Seeing as I've been using a lot of this recently - as well as other products, I thought I'd do a review on it.
*History of Tutle Wax*
Turtle Wax is an American Company, and has been producing car care products for about 50 years. The founder of Turtle Wax, Ben Hirsch, worked in the grocery business and invented many products such as chocolate-covered bananas, dessert toppings and a detergent. When Ben met his wife, Marie, they set out to create the first liquid car polish - which later became known as Plastone.
It was on a trip to Wisconsin in the 1950s that Ben discovered Turtle Creek, and made the connection between the tutle's protective shell and his product, Plastone. He renamed Plastone 'Super Hard Shell' and changed the company name to 'Tutle Wax'.
Turtle Wax now have their own car wash centres in the USA, and also sell non-car products such as household cleaners and shoe care.
*About Tutle Wax the Product.*
The Turtle Wax that I'm reviewing is the 'hard' wax rather than the liquid kind. It comes in a round 12oz tin, green and cream in colour, and I purchased it from Motormania for £5.99.
According to the tin it contains Brazilian carnauba wax to give your car brilliant shine, corrects fine abrasions and wipes off clean, leaving no hard to remove residue.
The wax is light beige in colour and it smells like, well, wax. If anyone's used wax on bare wood before, it smells pretty much the same as that. It's not an unpleasant smell, let me put it that way.
You first need to wash and dry your car. Once dry, use the applicator included with the tin (damp) to apply a thin layer of wax on the car, one section at a time. Allow the product to slightly haze, then lightly wipe off with a cotton towel. Finally, use a clean cloth to buff.
The first times I used this, I made several mistakes with the wax, applying it far too thickly and as a consequence finding it hard to remove and buff. It took a few attempt but I think I've finally got it right.
The wax is very difficult to get out of the tin, and the only time I didn't struggle with this was when the tin had got warmed slightly from the sun. I wouldn't recommend heating the wax up though as it's combustible!
The sponge they supply is quite small, and even with my small hands I found it awkward to use. However it may be a good thing as from trial and error I've learned to only do a small section of the car at a time. Obviously if the sponge was bigger you may get ahead of yourself.
You need several cloths handy ready for wiping off the wax. I've found places like Tesco and Wilkinsons sell special packs of cloths in the car products section, that are ideal for this purpose and cost less than a pound.
After wiping off all the excess wax, use a soft cloth to buff up the car. With this wax there's no need to rub too hard, but you do need to buff for quite a while to make it shiny. Once finished, move onto the next section.
Be careful not to get the wax onto other parts of the car like bumpers or round the edges of windows. If you do accidentally catch somewhere, make sure you wipe it off straight away, otherwise it will leave a mark - as I recently found out.
Once finished, stand back and admire your work. You could even fetch all your family and neighbours out to look how well you've done - just like I did!
This wax should last around three months, but different products last different lengths of time so be sure to check the bottle or tin. Try not to apply the wax more often than recommended as it creates build up on your car, and if used too often may dull the paintwork rather than making it shine.
For this particular wax you need to make sure you have plenty of time, and are prepared to put the effort in, otherwise you won't get such good results - again, I learnt this from my own experiences.
If you do put the work in though, you will be rewarded with a really nice shiny car. Wax doesn't just make your car look better though, it also helps to protect your car, so it's well worth doing if you have a bit of free time.
If you have even more time there are other products you can use that will give you a better finish, but these are also more expensive, so it depends how serious about it you are. Also, there are products now that can save you time - such as 'wax it wet' which you can apply straight from washing your car, but this doesn't give you as good a result as dry waxing.
Overall, I was very pleased with the effect, especially since my car's about 12 years old!
also on ciao under my name.
I have been using this for a long time now and it really does do the job quite well.
Turtle wax are an average company in terms of car cleaning, catering for the lower end of the market, so when I bought this on offer I didnt expect too much. I paid about £3.50, but usually this is about £5-6, but for that you will be able to clean all of your windows for a long time. I have still not used it all and clean my car weekly and this has lasted 11 washes so far.
The product itself is a white creamy substance, which is easy to apply to the windows. Firstly you will need to have cleaned and dried the glass, then you put some of this onto a cloth, rub it into the glass and leave it to dry. Next you remove it using a micro fibre cloth or somthing similar, and then your windows are nice and shiney!
One slight problem with this, as with many window cleaning products is that when you leave it to dry, you will find it quite difficult to remove and you will be left with quite a lot of white powdery residue. This can be annoying if you have already polished your car as this will drop down onto the polished car and make it look messy again. This can only be due to the polish contained in the product that makes the windows clean.
Despite this, the product does what it says very well. The windows are always so clean it is almost as if there is no glass there, and for the minimal effort(usually about 10 minutes to do each window) the results are worth it.
I have tried to use this inside the car too, but I really wouldnt reccommend this. As the product is runny, it is quite difficult to put it on the glass without it dripping all over you as you sit in the back of the car, and then you can never get enough of it onto the windscreen to completely clean it. For the inside I usually use normal window cleaner from my Mums cleaning cupboard!
Overall I would definatly reccommend this as a cheap, yet effictive way of cleaning the windows of your car.
Removes traffic grime, tree sap and insect splats. For use on interior and exterior glass.