My husband and I share a car, well when I say share a car I use it for 95% of the time and he uses it the other 5% but he insists he does really like walking!! He does point out that as I am the main user I should be responsible for keeping it clean but to be honest I absolutely hate washing the car so try and persuade hubby to do it which he does occasionally but it is usually down to me.
We have had a bottle of Turtle Wax Zip Wax Car Wash in the garage for some time now and think it was purchased when we changed the car which was about two years ago so it has lasted absolutely ages as there is still about an inch left in the bottle. The one we have is a 1 litre bottle which claims to be sufficient for 60 washes and to be fair this is probably right as the car is washed about every two weeks. We have always had smallish cars Fiesta's and the like so not sure if it would last this long if you were washing a 4x4 or similar. Also being a bit on the frugal side we don't use too much but find that the car is always spotless afterwards.
The bottle is bright and colourful and is mainly white with a red screw cap with red writing and a picture of a car on the front. The cap is easy to unscrew and it pours out smoothly and evenly into your bucket. Instructions tell you to firstly rinse off any loose dirt with cold water, use one cap to one bucket of water, and to finish off with a rinse and dry with a chamois leather.
I have always found that it lathers up quickly with a bit of swirling around and also smells nice and fresh. You don't have to scrub very hard to remove dirt and flies from your car as the lather seems to be doing the job for you. As we are on a water meter I try not to use the hosepipe very much so just fill a few buckets of cold water and throw it over which gets rid of the suds efficiently. I have only used a chamois leather on a few occasions as I don't feel that it is necessary and I have not noticed any streaking or marks left afterwards. My car looks sleek and shiny afterwards and appears to be newer than it really is, and this seems to last a long time afterwards.
It has numerous other uses, including cleaning fibreglass awnings, garage floors, walls, windows and boats so is very versatile. As this was bought so long ago I can't remember how much it was but you can get the 1 litre now from Ebay for 3.99 with £2.49 delivery or the 5 litre for £19.99 with free delivery. Halfords also stock it and you can pick it up from local independent garages but may pay a bit more.
I think it is a very good quality product and does a great job, will definitely replace when it is empty.
I like to clean my car at least every 2 weeks, I hate having a dirty looking car. My car is red so I think the dirt shows up a lot. I have tried many car wash liquids such as super markets own brand and cheaper ones from my local garage. However I am always lead back to Turtle wax - wash and wax. You can pick this up from so many shops such as garages, supermarkets, halfords etc. Its a bit more expensive than other brands, but a bottle of this will always go a very long way. This has to be the best wash and wax I have ever used And I will now go into further detail on its great qualities.
From my local independent garage I picked up a 1 litre bottle for £3.99. Its cheaper in other shops but I like to buy things local to keep local business running! The bottle is white and has a different look to the one in the picture above. The bottle I have has a red shiny car which resembles a Ferarri. The front of the Bottle also states that this 1 Litre bottle can provide up to 60 washes! This is a huge amount considering how much I used to go through with cheaper brands. The instructions on the back tell you to add half a cap to an empty bucket, and then to fill that bucket with warm warer. It is so easy to use. You simply use a sponge to rub it into your car, then you simply wash it off with water from a hose, bucket or pressure washer.
Whats it like?:
I find this stuff so easy to use. I just rub the whole car with a wet sponge with the diluted wash and wash in the water. The dirt and muck easily come off and you dont have to rub really hard to get the dirt off. You can get a lot of car cleaned with so little product. It leaves the windows and wheels looking shiny and clean and also is great on the body work. It is very easy to rinse off and just comes off with water. After I have washed it off I like to wipe the car down with car clothes. The car always looks shiny just like it has had a proper wax. It is never going to look as good as a wax, but it is the closest thing you can get to a wax. There is very little elbow grease with this product and that it why I like it so much. It doesnt take me a very long time to clean my car at all. It really brings out the colour in your car. The difference before and after is amazing and this is why I will not be using cheaper brands, this is genuine quality and I dont think anything comes close.
I am going to award this product a 5 star rating! It is the best I have ever used and I will continue to use it. The shine you get from your car is amazing and nothing I have used make my car look this good with as little effort that I put in! Thanks for reading my review! I hope it helped you out.
I have never taken a particular pride in our vehicle - this probably stems from having had company cars and without a real personal investment in the car, the incentive to keep it looking good is less.
The vehicle we own ourselves is a black one and when we bought it, it was in showroom condition, although 2 years old at the time. Now I am sure there are all kinds of tricks in the garage trade to get a car to look good. However, I'm just an ordinary punter and have used traditional car washing methods - mostly by hand with the aid of a pressure washer.
For quite a time, I used a particularly nasty bubble bath type product which we both hated - I thought I would use it up as soap to put in my bucket. However, I have come to the conclusion that it isn't a case of any soap will do. I made a New Year's Resolution to try to keep our car looking better and once we got rid of the snow and quite uncharacteristically for me, I bought a 1ltr container of Turtle Wax at about £6.99 as I recall and after giving the car a good bottoming, I have been using this product every fortnight. It has had about 4 uses so far and to date I have been quite impressed.
I no longer have the problem of soapy residue drying on the car and you really don't need more than a capful of the rich thick creamy concentrated liquid in your bucket of water. I haven't yet got the shine to an acceptable level but I suspect the performance of this wash and wax product would be even better if I stripped off the wax that is left from my rather feeble and ultimately unsuccessful attempt at waxing and polishing last year, but I'm going to wait a month or two until it gets a bit warmer and take some advice on that because I don't want to mess up again.
I remember Turtle Wax being around when I was a kid - my Dad used to use it on his Morris 1000 and you used to be able to buy little squidgy rubbery sachets of the stuff from garages - well before the days of automatic car washes!
I like old brands that stand the test of time and it was the familiar and well regarded brand that persuaded me to part with what I thought was quite a high price when I bought it. Apparently you can get about 60 washes out of each 1 litre container, so in terms of price per wash, it's really quite cheap. Also, although I bought the 1 litre size, you can also get this in a 5 litre size at a much better price per wash.
Halfords stock a 500ml size at £2.99 and currently have a 3 for 2 offer on all car cleaning chemicals, so if you fancy making a late resolution to take better care of your motor, now might be a good time to toddle along.
In terms of having good things to say about this product, I can only wax lyrical!
Turtle Wax Zip Wax Car Wash is something that we have used as part of our car care regime and is something that is a good budget car care product. At a cost of just £2.99 or so for a 500ml bottle its something that won't break the bank to buy.
It comes simply packed in a distinctive white toned plastic bottle with a red lid and the 'Zip Wash' name is clearly highlighted, so its easy to spot on the shelves of your local store. Its widely sold and so easily sourced and can be stored for some time when not in use.
The 500ml bottle size is meant to be able to deliver up to 30 washes, however we have not found that to be the case. This is something that depends on the size of the car you wash as well as how concentrated you make your mix.
We do tend to like to make sure that we have adjusted the mix well enough to clean and wax the car the first time around, so we have found that a bottle will last for between 25 to 26 washes, which is still pretty good. When you break down the makers recommended 30 washes per bottle, the cost per wash is around 10p. We have found this to be closer to 12p per wash which is still very good.
The Turtle Wax Zip Wax Car Wash product is a simple one, that washes and adds a gloss and shine to your car all in one go. It doesn't need lots of polishing or after care to get a decent result. When you rinse the product off it can leave a nice finish on the car with a lot less effort than many other products you can buy.
The fact that its a two in one wash and wax product means it takes much less time to wash and shine your car, which is something that can be a great benefit. One thing that the product doesn't seem to do is last as well as other things we have tried during bad weather, which can leave the car needing to be washed and waxed more often. We have found the glossy shine does fade more quickly than when we use other similar products.
Things we liked about Turtle Wax Zip Wax Car Wash were the fact that its an easy to use wash and rinse system. So only as small amount of effort is needed to see the effect of the product on your car. The product also doesn't leave streaky bits on the paint work, which some other washes can leave.
You only need to add a small amount of the Turtle Wax Zip Wax Car Wash to a wash bucket of clean warm water and then give your car a quick once over with it. Once you have done that you can rinse it off, leaving a nice shiny looking car which is the benefit of this type of 2 in 1 wash and wax system.
On the minus side of things we found that Turtle Wax Zip Wax Car Wash doesn't give the spectacular gloss and shine that you get with some of the high end products such as the Meguiars or Autoglym ranges do. However the Turtle Wax Zip Wax Car Wash does have the advantage of being something that can be a cheap to buy quick to use all in one product.
Over all to rate the Turtle Wax Zip Wax Car Wash I feel it ought to get 4 stars. This is mostly due to the fact that it offers a quick simple cleaning and waxing solution at a bargain price. I have to say the product is not a first choice item, but for those moments when you want to get results in a small amount of time, with little effort then the Turtle Wax Zip Wax Car Wash product is the one to go for.
TURTLE WAX ZIP WAX SUPER CONCENTRATE
This has been around for years & I was surprised to see it was not catalogued so I put in a product suggestion & am writing the first review on it to let you know how good I think it is.
Yesterday, as my partner had a day off work & was staying with me for a long weekend, we decided to go outside in the sun & wash our cars together.
This is not a job that I enjoy or embark on very often. In fact my car is lucky if I wash it twice a year & I also usually rely on the dealer to wash it when it is serviced!
My partner on the other hand, runs his through the car wash regularly or as of late when funds have been a bit tight, has washed it regularly at home. He also polishes it sometimes.
Armed with two buckets, two sponges, a brush for the alloy wheels, a hose reel connected to the outside tap & a huge bottle of Zip Wax that I had found in the garage, we ventured outside to begin.
Our bottle of Zip Wax (left behind by my sons who always use this brand) is 5 litres! This size claims up to 300 washes.
It is manufactured by Turtle Wax.
It claims it is the World's most popular car wash & wax. It's unique fast acting formula deep cleans, shines & adds Turtle Wax in one easy step to give your car a shining, streak free finish every time.
Adds a Turtle Wax shine as it washes.
Instructions are to rinse off loose dirt with cold water prior to washing.
use one capful to an empty bucket then fill with warm water.
Wash vehicle then rinse with clean water.
Dry with chamois.
~How we used it & why~
My car is only 2 years old & has a metallic finish. Partly chosen because I like the look & partly because I think I can get away with not having to polish it! The last time I had shampooed it I used a small bottle of Halford's shampoo which came in a car care kit that I had at Christmas. The finished result wasn't awe inspiring.
I took a look at the sorry state of my car. I occasionally have to wash a large bird pooh off (living on the coast we regularly get bombarded with huge seagull poohs!) & for this I use washing up liquid on a piece of wet kitchen tissue. I leave it on for half an hour or so to soak the dried on bird pooh so that it comes away easily. It does leave it very smeary though. The day before the big wash we had driven through salt water on a tidal road beside an estuary. You can imagine how bad it looked, covered in dirt, brake dust caking the alloys, salt water mingled with dirty windscreen & bodywork & dried on, & the residue of cleaned off bird poohs - lovely!!
We set to work, my other half with the hose & bucket of warm water into which he poured a couple of capfuls of the Zip Wax (he used more than the recommended amount as it was so desperate!) He rinsed the car with clear water first, then started 'soaping' it all over with the shampoo & a sponge, including the wheel arches, windows, headlights, windscreen & mirrors. He then rinsed it all off with clear water from the hose pipe. Meanwhile I got going with the alloy wheels. Everything is very close together on my alloys, which makes it very difficult to get between them & to clean properly. With the other bucket I also put a bit of the Zip Wax in the bottom & topped up with warm water. I had a little brush which I had purchased specially for the purpose & so I stirred up the shampoo & water mixture & began dipping in the brush & inserting it between all the 'spokes'. The front wheels especially were very dirty, being thick with brake dust & before half a wheel was done I had a bucket of black water! I continued with the dirty water however & it did an excellent job.
Now on to my partner's car which is not metallic. This is an old vehicle but one that has been lovingly cared for over the years. He regularly cleans it & polishes it, sometimes at the garage car wash, sometimes at home. He is very proud of the finished appearance. I have to say that the frequent use of car washes at the garage is not my idea of looking after the car paintwork, as I think it scratches. Also, whichever price wash you choose, it never seems to be able to tackle alloy wheels. In my opinion if you are using a mechanical car wash, you might just as well have the cheapest one as it doesn't do any of the other promised jobs properly.
Looking at his car we observed that it was covered in dust (probably from the Sahara or maybe volcanic ash or some such!) & looked a bit sorry for itself. The alloys didn't look that bad. As he has been a bit strapped for cash lately, he had been using washing up liquid to wash his beloved car at home! It hadn't been looking as good as it used to.
We set to work again using the same methods as with my car before. His alloys are fairly flat looking & don't have 'spokes' or anything about them which you would need to get between. I used the brush anyway, as it was a good way to apply the shampoo & give them a bit of a rub. Needless to say the dirty water was only light grey as against black when I had done my wheels!
Now I know you are supposed to use a chamois leather to get the water off after washing a car, but it doesn't get done if you use a garage car wash, you just drive out with it dripping. Unless you are going to give your car a thorough polishing afterwards, I can't really see the point of putting all that effort in with chamois leather, & this Zip Wax doesn't leave any streaks.
Our finished results from using the Zip Wax for everything were amazing! My partner's car is a dark maroon & there were no streaks at all. He kept saying all afternoon how good his car looked. As this product is a shampoo which incorporates wax, it gives a lovely shiny polished finish to be proud of. Possibly there won't be globules sitting on the paint when it rains, but to all intents & purposes you would think it had been polished & buffed lovingly, without the need for all that elbow grease.
My own car looked so good, that I have to keep looking out of the window to admire it! The alloys look great, shiny silver, the bodywork looks a different colour & positively gleaming! Overall it looks like a different car!
The cheapest price I found
is £2.99.from Halfords for 500ml with an offer of 3 for 2!
So for the cost of the Zip Wax & your metered water you can have a finish that's comparable with polishing without buying separate shampoo & polish plus all that effort needed. I know which I would choose!
My overall opinion is that this is an excellent product which I would recommend & I would always buy it in future.
I agree with all the claims that it cleans & waxes & the finish is streak free.
The only thing to be wary of I would say, is that if you go over the windscreen with it, the wax leaves a film on the glass that prevents the windscreen wipers from doing their job properly, so ideally you need to clean the windscreen afterwards with something like a glass cleaner, meths or white vinegar.
Update 19/3/2012 - Recently bought a cheaper car shampoo supposedly with wax but was very disappointed. I would say, even if the genuin Zip Wax/Turtle Wax is more expensive it is worth it as nothing else matches up to it.