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      19.09.2013 12:15
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      Five-star shine!

      Since rediscovering my car-love recently, I started using this Turtle wax to finish off my car-wash with a high shine finish. The version of the product I'm reviewing is the liquid version, not the cream as pictured.

      ~The Product~
      Turtle wax comes in a large green bottle which is tall, flat and slim and contains 500ml of the liquid. You need to give the bottle a good shake before opening it by flipping open the cap which reveals a small hole which the liquid wax flows through. The wax is a green runny liquid with the consistency of something like thick bubble bath, but it doesn't really need much of a squeeze to come out, it runs out quite readily when you tip the bottle up. There's a feint pleasant smell to the product, difficult to pinpoint what it is, but it's not a typical "cleaning product" smell - after cleaning the car, your hands are not left with a lingering unpleasant smell as with some products.

      ~Step 1: Get to work!~
      The wax is applied by first placing it on a damp cloth and then using the cloth to apply it to the body. You are advised to do this with circular strokes and you need to be careful to cover the whole area you are working on, not too thickly. When you do this the wax dries very quickly into a whitish haze which you then need to polish off with a separate clean cloth. The cooler the surface of the car when you do this, the better.

      ~Step 2: Easy operation (for three handed people)~
      Carrying out this operation is very easy as long as you don't leave the wax on the metal of the car for too long, and follow the advice on the bottle not to use in bright sunlight. If you don't polish the haze off quickly and the surface is too warm then it becomes much harder to do, and makes it a tiresome operation, leaving streaks if you're not really careful. If you polish quickly (just do a small area at a time) it's a really easy and very satisfying operation.

      The overall operation, though is quite "clunky" if you do it the same way as me, a little at a time, because you need to have the large bottle (open) and two separate cloths on the go all at the same time. If we had been designed with three hands, it would have been a doddle.

      ~Step 3: Stand back and be dazzled!~
      The result after completing waxing the car is really fantastic. Sorry for the cliché, but the car really does have that "showroom shine". I suppose it works out as a time consuming operation - it probably more than doubles the time spent washing your car than doing it with soapy water alone - but to me, it's always been that cherry on the icing on the cake. The wash & wax I currently use for washing does a great job of leaving a nice shine on the car, but this wax is certainly takes the depth of that shine onto the next level. The bonus is that it really seems to last, too. Any rain just runs straight off the waxed car body for a good few days, and although close up you could see the bodywork was getting dusty/grubby after that, when I was approaching my car in the street or car park, the shine was definitely still evident for at least a couple of weeks.

      ~Price & Availability~
      The current price on Amazon (Sept 2013) is £5.99 for the 500ml bottle, available with free delivery. I got mine from the local independent car shop. Trying to estimate how long it will last is difficult as it obviously depends how big your car is but also how much you use. I use very sparingly (in fact, I think, less than it recommends) but it still does a great job. For me, not being the most avid car-washer a bottle of this would probably last years so it's great value at that price.

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      17.09.2010 00:44
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      Recommended as a budget product that needs more regular application

      Turtle Wax is a rather well known car care product that I have used over a number of years. I have found it does give a nice protective wax coating to your car but can be a bit harder to apply than some other similar products. It also needs to be re-applied more regularly than some more modern ranges.

      I used to use Turtle Wax as it was always a cheap reliable product to buy. Recently stores such as Halfords have been doing some amazing deals on the range of products and the basic car wax product seems to be selling for around £2.99 to £3.99 which is very cheap. Of course you can upgrade and go with more expensive options if you want to.

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      I have used various products in the range including the basic Turtle Wax product and the coloured wax product known as Colour Magic. I found that both did need rather a lot of work to buff off once dried onto the surface of the car. This really does add to the time you need to spend on waxing.

      Results with the Turtle Wax products I have used have been slightly different. I found the basic wax to take ages to buff off as it dries to a thick off white mist on the car and needs a lot of work to buff away to a decent shine. This is something thats not in its favour.

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      The Turtle Wax Colour Magic worked much better, its a tinted product that you use to bring out the shine and shade of a particular colour of paint. It goes on in the shade to match most closely to your cars paint colour for instance red toned, black toned, blue tones etc. Its more expensive at around £6.99 to £7.99.

      It does still require a good amount of polishing and buffing with a soft dry cloth after it dries, but can bring some very nice colour enhancing results that really do look good. The fact that the wax is tinted also means that small scratches to paintwork are both masked and protected. This is a very good feature of the product.

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      To give the basic Turtle Wax product a rating I feel it has to get a 3 star rating. It does take time to bring it to a nice shine, which is time consuming. I found it did last for around 10 days or so during bad weather before it began to need redoing, which isn't all that good.

      The Turtle Wax Colour Magic product was much better, giving a more pleasing glossy finish which I thought seemed to protect the car paint work from water and weather for longer. It also has very nice colour enhancing abilities. As such that product gets 4 stars as it was something I liked more.

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      As a whole rating for both items I feel a combined 3 star rating is about right for basic Turtle Wax as there are many more products you can buy that do a far better job at protecting your cars paint work, that not only need to be re-applied less often, but also need less elbow grease to get a great end result.

      The basic Turtle Wax products are a cheap budget range that do a budget job, no more but certainly no less. If you are on a tight budget then applying one of these is better than nothing as it will offer a certain amount of protection from the elements but it will need to be re-applied more frequently.

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