'evening guys ... I was chatting to a pal at work about polishing and what-not (he's the guy who kind of got me into it) and he offered to lend me his Pinnacle Souveran wax. Great ... thanks very much
There was a time, even up to a couple of months ago, that I would have baulked at paying more than about 20 quid for a tub of wax, but the more I read and the more I become intrigued by this little hobby of ours I am starting to extend my sights a little into the more expensive wax range. So, getting to try out this stuff was quite a treat for me
Speaking of waxes, I'm sure you guys know me from the Armor All ravings recently ... I have shelled out a whole FIVE POUNDS for a tin of Armor All carnauba wax, given how impressed I have been with their Car Wax Gel product
I can now save my stocks of the gel for mixing up home-made spray wax and QD which seems to work sooooo well on my white car. Anyway ... back to the point in hand ...
What does the wax (the Pinnacle wax, that is) smell of? Bananas
It smells nice and has quite a reminiscence of banana milkshakes; perhaps the first time you smell one of those slightly chemically shakes you get from popular fast food restaurants. I grew up with the real thing ... bananas and ice cream, blended, poured into a glass with a straw. At the time, it was a poor-kid's shake, but I can appreciate today what a treat that really was for me. I digress, again
So, it smells good ... to business ... let's prepare the surface with my favourite cleanser, Car-Lack68 NSC. I QD'd the boot of our black car (I really should get some crash test stickers for that car, shouldn't I?
) with Meg's NXT Speed Detailer and wiped with a Eurow towel. I then applied the Car-Lack68 NSC with a blue microfibre applicator spritzed with QD and buffed almost straight away with a clean Eurow towel. These towels are great, aren't they?
I felt the boot needed a little something extra, so I gave it a quick layer of Einzsett Waxpolish soft to just glaze it lightly. I am really getting to like that product, too.
Here's what we started with:
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So ... to the wax. I applied a thin layer with a yellow foam pad and it applied really well. It spread over the whole boot which is just a little bigger than 2' by 1', and did not dry quickly, allowing me to neaten up the application and make a really thin layer. The instructions say that you do not need to leave it to haze, so I wiped off with ... you guessed it ... a Eurow deep pile towel.
I have been led to believe, from what I have read, that this wax achieves a deep pooling shine by darkening the paint a little. It does exactly that and I was not actually very happy with the finish. While it was not dull - please don't read my comment like that, it was not shiny
I can understand the loss of shine to make a deep, pooling finish, but it was not that deep, or pooling either - certainly not compared to Meg's #26 liquid wax, which does much the same thing, but leaves a shine too. Bummer! I applied a second coat in the hope that might deepen things or return a shine, but no dice ... maybe I did something wrong? I'd love to hear from you guys who have tried this product.
Have a look for yourself:
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I appreciate that the sun was shining in the picture of the surface prep, but to the naked eye the paint was appreciably darker and not at all as shiny. What a shame
I have had my greatest successes on our single-stage black Classic SAAB 900 with Meguiars #7 and #26. That combo takes a lot of beating and a top coat application of Collinite 476S is the real icing on the cake - a wax that does not diminish the finish at all and if anything gives a little extra. I was comparing to that kind of finish, I think, so I decided to drop some #7 on top, just to see if that brought up a shine. Well, it did, but it was a little muted.
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I think the best finish of these three is the first picture. The shine was deep and very pleasing. Ignoring this wax, the Car-Lack68 NSC should have been left to dwell and then just top it with Collinite 476S. That's "simply the best". I had high hopes for the Pinnacle Souveran wax and have their liquid and spray Souveran waxes on my list to buy, thinking it would be a step on from my Meguiars combo. I keep an open mind, but those are off my list now.
EDIT: A day later, I am sold! This is a great wax ... it just needs some time, even just a couple of hours to really bring out its best. I will back-pedal on my comment there and consider the liquid wax and the spray.
In summary, I think if you had not found your ideal combination for your car and got a tub of Pinnacle Souveran wax you would be very happy with it - it is a pleasure to use and I'm sure a pleasure to own. The silk bag would make it a nice item to handle (my pal did not hand me the bag, but I've seen the pictures) and I'd be forever opening the tub and smelling it. That, and it's really nice to apply and work with. The finish might well be some guys' cup o' tea, but not mine. Whatever the product does to the light, I think it has some polarising effect that diminishes shine in order to deliver a darker, deeper finish. Their tagline is something like "Brilliant on red! Awesome on black!" and while I can agree with that summary (from my use on black), I actually have a better combination that delivers exactly the finish that I like. Maybe this wax is more of a clearcoat kind of wax? Comments?