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Good wax, VERY BAD directions
on August 22, 2008
I decided to wax my wife's new, always garaged, all black, always clean, car. Consumer Reports rated Black Magic Liquid Wax, #48016 as the best in their 2006 report but gave it just the middle rating for removal. Easy on but not so easy to remove. How, oh so true that is. Washed the car twice. First time I used the BM recommended car wash product, the second time using just cold water. Dried the car with 100% cotton towels. In the shade on a 74 degree afternoon, 55% relative humidity, no wind, and a cool car exterior, I applied the wax, per the manufacturers written directions printed on the bottle's label. The directions state, "Shake bottle well....wax your vehicle in the shade while the vehicle surface is cool. Wash vehicle with Black Magic Wet Shine Car Wash. Dry thoroughly." The directions also state the wax is, "Formulated for easy-to-use application by hand or buffer/polisher." More about this later. Anyway, I did all the above. When the car is clean and cooled off, ready to be waxed, there are three printed steps for application and removal. They are: "1. Pour a small amount of .... wax on a 100% cotton pad or foam applicator.
2. Apply a thin layer of wax in a firm circular motion. Do one section at a time, covering evenly and thoroughly. LET DRY TO A HAZE. 3. Wipe to a deep, brilliant shine with a clean, dry 100% cotton cloth or microfiber towel, turning cloth frequently to prevent residue build-up."
NOTICE that the directions state the wax is "Formulated for easy-to-use application...." NOTHING IS INDICATED ABOUT EASE OF REMOVAL.
This is because it is NOT EASY TO REMOVE. It is, in fact, the most difficult wax I have ever tried to remove. This wax will NOT dry. Never. The sun will fade away and the earth will turn to a frozen rock and this wax will still be wet. Cold, but still wet. Try to remove it with a dry 100% cotton towel or a microfiber cloth and you will buff until you have biceps the current Governor of California would have envied in his glory days, or advanced arthritis before your time.
If you, like me, follow the manufacturer's directions printed on the back of the bottle, you will come to hate this wax and your shoulder's will torture you in the morning. I decided to give this red and black, almost full bottle, to our neighbor for use on his target range. A police officer, I thought he might be able to make better use of it then I was able to. On the way over to his house and thinking about the satisfaction I was going to obtain, I had a flash back to what another reviewer has shared.
If you use the following procedure, his, you will in fact enjoy a nice easy application, an easy removal and a deep, glossy shine. You might even come to like this wax. It is unfortunate that the original directions were obviously writen by a Washington politician and we all know what they say is relevant only to what they think you want to hear. Never mind the truth.
So, for an easier time of it, do the following.
1. Shake the bottle for 1-2 minutes.
2. Thoroughly wet a clean 100% cotton pad or a clean foam applicator pad. Wring it out so it is wet but not dripping.
3. Pour a small amount of wax on the pad. Immediately apply with a firm circular motion to a cool, clean, surface. Cover a large enough area that you have a thin, consistent, glaze over the surface. Avoid heavy deposits that leave thick streaks of polish.
3. Immediately use a clean, dry, soft, 100% cotton cloth or a microfiber towel and buff the wax off. It will dry and come off fairly rapidly and easily and you will have a very nice shine.
This does work. Whether or not this procedure will allow the wax to last any longer than the excellent carnuaba paste Kit Wax shine, super easy to appply and buff out, is not known. But, the above will work with the Black Magic Wet Shine Liquid Wax wax and give very nice results with modest effort. If the manufacturer's directions were worth reading I would have given it four stars. Maybe even five.