Guys! There's a new face in town and he's certainly not yellow!
ValetPro were very generous and sent me a good sample of their Yellow Bumper Gel to try out. I had enjoyed their Protectant and found it to be as effective in terms of dirt and water repellence and longevity as Autoglym Bumper Care.
I did find their Protectant to be difficult to apply and did not get on with the suggested method of applying with a brush - more seasoned and professional valeters may well get on fine with that application, but I found switching to a yellow foam pad was the best method for me. That's the Protectant product ... what about this Yellow Bumper Gel?
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I decided to apply it with a washed out dash trim pad - it might look a little mucky, but it is clean and free of the product that was in there to start with.
I had absolutely no idea how much product to use, but given my bodykit (all GRP plastic) is quite large, I thought the following would be a good amount to start with:
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... that was a lot and the product spread really well indeed. I started in the middle panel on one side and kept going back to reprime my pad from that initial application. This amount spread around the whole of the LHS, the front bumper and the rear bumper. I made a second visit to the bottle to get the other side done and go over the front and rear bumpers again:
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Here's some 50/50s:
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The finish was very pleasing indeed. It does not need working over and over to get a uniform coat - it spread clean and even, leaving a non-patchy finish. Dead easy
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In terms of application and making direct comparisons to other products, this is a gel and most akin to the blue lotion from Autobright, their TNT Treatment. I'm not sure if this product is suitable for tyres, but on bumpers it is a delight to use. I have applied Autoglym Bumper Care to my other car which also gets used daily, so we'll see what both products are like after each wash over the coming weeks.
In use, this product is without issue for application and buffing. It provides a uniform finish across exterior plastics, easily applied with a foam pad. It is a lot easier to use than Autoglym Bumper Care and if the rain/washing tests prove favourable, it will be a highly recommended product. Versus their own Protectant, this one wins hands down, feet down, everything down. I would still like to know if VP think it is suitable for application to tyres - if so, it could well be the product we're all looking for.
What I particularly liked about it (and what I like about the Autobright TNT Treatment) was how completely different it felt from all those clear, slippery, silicone-laden products we're used to.
In the overnight rain and the few light showers during the day ValetPro Yellow Bumper Gel proved to bead up nicely and has water rolling off the surface effectively, something which I watched in the rain. That is very much like I got with the ValetPro Protectant and Autoglym Bumper Care, but ValetPro Protectant did show some signs of water striations in the finish when it dried. Not the ValetPro Yellow Bumper Gel - the plastics are dry, black and continue to be a uniform finish.
Good so far ...