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evoke
01-11-2016, 01:31 PM
Most of the videos that I watch on YouTube about detailing end up with lots of water being thrown over or sprayed onto a car. To be brutally honest, that makes me cringe! :D

I understand that beading is really important, but for me the gloss/glass look/shine is far more important.

So, what's more important to you? The beading of water on a car you've detailed or the gloss/shine of the paintwork?

Jonny_R
01-11-2016, 01:35 PM
Beading is just a nice byproduct we get when it rains!

Same as you though , never got the fascination in soaking a freshly detailed car. Im the opposite, if its raining or damp i dont like to get it out of the garage haha

chrissymk3
01-11-2016, 02:10 PM
Most of the videos that I watch on YouTube about detailing end up with lots of water being thrown over or sprayed onto a car. To be brutally honest, that makes me cringe! :D

This is only really to demonstrate the hydrophobic result the product has, easier to show how water behaves.

I understand that beading is really important, but for me the gloss/glass look/shine is far more important.

Not really, sheeting is better than beading as beading can leave water spots and leave the dirt behind too... people just think it looks cool

So, what's more important to you? The beading of water on a car you've detailed or the gloss/shine of the paintwork?

For me i always end up with lovely shine, and when it rains i get good beading so they kind of fall hand in hand

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bigalc
04-11-2016, 03:57 PM
Like to see beading as it lets you know it's protected, but i do preffer a nice shine.

cargainz
04-11-2016, 04:13 PM
I will abstain from the vote as beading is a by-product of a well protected car (not really the aim) and if the car stops beading while washing it is a sign it needs to be re-waxed.

Out of curiosity, how many of you have seen any beading from your wash n wax shampoos or the wax option when you jet wash your car at the supermarket? (unless the car had a proper wax/sealant beforehand).

Atkinson91
04-11-2016, 04:43 PM
Shine, definetly
Shine turns heads and gets passers by talking, I've had more compliments towards shine rather than beading

Infact, I've noticed a pattern...the people who compliment shine, don't keep their cars as well

However I get more comments about beading from people who like to keep their cars in good condition :p

I've experienced that myself - during last winter I went through an automatic car wash and took the pro-shield or whatever it was called option....the car had not been previously waxed but it was polished (I was performing an experiment) so water just sat on the surface, after the car wash it beaded beautifully for a few days then started to die off

The experiment I was performing was - how bad can a car get by going through an automatic car wash just once

It really wasn't worth the 2 days of correction I had to do, but now I can show people how bad they are, rather than just saying they're bad with no evidence ;)

Soul boy 68
04-11-2016, 04:57 PM
Shine for me without a shadow of a doubt, you can't beat that mirror finish.


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Luke M
04-11-2016, 04:58 PM
Shine to me is more important.
Problem when making videos is that the subtle effect the wax has on paint is very difficult to capture. Beading and sheeting though isn't and can be quite varied.
It's like trying to rate how cool a breeze is on camera but all you can show is how a flag waves in the wind. Not an ideal measure but is visual nonetheless.

savvyfox
04-11-2016, 05:41 PM
Shine is what it's all about! Beading is just a by product of your hard work.

gav21041981
04-11-2016, 06:08 PM
Definitely shine. Beading is only cool to detailers but everyone appreciates a nice shiny finish

Adi_328
06-11-2016, 12:08 PM
Shine most definitely, I never really understood that beading craze, fair enough it looks nice when it's raining but I'd rather keep my car dry and shiny.

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Dixy
06-11-2016, 01:38 PM
Definitely shine. Beading is like car porn to me.

Brian1612
06-11-2016, 08:14 PM
Believe it or not I will say beading. As its based on an LSP it's all about the prep work for the shine with the wax offering only a slight improvement. Would rather it produced stunning beads for that reason.

Rebel007
08-11-2016, 05:33 PM
I have a pearlescent BLACK car, for me its all about appearance, the car gets cleaned after every trip in bad weather conditions so I want....NEED shine and gloss!

jag1
09-11-2016, 11:37 AM
Shine and protection are my key needs

chongo
09-11-2016, 12:28 PM
Beading for winter, shine for summer.

Midlife
09-11-2016, 02:06 PM
I agree with you on that why oh why spend a lot of time detailing a car and then chuck water at it madness...
I added my vote then checked the results and actually am a little surprised by the landslide percentage well so far anyway.
Have to say though that I find myself checking out other cars that catch my eye all the time result of being car mad and do catch myself looking to see if they have protection once its rained and most dont.
True detailers in my opinion will appreciate both and even a washed and polished car will show beading to some extent without wax.

cheekymonkey
09-11-2016, 08:43 PM
Believe it or not I will say beading. As its based on an LSP it's all about the prep work for the shine with the wax offering only a slight improvement. Would rather it produced stunning beads for that reason.

yet you can get beading when there is no lsp present, also you can get no beading when the is great protection. Beading is not a guarantee that there is an lsp present.

For me its all about the look

chongo
09-11-2016, 09:21 PM
See when you talk about beading, I like nice and tall tight beads, this gives me the reassurance that the paint has some good LSP on, so when you say you can get beading with no LSP on, well am a bit confused:confused: but remember that some LSP's don't bead just sheet :thumb: so the surface is still well protected

thedonji
14-11-2016, 04:12 PM
Shine for me

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JoeP
14-11-2016, 07:50 PM
Machine polishing = ultimate shine, depth, clarity and reflections.

Wax / sealant / coating = Protection.

JayMac
14-11-2016, 08:26 PM
A bit of both if possible? Although there's nothing better than when it's raining seeing the water beading up and running off!


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wee man
14-11-2016, 08:48 PM
Shine, if you just want beading why go to all the careful work getting rid of swirls etc just lash on a wax and throw water at it.
I feel beading is a little bonus to reassure that all is well giving the car protection.
Maybe simplified but I hope you get my drift?

Wee Man