Meguiar’s have an impressive product on their hand when it comes to their Endurance tyre dressing. It not only looks great once applied but is very versatile in terms of the aesthetics that you can achieve.
I bought and tested Meguiar’s Endurance Tyre Gel for this review. It’s a great product but not without shortcomings. Read on to find out how it went.
Prepmycar Rating: 7.3 / 10
We are lucky in that tyre dressings are getting better all the time, and Meguiar’s Endurance Tyre Gel is one of the better ones that I’ve tested.
It is a great product, but it still comes with minor negatives. The main concern is the amount of product used to get the desired look. The rubber seemed to drink in the product. Even when working it in several times, it often meant it needed to be reapplied, which adds to cost.
The product smells great and is decent value for money. Applied to properly clean tyres you are able to get a tyre dressing that lasts up to 3 weeks and over 750 miles, although the drop off between weeks 1 and 2 was as noticeable as I’ve seen.
Application, Ease of Use and Process
The bottle that Meguiar’s Endurance Tyre Gel comes in has a nice push-top dispenser, meaning that you can easily and steadily add the product to your applicator pad. It is quite viscous, and on warmer days, it likely flows a little quicker, so be prepared for that.
Once on the pad, I worked the gel into the tyre. I quickly noticed that the tyre wall was just lapping this up. I don’t know if this was to do with the tyre being dried out or something to do with the product, but other products tested at the same time on the same set of tyres were not as “thirsty”.
This made the application a little clumsy and mainly because I was using more product than I usually would.
As per all tyre dressing tests, I gave the tyre two good coats. After the first application, I left it for around 15 minutes to cure. When checking, I realised that it hadn’t entirely gone off as much as I wanted, so gave it another 15 minutes or so.
Curing times will vary based on temp and humidity, with conditions around 18C and 60% humidity. If you are looking to apply a single coat, then I think I’d like to leave it around an hour after the application before driving.
The second coat went on really nicely, and I could work one application around the whole tyre without topping up.
I left the tyre for 2 hours once it had cured before driving, and I was satisfied that it was fully cured after this time. As with all tyre dressings, if you can leave it overnight, then it will benefit from this.
Overall, a relatively easy process, although more product was used here than I had anticipated.
Aesthetics After 1st Application
The tyre goes through a number of stages in terms of looks. Initially, I thought it was a fairly glossy finish, but it dries quite a deep, flat black. If you look at the 50/50 shot below, you can see that at this point, it has a glossy tint to it.
However, as you leave it and it starts to cure, it goes to a really nice flat finish. I was impressed with it overall, and I liked how I was able to buff the gloss out of the tyre if I wanted to manipulate the finish (see later pictures).
Water Repellent Rating After 1st Application
Meguiar’s Endurance Tyre Gel repels water as well as any dressing that I’ve tested. In fact, this is one of the biggest selling points for me, and it’s wiped the floor with a lot of the competition here.
The formation of beading is tightly formed, and they were very uninformed. This shows that the product is doing a great job at not only looking good but also protecting the tyre as well.
Packaging and Dispenser
The 473ml bottle that I used was more than adequate. Meguiar’s are always pretty strong when it comes to packaging, and this is no different.
They have their application steps under the back label that you need to peel away. Again, very “Meguiar’s”, but if you’re new to the brand, then it might not be all that obvious.
Having the flip-top works pretty well, and overall, there were no complaints with the packaging or how the product dispensed.
Meguiar’s Endurance Tyre Gel Smell
Endurance smells amazing!! It’s the best-smelling tyre gel that I’ve tested (for whatever that is worth), and it comes with a grape/bubble-gum type of fragrance.
Whilst this offers little to how the product performs, good-smelling products are always much nicer to use, especially if you’re going to be using this commercially.
I like to create a matt finish, and I was able to do this but using a microfibre towel and removing any residue that was on the tyre. It took a while to settle down, but the matt-like finish was achievable, as you can see from the pictures.
However, this is a product that is best suited for those of you wanting a mix between gloss and satin finish. It’s not a wet look product by any means, but it has that shine that the wet look dressing would include.
It’s very versatile if you know what you’re doing, which is likely why it’s so popular.
Cost Per Application
I paid £10 for my 473ml bottle of Endurance, which sits the product in the mid to upper tier of tyre dressings based purely on price alone. I used around 60ml for two coats on all four tyres.
This works about to be around £1.20 per application, which is on the high side. You could fairly easily just use one coat, but you won’t get the longevity with just this amount.
Curing is important here as well. If you do have just one coat, try to leave it overnight to allow it get the best bond possible.
Endurance came back with little to no tyre sling at all. This was another impressive result and, again, was likely down to the fact I gave it an appropriate time to cure, which many people don’t.
I also attribute this to the fact that I buff off the excess before driving to make sure that sling is at a minimal.
Longevity – 1 Week & 250 Miles
After a week and around 250 miles of driving, the product was still doing pretty well. It had definitely lost any resemblance of a gloss finish that it might have had and was deep and flat. But that’s a good thing for me!
It was still beading water really well and I was worried given that the weather we have had that beading would suffer. But this was not the case and to be honest, outperformed my expectations.
The only negative that I have with it is that the wear was uneven on all four tyres. I had a good finish on the front drivers and rear passengers, but a noticeable drop off on the drivers rear, with the front passenger being somewhere in between.
This could be down to a number of factors and likely something to do with an application which I will look into and report back.
How do you use Meguiar’s Endurance Tyre Gel?
Apply a small amount of product to a foam applicator pad and work into a clean tyre wall. Allow the product to cure for about 30 minutes and then apply a second coat. Buff to the desired finish or leave for a wet look.
Is Meguiar’s Endurance Tyre Gel water based?
No, Meguiar’s Endurance Tyre Gel is a silicone-based tyre gel.
What finish will Meguiar’s Endurance Tyre Gel give?
You can manipulate to look to be anything from a glossy look to a matt finish. The answer lies somewhere in the middle for most users.
How do you remove Meguiar’s Endurance Tyre Gel?
A good all-purpose cleaner can be used on the tyre. Something like Bilt Hamber Surfex used neat with a tyre scrubbing brush will get the job done.
How much does Meguiar’s Endurance Tyre Gel cost per application?
We tested the product at around £1.20 per application based on two coats and a sale price of £10 per bottle.
Final Thoughts on Meguiars Endurance Tyre Gel
Endurance has been an impressive tyre gel to use and one that I’ve really liked testing out. I’m a big fan of Meguiar’s and see them as one of the original detailing products, so it’s nice to see they’ve been able to keep up with the new breed of car detailing chemists.
I was impressed with the usability of the product and the range of features that you could achieve. If you’re looking for the wettest look tyre dressing this is not it. However, if you’re looking for the flattest, matt finish, this is also not it.
It lies somewhere in between the two and for that, will suit a lot of detailing fanatics.
The amount of product used us one of few negatives, but it has worked out to be the most expensive per application that I’ve tested so far, so this can’t be ignored.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Meguair’s Endurance Tyre Gel review and I’d love to hear your thoughts over on the Prep My Car Facebook Group.
- Advanced, long-lasting formula endures even through washing and rain
- Rich tire gel eliminates overspray, runs, and drips providing an even and consistent high gloss shine
- Protects the tires against UV damage and browning