Following on from Scott's excellent review: http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/forum/vie ... hp?t=10006
I've used this wax today and have some pictures to show you ... and some thoughts to share
My initial opinions are very positive - the wax is well presented and actually the jar design is perfectly good. The instructions are clear and work perfectly well. The scent is supposed to be overwhelmingly butterscotch, but I got tobacconist! You know ... heavily scented pipe shops full of deep wood and aromatic tobaccos
In use ... whoa! Back up a step ... we've got some prep to do first
Here's a set of entirely identical snaps ... washed and dried off:
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3702.jpg
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3703.jpg
... polished over with Meguiars #81:
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3705.jpg
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3706.jpg
... Autosmart WAX applied:
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3707.jpg
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3708.jpg
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3709.jpg
... and buffed:
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3711.jpg
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3712.jpg
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3714.jpg
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3716.jpg
... and my usual lamp post shot:
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3728.jpg
Application was really easy - use a moistened applicator and spread the wax around the panel. The initial "flash cure" doesn't happen quite as readily as Chemical Guys Pete's 53, so you don't end up snagging already dried areas as you're going over the panel but it does not "play" as long as Autoglym HD Wax.
I'm going to compare to those two waxes, since the three are very similar indeed.
Left for about 15 minutes, the wax was removed with a EuroW deep pile soft towel (one of the plush sewn edge towels) and this was especially easy. Easier than Chemical Guys Pete's 53 ... again, not as perfectly as Autoglym HD Wax.
Looks? Well it's a wax ... that's about it. It is every bit the same as Autoglym HD Wax, but doesn't have the depth and crispness of dancing light that Chemical Guys Pete's 53 has. When walking around the car, the reflections did not dance - they were there, good, bright, glossy, but nothing much else. I don't get much else with Autoglym HD Wax, either.
Beading was very good - much tighter in closeness to each other and more upright than Autoglym HD Wax and very much what I'd expect to see out of Chemical Guys Pete's 53.
In all, a good wax. At £28, you get 170ml. You also get an applicator and a towel. This is squarely aimed at the professional market, since Autosmart do not "retail" in that sense. Autoglym HD Wax is clearly a retail product and the extra cost is there in the packaging and while you only get 150ml of Autoglym, you do get those excellent HD applicator pads and a towel that bleeds red when washed. Chemical Guys Pete's 53 give you 250ml in the tub for about £25, making it the best of these three in terms of value for money.
I think I'd put those three waxes in the following order:
Chemical Guys Pete's 53 - dramatically better looks, similar in application to the other two and as easy to remove
Autoglym HD Wax - by far the easier on and off
Autosmart WAX - no better in looks, application or removal than either of the others
Use again? Yes.
Use as part of a regular routine? Yes.
Buy again? Probably not ... unless I find it a perfect partner with a certain filler polish or pre-wax treatment.
Buy either of the others again? Yes ... both.
Buy again, just for the smell? Possibly
I've not smoked for about 8 years, but I still love that tobacconist smell.