So those of you who use the foam applicators what tire shine are you using, what'd yall like best??
That depends on what kind of look I'm going for. For me, personally, I like my tires to just look like tires. Dark and rich, like brand new tires on display at a tire store. When I'm going for that look, my favorite, by far, is Tropi-Care White Pearl Tire Dressing
. It's my favorite by a huge margin. Not only does it look great, its durability is unmatched among water-based dressings. In second place is Surf City Garage Beyond Black Tire Pro
. The Surf City stuff looks very similar, but its durability is poor. Tropi-Care is online only; Surf City Garage is available at Pep Boys as well as online.
Here's a photo of my S2000 with Tropi-Care on the tires:
If you can't find either of those, Vinylex
(by the makers of Lexol) is a great stand-in.
If I'm after super shiny - which isn't very often - I use Stoner's More Shine, Less Time
. It's an aerosol, so using an applicator isn't real easy, but it's possible. This stuff works as described - if you want your tires super shiny, just put on another layer. It lasts well and is pretty inexpensive. It can be found at most auto parts stores. Here's the same car, same tires, with More Shine, Less Time on it: