Why a Water Based Tire Wax is All You Need

We all know that tire wax or tire dressings help keep your ride's tires looking dark and new, but how many times have you skipped this step after washing your car? Was it because your oil based tire wax was just too messy, greasy and difficult to deal with? Have you tried a water based tire wax, one that performs just as well as oil based dressings? In this guide we will give you the lowdown about tire waxes and compare Sensha's Aqueous Tire Wax, a high quality water based tire coating with other oil based products, and why you can kiss the greasiness all away.

Compared to the rest of your car, wheels and tires are most exposed to the elements when you drive. Over time the dark satin look of your new tires will fade as the rubber becomes parched and dry. A good tire wax restores and protects the surface of your tires to keep them looking new, although not all tire dressings do a good job. 

Tire wax can either be water or oil based. According to popular belief, oil based tire waxes provide more gloss and lasts longer, whilst water based tire waxes gives a more satin finish but do not last as long. However, oil based tire waxes can be messier (they attract more dirt), greasier, more difficult to handle and has a tendency to sling off - some may even contain solvents that are harmful to your tires. On the other hand, water based tire waxes do not contain harmful solvents, are much easier to handle and provides a more elegant look - and Sensha Aqueous Tire Wax can even be as durable as oil based tire wax, setting it apart from the competition. 

Here we compare Sensha Aqueous Tire Wax with a very popular oil based tire gel from Brand M, usually touted as long lasting and able to endure washing and rain. We will apply each product on half of our 2013 (3+ years old) tire to compare appearance, ease of application, slinging tendency and durability. 

As a first step, we cleaned our tires thoroughly with a quality cleaner - Sensha Wheel & Tire Clean. Next the tires are dried and we're now ready to coat. We recommend cleaning and drying your wheels and tires with a separate set of brushes, microfiber and bucket, to avoid getting brake dust on other parts of your car. 

We applied Sensha Aqueous Tire Wax using a sponge, evenly distributing it over the sidewall of our tire (do not apply on tire tread or on motorcycle and bicycle tires). Application was easy and before we knew it the tire surface was restored and glowing with that brand new sheen (Figures 1 & 2).

Next, we applied the oil based tire gel from Brand M - we tried to apply sparingly to avoid slinging but the gel didn't get on the tires evenly (Figure 3). Finally, we just had to apply slightly more to have a like-for-like comparison. Getting an even coat with the tire gel was slightly more challenging, but it was nothing compared to the mess the gel made to our sponge and when it got on our hands - it was a pain to wash off even with strong detergent. 

When we were done we stepped back and compared the appearance of both sides of the tire. We were surprised to see that in terms of appearance the tire was almost identical on both sides. Now who said water based tire waxes can't perform? We were expecting the oil based gel to be glossier, but it wasn't so, putting both products on par in terms of appearance, which is great for us since we prefer the tires to have that natural sheen over finishing that is overly glossy.

Figure 1: Before (left) and After (right) Sensha Aqueous Tire Wax

Figure 2: Freshly applied Sensha Aqueous Tire Wax

Figure 3: Oil based tire gel - uneven, more was applied later to get a better finish

Neither side of the tire was wiped down, but the tire was allowed to sit for a day before it was driven to test for slinging tendencies. It was clear after a short drive that the oil based competition did sling off (Figure 5) and resulted in a messier look compared to Sensha Aqueous Tire Wax, which didn't sling off at all (Figure 4). Besides that, both products did maintain a good shine on the tires.

Figure 4: No slinging from Sensha Aqueous Tire Wax

Figure 5: Oh dear, oil based gel has messy slinging issues

Figure 6: After 10 days Sensha Aqueous Tire Wax lasts just as long as the oil based gel!

Finally, we looked at durability. After 10 days the differences between both Sensha Aqueous Tire Wax and the oil based competitor were almost imperceptible (Figure 6), proving that this high quality water based tire wax can indeed last as long as an oil based product. After 15+ days and hundreds of kilometers however both sides showed equal signs of fading.

Hence, with such performance Sensha has presented us yet again a very practical solution in caring for the look of your tires. Being water based, both application and clean-up is easy and you no longer need to deal with the mess that is involved when you use oil based tire waxes or gels (Figure 7).

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Figure 7: The mess involved when oil based tire gel gets on your hands

Why Sensha Aqueous Tire Wax?

​As with every Sensha product, Sensha Aqueous Tire Wax is in a class of its own in terms of performance, value and support.

Performance: ​Sensha Aqueous Tire Wax applies easily and lasts as long as oil based products. It also gives your tires the elegant satin finish, perfect if you find overly glossy oil based tire waxes too garish.

Value: Sensha Aqueous Tire Wax undercuts the competition as a professional product. And since it's easy-to-use and not messy, you'll end up using it more often too (compared to having a product that's left sitting on the shelf).

​Support: Finally, our product comes with the support of the manufacturer, auto detailers and car enthusiasts with hands-on experience and vast technical knowledge, to help you bring the best out of every product.

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