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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:15 pm 
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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 :wink:

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 :cool:

In use ... whoa! Back up a step ... we've got some prep to do first :D

Here's a set of entirely identical snaps ... washed and dried off:

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3702.jpg

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3703.jpg

... polished over with Meguiars #81:

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3705.jpg

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3706.jpg

... Autosmart WAX applied:

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3707.jpg

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3708.jpg

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3709.jpg

... and buffed:

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3711.jpg

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3712.jpg

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3714.jpg

... beading :cool:

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/au ... CF3716.jpg

... and my usual lamp post shot:

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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 :oops: I've not smoked for about 8 years, but I still love that tobacconist smell.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:56 pm 
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Lol you would buy it just for the smell :twisted:

Nice review, I'm not sure if I should get this because I have HD Wax and love it :cool:

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:32 pm 
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i have seem autosmart wax used

but used it yet

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:06 pm 
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Very informative review there Paul !


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:21 pm 
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Compared to the tub of cack that autosmart used to sell, this new wax
does give impressive results,

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:58 pm 
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infinity wrote:
Compared to the tub of cack that autosmart used to sell, this new wax
does give impressive results,


I think I must have a tub of the cack as I found it didn't seam to last that long....

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:02 pm 
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In case there is any confusion, my review is of the wax featured in the picture above ... NOT this wax:

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:14 pm 
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Yep thats the cack I have Well it was only £10 what did I expect!!!! :wink: :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 10:15 pm 
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i have started using AS wax

very pleased

:cool: :cool:

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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 10:27 pm 
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As a basic wax, it does the job exceptionally well. I think for professionals it is perfect ... for professionals who want to offer that little bit more, used as a base for a particularly oily/glossy wax it will offer good protection and longevity of looks once the less durable wax has worn off.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:46 pm 
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TOTALLY 2 THUMBS UP!!

very durable and extremely easy to use.

A very fine wax that is simple to apply and buffs of effortlessly leaving a deep long lasting shine, and gives months of protection.


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