Best carnuba blend for a reasonable price
October 16, 2014
I have a Mustang, and one bottle lasts about 5 applications on a normal sized car, aside from the first application that takes about one third to half a bottle on brand new or really cleaned and prepped paint. A thin film goes a long way with this product, so the $20 a bottle cost is right in line with the other cheaper waxes.
The product is fairly toxic (though not dangerously so), like most waxes. The tiny particles penetrate into your skin and it is about as hard to get out as chili oil. If you use any nano type wax, this is common, though not stated on the bottles. Buy a box of cheap shop gloves and you'll be perfectly fine.
Pros:- Use it every two weeks, three at most. Yes, you are putting some wax on top of old wax, but it works great and takes a lot less effort than stripping off a month's dirt and then re-applying a lot of it on top of completely bare paint. Save the super-cleaning for once or twice a year.
- It gives a beautiful glow like Carnuba with the protection of a synthetic to any painted or plastic finish. It looks best with complex mid-tone colors like blues, greens, orange, and so on or anything that's dark. It's incredible, though, on any tri-stage or pearlcoat as it greatly enhances the overtones as the sun changes. You buy this not for pure reflection and pop, but for the car to have a glow/depth to it like pearlcoats do.
- Using it every two weeks for a year, my car looks 100% as good as a new car on the lot (compared side by side, not just saying it for effect). It really protects the paint and painted plastics. I've had major grime come right off when I wash it that would have stuck like glue with typical waxes. Zero yellowing of my headlights.
- Great on painted wheels.
- Zero grit - all chemicals and no abrasives.
- Very hard - actually protects against small chips quite well.
Cons:There are a few, but they don't lower the overall score.
- It requires a lot of effort to get off of the paint and you'll need about 10-15 small microfiber cloths to get it all off. It clogs the pores of the microfiber quite quickly. Ie - it sticks to the cloth instead of coming off in a powder like some cheaper waxes. That said, 100% of the work CAN be done by hand and a lot of elbow grease. You can get results with some sweating that would take most waxes a rotary tool to accomplish.
- Very hard to take off after the sun goes down. It dries almost perfectly clear.
- Car has to be clean. Use their paint cleaner if you have stuff to remove - it's basically their wax with abrasives like normal car waxes as far as I can tell.
- It's very unpleasant to deal with in the sun as it dries so fast you often end up wiping it off with the return strokes on a panel. Shade is a must while applying, or inside the garage. Taking it off can be done outside with no problems.
- Lasts two weeks, optimally, and a month at the most in typical weather. This is not a 6 month and forget it wax, but most Carnuba blends are like that and require application every few weeks.