Initial Impressions: Autoglym High Definition Wax
This wax costs RM453 here in Malaysia, a freaking expensive wax that lies in the price range of entry level waxes from boutique brands such as Swissvax and Zymol. Thankfully, managed to get it at a cheaper price, thanks to the help of mankarat, a forummer on Autoworld, who recently came back from the states. But seriously, RM450??! My dad would say, “You crazy?? I could eat 3 meals a day for a month!!”. But he doesn’t know that 😛
The wax also does not behave like waxes in the cheaper price range(M16,M26,Pink Wax).
Since giving my mum’s car the full detail, I have to wash the car myself, and at times look very neglected due to my chronic procrastination. Thought this mini-detail would make it up to her for not doing anything for Mother’s day.
The car has collected a fair amount of dust.
Under all the dust, dirt and grime however, you could see the paint is still pretty much swirl free, except for some light ticks scattered randomly over the paintwork.
And that is with washing with a Lake Country Big Blue washing sponge and drying with a synthetic chamois.
The front bonnet is polished with Meguiar’s #205 Ultra Finishing Polish on a Meguiar’s Polishing Pad followed by a Lake Country Black Finishing Pad via rotary.
I was polishing under the hot sun(on black paintwork!), it stayed lubricated but had some areas where the polish baked onto the paint. Dried polish residue was easily removed with Isopropyl Alcohol diluted 1:1.
Although there was enough cut to remove the waterspots, it wasn’t aggressive enough to remove some deeper scratches. I won’t bother with those because maintaining a daily driver to be in perfect condition is just unpractical and will drive you mad sooner than you think!
The paint looks LSP ready from the sun shot above, but from a different angle, you could still see holograms.
So I followed up with Lime Prime on a Lake Country White CCS pad via ROB, which was also used on the rest of the car to clean and glaze the paintwork.
This new pot had some excess oil on top, it will look matte after one use.
I didn’t use the supplied applicator as I wanted to see how it feels like when applied with the Meguiar’s foam applicator which I often use to apply paste waxes.
The applicator is put under running tap water(or use distilled water for the true OCD) and squeezed out repeatedly to get the every pores of the foam moist and damp.
Scooping out a small amount on to the pad and apply onto paintwork.
The two pictures above shows that it looks very oily and greasy but feels quite the opposite during application. Instead, it feels quite sticky and tacky when I’m trying to spread it over the paint. At times, my fingers start to get tired and have to use the palm of my hand. This is especially so when the applicator is less damp. So after waxing half the car, I would dampen my applicator again.
I was breaking the rule of not applying under a shade on a cool surface.
Now this is where my Meguiar’s logic is challenged. Meguiar’s teaches us on using the swipe test to judge whether a wax is ready to be buffed off or not.
If I applied any Meguiar’s wax on a black bonnet under direct sunlight, it would have probably flashed off and dried in under a minute, or even after a few seconds!
The HD Wax however, stays oily for more than ten minutes on very hot paint.
Despite the hot temperature, the HD wax still stayed oily and the directions stated to leave it on for only 10 to 15 minutes. I then contacted my friend Jimmy from Golden Wax – Shine My Car detailing for advice as he is a frequent user of HD Wax. He says that it is oily during the removal of HD Wax and it is common and normal.
So I trusted him and walah! No streaks or patches. Thanks Jimmy!
Although I would also say that it could be paintwork dependent as the Lime Prime I used earlier did not produce and streaks or patches. On the times I’ve used it on my own car which is also black, it will tend to streak quite heavily. Will have to try HD wax on my own car to see.
So I proceeded and applied HD Wax over the whole car and buffed off after 10 minutes.
Removal wasn’t the easiest. It was easy to break the wax film as it doesn’t completely dry, but for the same reason, it is hard to pick up all of the wax residue. Even when you think you have picked it all up, look at it again under a light source and you’ll probably see it requires more buffing.
Enjoy the pictures!
My final thoughts:
Every time you use something new or expensive(or something hyped), there is always this placebo effect that tells your eyes the results are actually better than it really is. I always try to keep this placebo effect in mind when doing a review, and it applies to this review as well, which isn’t easy with a price tag of RM453(USD141).
Having said that, the paint looks dripping wet and reflections are deep and sharp. This could be attributable to M205 or Lime Prime, I do not know, what I do know is, it doesn’t look bad! If you live in the U.S and have a Walmart near you selling this for USD35, grab it!
It rained 4 hours after application and this would kill any tight beading as waxes have not fully cured. The HD wax beads did appear less round on some areas but managed to stay tight throughout the whole panel that has been exposed.
Will give you guys a durability update when the time comes.
Thanks for looking! Any comments will be appreciated, both good and bad.
I probably won’t be posting until July as I have one last final paper to prepare for and also gathering all the required resources to do a coating test(G’Z*x,G|T***niq,Aq**rtz,Pompo***zi,Op*i-Coat).
p.s. Again, HUGE thanks to mankarat for helping a few of us acquire the HD Wax at a bargain price. *bow*
Till then, cheerios! ^^V