I'm just on with giving the cars a good waxing ready for the bad weather...
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Anyways...bizarrely enough I bought some of this from Halfrauds on Saturday morning as they had a tin on the shelf. First time I've seen it there, so I figured for £7.99, what the heck!! I had the wife's car still to do so I thought I'd test it out.
My honest appraisal, and I've used some of the best (or most expensive, at least) waxes available; it's pretty good.
I'm a big Collinite fan, both 476s and 915, for durability they take some beating. But I'm led to believe that for the money, the Simoniz is very good. A friend of mine uses it and likes it very much.
Initial comments on it are, there's no fancy smell to it, very much like 476s. It's quite a hard wax by comparison, probably because it doesn't contain any beeswax. It's essential you apply it to small areas, that's for sure. I applied it with a damp cellulose sponge, or decorators sponge. You can get the cellulose sponge's from Halfrauds for about £3. I usually buy a couple at a time and cut it in to three separate pieces, just the right size. Apply and then briskly buff with a microfibre. It is true that it's not the easiest to work. But if you've ever used 476s, you'll know that isn't either. The 915 is the easier of the two, but I've had some tough days with 476s.
The overall result is a pretty decent glossy shine. It's rained this afternoon and the beading is very pleasing. I'd expect a tough wax to give good durability, they usually do, but I'll report back once it's been driven and washed a few times.
Overall conclusion: not the easiest to work with. If it's your first step in to using a paste wax, it would be a tough learning curve, it's no Chemical Guys XXX, that's for sure. Good glossy shine, hard to the touch, so no stickyness. Water beading looks impressive, but durability to be confirmed over time. I'd certainly say for £7.99 it's a little bit of a hidden gem, even for all the hard work applying and buffing. If the durability proves to be impressive, it's a winner for the money.
You can get some waxes that are not much more expensive, like Chemical Guys XXX that I've already mentioned. Arguably one of the easiest 'on and off' waxes there is. Really does give a good, wet looking gloss, to properly prepared paint. But durability wise? You'll be waxing the car every month. Which during the winter, isn't always an enjoyable task.
I'm a big believing in not knocking something until I've tried it. On this occasion I was pleasantly surprised. Give it a try guys, you too may be surprised.