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Old 09-07-2013, 02:43 PM   #1
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Are Adam's polishes worth the money?

I've seen people all over the internet rave about their products, but is it really worth spending $50.00 on wax? I want to wax my Jeep in the next few months so it's protected for winter. If Adam's are worth it, is this the wax I should get -
Adam's Americana Premium Carnauba Paste Car Wax ? Thanks

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I'm a big fan of Zaino paint sealant and then a coat of ps21 wax.

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Old 09-07-2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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I've had very good luck with Liquid glass. You can pick it up at some advance/O'Reily auto part stores. It'll cost about 20-25 bucks. I've used it for the last few years and really like it.

can be applied in sunlight, easy to apply and take off, great shine, and very durable.
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:21 PM   #4
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Everyone has a varying need. I would spend $50 for wax on a collector car, a custom paint, or a brand new Corvette, but not on my new Wrangler, since it is going off road.

My Wrangler would get something cheaper.
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I have had great luck with Ice by turtle wax. But I'm in the process of trying another one because all the posts I have read about talked about its suppose to last 5 months. It's called Collinite Insulator Wax. Here's the link http://www.collinite.com/automotive-wax/insulator-wax/ they have other waxes as well but one of them is for dark vehicles only and they don't recommend using it on light color vehicles and the top of the line carnuba wax they have is 40 bucks. But you can read about each one on the site

I can say that the insulator 845 wax I got it deff gives the vehicle a much wetter look and better shine to it. Very impressive stuff so far from what I have seen with it so far.
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Old 09-07-2013, 05:47 PM   #6
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Carnauba is great for gloss but does not protect that well...also wears off FAST! Go to autogeek.net and read reviews and learn on forums before you spend $50 on wax or sealant. I have not liked any of the stuff you can buy at Walmart of auto parts stores. I like Klasse All-In-One polish and the Klasse Sealant.
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Another fan of Collinite Insulator Wax . I also use Collinite Super DoubleCoat Auto Wax , also very good . Both are long lasting and easy to apply and remove .
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Another fan of Collinite Insulator Wax . I also use Collinite Super DoubleCoat Auto Wax , also very good . Both are long lasting and easy to apply and remove .
Yeah I'm still trying it out but deff becoming a fan of it. Do you have it on a daily driver if so how many months have you gotten off of it
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:07 PM   #9
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I have almost the entire line of Adams products, but Not the waxes. Their stuff is fantastic, but I can not bring myself to pay that much for wax. I love their machine polishes and sealants, and buy their Quick Detailer by the gallon (Sometimes on the Jeep, more often on our other vehicles though). I still use Meguiars #26 Wax on top of the Adams steps, because I too can't justify the premium one must pay for their waxes. I detail my vehicles by machine, and am pleased by the results, even without the final Adams wax touch.
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I was a huge adams polishes guy for a while but their business practices and some of the employee's rub me the wrong way so i no longer support them. They have good stuff and its great if your a beginner since its an easy system but know that most of their stuff is chemical guys just slightly tweaked scent,color for the most part.

Chemical Guys makes great products and they are the OEM manufacturer for alot of the detailing chemicals and companies out!

Right now im using menzerna & sonax products and have yet to be disappointed..worlds better then adams IMO! there is a reason the pros use it! (german stuff is always good
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I was a huge adams polishes guy for a while but their business practices and some of the employee's rub me the wrong way so i no longer support them. They have good stuff and its great if your a beginner since its an easy system but know that most of their stuff is chemical guys just slightly tweaked scent,color for the most part.

Chemical Guys makes great products and they are the OEM manufacturer for alot of the detailing chemicals and companies out!

Right now im using menzerna & sonax products and have yet to be disappointed..worlds better then adams IMO! there is a reason the pros use it! (german stuff is always good
Thanks. I'll check out the Chemical Guys stuff too. What do you suggest from their line? There seem to be a lot of different options for each manufacturer. I don't go off-roading and I just want something that'll protect the finish from Nov-march through the harsh weather, especially when I can't wash the salt off every weekend.
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Yeah I'm still trying it out but deff becoming a fan of it. Do you have it on a daily driver if so how many months have you gotten off of it
Use it on a daily driver Honda Accord and get about 10 months , and that is going through a Vermont winter . I have used it on a Peterbuilt that a friend owns . Get about the same on his truck , and the truck does a lot of miles and goes through commercial truck washes .
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Adam's Polishes products are definitely worth the money. Their stuff, if used properly, will last a very long time. I use it all the time but to be honest I haven't used any of it on my Jeep because I get it dirty all the time.

But I use them religiously on my other vehicles. Usually Adam's stuff is used on garage queens, classics, etc. & people usually opt for the cheap stuff (Turtle Wax, Meguiar's, etc.) on their daily drivers. But their $50 wax will last a very long time if you apply it correctly.

The $50 price tag seems to scare people but it's no different then buying two $25 Meguiar's wax tubs in a whole year especially when the Adam's wax tub will last a lot longer than that.

Here is one of Adam's employees old trucks after a day's worth of Adam's products was used on it... This was post-paint correction but pre-polish & pre-wax:






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Use it on a daily driver Honda Accord and get about 10 months , and that is going through a Vermont winter . I have used it on a Peterbuilt that a friend owns . Get about the same on his truck , and the truck does a lot of miles and goes through commercial truck washes .
10 months! Holy cow! Lol. That's awesome, that's longer then what most people had posted about it. I have it on both vehicles, my daily driver is a Honda civic, it's highway driven, and the winters here are not anything close to Vermont winters lol so making it thru the winter w/ out having to wax will be so nice that's worth it alone. ;-). Thanks for feedback on this stuff, really excited to see how long i get.
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I was on my phone when I made my post but now I'm on a computer & just realized you asked about protecting for winter. Carnuaba wax is really meant for gloss. If you want protection you'll want a nice polish with sealant on top of it.
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I have been a big user of Collinite Insulator Wax. Owning a black Ram and a black Jeep shine is everything. Collinite holds up well for NY winters. Just recently I tried Chemical Guys Black Light wax, stuff is awesome. For winter prep I would try and get 2 good coats of wax on.
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Chemical guys fan myself have heard that Adams is comparable in their product line pretty sure Adams was out first. I have been more impressed with some of the higher end products than say the over the counter stuff. With wax remember that its a protectant and the work you put in cleaning polishing clay baring ect is whats going to really bring the shine out in the paint. Ease of applying and removing and length of time it really holds up is whats going to differ between some of the more premium waxes and the cheaper ones.
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Chemical guys fan myself have heard that Adams is comparable in their product. I have been more impressed with some of the higher end products than say the over the counter stuff. With wax remember that its a protectant and the work you put in cleaning polishing clay baring ect is whats going to really bring the shine out in the paint. Ease of applying and removing and length of time it really holds up is whats going to differ between some of the more premium waxes and the cheaper ones.
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For winter protection you cannot get any better then a sealant like Sonax Polymer net Shield. Pro detailers are raving about this stuff and the durability! SONAX ProfiLine Polymer Net Shield and since you dont go off road this will be perfect for you!

your shine and depth comes out of polishing and removing the contaminants from the paint, carnuba wax just brings out the gloss. The only thing is you should know that any carnuba based wax is very sticky so it will attract alot of dust on your vehicle.

Im going to be using opticoat for my jeep since its a permanent coating and helps resists light scratches so its perfect for the pin striping. Im getting a jeep and going offroad but i do still care alot about my paint.

another semi permanant sealant you might want to look at is 22ple or wolfs hardbody!
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More great info--thanks. What is paint correction? Is this repainting...claying?
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I use Adams' products on my Jeep and think they're fantastic. Best I've ever used and well worth the money. However I have not used this particular wax. I have their Buttery Wax which I will use soon. My Jeep's not a show car so I went with the cheaper wax. Everything I've used is awesome.
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More great info--thanks. What is paint correction? Is this repainting...claying?
heres a good thread that outlines some correction. Tesla Model S Correction and Opti-Coat by Signature Detailing Greg Gellas

there are some amazing craftsmen and detailers on detailing bliss. There is a wealth of knowledge and is an amaizing place to ask questions reguarding waxes,detailing polishing etc

Claying removes paint contaminants (which should be done before any wax/sealant is applied) Correcting is using 2-3 steps of polishing using various polishes and pads using a special polisher. polishes are completely different then rubbing compound. Essentially when you polish a vehicle it removes a microscopic layer of clear coat to remove swirls and fine scratches and rids.
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Everyone keeps saying they done use the good stuff on their jeep because it gets dirty; isn't that why you want the good stuff? I don't want some cheap good for nothing wax on my jeep that isn't worth the time putting it on, especially if its getting dirty. I love having a shiny jeep but the dirt makes it just as nice, but with Adams I never worry about not washing it for a while.

I bought the whole starter kit from Adams with the buttery wax, not the expensive stuff. Seeing as I was taking a risk spending that kind of money as it is. After using it for almost 5 months now I'm not buying anything else. I love all of it, especially the detail spray, but the wax is the best I've ever used.. Better then anything I've bought off a shelf. I can wax it, and after it gets dirty and following the next wash 2-3 weeks later it doesn't need a new wax job, hand dry with some detail spray and it looks as good as it did when the wax was fresh.

I love it, but prior to this the best product I used was turtle wax..

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