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Best Tire Shine Spray and Gel for 2022

Keep your rubber looking new with our tire shine picks.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
Sean Szymkowski
4 min read
$12 at Amazon
Chemical Guys VRP Dressing
Chemical Guys VRP Dressing
Best tire shine overall
$5 at Amazon
Meguiar's Hot Shine Foam
Meguiar's Hot Shine Foam
Best tire shine for the money
$12 at Amazon
Meguiar's Endurance Tire Gel
Meguiar's Endurance Tire Gel
Best long-lasting tire shine
$14 at Amazon
Stoner Car Care More Shine Tire Shine
Stoner Car Care More Shine Tire Finish
Best spray tire shine
$10 at Amazon
Black Magic Tire Wet
Black Magic Tire Wet
Best gel tire shine
$17 at Amazon
Carfidant Ultimate Tire Shine Spray
Carfidant Ultimate Tire Shine Spray
Best high-gloss tire shine

After washing all the dirt and grime off of your car, you'll want to make sure the tires look equally spiffy. There are wheel and tire cleaners to help take the mud off, but if you want to go the extra mile, you should finish up by applying tire shine. The best tire shine, which is commonly available in spray or gel, gives your car's tires a wet look with a final high-gloss pop that helps them stand out.

There's a seemingly endless number of tire shine products in digital shops and on physical store shelves. But thanks to all the cars that come and go from the CNET Cars garage, we know our way around tire gel or spray. We've chosen what we consider to be the six best tire shine products for making a tire surface look spotless and shiny. Whether you're looking for a professional-detailer-like shine, something you can use quickly on the go, or a long-lasting tire shine product, these are our top choices for the best tire shine products for 2022. Hopefully this list will help you find the best tire shine product for your garage.

Chemical Guys

With so many tire shine products available, we've tried a lot. Seriously, a lot . Time and time again, Chemical Guys' Vinyl, Plastic, Rubber Dressing (that's VRP for short) comes out on top. VRP is a water based tire shine product that skips harsh chemicals like petroleum and silicone. This tire shine product's formula also lasts quite a long time on a car tire. Go ahead, check how nice the tires look on the Subaru Outback Onyx Edition XT we had on loan a few years ago. That's VRP for you.

Best of all, this water-based tire dressing doesn't cost a boatload of money and a single bottle will last quite a while.


Although our best overall tire shine pick also lasts a mighty long time, Meguiar's Endurance Tire Gel rivals it. After you clean a tire properly and apply an even coat of the gel to the tires, Endurance, well, does what the name implies; it -- and your shiny tire -- endures.

It doesn't work miracles, so don't expect tires to remain slick-looking after a torrential downpour, but this tire shiner certainly lives up to its name.

Stoner Car Care

If you're dead set on a tire shine spray, Stoner Car Care's More Shine Tire Shine is a bit of a diamond in the rough. No, this tire shine product doesn't have the snappiest name recognition, but in our experience, it works very well for a simple tire spray.

As a spray, it falls victim to the potential for overspraying, but then again, tire shine sprays are more about convenience than anything. So, yes, this tire dressing is mighty convenient, and it looks great and lasts a decent length of time at that.

Black Magic

Black Magic is a bit of a classic in the tire shine segment, and if you can skip the ease of use that comes with an aerosol spray, Black Magic Tire Wet gel does a wonderful job.

This product is mighty sticky, and we have experienced some slinging with it. However, if you let the product dry well, it's hardly noticeable. Otherwise, a little goes a long way and your tires will look mighty slick.


Carfidant's Ultimate Tire Shine Spray is really a jack-of-all-trades kind of product. Not only will this spray provide a deep and glossy shine, but if you apply less, it gives off a wonderful sheen that's not as intense. So, you've got options.

Slinging isn't much of a problem and like all spray bottle formulas, it's easy to apply. Feel free to experiment to find your right level of gloss, but if it's a glossy finish you desire, Ultimate Tire Shine Spray delivers.

Best tire shine spray and gel compared

Best tire shineBrandName Price
Overall Chemical GuysVRP$10
For the money Meguiar'sHot Shine Foam$5
Long-lasting Meguiar'sEndurance Gel$11
Spray Stoner Car CareMore Shine Tire Shine$12
Gel Black MagicTire Wet$10
High-gloss CarfidantUltimate Tire Shine Spray$17

Keep these things in mind when looking for tire shine

  • Make sure the tires have been properly cleaned: Applying tire shine over old tire shine can produce a browning color on your tires.
  • Tire shine isn't bad for your tires: You may hear tire shine isn't good for your tires and it can cause dry rot or cracking. That's not the case. Cases of dry rot and cracking are often more common for tires that have been sitting in the sun all day, every day.
  • Have a quality tire shine applicator on hand: This little tool will make life a lot easier if you choose a tire shine gel.
  • Higher-quality products typically last longer: While we try and cover everyone's budget, the costlier products are worth the coin.
Meguiar's Endurance Tire Gel

Make sure you have a solid applicator pad for tire shine.


Shine on

As with any car cleaning product, results may vary. However, if you take the tips above into consideration, any tire shine will perform well. Again, higher-quality ingredients produce longer-lasting shines and a clean tire provides the right blank canvas. Always pay attention to cure times and other instructions the product recommends and you'll have the final piece to a perfectly clean car.