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 Post subject: ArmorAll Wheel Shield
PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:43 pm 
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What is it?

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I'll let ArmorAll explain: http://www.armorall.eu/uk/news/item/id/ ... -in-action - click the video.

Impressive! If it's true, which advertisement are usually not :D

Let's talk about application. I can add to this review after the first wash and see how we go on down the line ...

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So, shake, spray and leave it? That sounds easy.

Shake ...

Spray ...

Leave it ...

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Okay. That was fun :lol:

Application - faultless. Let's see how it fairs. From initial water that got splashed onto them, even in the first hour, the hydrophobic effect was phenomenal! :shock:

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:40 am 
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I like Armorall products in the main and so far this one seems too good to be true but I'll be waiting for the durability report :D

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:13 am 
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"Lasts up to four weeks" doesn't fill me with confidence. It'd be an expensive way of maintaining wheels, but we'll see ... it came together with the bodywork Shield in the offer I bought.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:37 am 
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4 weeks!

I'll stick to a 'pro' quality product which will last months and cost far less. :D


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:10 am 
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... a smear of Finish Kare 1000P after a Car-Lack68 NSC wipedown has always done me proud, but check out the video! There's honey puddles out there! How's your regular wheel car product going to stand up to that? :shock:

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:49 am 
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Pretty impressive :D


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:57 am 
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... although no mention of what happens when you drive through maple syrup, or God help us all ... marmalade.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:15 pm 
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you got me scratching my head with this one, I have seen it somewhere on general sale, maybe asda, tesco or range that kind of place.... cheap too :D

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:18 pm 
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Hello,

Ive used the wax product and its very good, beads water very well and dirt doesn't stick to the bodywork.

Only applied it last weekend, so will see how it goes.

I purchased it on line (ebay)

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:43 pm 
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That's good to hear, Mark. I am happy to report that it can be applied with great ease in direct strong sunlight and removes easily with no hologramming. Your report on wet weather behaviour is encouraging.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:59 pm 
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pjgh wrote:
That's good to hear, Mark. I am happy to report that it can be applied with great ease in direct strong sunlight and removes easily with no hologramming. Your report on wet weather behaviour is encouraging.


It does indeed apply very easily, and i drove through 2 storms to get to silverstone this weekend.

When i arrived the car was clean!

The wheel stuff isn't designed to be polished up with a cloth, because of this it leaves a dull finish.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:42 pm 
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First wash since application - this tells me a lot about the product and how I might expect it to last from here on in.

Since application a couple of weeks ago, the car has done something to the tune or 1,200 miles mostly at speed and through some mucky areas - muddy lanes and over freshly dropped road gravel, which left the bottom half looking like I'd just done the Paris-Dakar :roll:

Well, don't believe the hype ...

It's a good job I didn't jump into the car and go splashing through honey puddles because you do in fact need a little more than a simple spray with water to clean up the wheels afterwards; well, after a couple of weeks, anyway.

Here's a wheel sprayed down with water ...

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Maybe with a pressure-washer, we'd see different, maybe not.

What I will say is that with a little spritz of a citrus cleaner (Serious Performance Ultra Citrus Cleaner, if you were interested, at 1:50), the wheels cleaned up with staggering ease. Literally, just wipe around and spray off.

So, the product does do something. Whether that is more than a dedicated wheel wax or a high temperature resistant wax like Finish Kare 1000P or Swissvax Autobahn is debatable. At this stage I'm inclined to say that something like Finish Kare 1000P or Swissvax Autobahn is likely to see this product off. I don't expect it to last much longer.

For ease of application, just spray on and walk away, it can't be faulted. For looks, folks like us do want a bit more. For longevity ... not so good. Price per application, probably quite high compared to a wax as you might only go round four wheels three times with per can.

Buy again? I doubt it.
Recommend it? To some people, yes, to detailers ... no.

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