Best spray wax detailer 2018
Which quick detailing spray wax products top up your car's shine in a flash?
Waxing is taxing, so how do you get the shine without putting in the time? A detailer spray is the answer. These products can remove light grime and restore the shine to any treatment applied the hard way. Most will also prolong that protective layer, adding to its water-repelling abilities.
Application is quick, too, with most just needing to be sprayed on and wiped off – perfect for the summer when you’d rather be enjoying the sun than working in the heat. So which is the one for your car when the weather improves? We sprayed on 10 to find out.
How we tested them
We cleaned and sectioned off a previously waxed panel with each detailer. But they were hard to separate, as was the shine they left, so our focus became how well and how long they repelled water for.
The wet spring allowed us to make several wet journeys and assess how much grime had been left on each section. We also applied each to a bonnet and monitored beading over four weeks. A fine spray, easy application and a keen price based on online figures and those from the maker were also on our tick list.
FarEcla’s new G3 Professional Spray Wax takes the win here because it kept our test car panel cleanest. It was a close finish, though, with the Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer topping the durability tests. The Gtechniq QD did enough in both sections to take the final podium spot.
- 1. Farécla G3 Professional Spray Wax
- 2. Sonax Xtreme Brilliant Shine Detailer
- 3. Gtechniq QD Quick Detailer
Farécla G3 Professional Spray Wax
Price: Around £12Size: 500mlRating: 5.0
New for 2018, this Spray Wax is, despite the name, designed to revive the gloss of a previously applied treatment rather than create one of its own. It takes the win here largely because it was a step in front of rivals at repelling grime during our wet drives. It was also among the best in the durability test. There’s no mention of cleaning, so it’s good that it can be used on both dry and wet panels. Keen price secures the win for paint treatment specialist Farécla.
Sonax Xtreme Brilliant Shine Detailer
Price: Around £8Size: 750mlRating: 4.5
Our winner makes no mention of cleaning, so if that is what you primarily want from a detailer then this Sonax is the one to go for. It’s also the product for you if you want longevity; it was the star of our durability test, which included a few days under snow. A couple of weeks into the test and it was beading faster than rivals, although it was only mid-pack in the driving test. A big pack helps here, ensuring we could look beyond the slightly thick spray.
Gtechniq QD Quick Detailer
Price: around £10Size: 500mlRating: 4.0
Another fine performance from detailing specialist Gtechniq, which has shown well across a number of tests. As with the Sonax, it fared best in the durability assessment, where it was beaten only by the German brand. QD’s cleaning ability is limited to water marks and fingerprints after washing, but it works with all Gtechniq’s coatings and can be layered to boost shine and longevity. It was also one of the best to use, with a fine spray, so a little went a long way.
Autoglym Rapid Detailer
Price: Around £11Size: 500mlRating: 4.0
Autoglym’s Rapid Detailer has been there or thereabouts in our detailer tests, and this one is no exception. Unlike some, this cleans, refreshes the shine and also adds a water-repellent coating, and it was just behind our winner when it came to keeping our panel clean during a wet drive.
It was only mid-pack in the durability test, but was still clearly working a few weeks into the test. One of the easiest to use with a fine spray and pleasant fragrance.
Soft99 Luxury Gloss
Price: Around £10Size: 500mlRating: 4.0
Japanese producer Soft99 has been a star of our wax and sealant tests for the past few years, and this is much more of a liquid wax than a versatile detailer. It needs clean paintwork before being applied, and aims to leave a gloss finish. In our tests it performed best at keeping dirt at bay, and it was still working after two weeks in the durability test. Soft99 says this is the first product it has tweaked for overseas users, adding a mango scent to overcome the chemical odour.
KochChemie Allround QuickShine
Price: Around £11Size: 500ml Rating: 3.0
German car care specialist KochChemie meant it when it called this detailer AllroundQuickShine. It does everything – cleans, adds shine and tops up existing coatings, plus it’s durable. This was one of the dirt-repelling top performers, matching Autoglym and just behind our winner. Sadly it wasn’t as good on the durability bonnet, where it struggled to overcome the wintry conditions as well as some rivals.
Angelwax Enigma QED
Price: Around £19Size: 500mlRating: 3.0
The standard QED has won this test in the past, but this version is part of the Scottish firm’s new ceramic Enigma range. That explains the price as ceramic doesn’t come cheap. It’s designed to work best with the Enigma wax and shampoo, extending the life of the former. Our more basic surfaces meant QED was only mid-pack in the tests, but still clearly present and working. It was good to use, though, with a fine spray. Expensive, but goes a long way.
Meguiar’s Mirror Bright Detailing Spray
Price: £13Size: 650mlRating: 3.0
This detailer from Meguiar’s retro-themed Mirror Bright range focuses on cleaning with no claims for durability or topping up waxes. It can be used to provide a quick shine, including removing bird droppings and the like. No surprise then that it struggled to match the best in the long-term test, although it was still present. It performed better at keeping grime at bay. Meguiar’s likens the spray to a ‘personal butler’ for your car, so it can also be used inside, including on gauges and screens.
Simoniz Quickshine Detailer
Price: £5.75Size: 500mlRating: 3.0
Turtle Wax Clean & Shine
Price: £6Size: 500mlRating: 3.0
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In this review
- 1Introduction - currently readingWhich quick detailing spray wax products top up your car's shine in a flash?
- 2Angelwax QED
- 3Sonax Xtreme Brilliant Shine DetailerExcellent test debut for Sonax’s detailer.
- 4Turtle Wax Perfect Finish Detailer
- 5Autoglym Rapid DetailerThere’s not much to choose between this closely matched midfield pack, but if ease of use is key for you, this detailer from Autoglym is the one to go for
- 6Simoniz Quickshine DetailerMinimal instructions do this detailer from Simoniz’s new-look car care line-up no favours
- 7Muc-Off Speed Wax Step 3As the name suggests, this is another third stage in a maker’s car care process
- 8Meguiar’s Gold Class Quik DetailerIn such a tight field, a high price does the Meguiar’s spray no favours, and nor does the slightly smaller US pack size
- 9Halfords Spray WaxThe pack promises “quick and easy protection”, but applying the Halfords was the hardest work of all the products here