When it comes to Ceramic Coating Sprays, it is usually safe to say that the product will not have the same strength as a standard Ceramic Coating.
That is not because they are fake products or because they are cheaper but instead because they were specifically created to be applied extremely quickly and easily with little to no preparation or training. All you really need is a clean car and we would suggest decontaminating the car's surface by claying and compounding it and finishing with a polish.
Even though a Ceramic Spray Coating might not last for 2-5 years as their traditional counterparts, or big brothers so to say, they will still usually last a decent amount of time. Sometimes even a year if maintained properly.
For a quick and easy application and considering the cost of the product - that is not bad at all!
A Spray Ceramic Coating will most likely outperform a Car Wax or a Polymer Sealant of the same quality, and it has a similar application method to them.
Just to clarify - we are not sponsored by Turtle Wax, or any other manufacturer of Paint Protection products, and we will test and review the product as it is in real-world conditions. We will follow the manufacturer's instructions during the application process and we will prepare the surface to ensure the best finish and best adhesion possible. We are leaving an affiliate link to all our review products but in case the product turns out to be of low quality or not as all as advertised we leave a warning to all our readers and the quality of the product will always be reflected in the grade we assign to it at the end of every review. So if you do not want to sit through all of this text, you can scroll down to the Average Grade and read our Final Thoughts to get a general idea of what the product is all about.
Today we have Turtle Wax Hybrid Solutions Ceramic Spray Coating up for a review.
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Turtle Wax has been around what seems like forever, and their Hybrid Solutions product line has proven to be very impressive. By buying this product you will get a 16-ounce spray bottle to your door containing, what we believe is one of the best Ceramic Spray Coatings that we have tested to date.
Now let's drop down some specifications:
you can apply it even in direct sunlight
you can use it on painted, metal, plastic, and glass surfaces
increases the depth of color, gloss, and shine
promises a superhydrophobic surface
the coating is resistant to chemicals and protects your cars paint from chemicals
effective up to 12 months
made in the USA
Now let's go through them to see what they offer and our experiences with the results.
They are claiming that you can apply the coating in direct sunlight. Meaning the car's surface will be hotter than what is usually recommended when working with Ceramic Coating. The reason is that Ceramic Coatings, especially liquid ones will start evaporating when applied to the surface of a car.
If the car's surface is too hot at that time, the evaporation might happen too quickly and prevent a good bond with the car's paint leaving an uneven finish when done. So it is generally not recommended that you work with Ceramic Coatings when the vehicle is in direct sunlight, but instead park it in some shade or in a garage.
With that out of the way, we have tested that claim on a testing panel, but we have used Turtle Wax Ceramic Spray Coating in controlled conditions as we would with any other Ceramic Coating when we applied it to the car. When cured, the testing panel performed the same as the car did, but we didn't test out the longevity of the coating when applied that way, so we have no evidence to back up the claim that the coating is unaffected in the long run. So we suggest you still stick to controlling the car's surface temperature when working with this coating. But if you decide to work in the sun directly, it would seem that you will still get amazing results.
All Ceramic Coatings are designed to be applied onto the surface of your car's paint - usually the clear coat - where it will cure and form a strong bond with the paint of your car during the coatings lifetime. Most aren't made to be used on different surfaces, such as glass, plastic, or metal as they might give weaker or no results, or might leave a hazy finish that you cannot clean off, but instead will have to remove the coating instead to get rid off.
This coating promises to perform the same on all the surfaces of your car, meaning you can cover your whole car with one product. We have tested that! The results are amazing. Working with it was the same on all surfaces really. Just be careful when buffing the coating of plastic trims on the car as they are often textured and if not buffed off correctly, it will be left hazy.
All the surfaces became hydrophobic. The plastic surfaces darkened a little bit and they got a slight shine as if new making them look fresh. The glass surfaces were clear and looked squeaky clean. You wouldn't know if it was on until it rained. Of all the metal surfaces we really only tried it on the end of the exhaust pipe and wheels it gave them a slick shine as if new. We avoided getting the coating on the tire rubber for safety reasons. We suggest you avoid that as well. You don't want a slick surface of the material that should be providing grip with the surface you are driving on - the ground!
The spray coating gave the color a bit more intensified glossy shine, but an untrained person might not see a huge difference.
The hydrophobic properties of Turtle Wax Ceramic Spray Coating are where it shines! Water would sheet off it very quickly leaving little to no beads. Even those would fall off by the slightest wind. All Water beads would fall off when driving.
Ceramic Coatings in spray form are notorious when it comes to chemical resistance. Not Turtle Wax Ceramic Coating Spray! Out of all Ceramic Spray Coatings, it kept going even after numerous washes with dish soap or other stronger chemicals. It did weaken and lose some coverage and hydrophobic properties after a dozen washes, but if you maintain the coating correctly, you will be a very happy customer. We were really impressed with this property!
Now it promises its effects for up to 12 months. Of course, that is highly dependent on the way you maintain the vehicle and the climate of the area you live in.
How to apply Turtle Wax Hybrid Solutions Ceramic Spray Coating?
First, as always - read the instructions!
When using it, you want your car clean and rid of contaminants that might be embedded in the paint's clear coat.
If you have no idea what we are talking about, you can click here to learn how to properly prepare the paint of your car for paint protection.
Once the car's surface has been prepared and degreased of all grease, oils, or polishing residue all you really need to do is pick a panel on your car, mentally divide it into sections and you are ready to start.
Shake the bottle and spray once per working area ( e.g. 2-3 sprays per the hood of a regular-sized vehicle should be enough ) and work the liquid into the paint with a clean microfiber towel. Let it sit for a minute and buff it off with another microfiber towel. Make sure both towels are dry and clean. Use one for application and the other to buff the coating off when ready. If the buffer towel becomes damp, get another dry and clean one. Buff it off to a glossy shine. No streaking should be visible.
If there is any streaking, then use the applicator towel to dampen the area ( or even spray the area again ) and repeat the process. That should get rid of all streaking. And that is really it. Work the surface of the whole car in the same manner. And keep in mind to take extra precautions when buffing off the coating prom textured plastic panels. If you get haziness or streaking there just use the same trick as mentioned above to fix it.
You can learn a bit more about what to do to prevent and fix streaking or high spots here.
Our verdict on this product:
product life time when applied: C
resistance to elements: E
resistance to damage: E
resistance to chemicals: C
application difficulty: A
hydrophobic properties: B
gloss / shine: C
Average grade: C
Cost: 0.94$ / 1 fl oz
0.03$ / 1 ml
Final thoughts on Turtle Wax Hybrid Solutions Ceramic Spray Coating?
Honestly, this one surprised us. We have used Turtle Wax products before, some were amazing, and others weren't as amazing. But this one, wow! This one is a gem. And we definitely stand behind this particular product. Considering spray Ceramic Coatings perform worse on usually all fronts except its application difficulty rating, Turtle Wax Ceramic Spray Coating nailed it.
We haven't tested all the other products in their Hybrid Solutions line so we cannot speak about them, but this one is - Amazing. It is inexpensive considering how many times you can use it for how much you pay for it. And not only that, it is cheaper than some ceramic spray coating products the competition offers and they are worse, at least in the testing we have performed. So we will not throw names around not to piss anybody off. Out of all the Spray On Ceramic Coatings, we have tested, this one is the best.
It will not perform as well as a standard Ceramic Coating, but considering how easy it is to apply, how much it costs, how much time you need to cover the whole vehicle and that you need no prior training or experience to work with it.
There is not much else to say than - "Just go for it!". If you want a stronger and more long-term solution, then read our reviews or check our top lists section to find a standard Ceramic Coating that meets your requirements and expectations but if that is not the case, then this one is what you are looking for.
Get your Turtle Wax Ceramic Spray Coating on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3uMGhY6