GM High-Tech Performance Blogs
Part 2: let's see how the waxes and other products held up after a few weeks
Hood: If you recall from our last episode, the hood on our C6 test car was treated to Meguiar's new Ultimate Wash & Wax Anywhere. While not suitable for cleaning very dirty cars, it proved effective on cars too dirty for just spray detailer. However, we wanted to see how well the wax part of the equation would hold up. Compared to the fenders, which were treated with spray wax (see below), and the front bumper, which was treated with two different kinds of traditional wax, it was apparent that protection was not its strong suit. But it held up nearly as well as the traditional Quick Detailer.
Driver Fender: Meguiar's Quick Wax and Quick Detailer have been long-time favorites for a quick clean-up to remove water spots and to for a little extra shine in-between waxes. Protection clearly isn't one of its strong points, but we think it held up admirably considering.
Passenger Fender: Eagle One Wax As-U-Dry provided better protection, and you can tell by the smaller and less frequent water beads two weeks after its application. The label says its protection can last up to 3 months, however, 3-4 weeks is probably the longest we think in our experience with the C6.
Roof: The roof was treated with Mothers Reflections on the left side and Synwax on the right. Both held up well on the particularly problematic roof, but the Reflections seemed to be the better of the two. Both surfaces still felt fairly slick to the touch during washing.
Driver Wheel: We tested Meguiar's Hot Rims All Wheel & Tire Cleaner on our C6's ZR1 style wheels. The multi-spoke ZR1 wheels are particularly problematic with cleaning, so we were really hoping this product would work. Here is our control, the driver side front wheel, which is pretty well coated with brake dust.
Passenger Wheel: The treated wheel was a little less dirty as you can see, and the brake dust was easier to remove. But it left a faint white residue on the wheel, perhaps where the liquid melted with heat. Both wheels required scrubbing with a soapy rag to get completely clean, though.
Interior: With the exterior of the car all shiny, we figured it was high time the dusty interior got some love. Mothers Protectant is another long-time favorite, it applies well and evenly, and holds up well over time. As you can see, there were no uneven blotches and after 5 days it still looks just as good. Though this particular interior cleaner/protectant isn't terribly slick to remove, spraying onto a towel first is a good idea. It was hard not to have overspray on the windshield, which of course needs to be sprayed with window cleaner to remove.
Good: the interior thanks to Mothers Protectant.
Bad: there are no shortcuts to keeping your wheels clean.
Ugly: probably still me, but also the driver side front wheel...we'll have to get that cleaned and polished up.