First, thanks to Willington
for sending me along a sample of Scholl Concepts Vintage to try out. Much appreciated!
Vintage is a new wax from Scholl Concepts and due for release imminently as a 50th Anniversary celebration wax, labelled up as a "Pure carnauba and cacao blend" - see: http://spautopia.co.uk/scholl-concepts- ... intage-waxhttp://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/sc ... CF5611.jpg
Cacao? Used widely in the cosmetics industry, I guess it's in there as a useful oil ... it certainly gives the wax a beautiful scent which is like good coffee and caramel. Novel! That's the scent - texture is soft with structure, much akin to good cheesecake. Scholl also bill this as a handmade wax. This is highbrow stuff. Very nice indeed so far ...
To work ...
My 9-5 Aero is again the test mule and the boot is going to provide the panel to try out this wax on - painted metal and plastic here. Preparation was with Serious Performance Paint Cleanser and a good buff up.
Application was not particularly straight-forward with a soft of crumbly feeling going on under the pad where the wax quickly clumped together. Scraping off the excess back into the pot gave a more even feeling and with a little gusto, small circular motions helped with the application. It likes to be warm, I feel. Warmer weather (it was 5C out and windy) or warmed up, or with a little friction, it will work well.
Vintage is a high quality wax and suffers some of the pitfalls as such - the texture of the wax is soft, emphasising the wax content which is a two-edged sword. I'm going to sound elitist here, but trust me ... I'm not a wax snob, for those who have used a number of top end waxes, they'll be used to this crumbly, gritty, flakey texture. Some manufacturers have blended it out, other retained it. Vintage feels like a wax that has jumped in amongst its well established peers in black or thin glass-effect jars.
Left for about 20 minutes, it was ready to come off.
Removal was not effortless, but certainly not difficult - a little pressure required and a re-buff over the whole area with a refolded soft microfibre brought up a really pleasing shine. Any high points in the wax application did not prove difficult to remove, no smearing, no greasiness and no secondary hazing which is often present with high-end waxes; something which someone who is used to high-end waxes knows exactly how to deal with.http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/sc ... CF5612.jpghttp://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/sc ... CF5615.jpg
Clean, crisp and bright - pictures showing in sunlight, shadow and the shadow of a building. Depth is very much present with this wax, perhaps lending itself to darker cars or cars with strong pigmented finishes.
The big question is: is the juice worth the squeeze? It is.
This is a very pleasant wax to own. The small sample I had might well have proven difficult to get onto a pad and spread, but in the full-size jar, a regular pad will be easy to transfer the wax to. The scent alone warrants a high rating - unique, really. The work involved is not a chore, but you do feel that you have achieved something through toil, which is very pleasing for a detailing enthusiast.
In summary, application and removal was as it would be with many waxes out there and certainly no worse than any high-end wax - neither were especially easy, certainly not effortless, but then neither proved at all problematic. The look is good - deep, crisp reflections and with a wet look certainly worthy of the term Vintage
A concours wax, indeed!
I don't yet know the price-point for this wax and cannot speculate.
Beading and post-first wash opinions to follow ...