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 Post subject: Armor All Car Wax Gel
PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 6:15 pm 
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Oh, my giddy God :shock: Guys ... a cheapo car product that actually works :lol:

Hi, I'm that nutter who wondered whether Tesco Deep Shine Car Wax was any good :twisted: and subseqently bought some Asda Car Polish to compare, convinced it was the same product (I've not got around to this yet) ... and those products were £1.87 and £1.86, respectively. I've gone one better, albeit a knock-down priced product but nevertheless ...

Right ... before we all get too excited, let me explain a couple of things. One, my car was given a damn good treatment last weekend with some SRP, some Jetseal and IIRC some paste wax ... maybe Collinite 476S, maybe Meg's #16. Two, we were in Lidl today on the hunt for crayfish (found some frozen) and of course I had a cursory look over the car products. Nothing took my fancy, as it was all low-class stuff under some made up brand or other ... but on the bottom shelf, RainX wipes at £1.99 rather than £4.99. Next to it Armor All Car Wax Gel at 99p (with a note about RRP at £5.99). I read the back and it sounded like a hoot, so crayfish in one hand, the gel in the other I marched to the till and put down some hard cash.

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It has been warm all week and today we got some rain. I have a full day on my mate's convertible tomorrow, so feeling that my car might miss out I decided to pop out and give my car the once over with QD. Duly, I did that and then thought, "I wonder ..." ... "Hmmm ... that Armor All stuff ..." ... it did say to use it after a wash with the car wet, so I was going to leave it until I had washed the car, but I thought a strong spritz of clean water would be about the same, right?

So ... clean water sprayed over, I applied the gel to a microfibre and wiped it over the boot and began to buff. What? WHAT? :shock: Good Lord, that's shiny!!! No, really :shock: I felt the paint and it was pretty slick. I applied another helping and the paint was dramatically more slick and MORE SHINY!

Amazed, I treated the bonnet, too ... and then the roof:

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I have no idea how it will bead or how it will last (and can't be bothered to get the hose pipe out now ... I'll look like a nutter :twisted: ), so we'll have to wait for some rain before I can report on that.

Who would have believed it though ... at 99p it is an absolute bargain and I'm sure it is of use in anyone home/hobby detailer's cupboad ... for something ... there's bound to be a day when this is just the product and you're glad to have it in.

My opinion? Compared to SRP and Jetseal under strong, good sunlight, this product would appear to be a touch shinier (and we're under overcast clouds tonight) :!: That said, the surface was already SRP and Jetseal, which had just been QD'd with Meg's Speed Detailer. Oh, it's on white, too ... I may be a lame horse on black, but I'll no doubt try that another time. The beading that Jetseal gives is really nice, but could be improved with a wax. Let's see how this beads ... ease of application, shine and residual beading are all things that we find pleasing in a product like this and it has ticked the first two already ... Also, what does it smell of? Well, nothing much, but when washing out the microfibre, I got a faint smell of something quite floral ... Aloe, maybe?

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 6:50 pm 
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Well it may look OK but how long will it last :?: Post back in 1 hour :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 7:57 pm 
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You must have balls the size of an Ox pjgh, there's no way I'd be trying all this stuff on my motor. Good job we have you isn't it :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 8:49 pm 
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LOL ... yeah, I suppose it is kind of "ballsy" ... the thing is, I have a great relationship with my garage and they have a very talented bodyshop guy who actually used to own my car before he sold it to the guy I bought it from. Anyway, he loves the car as much as I do and he'd respray a panel practically gratis if it all really messed up.

My problem is, I can never test for longevity in a product what with me stripping back and trying out new stuff. It's a good job I'm not into polishes or there'd be no paint left :lol:

I'm going to pop out and inspect under street lamps when it gets dark and see how I like it tomorrow. From first use today, I think this is actually quite a good product. It does retail at £5.99 normally, so the 99p purchase at Aldi (not Lidl, as I said above) makes it a truly throwaway product if it turned out to be rubbish. I hope to try it on our black car in time, but I'm still enjoying the lovely finish I got with #16 the other night at the moment :cool:

All things considered, when I did a little reading about finding a good spray wax to use on a wet car (like Autoglym Aqua Wax kind of product), loads of people were raving about Optimum Car Wax (OCW) ... now in my mind, that product strikes me as exactly this kind of product coming from an unknown company who produce one good product ... maybe I'm wrong about Optimum, but they didn't have much else in their catalogue that was truly raved about. There's no reason why this company can't lay a golden egg, too. I may well be swearing about it tomorrow when it has attracted a thick traffic film :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 8:54 pm 
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Great test Paul.

Love your style of writing. LMAO :lol:

One of my agents who has an eye for detailing told me he swears by a foam for his tyre dressing made by Armour All (I think) :shock:

Let us know how it holds up :)


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I have the Car Wash as well :D Work very well as a combo :!: Use it on other's cars, now :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 7:43 pm 
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Used to use Armorall as a plastic / rubber dressing - was good stuff
Now they call it Protectant..

Looks like they have a complete range...

http://www.armorall.eu/uk/

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 11:35 pm 
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The shine and finish is still holding up on my white car today. We tried is on my friend's silver convertible today (as a test ... and then washed it off) ... it didn't give much in the way of a shine and the beading test didn't reveal any significant advantage but after a prolonged spray to simulate a rain storm the treated side did bead better.

Untreated side ... after a wash with Zymol shampoo (the green stuff):
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... the treated side:
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... after a prolonged shower:
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 6:36 pm 
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Well, I tried it out on the black car this evening and I am pleased to report that my initial opinion is as good as it was with the white car. Rather than detracting from an untreated finish (like other cheap products I have tried did), I think this deepens it with a little darkening of the finish and leaves a smooth, silk and slick finish. I gave the car a QD with Meg's Speed Detailer, wiped, sprayed liberally with clean cold water and applied a reasonable squirt of the gel to the cloth. Wipe around and keep wiping until it has a good even layer which has dried. Buff. I then applied a second coat. It does not need much wiping around and buffs off easily. Really, a wipe on ... wipe off product. Easy as that.

On the black car I will be able to see how the dust settles, dries and how it fairs until the weekend wash. Likewise, the white car, which today is still shiny and not dusty/covered in pollen unlike the Chemical Guys New Look Trim Gel treated bumpers :wink:

I will say that I can get a deeper finish than this (confirmed with my eyes, but not necessarily demonstrated by photographs) with Car-Lack68 NSC/Collinite 476S or 915 or with SRP/UDS or with anything topped with Meg's #7 and certainly with DW Wet Wet Wet Wax on black. So, while it's not the best, it is by no means the worse and as I said leaves a lovely feeling finish akin to Meg's #26 ... maybe a little greasy. Let's just see how it fairs.

So ... this thread is useless without pictures? I managed to capture a set that I think shows what my eyes saw ... the first is untreated (QD and wiped with a Eurow towel), the second is one application of the gel and the third is with a second application of the gel, buffed to a deep shine.

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Oh ... go on then ... some "glamour" shots:

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I have the Car Wash as well :D Work very well as a combo :!: Use it on other's cars, now :wink:


Really? I'm going to grab another bottle of the gel one evening, so I'll pick up a bottle of the shampoo, too. I actually rate this product ... I would not pay the RRP, though, but for a quid per bottle ... I'll stock up with a small supply.

One of my friends is really skint, but has a lovely SAAB 9000 Anniversary model that he can just about afford to run ... but not wash it. I washed it a while ago and I think the problem is not with the time, but with buying a set of products with money he could spend on beer or food. It's really hard when you're in your early/mid 20s and just broken into the housing market. I feel for him ... he's doing well, so I think a budget bucket, microfibre sponge/mesh and these products with a couple of towels ought to get him started regular car washes.

I wonder if Armor All do stickers ... "Powered by SAAB Trionic ... Protected by Armor All" :twisted:

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I have to admit I've used their tyre dressing and vinyl protector a few years back and it was good. Up to now I hadn't thought of trying it again :-k
I first picked some up when I was in the US on holiday; there was loads of it for sale over there and very cheap :) good old Walmart Image

It may be time to give some of their stuff another try.

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 8:22 pm 
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I'd be really interested to hear another opinion of the product - get it quick before they ramp the price up to the RRP making it on a par almost with good products :wink: To re-iterate, I got mine from Aldi, not Lidl as I first said.

EDIT: I'm not alone ... nor mad!
http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/s ... hp?t=68753
... now why didn't I find this thread the other day when I did a search? :?

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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 9:29 pm 
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Yeah, the polishing cloth was mentioned on my SAAB forum in the 'Spit and Shine' forum. I thought I'd get hold of one and see what it was like before posting conjecture here. Meanwhile, over in Sainsbury you can pick up a Car Care cloth which is almost exactly like the Autoglym Perfect Finish Cloth (the red one, but this one is blue) ... careful, though, they seem to be packaging any old random microfibre cloth since I last looked :roll:

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