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    Looking for a short-bristle tire brush and dressing applicator

    Hello folks. I am looking for a tire brush that has very short bristles, yet can still contour around the tire. What I found is that with a typical brush of 1" or longer bristles, the fibers just bend over when scrubbing the tire, and thus tend to miss spots around the very small raised lettering of the tire. Also the brush feels wobbly and is fatiguing to use.

    I`m thinking that the ideal tire brush would be something that has short (1/4" -1/2") dense bristles, kind of like an extra wide toothbrush. This way, with the back-and-forth scrubbing action, the short bristles can reach all the areas around the raised lettering. Is there such a brush like this? Otherwise, I`m thinking of something like a doormat with the bristle texture. When cleaning my tires with the TufShine tire cleaner (which works well, BTW), I was using the scrubbing side of a dishwasher sponge. That worked ok, but because it does not have any "pile", it still missed little spots.

    In the same vein, I am looking for a tire dressing applicator. I like to put on a light layer and scrub it in, for the matte look. The usual foam one will also miss these spots. I have been using a terry cloth to scrub in the dressing, but after a while, the raised lettering tears the fuzz off the cloth and again I start missing spots due to lack of pile. I haven`t tried this yet, but I was thinking of using one of my older, beat-up microfiber towels that doesn`t have soft fuzz, but rather little raised stumps by now. Any other ideas how to do this?
    Close enough... They`ll never notice anyway

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    Re: Looking for a short-bristle tire brush and dressing applicator

    Tuf Stuff is one of my favorite tire brushes to date. I`ve got 2 spares just in case I ever lose one or it goes out of availibility

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    Re: Looking for a short-bristle tire brush and dressing applicator

    This is the one that comes to mind:

    https://www.autopia-carcare.com/tuf-...l#.W2rOvdJKi70

    There is also a brush like that with a more comfortable handle that`s made by SM Arnold, the P/N is 82-012.
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    Re: Looking for a short-bristle tire brush and dressing applicator

    TuffShine brush and Carrand applicator brush works well

    https://www.autopia-carcare.com/carr...l#.W2rSxHMpA0M
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    Re: Looking for a short-bristle tire brush and dressing applicator

    I use a plastic-bristle brush style for the part of the tire right next to the rim, and I`ll also use that to scrub the lettering/etc. as required. I like the smaller size even though it is more work than my larger/regular Tire Brushes. I thought I`d like a Denture Brush for this (they`re great for all sorts of aggressive scrubbing jobs) but it`s a bit too stiff for some of my tires.

    The only Tire Slime..uhm, I mean "Dressing"...Applicator that I like has been discontinued...it has a revolving knob/handle and took GREAT applicator pads that are kinda like SureBuffs. I have zero idea what I`ll use when I run out of the pad refills, the "bristles" of these pads is perfect for the lettering and other textured [nonsense] they mold into the sidewalls; they get *everything* properly treated without leaving too much product behind (needing to be wiped off my an old MF). I`ve *never* found a foam applicator that`ll make short work of the lettering/etc., at least not without using a ton of product. Maybe it`s just my tires, no...they can`t just have plain sidewalls..gotta be fancy about it

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    Re: Looking for a short-bristle tire brush and dressing applicator

    Beanbag -
    Hope this has been a great day for you and yours !
    Years of perfect results in the Business with these 2 --

    https://www.autopia-carcare.com/tuf-...l#.W2sbatXFj3g

    https://www.autopia-carcare.com/tuf-...l#.W2sbmdXFj3g

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    Re: Looking for a short-bristle tire brush and dressing applicator

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    The only Tire Slime.....Applicator that I like has been discontinued...it has a revolving knob/handle and took GREAT applicator pads that are kinda like SureBuffs. I have zero idea what I`ll use when I run out of the pad refills,
    That one they used to sell at Griot`s? They still sell it at TOL, I just checked. Look under "Wheel and Tire Car Care".

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    Re: Looking for a short-bristle tire brush and dressing applicator

    Tuf Shine Brush, just like almost everyone else who has replied to the question.

    Have two. Still trying to wear out the first one.

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    Re: Looking for a short-bristle tire brush and dressing applicator

    These are the two I was talking about. The first is the Tuf Shine and the second is similar but has a handle that`s a little easier to hold onto when it`s wet.









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    Re: Looking for a short-bristle tire brush and dressing applicator

    Quote Originally Posted by Setec Astronomy View Post
    That one they used to sell at Griot`s? They still sell it at TOL, I just checked. Look under "Wheel and Tire Car Care".
    Hey, yeah...they have `em again! Thanks for the heads-up, they didn`t list them the last time I looked and I figured that was forever. Might oughta buy a few more refills while I can.

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    Re: Looking for a short-bristle tire brush and dressing applicator

    Quote Originally Posted by Stokdgs View Post
    Beanbag -
    Hope this has been a great day for you and yours !
    Years of perfect results in the Business with these 2 --

    https://www.autopia-carcare.com/tuf-...l#.W2sbatXFj3g

    https://www.autopia-carcare.com/tuf-...l#.W2sbmdXFj3g

    Dan F
    I also use and endorse these products lol
    And if you are looking for a great tire/ rubber cleaner the Tuf Shine tire cleaner is also fantastic.
    https://www.autogeek.net/tuf-shine-tire-cleaner.html
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    Re: Looking for a short-bristle tire brush and dressing applicator

    There`s also this Rubbermaid vegetable brush that`s a little smaller than the tire brushes:


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    Re: Looking for a short-bristle tire brush and dressing applicator

    I was gonna try the tire pads out that accumulator has but they wanted $18.75 to ship. That’s too much

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    Re: Looking for a short-bristle tire brush and dressing applicator

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishroes View Post
    I was gonna try the tire pads out that accumulator has but they wanted $18.75 to ship. That’s too much
    It came up to 14 something when I tried it...of course the solution is to buy some other stuff to amortize the shipping costs...

    PS I dunno what`s going on with the PBMG sites this afternoon that`s causing all this double-posting.

 

 
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