Last week I spent 3 hours cleaning and detailing my car. I used Turtlewax Platinum precision car wax, follwed 2 hours later (as recommended) by Turtlewax Extra gloss protection sealant.
The cars shine is amazing, however I now get lots of water beads all over the car. I know polishes and waxes tend to do this, but I am sceptical of the actual benefits that this beading gives.
For a start the beads are massive, and the car stays wet for a very long time after it stops raining. My car is always the last one to dry after a rain shower.
Also when it finally does dry I find there are lots of water marks where the beads used to be. They are normally dusty round spots.
Finally, today after it rained I took my microfibre towel out and dried the car off. Dur to the beading effect it was a nightmare to dry the car off. One wipe would leave a smear of much smaller beads and I had to go over the car about 4 times to get it dry. Plus the actual volume of water sitting on the car was staggering, due to the way the water was beading and staying in place.
Before I went over to the Turtlewax I used Simoniz Max wax and with this polish the beading was much less apparent. The car dried faster and didn't get as many watermarks on it.
However the turtlewax gives a much better shine.
So basically what are the benefits of water beading? Most people on here seem to think it is a good thing, but I am not so sure.