Armor All Hi-Shine Soft Paste Wax
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Author:  pjgh [ Fri Jun 20, 2008 7:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Armor All Hi-Shine Soft Paste Wax

Who's up for a Friday night funny review? :twisted:

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Noooooooooooooooooo!!!!! Don't do it!!!!!

It's okay ... I won't, but I am very tempted since Turtle Wax was the benchmark of Sunday car washers across Britain for decades. Didn't I learn anything from my Tesco Deep Shine product test? You may well ask. On the back of the tin, it reads, "easy-glide silicone resins ..." ... and that's about as much as I want to hear about that :evil: So, how did I happen across this tin? I didn't buy it, no ... I wasn't given it, no :?

It was sent to me by accident instead of my tin of Armor All Hi-Shine Soft Paste Wax. I challenged the seller about it and he replied, "it's the same stuff ... just in a different package" :shock: Okay, that may be your opinion, but it's not actually true. Anyway, he's being a little cagey about actually sending me the Armor All Hi-Shine Soft Paste Wax so I've given him the option of refunding my Paypal transaction and offered to send the product back to him (well, drop it in, since I drive past his house every day as it has transpired). So, to cut a long story short and without further ado, let me present to you, ARMOUR ALL HI-SHINE SOFT PASTE WAX :!: :!: :!:

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Straight off the back of my most surprising and truly impressed use of their Car Wax Gel, I had a chat with them and it became apparent that they no longer produced the gel, hence their appearance at ludicrously cheap prices in pound shops; 99p to be precise. I perused their current catalogue and hunted down a supply. Since the wrong tin arrived on Wednesday and I thought I'd be in for a struggle, I bought a tin from another supplier: as it happens - great if you're into car restoration, but their detailing products are a bit standard and/or old-fashioned. So, while the great Turtle Wax refund of 2008 continues, I had some fun with the intended product from another supplier.

The wax is soft ... much like those Meguiars "soft" waxes, which are little more than the liquid wax hardened a bit and chucked into a tin. I wonder which liquid wax this is from the Armor All range? My guess is their Protectant Wax.

So ... come on man ... what's it like? Well, I spritz the boot of my white car down with Meg's Speed Detailer and wiped off, buffed and stood back. Shiny ... good! Time for the wax. I dabbed a terry applicator into the tin and wiped it all over the boot and worked it into a smooth thin application. It spread well and dried off quite quickly ... but not really quick, like carp products :wink: It doesn't smell too bad - not especially nice and you won't find me tip-toeing down the stairs in the middle of the night to pop the lid off and have a little sniff like I do with my Chemical Guys products :oops:

Swipe test ... it revealed shiny paint underneath, so that's good. I then wiped off with a Eurow deep shag towel, flipped it over and buffed like crazy. MY LORD!!! :shock: That is shiny! The product claims to have visual gloss enhancers and such like, so I presume that is the synthetic polymer part of the product and it "contains white carnauba", but who knows how much carnauba they actually put in the product. Looking at the pictures below, you will notice the reflection of many of the uprights have a shattered diagonal effect running through them. I have seen this before with Meguiars #26 and Pinnacle Souveran wax does the same but to a much more subtle level, giving a perfect shimmering finish. Meg's #26 is not far off that effect, but this is on steroids! Literally, I fear :twisted:

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I'll try to get the rest of the car done over the weekend. What do you think, guys? :lol:

Author:  mulder [ Fri Jun 20, 2008 7:46 pm ]
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Some nice reflections on the white SAAB there Paul.

I still have a lot of containers, of my old 'brands' in the garage; wouldn't use them on my cars now but have used them on other people's; though not for a while :wink:

Author:  pjgh [ Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:09 pm ]
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My camera doesn't seem to take very good pictures of white ... the auto-focus gets it wrong quite often and the white point auto-correction gets a little confused at times so the paint appears quite blue.

In the flesh, the reflections are in fact a little better :shock: I wonder what it's actually doing to "fracture" reflections of straight lines - it does produce one heck of a shimmer if you look up and down it.

It's a bit of fun anyway ... I prefer my Chemical Guys products on white, which leaves a really good glow at night and under street lamps. I wouldn't like to have to use the Armor All range every week, but I could think of worse ... much worse.

Author:  GolfGT_Girl [ Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:15 pm ]
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nice work there maybe another thing to my never ending shopping list

Author:  pjgh [ Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:37 pm ]
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GolfGT_Girl wrote:
nice work there maybe another thing to my never ending shopping list

I wouldn't - in reality, they're cheap/budget products. They've come a long way from being the kind of thing you'd see on the shopping channel, but they're still in the Halfords kind of market :wink:

For twice the cash, you can have a really good wax in Collinite 476S. What started as a joke with the Tesco Deep Shine Car Wax, my tongue in cheek turned into a :shock: when I used the Armor All stuff. I suppose I have a kind of personal affinity with their products, but they're nowhere close to anything we'd use in seriousness around here.

That, and my experience was that the Car Wax Gel did not work very well on black. I will have to try the new soft wax on black, but the car is wearing three coats of Pinnacle Souveran at the moment and I don't think I'll be stripping those off for a while yet ... if I get the Zaino stuff for my birthday in August, then that finish will come off, but it's going to stay for now.

Here's what it was like on black:

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... good, but that's how good the paint is. It's not great.

By all means add it to your list and try it out - I got mine from Classics-a-go-go. Fast delivery (overnight). DO NOT use these guys :roll:

Author:  pjgh [ Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:12 pm ]
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Yay! It's raining :twisted: Here's the beading :o

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