This tire-shiner wanted a second chance, and it only got slightly better.
No Touch Seriously Wet Extreme Tire Shine, $8.00, is two dollars more expensive than its original formula, which we declared a Don't Buy in a test over a year ago.
The new formula claims to be better. Wetter. An "extreme" tire shine, its name claims.
Car-cleaning expert Bob McQuage joined us once again for this follow-up, this time at Car Wash USA Express, 1270 Lamar Ave.
We arranged the same test parameters as the first test:
1. Spray half of an unwashed tire
2. Spray half of a hand-washed tire
3. Spray an entire unwashed tire
The only difference is No Touch Seriously Wet Extreme Tire Shine's instructions recommend a 20-minute wait for saturation, as opposed to the original formula's 15-minute wait.
After the first application and saturation, we didn't see much of an improvement from the original formula.
But the second application and saturation did produce a nice shine on all three tire scenarios, particularly when compared to untreated tires.
"I think the second application made a big difference," McQuage said. "It looks a lot better. It's a good finish for an $8.00 product."
But that $8.00 product pales in comparison to the value of a shine from Car Wash USA Express's automated system.
McQuage displayed the tires on his Cadillac Escalade. They sported one single application of the automated system's tire shine. It far out-shined No Touch Seriously Wet Extreme Tire Shine, even after some 100 miles of travel, he said.
"It's got a lot stronger shine than the aerosol product," noted McQuage.
Car Wash USA Express's tire-shine service is included in its $12 Ultimate car wash package, a $3.00 upgrade from its $9.00 Super package.
So Car Wash USA Express's professional tire-shine application amounts to a $3 upgrade in service with better results -- compared to an $8 can of No Touch Seriously Wet Extreme Tire Shine that will require at least two applications.
You should seriously consider its value first.