with brush as needed. Avoid getting it on painted surfaces. Test a small inconspicuous area first. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and let dry before applying TUF SHINE BLACK RESTORE. Read also (Tire Cleaner Instructions)
Is it glossy?
No. It will leave a semi gloss finish, similar to new rubber. For added shine, apply one or more topcoats of TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat until the desired gloss level is achieved.