Well if this helps anyone, the new cross hatched tires can be a p.i.t.a. to apply whatever protectant you use. I found an old shoe brush which is basically a soft brush, I just use it for applying 303 on the tires. I just keep it separate in a plastic bag with the 303. Rags are a pain and the lint comes off on the tires. Kind of found this out by accident when I was going to throw it out one day.