Turtle Wax ICE Synthetic Liquid Polish


Car Wax Test: Turtle Wax ICE Synthetic Liquid Polish Kit 483ml-£12.99 / 16oz-$14.58

Very easy to use, nice finish on most car surfaces, great price

Doesn’t last as well as we thought it would

Turtle Wax ICE Synthetic Paste polish
Let it be known – this is a synthetic wax, but no worries there – many man-made materials are great. Stretchy Spandex pants are man-made, for example. Nice. Anyway – back on track. A major thing to note – this is not, in fact, a polish – it contains zero cutting agents. We think it’s just an Americanism. It’s really a synthetic wax. People tend to get confused on the differences between a polish and a wax, but this is simple stuff, and we’re here to help.

Lets clear it up here:

What’s the difference between and car polish and a car wax?

A polish contains cutting, and sometimes filling, agents. They are used for bringing life back into your paintwork by taking a minuscule layer of lacquer or paint off your bodywork. They are capable (depending on the product) of filling and/or hiding swirl marks and light scratches, plus they can also brighten paintwork by removing oxidised (faded) paint.

A wax should contain no cutting agents – although they do sometimes have natural filling qualities. A wax is used to protect your paintwork, and should be used after using a polish to give that deep and luscious shine that we so want on our cars.

Does Turtle Wax ICE Synthetic Liquid Polish Kit work or wimp out?

Back to the review though. This is a really great product! The pack is a bargain, as it comes with an applicator pad and Microfibre cloth. It’s very quick and easy to use. Simply apply the liquid to the applicator pad and wipe onto the bodywork. Very little is needed as is spreads out excellently. After about 3 minutes, wipe it off with the Microfibre cloth. It leaves a hugely impressive wet and deep shine. You can also use it on plastics, rubber and chrome too. It leaves a great finish on whichever of these surfaces it’s applied to and leaves no residue behind. The only slight negative is that we found it didn’t last anywhere near as well as a wax product would, but as it’s so quick to use this isn’t really much of a point.

All in all it’s very easy to use and gives a nice finish on most car surfaces and the price is good but it just doesn’t last as well as we thought it would. If you don’t mind regular waxing your car then this is fine but if you want the shine and paint protection to last longer then you’re better off investing in a good quality carnauba wax.

Overall 7.0 / 10

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Words: Chris Davies

3 responses to “Turtle Wax ICE Synthetic Liquid Polish”

  1. Ken Holton

    Noticed while reading the direction labels of ICE synthetic wax was that it can be lightly sprayed on car windows. The ICE Polish states to not use it on glass. Both work great as far as application.

  2. mdavies

    Thanks for that pointer Ken.

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