Disclosure: I received free samples of Turtle Wax products from Halfords for this article. I did not receive any payment and was not required to write a positive review.
I recently received a selection of samples from the current Turtle Wax range. I’ve long been a fan of Turtle Wax products, so I was keen to see whether this well-known brand remained a quality player in the car care world.
I’m working my way through the range gradually, so this review may be followed by one or two more.
Clearvue Glass Clean (£5)
I should explain that I’m something of a glass and mirror cleaning fanatic. I really to like to see clean, sparkling mirrors and windows when I’m driving. I also believe there’s a safety benefit in wet or dark conditions.
I’ve used Turtle Wax glass cleaner before — a few years ago, the firm offered a Platinum range of premium quality but traditional products. The Platinum glass cleaner was excellent and required almost no effort to produce a perfect finish. So I was keen to see if the Clearvue Glass Clean lived up to my expectations.
Clearvue Glass Clean is one of the best glass cleaners I’ve used. Simply spray lightly over the area to be cleaned, wipe with a cloth and it will dry to a perfect shine. Any insect or grease marks come off easily and the finish is excellent. As with most glass cleaners, this product works best with paper towels or a lint-free white cotton cloth.
A top product: 10/10 from me. An excellent finish with very little effort required.
Dash & Glass vs. Dry Touch Plastic Care
Like most people, I suspect, the inside of my car doesn’t get cleaned quite as much as the outside.
So I was more than happy to give Turtle Wax’s Dash & Glass and Dry Touch Plastic Care products a try on my car’s slightly faded interior plastic trim. As the name suggests, Dash & Glass can be used on glass and most interior surfaces. Dry Touch Plastic Care is can be used on plastic interior trim and also on rubber — this will double as a tyre dressing if you like.
Dash & Glass (£5.99): This product did a decent job on glass but doesn’t quite have the brilliant ease of use of the Clearvue Glass Clean, in my opinion.
However, Dash & Glass did do a very good job on all the plastic trim inside the car, cleaning off light scuff marks and bringing the plastic back to its original colour without making it too shiny. I’d describe the result as a nice, original finish.
It’s easy to use: spray on, wipe over with one cloth and then buff with a second, dry cloth.
My verdict: 8/10 — this all-in-one glass and plastic cleaner will do everything you need.
Dry Touch Plastic Care (£3.99): This comes in a 300ml pump action bottle rather than the usual 500ml spray bottle. This may be because a little goes a long way. My experience suggests that this small bottle will last a long time.
Dry Touch Plastic Care is a creamy white liquid slightly thicker than water. To use it, you spray on to plastic or a cloth, wipe evenly and leave to penetrate for a minute. You then buff to a shine with a dry cloth. As with the Dash & Glass, the result is very attractive. It brings up the original colour of the plastic, removes minor scuffs and gives a light sheen. It’s not too shiny and looks very natural.
My verdict: 8/10 — a good, restorative plastic polish.
I used both Dry Touch and Dash & Glass on different areas inside my car, and I have to admit I couldn’t tell the difference between the resulting finish. Both gave a good result and were easy to use.
If you’re considering buying any of these three, then Clearvue Glass Clean and Dry Touch Plastic Care make a logical pairing.
Alternatively, buying Dash & Glass alone will save you a few quid and mean that you can clean all your glass and interior plastic with a single product. I’d normally choose this option, but the Clearvue Glass Clean has won me over, so would be my first choice to purchase.
Products mentioned (from halfords.com/motoring): Turtle Wax Clearvue Glass Clean 500ml, Turtle Wax Dash & Glass 500ml and Turtle Wax Dry Touch Plastic Care 300ml. Prices taken from Halfords website on 8 August 2016.