Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northeastern BC
After trying a few different brands of waxes/polishes over the years, one that I used to like was Nu Finish (the one in the orange bottle). I read in Consumer Reports, or someting like that, that of all the brands they tested, it had the highest content of carnuba wax.
It gave a nice shine and lasted quite well. The downside, like most waxes, is that when you get it on a textured plastic surface, it's really hard to clean off the white residue. The end result was sometimes a pretty labour intensive operation.
Being a lazy guy with a truck that has a lot of black plastic trim, I decided to try Turtlewax Ice, since you can put it on plastic and rubber, etc., and still buff it up nicely. Everything but glass, obviously. It's the easiest to apply and I use dollar-store microfiber cloths to polish it, or a cheap electric buffer with a microfiber bonnet.
I put it on all the plastic and rubber trim, too. When you buff the plastic, it gives it a nice mild gloss, not stupidly shiney, which I like.
Turtlewax Ice really lasts and it makes my black truck look great. Strangers have actually complemented me, which for a basically cheap compact stock truck in Alberta is really saying something, I guess.
I'm not a real nut about detailing and all that. I like it to look nice and clean. I'll give it a good going over once a year, but it's still just a truck. It's supposed to work for me, not the other way around.
If Princess Auto were a real girl, I'd ask her to marry me.