Is this wax really worth it?

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snaphappyspen
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Is this wax really worth it?

Postby snaphappyspen » Sun Oct 07, 2012 20:02 pm

Just been reading my cycling weekly and this product was in it,

http://muc-off.com/en/car/58-uberwax.html?category=car

It says that when applied it protects the bike from rain, uv etc is it really worth the price tag?

Have any of you bought it? What did you think?
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Re: Is this wax really worth it?

Postby snaphappyspen » Sun Oct 07, 2012 20:05 pm

FYI i am aware on the site it mentions it for use with cars, but in my mag it has been suggested as a great use on bikes also.
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Re: Is this wax really worth it?

Postby TakeTurns » Sun Oct 07, 2012 20:14 pm

To me it just seems like an alternative to a bucket of water and a sponge. Keeping your bike clean using the simple methods will make it last. You don't need any of this 'revolutionary' garb.

If you want wax, I'm sure you can get some for a fraction of the price that'll be as good. It's just another way of trying to fool the consumer to make bags of money.

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Re: Is this wax really worth it?

Postby snaphappyspen » Sun Oct 07, 2012 20:19 pm

TakeTurns wrote:To me it just seems like an alternative to a bucket of water and a sponge. Keeping your bike clean using the simple methods will make it last. You don't need any of this 'revolutionary' garb.

If you want wax, I'm sure you can get some for a fraction of the price that'll be as good. It's just another way of trying to fool the consumer to make bags of money.



Im not even considering it, i'm quite happy washing my bike to be honest. I just thought it seemed a bit far fetched to what it was "promising"
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Re: Is this wax really worth it?

Postby mallorcajeff » Sun Oct 07, 2012 20:35 pm

just use autoglym

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Re: Is this wax really worth it?

Postby outcastjack » Sun Oct 07, 2012 20:50 pm

snaphappyspen wrote:Just been reading my cycling weekly and this product was in it,

is it really worth the price tag?


Bearing in mind this exists, no.

http://www.perfectlycleaned.co.uk/colli ... e-86-p.asp

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Re: Is this wax really worth it?

Postby Sprool » Sun Oct 07, 2012 20:54 pm

my mtb has survived 12 years of knocks, scrapes, crashes and all-weather rides without needing any waxing. Man up and get the hose pipe out. Modern paint has its own resistance to UV and water. Aluminuim doesn't seem to care.

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Re: Is this wax really worth it?

Postby JoeNobody » Sun Oct 07, 2012 21:03 pm

There are plenty more waxes out there that cost significantly more than that! Personally I wouldn't use it (or the other more expensive ones) on my bike or my car, but then I'm more of a sealant fan than wax.

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Re: Is this wax really worth it?

Postby meursault » Sun Oct 07, 2012 22:01 pm

Dunno about this one but wax polish in general is pretty good.

I used some tcut wax recently before a ride from Stevenage to Clacton. More to cover up surface scratches than cleaning. Day after ride, workmates thought I had cleaned bike! (Tho I still need to...)
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Re: Is this wax really worth it?

Postby dee4life2005 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:05 am

+1 for the Collinite 476s wax linked above.

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Re: Is this wax really worth it?

Postby ugo.santalucia » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:29 am

No wax will keep your bike clean, but it does protect the laquer and the paint from UV rays and marginally from the elements. Most importantly, a good wax will give a nice shine, if you care about these things.
I use Simoniz car wax as pound per pound is quite rich in carnauba, which is what you want. Liquid and spray products are inferior to solid wax, but easier to apply.
Most importantly, for a good shine, you need elbow grease, which no site sells... 8)

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Re: Is this wax really worth it?

Postby Dubcat » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:32 am

Never thought of using car wax on my mountain bike. Now I have a road bike I am a little more concerned about the looks - yes I seem to be turning in to a tart. Wax does seem like a good idea just to make cleaning easier if nothing else. Frames are so small it wouldn't take long to apply either I guess. Thanks for the thread - I'm going to give wax a go (after I get round to cleaning my bike - it's raining again and i can't be bothered in this weather).
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Re: Is this wax really worth it?

Postby hulla the hulla » Mon Oct 08, 2012 14:20 pm

ugo.santalucia wrote:No wax will keep your bike clean, but it does protect the laquer and the paint from UV rays and marginally from the elements. Most importantly, a good wax will give a nice shine, if you care about these things.
I use Simoniz car wax as pound per pound is quite rich in carnauba, which is what you want. Liquid and spray products are inferior to solid wax, but easier to apply.
Most importantly, for a good shine, you need elbow grease, which no site sells... 8)

Not strictly true, a lot of the new developments in sealant technology and nano polymers mean that application, including the spray on stuff can be very easy and finish and durability can be better than carnuba based waxes. Don't get me wrong, carnuba based waxes have their place but sealants including sprays / liquids rather than hard waxes are where it's at right now. That said, a lot of it comes down to personal preference and budget. The Collinite 476S is very good for the money, so is a product from Finishkare, 1000P which comes in a huge tub and costs less than £20, the latter being a very long lasting sealant. Personally I use Werkstat Jeffs Acrylic which is a spray on, buff off affair and it's very durable and the shine and protection it leaves on my car is amazing. Buy some and when you have done the bike, do your car too :)

At the end of the day, any protection you put on your bike is a good thing in my opinion.
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Re: Is this wax really worth it?

Postby Sprool » Mon Oct 08, 2012 21:39 pm

modern coatings for bike frames do not need protection from UV or moisture, they are themselves formulated to be very resistant and hard wearing. Wax it if you want to clean it but extra uv- and water-resistance claims are insignificant to the durability of the paint.

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Re: Is this wax really worth it?

Postby kayo74 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 09:25 am

A good clean with soapy water and sponge finished off with cloth and Pledge.......done, cheap as chips


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