Auto Affinity Gen Five Wax: Reviewed

 

Auto Affinity Gen Five Wax Review

To count the amount of car cleaning products out there would be an impossibility. New stuff pops up, old stuff disappears and some products that are so renowned just stay the same and are bought time and time over. There are even some products that hang on for dear life even though nobody buys them for obvious reasons. That being, they are most likely crap and don’t do what they say they do. The market for car cleaning products has never been bigger to say the least. In the Unites States alone, this industry accounts for 11 billion dollars each year. As you can imagine, there are loads of people wanting to take a slice of this pie. Back in the UK, Car products are just as in demand as they are over the pond, for those of us who like cars and the fact that the UK weather is very unkind to them. Products such as shampoo, under seal and wax are the most popular ones amongst what you can buy. Although this seems obvious, if I had to pick only two, it would be under seal and wax. In Sweden, taxes are high. But they go to a good cause. Instead of salt, they use sand on the roads to melt the ice instead. Why we don’t adopt this in the UK is beyond me. Volvo made strenuous claims that 75 percent of their cars are still on the roads in Sweden. If they used salt, it would most likely be a different story. I no longer need to explain why wax is a popular choice in the UK, and the market is competitive. But wax is like the TV’s. They get better as time go on and buyers will either stick to one brand or change. Some are expensive and some are cheaper. Some people prefer the look of the picture quality of one and others don’t.

As the title suggests, This writ is about a wax. A newcomer called Gen Five by Auto Affinity. A nee start up car care business from Scotland. From our testing. We don’t think you could get better for the price. But more onto that later on. Auto Affinity is owned by Jason Foster, his interest in car care has led him to creating waxes from natural products. Before we start giving you our thoughts on the product, we have done a Q&A with Jason himself who has given us his time to tell us more about the background of Auto Affinity.

 

Hi Jason, what sparked your interest for car care and wax making?

Since the age of 13 I’ve been keen on cars. Largely thanks to the bug being passed on from my dad. Almost 30 years on and I’m still hooked on them. I’ve always had a need to keep my car modified and uber shiny. I’m a bit of a perfectionist in that respect. I’ve always wanted to be my own boss too but I have very little in the way of discernible talents. However, my passion for cars and showing them somehow led me down the road of creating my own car wax. I guess I had some sort of epiphany. Now I have discovered that I have a talent for making car wax and I am now my own boss too. So it’s been a great ride getting to this point. I’m sure it’ll be a great ride into the future too.

I can imagine there was a lot of trial and error trying to make your first wax. How long did it take you before you were happy with Gen Five?

Making my first wax took a lot of trials. The first 2 attempts were complete failures and totally unusable as car wax. Number 3 was a huge improvement and number 4 even better again. By this time I was a few months down the line. It had certainly put my chemistry skills to the test! Working on small volume changes and ingredient changes was the most time consuming. I was very happy with the product but I wanted to know what others thought of it.  Independent testing of a sort.  The feedback I received was extremely valuable in the creation of Gen Five wax. I feel that the characteristics of the wax are brilliant. Am I happy with Gen Five wax? Yes but there is always room for improvement (that’s the perfectionist in me again).

Is it quite hard to source the ingredients to make Gen Five? (Without giving too much away)

All the ingredients I use in Gen Five wax are freely available to buy. I made a point of using all natural waxes and oils sourced from fully sustainable sources. I wanted an environmentally friendly wax. There are no fossil based waxes or oils in Gen Five wax.  Something I’m very proud of. I don’t know of any other waxes that can boast that. It did take a while to get the correct oils and waxes that would work together but it was worth the extra effort

How much time do you spend on research and development for making your products?

I spent months developing Gen Five wax. I’m constantly thinking about how it could be improved upon. I’m also constantly thinking on a new formula for my next wax. Possible called Gen Six wax. Maybe I should consider something more imaginative?

What was going through your mind when you had completed your first pot of wax?

It felt fantastic when I created Gen Five. A total feeling of elation and great pride.  I was so happy that all my efforts had yielded something like this. I have no doubt that this feeling will stay with me forever.

What products are you looking to make in the future other than Wax’s? Shampoo’s? Spray waxes?

Certainly, creating other products are on my mind. All going well, I hope to make Auto Affinity Car Care a brand they would consider first when choosing car care products. But that is in the future and I don’t want to think about that too much just now, as it may remove my focus on the present. I plan to get a host of waxes on the market first and as my knowledge increases, I’ll move on to other products. One thing I will assure is that I will be key in the creation of any products I put the Auto Affinity Car Care badge on.

I feel that coming from the car scene, I can relate to what car guys want. I know that I’ll stay on the scene for a very long time and I hope that this will keep me in touch with what folk are looking for. There is something else. Being a small volume output, I have the ability to work with individuals and if they are looking for a custom made wax, then I am sure I can help. A certain person from the Scottish car scene has already asked for a custom made wax. I suppose that makes a big difference to buying off the shelf products.  The customer will get exactly what they want.

Thank you very much for your time Jason!

 

So, what is Gen Five wax like?

Gen Five is priced at £25 and for the money, very competitive. Especially when in my personal experience, I have never come across a wax, for the money that offers you this amount per pot. ingredients are all natural and are being kept a secret to Jason. But what we have been told are the contents contain 40% carnauba of a secret grade. Coconut oil is also present with a disclosed amount. The pot is made of 100% recycled materials. Unscrew the cap and you are met with a plastic protection cap to keep the contents of the wax fresh. Remove the cap and you are greeted with a whitish yellow wax, and a hell of a lot of it! Upon handling. The wax starts to melt at around 20 degrees C. This is due to the coconut oil. The wax has a very pleasant smell and has a course, natural smell. Nothing fancy, but it doesn’t smell awful like other waxes I have used.

Handling 

For this test. I used the wax on a brand new 17 plate Volkswagen Polo with virgin, black paint. And a red MK1 MX-5 with single stage paint. Single stage paint was the staple for wax years ago as it has very little protection from the sun, Particularly red paint as red pigment is very sensitive to UV rays. For applying the wax I used Zymol application pads. Both cars were washed and clay bar’d before application and received three coats on the bonnet. The Volkswagen will be receiving a whole car treatment. Upon diving the applicator pad into the tub i noticed how nicely this wax spread onto it, the wax stuck to the pad like glue and the heat from your fingers through the pad melted it perfectly. Once the wax is on, it is very easy to move around the cars panels in a smooth fashion and didn’t require much elbow grease. Upon removing after a minute it so, the wax does not leave chalky marks that are hard to buff off. I was told that the wax can be left on for as long as desired and can be removed easily, something uncommon for waxes at their price point. From the early stages of testing, we did discover that this wax does not like the cold and will leave streaks on the bonnet that requires water/spray wax to remove. They are only visible to the trained eye but as anyone who’s going to be applying wax will know that this is something that has to be removed. This is not a huge complaint as many wax’s I have used around this time of the year also suffer from this. In the winter or cooler months in the lovely Scottish climate. I personally recommend using a damp microfibre to apply the wax as this helps the removal of it but keep the application of it sound. Although the car was in a garage, the temperature would have been around 14 degrees C. The cars body panels would have been colder than that.

After the first coat. There was a noticeable difference already on both cars. This wax is definitely one for those who want a crazy glossy wet look. The paint receives a new depth and a wonderful shine without being to horribly reflective from the lights above. As the second coat was applied. It was even easier as the current coat was helping the pad glide over the panel every better. Due to the content of the coconut oil. There is a slight gritty ness to this wax that can leave wax spots on the bonnet. But they are a easy to get rid of. It also to a certain extent helped the streaks to come off. But again that was down to temperature. Once the third coat had been applied and removed, the shine was further improved and the depth got even deeper.

Beading and Sheeting

After all coats were done, I needed something to take my attention away from the results. I then went onto test out water beading and how well this wax shifts water off the car. I pulled the cars out the garage and washed the bonnets with the hose. This wax sheets water very, very well! Almost dry by the end of it. You would not be able to tell water had gone over the car at all. After this, I (tried very hard) got water to sit on the bonnet of each car. The water does bead. But not very tightly. Beads were big and spaced out. But i would rather brilliant sheeting than beading any day. Beading is only a visual pleasure rather than a useful feature, in my opinion. But don’t get me wrong. I love seeing water bead perfectly on a car.

 

How does it compare between single stage paint and clear coated paint? 

On the Polo, even with it being shiny enough. The wax definitely added a little something that it didn’t haven’t before the wax was applied. The polo turned from glossy to GLOSSY, enough said. The MX-5 was a different story. Its 26 year old paint was in need of a re wax anyway at some point. And this wax breathed life back into it. Results were far more prominent than those noticed not the Polo. The red popped, some mild swirling disappeared and and the shine came back big time! Single stage paint is far more sensitive to what’s waxes you put on it. I know when wax is good because the MX-5 never lies. As you can see, compared to the windscreen. There is not much difference in the gloss!

Longevity

How will this wax stand up in the next six months? From waxes I have used in the past of a similar variety and carnauba content. I would recon with 3 coats there is no reason why this wax would not last any less than 5-6 months before needed re-applied, depending on what the user washes his car with. Using soap would decrease this expectancy by about half.

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

What do I think of this wax? For a first time attempt from a new company, and for the price of what your getting. You would be hard pressed to find a better wax on the market, Even from a big player in the automotive detailing world. A generous amount, with brilliant results for 25 quid? How can you complain at that? If I had any criticism, it would be the streaking, But that’s to be expected from the temperature. In the summer months and before winter when most people wax their cars. This will not be a problem. The gritty nature of the coconut oil as mentioned earlier is another point, but from what I have been told, this will be getting remedied.

What I keep forgetting is this is a new wax from a new company. Not just that, No. 9 from the first batch of 10. Using it and you wouldn’t notice the difference between a one man band or a more established car cleaning business. This wax is seamlessness to say the least. If I were to make a comparison for this wax it would be put up with the heavyweight from Autoglym. Autoglym’s HD Wax is a very good product to say the least. It comes in a nice box, with a pad. In a generous sized tin made of metal. But it costs twice as much, doesn’t last very long if it is left unused for a while, isn’t hand made from natural products and if you drop the metal tin, the wax will crumble inside the pot. Oh, and I haven’t got to my least favourable thing about that wax. It goes chalky like mad upon application and is a nightmare to buff off. Imagine trying to remove melted chocolate from a sofa made of fabric, that’s the challenge it presents to you. It is also far more temperature sensitive than Gen Five is, and from what iv’e heard, Autoglym do use chalk in their products. And I bet that is where the ‘chalky’ expression comes from.

To round off then. Would I recommend this wax? And would I use it for myself? Yes and yes, without a doubt. It’s a lovely wax for a small amount of money with a plentiful portion. As of writing, iv’e already managed to get someone who is wanting to buy some and another person very interested. And that speaks volumes, Much like the wax itself.

 

 

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