Mothers Back-to-Black Tire Renew

Mothers Back-to-Black Tire Renew, $7.

Mothers Back-to-Black Tire Renew, $7.

Your car isn’t clean until the tires are dressed – and sometimes that means undressing them.

Brake dust, grime and residue of previous tire dressings can leave the rubber looking brown and gummy.

Mothers Back-to-Black Tire Renew ($7 for a 24-ounce pump-spray bottle) is designed to clean, dissolve and lift that build up of gunk and leave a natural, smooth rubber sidewall.

Work on one tire at a time, be careful of overspray on other surfaces and – using clean cloth towels – wipe dry. I like that it does not have to be hosed off.

When finished, the tires are ready to be finished in a good quality dressing, such as Mothers Back to Black Tire Shine ($10 for 24-ounce pump-spray bottle).

Order any Mothers products at the online store: www.Mothers.com.

About Mark Maynard

Mark Maynard has been the automotive editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1992.

He drives nearly 200 vehicles a year for review, has attended several high-performance driving schools and a few off-road driving courses.

He attends many new-vehicle press introductions and schmoozes with auto-industry execs.

Mark Maynard