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Old 15-04-2012, 03:48 PM   #1
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Product Review Finish Kare #350 Super Polymer Tyre Dressing

What is it?
Finish Kare Part #350 Super Polymer Body Shop Safe Tire (sic) Dressing

What Does it Bring to the Table?

Finish Kare #350 Super Polymer Body Safe Tire Dressing is a thick water
based polymer enhanced dressing perfect for use on tyres and exterior or
interior trim.

Finish Kare #350 Super Polymer Body Safe Tire Dressing gives a deep, glossy
sheen. It's wash resistant for better durability and will work on any type of
plastics or even rubber tyres or trim.

FK #350 is very easy to apply and use, simply apply with a sponge or brush,
allow to dry for approx 10 minutes and then wipe any excess off with a cloth.
Tyres may require a second application upon first use but will look fantastic
when finished!

Size:31 oz / 916 ml.


What Am I Testing it On?
Bridgestone Potenza tyre, after rain has stopped play, I'll also have a go
on a Falken tyre. Will report later on this.

What Do You Think of it?
In a word, impressive!

Anyone who's followed my missives in the Disabled Detailing thread will know
how much I rate the FK #108AS product, not just on tyres but on all the
black plastics, rubber trim, and even my lovely cream leather seats! There I
was, scanning the Serious Performance web site looking to replenish my stock
when something else caught my eye. FK#350 tyre dressing.

A quick search on here revealed no more than a couple of posts, and an
appeal for info in the Tyres section revealed no response. Curiouser and
curiouser...

So, I fired off an enquiry to Alex at SP and back came this response...
Quote:
Originally Posted by Serious Performance
Hey Steve!
Really nice super thick version of 108 but has gone under the radar somewhat...
Nice product though... And a 32oz bottle will last you forever!
I guess that was me hooked

From this point I'll let the pictures do the talking...


The tyre at the start. This had been treated with just one coat of FK#108AS
nearly 3 weeks ago and has had 2 washes in the interim.


The tyre is still fairly hydrophobic


The washed and dried tyre ready for the FK #350


A lightly dampened SP tyre pad , primed with FK #350


Immediately after application of FK #350


After just one coat, in context.


About 20 minutes after application. Tyre _not_ buffed!


Compared to the very runny FK #108, this product is very gloopy and it's
clear that Alex was right - the 32oz bottle will last me ages!

I'm not one for shiny tyres, but in a week or three I'll be trying this out on
a car where the owner likes shiny tyres. I'll report on this in due course.

Pros
Well, first up the fantastic value for money! Considering that this is exactly
the same price as a 32oz bottle of FK #108, need I say more? I really do
wonder why it has fallen below the radar!

One thing I don't like about tyre dressings are those that make the tyre look
like it has been dressed. I much prefer a tyre that looks sharp, natural and
obviously clean. Both of these FK products produce the latter, very satisfying
effect.

One common thing that we all moan about with tyre dressings is longevity
of look, mostly because it can be a mucky process. Applying either of these
dressings is really a breeze! There's no muck, no stickiness and very little
chance of sling, oh, and the #350 is cheap! After a few regular #108AS
applications the coating will give around a month of use before needing to
be topped-up. I doubt that this product will be any different. Indeed it may
last longer. I'll report on this in due course.

Obviously, with the product being water based, it may well need a greater
application frequency if it gets wet more often. As always its a string-length
question. The "pro" point I'm getting to is that all this makes longevity much
less important. A quick top-up is just that, quick!

Cons
This product is very gloopy, so there is a possibility that it won't clean as
well as the FK #108AS - this is pure supposition at this stage; I'll report
further on this. With the anti static properties of #108, that's what the "AS"
stands for, I doubt that it will usurp it on things like my dashboard plastic.

Conclusions
Right from the beginning I've been a tremendous fan of FK #108AS, mostly
for its sheer versatility, so this product has to have things going for it for it to
impress. Being so much more concentrated, and the fact that it's water based,
makes the #350 a very attractive purchase! The only usage consideration
twixt the two is whether or not the anti-static properties are important.
Maybe only on dashboard covers, eh?

I shall now be testing the FK #350 further on all the other surfaces where I
presently use the FK #108AS - I'll report back on these, and also on the
longevity on my tyres.



At just 10.95 for a 32oz bottle, there is no question of value for money!
My bottle was supplied by Alex from Serious Performance. My thanks to him for
his help once again.

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FK#350 Tyre Dressing on Falken Tyre

Hello Folks,

Here are the pictures of FK #350 Tire Dressing on a Falken tyre...



The tyre awaiting cleaning...


Just as hydrophobic.


Tyre washed and dried. Even after 3 weeks, this isn't bad for the FK #108AS,
indeed, I'd not normally feel the need to add more dressing at this point.


Tyre immediately after being dressed.


Comparison with the Bridgestone tyre.


Dressed tyre, in context


If I'm showing the car, I normally like to dress my tyres on the day before the
show. The reason for this being that in common with other high polymer
products, it looks so much better the next day. Certainly, the finish is by no
means shabby at this point, but I'll probably prefer it tomorrow. Weather
permitting, I'll take more pictures.

An Important Caveat!
I know that I've said that I prefer a natural look to a tyre, rather than one
that looks like it has been purposely dressed. From my pictures, you _may_
get the impression that I'm not being honest with this. The reason being
that several weeks ago I tried another make of dressing which _did_ leave
this "Look at me, I've been dressed" finish, and there may still be some residue
of that. With rain interrupting play today, I've not had a chance to really
scrub the tyres clean.

Regards,
Steve

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20 Hours After Application

Hello Folks,

Here are the two tyres just 20 hours after application of the FK#350


The Bridgestone


The Falken


Now, you can probably see why I apply this the day before the show, rather
than at the show.

Regards,
Steve

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One Week On...

Hello Folks,

Here are the two tyres a week after application of the FK#350 and after some
during the rain driving - I know, unusual for me!


The Bridgestone


The Falken


Neither wheel washed.


The car after an ONR wipe-down and a coat of Serious Performance Show Detailer,
shows the unwashed Falken wheel in context...

Regards,
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On a RS2000 spoiler

Hello Folks,
Here's the rear spoiler on an RS2000 50/50 treated with just one coat
of the FK#350



Regards,
Steve

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Mk.2 Escort Gets the Tyre Treatment

As promised earlier in this thread, some pictures of tyres with a bit of bling
applied to them...


Untreated...


With 1 coat of #350


With 2 coats of #350...


...and in context


Completed car on the next day
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One month on...

After a trip to Cumbria where one wheel wash took place, but no pictures taken,
this is the unwashed Falken tyre a week after the 280 mile trip home through
some fairly heavy rain...


There is now much less brakepad dust. This is the wheel after washing with
CG HFE. Despite the very wet journey home I was quite surprised to still see a
little hydrophobic behaviour in the rubber.


Nevertheless, I decided to re-coat the tyres and the main benefit was both
the speed of application and that I was left with clean hands afterwards!
The Falken tyre after its 2nd coat...


I really couldn't resist this photograph where I can show a view of my car
from a rare vantage point. All the groundworks of my new front garden have
now been completed, so, here are the re-coated tyres in context heheheh


This will be my final post regarding the tyres. I'm very pleased with the
product's performance so far.

Regards,
Steve

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