Bring the shine back to your tires with just a few minutes of time and some basic household ingredients. If you’re looking for a low-cost, environmentally safe homemade tire shine, you’ll love this simple DIY tutorial.
Homemade Tire shine is made with a mild dish soap, rubbing alcohol, and castor oil. The dish soap strips off the initial dirt and grime, the rubbing alcohol removes the residual dirt, the castor oil provides a natural, environmentally safe shine.
Do It Yourself Tire Shine
Fill a bucket with warm water and add a few drops of dawn dish detergent. Dip a heavy duty scrub brush into the solution and scrub it on face of the tire, soaping the tire well. Let it set about 3-5 minutes.
Rinse the tire very well and dry thoroughly before proceeding.
Spray your tires with rubbing alcohol to strip off any old polish as well as any remaining dust and dirt. If the tires are older and don’t have any sheen left to them, use a mixture of 50% alcohol and 50% water. Spray one section of the tire at a time, using the lint-free cloth to wipe it off as you go.
Allow the tires to dry completely.
Using a clean, lint-free cloth, apply a light coating of castor oil to the face of the tire, avoiding the tread. This will give the tire a nice shiny sheen!
DIY Tire Shine Safety
Be aware that when you’re applying the castor oil to the tire, it should only be applied to the sidewalls, or “face” of the tire, never to the tread. Applying oil to the tread could reduce grip, posing a safety hazard.