Gosh! It's been quite a while since I wrote a product review.
What a gorgeous evening ... and what a great evening to play out machining and waxing the car
This time, I'm showing you Victoria Wax Concours and Collectors waxes. There are a few fans of these waxes on this forum - the wax is reputed to be wet and glossy, a doddle to apply and a pleasure to own.
... are they?
First of all, let's have a look at what you get:
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/vi ... CF2334.jpg
EDIT: I should say at this point that these are the 3oz pots. The waxes are available as 6oz pots, too.
The yellow one is Collectors and the red, Concours. The pots themselves are wide and heavy, almost like glass, but they are a very good quality thick plastic and feel expensive. No label, though? Oh yes ... it's on the base
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/vi ... CF2341.jpg
So, these tubs of wax look extra special - more like cosmetics in many ways.
Yes, high quality vessels, but what about the wax?
First, the smell - that's what we do first, isn't it?
Collectors (the yellow one) has a heavy, fruity fragrance - it's bananas. Concours (the red one), a light, fruity scent - yes, strawberries. Lovely!
What do we do next?
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/vi ... CF2337.jpg
We stick our fingers in it, don't we?
Ooooh ... that's soft - almost a sorbet texture. Very nice indeed!
Yes, a pleasure to own
... but it is any good as a car wax?
Our black car is enjoying Dodo Juice Supernatural at the moment and I am VERY happy indeed with that and see little need to use anything else on the black car now, but I do look after a number of other cars now and variety is the spice of life, isn't it?
I prepared my usual test panel, the boot, with a machine applied paint cleanser (from Serious Performance, if you must know ... I've tried these waxes over Dodo Juice Lime Prime Lite, too) and so started out with near perfect paint in terms of being free of defects, good depth, good reflectivity and a bright finish - you just don't get any better than machine polished paint and certainly once cleansed, too
I applied Collectors to the left hand side and Concours to the right.
Application was with a Sonus Professional applicator
on the black side. Why not bare hand? I couldn't get my wedding ring off and I've got a few cuts on my right hand from fighting the cat last night, trying to break an abscess on the poor creature, the result of fighting with one of the neighbourhood mogs - I won ... sort of
... I digress ...
The wax is sooooo easy to get out of the pot - I wiped ... I should have patted. You can spread it around, go over it, even it up, play with it a little more and just before it fully dries, you wipe it off. I used a Sonus Der Wunder Buffing Towel
, as I do for all my wax removal now.
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/vi ... CF2331.jpg
The paint was already excellent, but this clearly is more "wet" and on the three-quarter angle actively shimmering. Superb!
Here's a closer look at Collectors more or less straight on:
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/vi ... CF2333.jpg
... and Concours:
http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/vi ... CF2332.jpg
If I had to split them, I might say that Concours was ever so slightly
darker, but I might be imagining that. In actual fact, there is no difference so really it comes down to which colour you like or which scent you prefer.
I misted some cold distilled water from the fridge over the buffed first coat and applied a second coat. Kind of half a spit shine. The point of a "spit shine" is to use the cold water to cure
the initial layer so that the second is a definite layer, rather than just more wax over the top. Doing this after buffing the first layer has a similar effect, but I think more definite. Finally, I did this again after another half hour.
Yeah, deep, glossy and shimmering
Will it bead well? I said I'd tried this before and to be honest, the beading was not great. That was with only one coat ... and they do recommend 2-3 coats at all times. I'm not sure how you judge when coats are failing, or whether you have 2.5 or 4 coats on if you apply another after a wash, but I get the message
It's so easy to use, I reckon you'd want to top up coats once a month.
Yeah, really nice products ... pleasure to own, easy to use and look great.