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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:09 pm 
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Hi guys - I had a new order from CYC arrive today (thank you very much, BTW ... great service as usual :cool: ) and of course I rushed home full turbo to try out a couple of the contents on my Mrs' car, namely Chemical Guys Pete's 53 and Dodo Juice Red Mist.

As usual for my reviews, I'm going to show you a succession of photographs that look exactly the same ... and this time they do, so you'll have to read the blurb in between :lol: Now go and fetch your glasses :twisted:

I prepared the surface with a spritz of Autobright Waterless Car Wash (yes, you red that right LOL) and a smear of Car-Lack68 NSC for the cleaning and so that was buffed off pretty much straight away since I did not really want the sealant to cure on.

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/do ... CF0967.jpg

First up was the new wax I've been really looking forward to trying out:

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/do ... CF0968.jpg

... and no, that pad is NOT sitting on the ground - it is on the white inner lid from the pot. First impressions of this wax were that is does faintly smell of coconut, but there's a lot more chemical smells mixed in there. It not as downright gorgeous-smelling as, say, Pinnacle Sourveran but it does smell pretty good. It melts nicely when you run your fingers around inside and has a really creamy feel to it. Lurvely :oops:

Here's one very thin coat applied ... no, really, there's a coat on there curing :shock:

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/do ... CF0969.jpg

... and buffed:

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/do ... CF0970.jpg

This is GOOD :cool: I can't pretend to see anything major happening to the paint, but it's gone on really thin and it comes off sooooo easily. I used that yellow applicator and buffed off with a EuroW towel.

Let's pop another coat on:

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/do ... CF0971.jpg

... and buff off:

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/do ... CF0972.jpg

I know I should have waited, but I think my first coat was too thin because this time I think I can see a slight darkness and like some waxes, the very very fine scratches that I still have become kind of pronounced. I'm not too worried because I'm sure it will disappear as the wax fully cures out.

Yeah, I like it - dead easy to use, nice to own, fairly tactile pot and all round a nice experience.

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/do ... CF0973.jpg

I'm really going to enjoy this wax, I'm sure ...

Once again, I know I should leave that wax to really cure but I wanted to try out the Dodo Juice Red Mist product.

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/do ... CF0975.jpg

Wow! I am impressed :shock: This is exactly the kind of apres douche spray I have been looking for :cool:

I made the beginner mistake of going: spritz ... spritz ... spritz over half of the boot and then trying to wipe it :oops: There is some kind of ester in there that evaporates very quickly and the best method is to spritz and wipe over straight away. Again, I used a EuroW towel and this seemed to work okay. I wonder if an alternative method might be to "prime" one of those yellow pads and then spritz the paint, spreading with the applicator?

Immediately, the clarity of the paint was dramatically boosted ... not that you can see it here, but anyway :lol:

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/do ... CF0974.jpg

The spray head is very fine and even after a good few spritzes (probably far too many), the bottle hardly appears to have been touched. The smell is not at all nice from the bottle, but once dispensed there is a faint je ne sait quoi hanging in the air; pleasant.

If beading is as good as I hope, this really is going to be a fantastic product for me ... and I've no reason not to think that it will, since it has in every other review I've read. I also have Dodo Juice Sour Power to try on my next wash, when I will use the Red Mist spray all over the car.

Final glamour shot?

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/do ... CF0977.jpg

EDIT:

Read on for some notes on beading and better pictures in the sun:
http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/forum/vie ... 1640#51640

... and read on further for some notes on what it's like in the rain and drying itself off in the sun:
http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/forum/vie ... 2038#52038

In a word, this is one fantastic wax! :cool:

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:21 pm 
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Thanks for sharing, I have both these products, although the Petes is unused - however I now know what to look forward to :)

...and I think I saw the lamp post in the reflections in different positions, so I guess they are not the same photo :wink:

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Nice one and thanks for sharing.

Have you used Z8? If so how do you compare it against Red Mist? I find Z8 easier to use and prefer the spray - both leave a great finish though.

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I have not used Zaino Z8 yet. It's on the list - I think I'd like to try their ZAIO and Z5 on the white car, so maybe I'll pop some in the basket if/when I make that order.

I think I'll see more in the Chemical Guys Pete's 53 when we get some sun on that panel - something to look forward to at the weekend :wink:

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Nice review Paul :D I have the pete's and agree it's a very nice wax to use.

Not tried the red mist yet :( but I would like to know now it compares to Duragloss Aquawax before I get some. I can't remember if you have used the Aquawax or not :?:

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Another good read Paul. I feel I know your lamp post intimately now :lol:

I won another bottle of Z8 at Drive n Shine in the autumn, so would be happy to let you have a sample.

Cheers

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PS. off to Paris early tomorrow, so will have to wait till the weekend. I am sure I have your addy somewhere!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:30 pm 
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pjgh wrote:
I know I should have waited, but I think my first coat was too thin because this time I think I can see a slight darkness and like some waxes, the very very fine scratches that I still have become kind of pronounced. I'm not too worried because I'm sure it will disappear as the wax fully cures out.


Where? Where are these scratches? :D I think your car produces better reflections than most mirrors :o


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:42 pm 
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freon warrior wrote:
I won another bottle of Z8 at Drive n Shine in the autumn, so would be happy to let you have a sample.


Superb, Paul - thank you very much. That will make a good comparison. I've PMd you my address in case you've lost it.

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pjgh wrote:
I know I should have waited, but I think my first coat was too thin because this time I think I can see a slight darkness and like some waxes, the very very fine scratches that I still have become kind of pronounced. I'm not too worried because I'm sure it will disappear as the wax fully cures out.


Where? Where are these scratches? :D I think your car produces better reflections than most mirrors :o


There are some very very light hairline scratches that I can see when I really really look - the paint is very soft and anything that touches it has to be scrupulously clean. Furthermore, there is so much sand in the air at the moment that it is almost impossible not to end up this a spec that gets rubbed around. I use deep pile towels and go with the lightest of touches whenever I apply a wax with one of those foam pads. They are so fine that I simply cannot photograph them and anything other than a very close inspection you can't see them.

I've seen it before when I used Pinnacle Souveran - the scratches go dark and then disappear after an hour, or so once the wax has aired. Other than in that circumstance, you can't see them.

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Great write up Paul thanks for the info.

Pete's 53 was the first wax I bought from CYC, well the first wax ever actually and I have to agree it's brilliant.

I've got some red mist which i'm going to try tomorrow (it's sitting at post office as missed post man boo!) Really looking forward to using it now.
I used DJ sour power for the first time last week and was rather impressed I think you'll enjoy it :D

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Ash wrote:
Nice review Paul :D I have the pete's and agree it's a very nice wax to use.

Not tried the red mist yet :( but I would like to know now it compares to Duragloss Aquawax before I get some. I can't remember if you have used the Aquawax or not :?:


Ash,

I haven't read/seen anybody apply Red Mist to a wet car, unlike Aquawax. The Aquawax spray gun is better, along very similar lines to Z8. Aquawax is far more economical, especially if you go for their gallon container. And I would easily say that Aquawax id far easier to use BUT if you do get some (I would plump for the Tropical), I don't think you will be at all disappointed :wink:

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thanks for the review Paul i have just bought a pot of petes 53 but havn't tried it yet, you just got me in the mood :D


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Ash wrote:
Nice review Paul :D I have the pete's and agree it's a very nice wax to use.

Not tried the red mist yet :( but I would like to know now it compares to Duragloss Aquawax before I get some. I can't remember if you have used the Aquawax or not :?:


Ash,

I haven't read/seen anybody apply Red Mist to a wet car, unlike Aquawax. The Aquawax spray gun is better, along very similar lines to Z8. Aquawax is far more economical, especially if you go for their gallon container. And I would easily say that Aquawax id far easier to use BUT if you do get some (I would plump for the Tropical), I don't think you will be at all disappointed :wink:


I apply my Aquawax onto dry paint work, it doesn't have to be wet :wink:

Thanks for the tip about the Tropical :D

Are the red mist and the red mist tropical two different products :? :?: or is it me being thick :oops:

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I'm working on it, Tony ... doing a rain dance at this very moment :lol:

I think we might have a little rain this weekend, so maybe I'll get a snap. Both products are very nice indeed and I find the wax melts really nice when rubbed over with fingers - I think I'll be hand-applying it :cool:

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