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Old 3rd March 2013, 15:48   #1
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Most authorized service centers use cutting oil (mixture of oil, soap and water used in machining processes). It is milky white in color. The tires do look nice after they are sprayed with this solution. But is it recommended? If yes, where is this usually available?
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I personally feel,it is more advisable to use a proper tyre shiner made by a reputed company.
That would result in better and lasting shine and not damaging the tyre.
Eg-Armorall Tyre Foam.
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With our dry muddy & wet muddy conditions prevailing all the time, its a waste of time trying to shine the tires unless the car is to be parked in the drawing room, I feel! Shine the car body that doesn't usually touch the tarmac unless you do a roll-over frequently, and use simple water and soap for the tires. That's my view but to each his own!
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Hello triedeverything,
The oil you have mentioned is nothing but coolant, similar to the one used in radiators in our vehicles. It is a water soluble oil diluted in 1:20 or in mentioned proportions to get the milky white colour you have mentioned. The purpose of using in machine tools is to ensure the cutting edge of the tool remains cool during machining by dissipating the heat from it at a faster rate. When the coolant is used for a longer period, you will notice a layer of oil on the top in the tank as water content is lost during the cooling process.
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Most authorized service centers use cutting oil (mixture of oil, soap and water used in machining processes). It is milky white in color. The tires do look nice after they are sprayed with this solution. But is it recommended? If yes, where is this usually available?
Is this what's done when one goes for delivery of a new vehicle as well? When the tires are pitch black? I've always wondered if that was something they put on or if the tires came like that from the factory.
Thanks very insightful!
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I usually don't wash the tires. However, after a lot of work cleaning the car, you usually end up with a car that is clean and shiny otherwise, but for the dirty tires. The tire shiners are usually aerosol cans and we know the impact of all those gas walla cans. I was wondering if maybe this was an alternative to consider. Now that you mention it.. it may be a dirt magnet as well!
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You might want to try applying some glycerin. Heard about that being used by dealers to reduce costs, when they apply on plastics and tires.
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Most authorized service centers use cutting oil (mixture of oil, soap and water used in machining processes). It is milky white in color. The tires do look nice after they are sprayed with this solution. But is it recommended? If yes, where is this usually available?
AFAIK, this 'cutting oil' thingy is often used by two wheeler mechanics/ water wash wallas on the body of the two wheeler, immediately after a water wash. Their reasoning is that it prevents the metal body from rusting.

It is a usually practice that the cutting oil is not wiped off and let to dry on the surface. And yes, it does produce some kinda shine on the wheels too!
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Most authorized service centers use cutting oil (mixture of oil, soap and water used in machining processes). It is milky white in color. The tires do look nice after they are sprayed with this solution. But is it recommended? If yes, where is this usually available?
The only reason they use it because it is cheap.
I don't like it because although the immediate effect is nice, very soon it binds the dust to tyres and afterwards its pain to remove the grime. Please use the specific tyre shine product, and if you want ultimate effect, nothing beats the shoe-polish !!
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The cutting oil funda is not of much use, as pointed out by other members here, it indeed gives a grimy feel once driven over dusty roads & mud. It is indeed a dust magnet, and will end up making ur tyre sticky & dusty even more. Best is to wash it with water or shampoo, and then if you really need, apply some tyre shining polishes available in the market.
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I prefer using a tyre shine product , but honestly as many members have pointed out its a waste - the tyres look good for maybe 1-2 days and after that it is back to looking soiled. But i try and do it nevertheless once every 2 weeks or so so that atleast they are kept clean to whatever degree possible. I also spend a significant amount of time on the alloys which otherwise get harder to clean with things such as brake dust settling in.
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You might want to try applying some glycerin. Heard about that being used by dealers to reduce costs, when they apply on plastics and tires.
Glycerin is a new one Any idea how it is applied?

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Best is to wash it with water or shampoo, and then if you really need, apply some tyre shining polishes available in the market.
I know this is probably the depths, but has anyone tried Cherry Blossom
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Glycerin is a new one Any idea how it is applied?
A post right here on our forums: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/tyre-a...html#post19348 (Tyre shine that keep insects away.)
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Wasting your time,money and energy just to shine tyres and that too just for a few hours is quite onerous I feel.
Instead I think you should spend the same amount of time for a little bit of more detailing while washing the car's body and get an impeccable shine to the headlights and tail lights, using special cleaners.
Sparkling clean headlights(fog lights too, if there) and tail lights would elevate the look of the car much more than temporarily "clean" tyres.
O yes! Rather spend that much time in getting the windows and the windscreen squeaky clean !

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