3M Performance Finish Wax
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9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Works as advertised Mar 31, 2010
By Postal Grunt
Despite my lack of creativity for a title, I do like this product. Following their suggested procedure is relatively simple resulting in a durable shine that lasts through summer or winter conditions. People who like to admire water beading qualities of a wax or finishing sealant will enjoy this stuff. A little dab goes a long way so the cost is reasonable in the long run.
17 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Excellent product! Sep 04, 2009
By E. Crick
Sad to see that no one has reviewed this outstanding product. Kragen/Oreilly used to sell it, Napa still does. I've noticed several auto parts stores and even Wal Mart with it on clearance for some reason. Probably doesn't sell well since $16 is kind of pricey for a car wax/polish, plus people usually only associate 3M with adhesives and sandpaper. Meguiars NXT 2.0 is similar and way more popular, seems flashy packaging works. Turtle Wax 2001, NuFinish and TR3 Resin Glaze are all similar waxing solutions, as they say. I like all of these products since they don't contain carnauba wax. None provide the awesome, deep shine of carnauba wax, but they seal and protect the paint better, in my opinion.
I really like Meguiars products, although I must say that Barry Meguiar is a little creepy (have you seen the show Car Crazy on Speed?) Creepy or not, I will still buy his products, but I must say that the 3M Performance Finish is superior to the original Meguiars NXT wax. The NXT 2.0 improved formula lasts a little longer, but still no match for the 3M product. Any wax will feel smooth to the touch right after application, so that isn't the real issue here. Although what is really impressive is how the 3M Performance Finish stays slick to the touch for literally 2-3 months! Around that time I've noticed more friction when rubbing the paint with my fingers. Still beads water amazingly well 6 months later, and counting. The Meguiars NXT 2.0 loses is slickness after several weeks, water beading not long after that. I've read about other people's similar results online, so I am confident that it's not just me. My results were on a clear coat, or two-stage painted car kept outside. Single stage finishes will probably not hold-up as long.
My main concern is protecting my car's finish. I live in a cold, coastal environment so the salt mist in the air absolutely destroys clear-coat finishes. Throw in some occasional heat and sun and it's amazing how you constantly see even 5-6 year old cars here with no more clear-coat on the roof and hood! In my mind, a lab created, synthetic polymer type sealant will be more effective at protecting the paint longer than a carnauba palm tree from Brazil can. If extreme shine on your garage-kept show car is your goal, carnauba is the ticket.
The other great thing about the 3M Performance Finish is the application process. You literally wipe it on, then immediately buff it off! No drying time, or hazing required. The instructions are very specific about this. Amazing. Even better is the fact that I scored 15 bottles at the local Grocery Outlet in the automotive section, clearance priced at $2.99 each! What a score!
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Terrific product Sep 20, 2009
By carnut in Texas
I have used 3M Performance Polish many times on my MB S430 and my Lexus LS430. Works equally well on dark and light colors. Has a terrific feel to it after application. No residue and is long lasting.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
I absolutely love this product!! Feb 24, 2012
The 3M Performance Finish wax is really something else. I absolutely love it. I've been using it for about a year or so now. It leaves a soft and smooth feeling on the paint and beads up like you wouldn't believe and also lasts quite a while. I just recently waxed a good portion of my car with Mother's Carnuaba Cleaner wax and it actually did not bead at all. With this kind of wax, allowing it to dry and haze is required for it to work properly. I did just that, but the next time I washed my car, the water came off so slowly and in "sheets" rather than beads. So then I used my 3M... exactly what I was expecting. And this stuff doesn't need to haze one bit. If you do let it haze, it actually leaves some streaks behind. Just work one small section at a time, applying the wax and then pretty much immediately wiping it back off. It's that simple. Also, clay bar your car and then follow that with the 3M... like butter. This stuff is worth every penny. I just waxed my whole car with it the other day and I'm going to do the same thing next time I wash it. It can't hurt to protect the paint. I'll be buying this stuff again and again and hopefully other 3M products.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
GOOD GOLLY Dec 06, 2011
By I. GLENN
Let me give my female perspective on this stuff. I just purchased a 2012 Mercedes C Class Coupe; and yes it is black. The dealer told me "to keep your car looking Showroom new, you have to wax it". It was already super shiny; so there was no need for polishing.
Within a week after getting the car home it rained a lot, and I was always wiping it down, and such. I have other cars, but I thought that since this one is the smaller, it should be quick to wash. After driving to work in the rain, and dirt, by the third rain I was fed up. So I applied this wax after reading the instructions very thoroughly; and the manufacturer states not to let it haze, for it will not be easy to remove the excess residue.
Love it! just wipe it on; and within the same swoop, wipe it off. The car now doesn't collect visible dust particles anymore. After it rains, mudd doesn't seem to stick to the surface of the car. It works so well as a repellent, I am going to use it on my wheels also, to keep the break dust down. I would love to just rinse off my wheels, when they get dirty in-between washes.
Invest in a bunch of microfiber towels in differnt sizes. 3M micro clothes work super.
Follow up: Feb 15, 2012...First 3M wax job was done the middle of November. After washing a minimum of 1.5 times a week, It's almost time for another wax job. This stuff is extremely impressive!!!
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