How to make tyre dressing

Updated February 21, 2017

Tyre dressing is a type of detailing that adds life to a vehicle and makes the tyre look shiny and new. yire dressing is often used before displaying a vehicle in a show or parade. While some claim that tyre dressing can damage tires, this actually depends on the formula. With a simple homemade solution, there should be no damage. An added benefit of tyre dressing is that it will reduce the attraction of dust to the tyres.

Fill a bucket with warm water and washing up liquid and scrub the tyres with a scrub brush. Dry the tyres thoroughly. Rub a layer of alcohol on with a clean cloth and dry.

Use caster oil to dress the tyres. Take a cloth and dampen it with the caster oil and rub. Repeat this step two or three times. Make sure to wear gloves when rubbing the caster oil on the tyres, and be certain not to get the oil on the threads of the tyre. The caster oil will give the rubber a revitalised look that is shiny and new.

Use the caster oil every few months or as needed to dress your tyres. The caster oil dressing will help to prolong the life of the tyre by preventing rubber deterioration and brake dust build up.


If purchasing a tyre dressing formula, stay with a water-based one. The water-based formula should include UV filters and lack silicone oils. The water-based formulas also have a satin finish.


Wear old clothing as cleaning the tires is unclean.

Things You'll Need

  • Caster oil
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Bucket
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