Today was a fun day ... I got to play with a new product and really enjoyed the experience. I have borrowed a bottle of Chemical Guys Wet Mirror Finish from my pal Andy (Murray on DW & here ... and the SAAB forums
), well, swapped for my bottle of Poorboys Black Hole to see if we can get on with these products that the other has not had much success with ... if that makes sense. I've yet to catch up with him as to whether he is enjoying the Poorboys Black Hole glaze, but I really like this product.
I washed the car with Zymöl Auto Wash, dried off (yes, chamois
) and being a warm, but not sunny day I decided to deal with some defects
which meant that the boot and the sides were polished with Meg's #7 but the bonnet left "as is". I used a microfibre pad and squeezed a small amount of product out onto the pad and worked as instructed on a 2'x2' area in small circles, working until the product went clear. I used a Eurow microfibre to clean off the residue and moved onto the next area ... I repeated the bonnet and the boot, so two coats of Wet Mirror Finish.
Some pictures? Of course ...
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/cg ... CF8728.jpg
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/cg ... CF8729.jpg
What a fantastic product! It is an all-in-one glaze (I think), shine enhancer and leaves behind a layer of sealant. It is very much along the same lines as Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine, or Meguiars NXT Tech Wax but ... this is how both of those products should be
- easy to work, easy to remove without smearing. Typical of Chemical Guys products, it is well formulated to be worked by hand or machine and does exactly what it says it will do - leave a wet-look mirror finish
Superb! Again, this is exactly what Meg's NXT Tech Wax or Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine should be
. The resulting surface was slick and creaked nicely with a wipe of the finger. Looks? Well, it's a bit sterile, but I think it would suit some cars - it's somewhere between AG UDS (which is very sterile, IMO) and Meg's NXT Tech Wax (which is less sterile, but nothing like the warmth of a "proper wax").
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/cg ... CF8727.jpg
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/cg ... CF8731.jpg
I popped a layer of Chemical Guys Jetseal on the sides and the boot - again, boy, what a nice product to work with ... just apply, let it cure and wipe it off. So easy ... why can't all products be like this?
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/cg ... CF8746.jpg
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/cg ... CF8749.jpg
Here's the reflection in the boot - yes, that's a mirror
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/cg ... CF8735.jpg
... and finally, a couple of whole car shots from different elevations - by this point I had popped a layer of Collinite 476S wax on the bonnet.
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/cg ... CF8750.jpg
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/cg ... CF8751.jpg
For this car, I prefer the depth of shine I can get with other products (namely, Einszett Waxpolish Soft, Clearkote YMW/CMW and Collinite 915 ... or a "posh wax") and I'm unlikely to use this product again on our black car. I think more modern, more sporty cars would look great with it - something Japanese, perhaps. In summary - great product, does exactly what it purports to do with effortless ease and plays well with other products used beforehand and layered on top.