New products I have been testing-review

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  1. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    I found a couple of really good new products at an import performance shop (well-more like a rice boy body kit, altezza tail lights and spoiler shop) while I was inquiring about new struts and springs for my Accord (I want a 1" drop and that's it) and I noticed a small display of waxes and QD's from a company called ClearKote. I was nearly out of Meguiars #34 so I figured I would pick the QD called Quik Shine. 32 oz for $11 seemed like a pretty good deal and if it wasn't very good, hey, it was only $11.

    Anyway, I tried it on my car-dusted it and then applied the Quik Shine. It did an excellent job! Really slick and it fills in minor streaks (like when drying a panel that is nearly dry with a dry towel). By slick, I mean like the way the paint feels after using Pinnacle PG. Seriously! I also tried it on a black Expidition that hadn't been waxed in about 2 months and when I was finished, the paint looked great-almost like I had just waxed it. It says it has color enhancers in it and it must-the Expidition looked blacker than when I started and all the minor streaks were gone.

    The only drawback I have noticed is that it seems almost too slick to use with clay-almost like the clay doesn't grab as well as with a regular QD. Not really a problem-I usually clay while washing a car anyway-the soapy water works as well as a QD and is cheaper.

    I found the website and I checked out the rest of the product line and noticed they had a wax that "Contains no silicones, Teflon, alcohol or abrasives." and is said to be "An excellent cleaner/wax used to remove oxidation from all paint, chrome, plastic, gelcoat and fiberglass surfaces." I would assume with no abrasives, it uses a mild chemical cleaner to remove light oxidation.

    In any event, I noticed they want $20 for a 16 oz bottle, but I remembered it being cheaper at the ricer shop, so I went by today between details and picked up a bottle for $14. A bit more than the average 16 oz bottle of cleaner wax, but not too pricey. I need to have a good cleaner/wax for customers who only want a 1 step exterior detail but still want a good shine and reasonable durability.

    I had a couple vehicles to clean this afternoon-just basic washes. One of the guys at the office has 1997 Suburban that he is trading in at the end of June, and doesn't want to wax it until then. I asked him if he would mind if I waxed the hood with a new product I was trying out to see if he likes it and so I could see how long it lasts, and he told me it was fine with him.

    I used a foam hand applicator and found that a little goes a long way-some cleaner waxes use more products per panel than a straight wax because they are doing two jobs instead of one. It hazes pretty quickly-the bottle says you can wipe off immediately, but it comes off easiest when you let it haze for 2-3 minutes, then it wipes off. No white residue and it had a nice, wet carnuba like shine. So far so good. Only thing I noticed was the smell-seemed similar to Autoglym Super Resin (based on a 6-7 year old memory). Not horribly unpleasant, but not intoxicatingly incredible like Pinnacle PG.

    I tried it on my car as well-it had been about 6 weeks since I had polished with Meguiars Hand Polish and waxed with Pinnacle PG. I applied it to about 1/3 the car at a time, then buffed off the excess. Again, a great shine and easy to use. It also worked great on my black plastic mirrors and window moldings and again, no residue-of course, my car is debadged!

    My first impressions of the wax are outstanding. Very easy to use, nice wet shine and very little dusting (I used a bit too much on one side of my car-the other side was pretty much dust free) even though this afternoons humidity was about 20%-very dry today! It is very convienent for me to get this product also, since it is sold locally. I believe on their website that shipping is included in the price of the products, because I didn't see any shipping charges on the price page or order page and that may be why it costs less at the store than for them to ship directly.

    I will be trying it on a variety of vehicles, including more than likely, a black Ford F-250 tomorrow-he likes me to use Pinnacle PG on his CL 500, but he really doesn't care what I use on his truck as long as it shines. I will also monitor the hood on the Suburban-I wash it about every two weeks.


    Anyway, the website is:

    http://www.clearkote.com/index.html
     
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    I know this is an old thread, but it showed up in the "related threads" thing when I was looking at something else.

    For those of you that don't know, Clearkote's Vanilla Moose polish is the shit. Goes on easy, comes off like butter and gives a great, rich shine. I now tell people to get this instead of Meguiar's #7 or S100 SEPC. JUst wanted to add my $.02. :wiggle:
     
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    Thanks for bringing this one up, because I have a new product I've been testing....by the way, glad you like Vanilla Moose. Awesome polish and incredibly good vanilla smell. Mmmmmmmmm!

    Car Polishes' Final Polish. I got it from another pro detailing on Autopia in trade for some Clearkote products.

    I first tested it on a black 1999 Toyota Solara. I had detailed the car last fall, so I knew other than the interior (owned by a heavy smoker), the car should be in decent shape. I had clayed it when I last detailed it and after washing, it still was real smooth, so I didn't need to clay.

    I used Vanilla Moose first, then the Final Polish. At first, I was using a bit too much and it streaked slightly when buffing off-using thinner coats made it wipe off streak free. It left the paint super slick (much like Vanilla Moose does) and very glassy feeling and seemed to deepen the shine a bit more. Topped with S100, and it turned out great!

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    Notice the overcast sky reflected in the hood makes the hood look nearly white!

    Here is a direct link: http://carpolishes.safeshopper.com/11/15.htm?851

    A little goes a long way too.

    The combination of Vanilla Moose, Final Polish and S100 is the best I've come across.
     
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    Why did you use both polishes? Is there something that one does that the other doesn't? The car looks great, I'm trying to find out the reasoning. If it were me, I probably would have just used the one and had it not look as good. :sad2:
     
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    Final Polish is a polymer sealant.
     
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    Like FNG said, Final Polish is a polymer sealant that is supposed to last 6 months. By using both, you get the great shine of Vanilla Moose, some additional wetness and 6 months protection with Final Polish and topping it with S100 gives it more depth.

    If you go 4-5 months without waxing for some reason, the Final Polish will still be protecting, even though the S100 probably will have worn off at that point.
     

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