I received this PM from a user and wanted to reply to all those who were wondering:
Why not use REJEX instead of a lot of time consuming steps and then use Mr Clean's 'auto-dry system' to remove water stains? So all you have to do is spray and walk away. REJEX is suppose to last for several months?
There is really no problem using this solution. In fact, it may cater exactly to your detailing needs. These may be ease of use, minimal maintenance, minimal cost, and improved aesthetics, among others. As with the Elise, this solution to the basic problem involves compromise. The best product is the one that works best for YOU.
You may find many of these extra steps time consuming, and I might even agree with you there. It can be! However, for my personal needs, the cost of time and effort is worth it when it comes to the final results. To some extent detailing becomes a hobby for some, and for others it's just a chore. Let's find out more about your needs...
Durability: There are other products that can outperform Rejex. [email protected]
was able to get 6 weeks out of the product. Can't confirm them myself, but even if it lasts 12 weeks, there are sealants on the market that outperform it. Six months out of Klasse Sealant Glaze is not uncommon. How often are you willing to rewax?
Maintenance: This category can tie into durability to some extent. Keeping your car garaged and clean can increase the durability of your wax. This is basically a zero effort item. Wiping your car down with a quick detailer after each wash also helps improve the durability and surface quality. Using a California Car Duster keeps the dust off and helps with aesthetics. Mr. Clean Auto Dry's may indeed save you drying time, but it may fall short in other areas. For example, Einszett Perls solution smells great, provides more lubrication, and some gloss enhancement. Zaino car wash also improves longevity for Zaino'd vehicles specifically. Perls also does this for regular waxes by keeping the surface clean, but Zaino has some kind of replenishing effect. The tradeoff is that I must dry my car, but it only takes me 20 minutes or so to do this.
It has been said that Rejex doesn't let things stick to it. It's made by a lubrication company BTW. Dirt washes off a waxed surface more easily than an unwaxed surface, in so far as our paint discussion goes. Is Rejex so superior in this regard that you are willing to discontinue use of any other product? That's for you to judge.
Aesthetics: I will preface this by saying the new cars looking pretty darn good when you take delivery! Simply topping a new car with your favorite wax will be good enough for most people by far. There isn't much to touch or do to it as far as prep.
How good your paint looks after it's all said and done is really a product of the surface preparation, not just the wax you used. If you only do the minimum of applying a wax layer like Rejex, it's not going to look as good as what [email protected]
's Paradise can do with polishes, and two different kinds of wax layered. In terms of pure looks with the wax, a lot of people find other products superior to Rejex, but at the cost of something else like effort or durability or cost to buy the product. Rejex will benefit from surface prep like polishing and swirl removal, just like any other product. It's also attention to "detail" that makes a car look good. Not only what is done to the paint, but protecting the rubber trim, keeping the tires dressed, the wheels clean, exhaust tip polished, diffuser free of soot, the leather in good conditon, the interior clean, etc. All this takes time.
Monetary cost: It's possible to spend hundreds of dollars on orbital buffers, microfiber towels, cotton towels, applicators, different kinds of polishes, chemical cleaners, degreasers, vacuums, brushes, waxes, and things of this nature. It's really a hobby. How far to you want to go with it?
So basically you have to weigh all of these considerations when choosing. Rejex is pretty straightforward, provides pretty good shine and is comparable to a product like Liquid Glass. Coupled with Mr. Clean Autodry you can keep your car fairly clean.
Personally, I'm not into the concours thing, as the effort really isn't worth it. But what I do like is an outstanding looking car to drive around with relatively low maintenance (to me), that may require substantial initial effort when applying the products. This means not merely using Rejex and something a little more robust. If you just want a product to apply every couple months and forget about it, then you might not care about what else there is out there.
If you made it this far, I'm very very sorry for writing this much.
PS: And while I preach on, I have a very dirty black car sitting at home that needs some serious work.