Okay guys ... the verdict is out; certainly in my eyes, anyway. I have tested this product on the boot (a small square section) of my wife's black car ... risky, I know, but it does put a certain pressure to make the best of it
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I filled a bucket with clean water and soaked my chamois in it. I half filled another bucket with water and the recommended amount of Zymöl shampoo (the green stuff). The boot was washed using a microfibre pad and given a good clean.
I sploshed the bucket of clean water over the boot to clear off the shampoo and good sheeting was apparent.
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Car-Lack68 NSC was then applied using a moistened microfibre pad. I did this for a couple of reasons (1) to clean/cleanse the paintwork further and (2) to give the wax a good comparison to other products, since they had been applied on top of Car-Lack68 NSC - products like Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine (the main comparison) and Detailing World Wet Wet Wet wax.
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The pad was remarkably clean, but I expected it to be
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Okay let's just buff that finish and prepare it with a quartered microfibre for the main product in question ...
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... with fear and intrepidation ... there's no more putting it off ... on goes a good blob of Tesco Deep Shine Car Wax using the other side of the microfibre pad. The instructions do say to use a soft cloth and they do say that the product can be applied onto wet or dry paint. Oooookay ... so a moistened pad will be fine, then.
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"Leave to dry to a haze and then buff", it says. Okay, so leave to dry ... does it pass the swipe test? Kind of
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Buff off ... my goodness this is hard work. I'm buffing and nothing is coming off. That's good, surely? It's a very resistant product. More pressure ... now it's coming off, but it is leaving really bad streaks. More pressure still ... nope ... this is hard
Harder still ... now the streaks are moving.
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That took a good four or five minutes to shift just this area - thank goodness I didn't do the whole car
Let's inspect the result. Well, it is shiny but do be aware that the camera can lie. Close up, it has left shadows in the paint and there is still some little streaks left.
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I wonder if it layers? On with another coat, leave to dry and buff off. I'm persistent, aren't I? Phew! I'm really pooped now! I don't believe the shine is any better that with just one layer. On close inspection there are still shadows in the paint which some harder rubbing does start to shift. I have got rid of all the streaking now, though.
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How does it compare? Well, the streaking problem is very much like I have experienced with Meguiars NXT Tech Wax and with Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine (from early experiences of this product) which needed a lot of hard work buffing. It is not a nice product to work with at all. If the shine is good, it might be worth it, but the shine is not at all good. I think it is no better than just Car-Lack68 NSC on its own, if not worse given the streaking and shadowing it seems to put into the paint. I have found since that Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine does go on top of Car-Lack68 NSC really easily ... wipe on and wipe off ... and it layers.
I would say correctly applied, AG UDS will give as good a finish as Meg's #7! That's quite a bold thing to say, but it does give you a point of reference. This product is nowhere near anything I have put onto my paint. Back when I first started, a layer of AG SRP would give a better shine and I would have left it at that. Talking of SRP ... this product leaves loads of white dust. I did wonder whether removing it with a spritz of QD on a quartered microfibre might make a better job, but I wanted to test the finish without confusing other products.
I had wondered whether this wax was simply a re-brand of something else on the shelf and if so might prove to be a cheap alternative. There is actually a faint reminiscence of AG SRP, but that's probably just the silicone, or something they have in common. I think I have pinned the main smell down now ... it's something like liquid furniture polish
It does get you high ... or rather gives you a headache from repeated sniffing. I have scoured our cupboard under the sink for something similar in smell, but I suspect I am going to have to go to a supermarket and sniff as many products as I can before getting thrown out
If anyone else fancies joining in this little mystery, pop along to Tesco, sniff the wax and then run over to the polishes aisle and see what it compares to.
I didn't unpack my hose, so I couldn't try a beading test ... now I'm writing this, I really wish I had
I was not happy with the finish and needed to finish up, so I popped on a layer of DW WWW wax and buffed. My goodness! What a dramatic improvement. This wax is slightly better than Meg's #7 in my opinion and leaves a lovely shimmering shine. This really showed up what a poor product the Tesco Deep Shine Car Wax is. The shadowing was now gone and any last little streaks. I'm happy again
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So ... in a word ... RUBBISH! Really poor! I can now take it back to Tesco and get my money back, having compared it to the competition ... all £1.87 of it ...
Tim - If you want to split this thread and put it in the reviews section, feel free.