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    Consumer Reports rate the waxes

    I don't have the article here at work with me, so I'll post more detailed and accurate information this evening.

    Here's the jist of it:
    All waxes last a maximum of 5 weeks.
    The highest rated "CR Best Buy" cost only $7 / bottle and the more expensive $37 bottles faired only mid pack.
    Liquid waxes were better than paste, and both were better than spray waxes.

    I think the #1 was a black magic product.

    The article only reviewed OTC products, so Zaino and Gary's stuff were not reviewed, but I'm sure both would have blown the OTC stuff out of the water.

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    Re: Consumer Reports rate the waxes

    "Sans dout" (without a doubt), as they say up here. I have been a dyed-in-the-wool wax man for over 4 decades, had tried Poly-based products but didn't cotton to them for various reasons. I always went back to Meguiar's #25 Yellow Wax, or some other semi-hi-end wax.

    It took Gary's Polyseal to turn me around. I've not tried the Zaino route, maybe next spring I'll give their regimen a try so I have a good base with which to compare.

    But after all this time, my arms (and patience) aren't what they used to be, so it'll be ease of use, as much as the gloss factor and durability that will win this customer over.

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    Re: Consumer Reports rate the waxes

    Yeah but CR doesnt know about waxes is all I got to say.

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    Re: Consumer Reports rate the waxes

    Here's a little more info...

    #1 Black Magic Wet Shine Liquid Wax (84)
    #2 Turtle Wax Carnauba Car Wax T-6 (84)
    #3 Eagle One Nanowax (75)

    Best Spray waxes:
    #1 Eagle One Wax-As-U-Dry (54)
    #2 Turtle Wax 1 Step Wax & Dry T-9 (54)

    But you're probably right, the #1 most trusted consumer magazine probably doesn't know anything about waxes or the other 5000 products they review every year in their controlled labs.

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    Re: Consumer Reports rate the waxes

    It was an ok article but only really focused on waxes. My favorite line from the article is this one: "And our other best all around choice, Turtle Wax Carnauba Car Wax T-6, can cause slight scratching or hazing on newer dark-colored finishes" HUH !!?!?!?!? ...They rank all waxes from #1 to #28. How on earth do you come up with a product that can scratch and haze, yet it ends up #2 on your list?

    At the same time, Popular Consumer's audience is not hardcore detailing and automotive people, so I can understand why their rating came out as such. Their audience is just the regular Joe living on Main St. USA.

    And I'm so sure that they use OTC consumer car waxes in a controlled laboratory, because if they didn't, they would blow up and then have to warn every citizen in the U.S. wouldn't they!?!? Smart comment.

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    Re: Consumer Reports rate the waxes

    Read the "Guide to the Ratings" under the run down of the waxes tested. That has the methodology used in testing. Who said anything about waxes blowing up? The point of the "controlled labs" is to make sure all the products were used in the same method to ensure a fair and just rating. Read the whole article before running your mouth. Smart comment.

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    Re: Consumer Reports rate the waxes

    Oh come on. It's a car wax, get over yourself.

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    Re: Consumer Reports rate the waxes

    These people rated the top 40 wax products a few years back www.gurureports.org

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    Re: Consumer Reports rate the waxes

    Quote Originally Posted by SL1CK
    Oh come on. It's a car wax, get over yourself.
    It wasn't just car wax til you got shut down.

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    Cool Re: Consumer Reports rate the waxes

    Take a look at a website called 5starshine.com . A teflon-based application. Saw a neighbor use it on a 2005 T-Bird and it came out like glass. Might be worth a try, BUT it ain't cheap. Jim

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    Re: Consumer Reports rate the waxes

    I read somewhere that Teflon only works when applied in a high heat application... As in, excess of 700 degrees F.

    I've heard of 5starshine before, I think Jesda, a mod, mentioned it.

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    Re: Consumer Reports rate the waxes

    Nufinish. Lasts a few months, costs 5 bucks, minimizes time spent in the heat and humidity. Thats worth something to me.

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    Re: Consumer Reports rate the waxes

    All I use on my cars: ~
    http://www.topoftheline.com/pinsouvwax.html

    Here's my 1990 Mustang ascMcLaren, prepaired with Pinnacle by Souverne wax,
    the pink "spot" is a pink wash cloth hanging from a 3rd floor clothesline.
    http://images2.fotki.com/v14/photos/...anford1-vi.jpg
    And to remove, only "D.F." Micro Fibre Towels ! ONLY !

    http://www.dftowel.com

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    Re: Consumer Reports rate the waxes

    Sandy, those are some serious towels! I can assume they outperform Meguiars, then?

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    Re: Consumer Reports rate the waxes

    I don't want to sound like a commercial, but I will anyway. all these products you see in these reports are retail over the counter products, rarely if ever have I saw professional stuff listed there, why? because they don't normally sell the public. before I opened my business I used the same stuff you guys did, it was ok, but nothing like the stuff I had access to when I opened Perfect Auto Finish. You won't see me in any reports, my customers are my reports, they are the ones using my stuff every day, I will make this guarantee, if you don't like any of my products, I'll drink the stuff, (ok, maybe I'm taking it a little too far LOL)

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