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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 8:44 pm 
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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 :cool:

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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 ...

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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 8:51 pm 
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As an avid fan of AG Bumper Care, I shall keep my eye on this review.

Liking the sound of this already!

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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 12:58 pm 
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Looks like a good product to have a round - thanks for sharing :)

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look like the plastic dressing I have from my local motor factors I bought years ago. Silicone free I believe and is very very good.

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Having used a couple of products like this, I have to wonder why I've bothered with all those nasty silicone-laced products I've used over the years. Yes, they give a quick gloss, but they are not at all nice, attract dust and don't always spread to a uniform finish.

There is a very light lemon smell with this products and the consistency is like some lemon curds.

More rain overnight and the finish is not showing signs of water marking.

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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 8:14 pm 
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Thanks for sharing - interesting read.

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Makes mental note................ :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:41 am 
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I ordered a sample of this after reading your review pjgh, and I have to say it is an awesome product. It really is a doddle to apply and is far more durable the CG New Look Trim Gel that I had been using previously.


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It's still there on ours, applied weeks ago and washed at least once a week since. Yeah, very impressed :cool:

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Hello again Charlie :)

I'm looking forward to receiving a sample of this. It could be a winner given that it's about £15 for 5L!


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RussST wrote:
Hello again Charlie :)

I'm looking forward to receiving a sample of this. It could be a winner given that it's about £15 for 5L!


£22.43 on ValetPro's web page

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:04 pm 
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Hmmm...... im quite a fan of the valetpro products...

never noticed this post.. :roll:


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it is a delight to use, doesn't have those foul smell that you get from other products. what i like most about this product is its non patchy finish, my bumper looks evenly clean.


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aaaaarrrgh,wish i'd seen this before i bought the autoglym garbage :cry:

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:22 am 
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If you've got Autoglym Bumper Care, Mick ... you've got one of the best IMO. I think ValetPro Yellow Bumper Gel just pips Autoglym for its ease of application - by that I mean it is easier to get the application right. With Autoglym, it is easy to get the application wrong by not reading the instructions and assuming it is a wipe on product.

With Autoglym use a pea sided blob and start in the middle of the trim working it out from that spot - work it well and keep spreading it out. Effort spent in this phase gleans the best results. Simply loading a pad and spreading it, like you might with this ValetPro product is not going to get the best from it.

Leave it for 10-15 minutes to do its thing. When you come back, you'll see a dramatically darker finish. Buff with a clean microfibre, turning frequently to a clean section.

For longevity of finish - that's darkness, freshness of look, water repellance and resistance to striations - I found very little in it between Autoglym and ValetPro.

I'd never describe Autoglym as rubbish - misunderstood, often, but read the instructions and you'll find it a most capable product. Have fun ...

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