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Old 13-09-2017, 12:47 PM   #1
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Wax Prices... Are they worth it?

I've not been detailing long but have tried a few different waxes. I've been really impressed with the Soft99 waxes and at £20-£30 they seem incredible value.

My question would be are the waxes priced at £70+ really worth the extra money? Is the performance worth a price tag which can is more than treble the price of the waxes i'm using?

Look forward to your comments...


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Old 13-09-2017, 12:59 PM   #2
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As with most things in life, the more you pay for something, the more the law of diminishing returns kicks in

Will a £70 wax be better than a £30 one? More than likely

Will it be more than twice as good? Probably not

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Old 13-09-2017, 01:10 PM   #3
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it's like a pair of trainers £20 ones and £70 ones.... they both do the same thing in essence but the ore expensive ones offer a better user experience imo, the higher end waxes you usually find are easier to use, come in nice pots have fancy colours and scents etc.

you get what you pay for... just like your trainers even though they do the same job at the end of the day

so the answer would be find something that suits your budget and if you're happy paying that and like the experience with it then why care what anyone else thinks?
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Old 13-09-2017, 01:11 PM   #4
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The look of any wax is in the prep

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Old 13-09-2017, 01:12 PM   #5
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£50 for a wax is probably my upper limit.
I do have more expensive waxes only purchased when on offer.
1 really good wax was free through an offer buying liquids (power maxed typhoon)
Being here on DW makes it a bit easier to spend the cash though.
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Old 13-09-2017, 02:27 PM   #6
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There are some waxes coming out just now that are making use of the results of the very latest chemistry & materials science research - such waxes can take many, many blending iterations to get them useable whilst actually laying down the new chemistries in a way that is going to actually delivery better performance than what's already on the market. I'm talking about things like Obsession Wax Icon, Wowos Nano Coat and others.

The makers of these waxes need to make a return on their R&D as well as cover the costs of the advanced materials for the production waxes, which can be hundreds or even thousands of pounds per kilogramme, as well as make a margin to you know, eat, pay mortgages, rental on their premises, etc etc etc.

So when they come out and ask for £85 for a 200ml pot, in all honesty that sounds reasonable to me.

That said, I don't think I'll be buying such waxes (despite my intense curiosity about the chemistry in them) simply because I can't justify that kind of spend vs just getting one of the waxes I already have and just applying another coat Also, what forsh said - at the moment, if I wanted my car to look a lot better, what it needs is some not another LSP, no matter how clever it may be or how fancy the pot. Always worth considering what your limiting factors are before you spend the £££...

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Old 13-09-2017, 03:07 PM   #7
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Like steelghost says I'd love to try some of the more expensive ones to see, BUT I do a full decon and polish&LSP every 10 weeks or so and have too many waxes/sealants as it is,

currently using 50cal pentawax and top with bsd every 2nd week
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Old 13-09-2017, 04:33 PM   #8
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My take on it. Yes some are worth the extra money. Some aren't. The difficult bit is finding a price point you're comfortable with and then finding the best wax at that point. I've gone through 70+ waxes in my time on here and some represent excellent value whilst others seem a total rip off.

Try to find impartial reviews of any product that you have an interest in if cost is an issue. It can save a lot of money and more importantly disappointment in the long run.
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There are some waxes coming out just now that are making use of the results of the very latest chemistry & materials science research - such waxes can take many, many blending iterations to get them useable whilst actually laying down the new chemistries in a way that is going to actually delivery better performance than what's already on the market. I'm talking about things like Obsession Wax Icon, Wowos Nano Coat and others.

The makers of these waxes need to make a return on their R&D as well as cover the costs of the advanced materials for the production waxes, which can be hundreds or even thousands of pounds per kilogramme, as well as make a margin to you know, eat, pay mortgages, rental on their premises, etc etc etc.

So when they come out and ask for £85 for a 200ml pot, in all honesty that sounds reasonable to me.
This is a great explanation and spot on. Also as mentioned above the more expensive waxes tend to be more user friendly aswell. I've been known to buy the odd wax and its something I like using aswell,kind of therapeutic! Ok some have really fancy pots which drive up the price but then it's down to the buyer to decide if it's worth it to them.
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Old 13-09-2017, 05:00 PM   #10
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My take on it. Yes some are worth the extra money. Some aren't. The difficult bit is finding a price point you're comfortable with and then finding the best wax at that point. I've gone through 70+ waxes in my time on here and some represent excellent value whilst others seem a total rip off.

Try to find impartial reviews of any product that you have an interest in if cost is an issue. It can save a lot of money and more importantly disappointment in the long run.
FWIW I've never paid more than £30 for a pot of wax, and I've never looked at my car and thought "oh, this would look so much better if it had UltraNinja SuperWax(TM)* on it". But if you find you want to scratch that itch, always worth asking on here, odds are someone will have used any given product you might be interested in.

It can't be stressed enough though, how much difference the prep makes. An average wax on a well prepared panel will look far, far better than SuperWax(TM) applied on a panel that's comparable in texture to a badger's backside

*Not a real product but if I ever get into the wax making game, it will be the first one I make

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