What is the best way to apply tire shine sprays? I realize you should leave it on as long as possible, in fact someone told me that you shouldn't wipe off the excess at all to maximize the shine.
When I wash the car, there are some issues I want to avoid. I don't like applying it after the car has been washed, because I'm afraid of overspray on a newly washed and dried paint surface. I also don't want to spray it on a tire that still has some wetness from the wash (I don't want to wipe a tire dry with my chamois). I don't want the excess dripping on to a newly washed and wiped rim. I also don't want to water down, wash off, or rinse off the spray while washing.
I personally use Hot Shine High Gloss Tire Spray, but the question is valid for any tire spray. Using this method the shine really stays on for about three days, and really goes downhill after that. So this is my method:
1) Spray tires liberally with Hot Shine FIRST. (I don't use any dedicated tire cleaner)
2) hose down car, taking care not to get any water on the tires or the rims at this point. Wash the car. This gives the tire spray about 15-20 minutes to sit in the tire.
3) Hose down rims, taking care to avoid spraying right onto tire surface. Wash rims. (I don't really use any dedicated rim cleaner). Rinse off rims and the rest of the car.
4) Dry car with chamois. Take care to dry the rims without touching the tire.
5) Get a rag, spray on more Hot Shine. Wipe off the excess Hot Shine off the tires.
Is there a more acceptable way to apply tire spray and maximize the affects? Can I make them look shiny for at least a week?