Griot’s Garage has been in the car detailing game for over 30 years. They have been providing a wide array of polishes, waxes, buffers, and pads which, for the most part, seem to have rave results with their customers. This time though, I was particularly interested in seeing how well the Griot’s Garage Ceramic 3-in-1 Wax would fare on my vehicle. So naturally, I went ahead and purchased a bottle so I can give a thorough review.
What Does Griot’s Garage Ceramic 3-In-1 Wax Promise?
I ordered the 22oz bottle from Amazon. I saw on the bottle that it promised three things:
- Superior hydrophobic beading
- Extreme durability
- Intense gloss
So I decided to look at how well the wax held to these benefits by spraying a nice even coat on my passenger car door. Immediately, I noticed a major difference. I had read some reviews on Amazon that warned about the product easily streaking whenever they tried to do a large area at once. So I took my time with each section of my car.
I sprayed the section, wiped it with one cloth, then buffed it with a separate one. It takes some time to be completely finished, but the pay-off was worth it. I had myself a glossy car that shined just as much as the first day I bought her.
Just for kicks though, I tried spraying a large area of the other side of my car to see if it was possible to get the same shine as I did on the first side without having to spend a lot of time. There was some streaking, however, after going over the job with my dry cloth and spending some time buffing that side, the streaks were completely gone.
That says to me that it’s probably better to stick to the small areas as the reviews and the instructions on the bottle suggested. I would also suggest using thin coats at a time. I did about three thin layers because after some research I saw where Griot’s suggested doing this instead of applying thick layers.
How Strong Is Griot’s Garage Ceramic?
In order to determine Griot’s Ceramic strength, I looked at how well it held to its promise of superior hydrophobic beading. Unfortunately, my car has to be parked outside my apartment but it gave me a chance to really put the strength of the wax to the test since it’s always raining where I live. I have to hand it to Griot’s, there aren’t many waxes that sheets water off the surface as well as it does.
It is the same for my windows. It beads water well which makes the drying off process a whole lot easier.
With regards to it reducing dirt, what I can say is that I have found that I can go a little longer between wash days. I attribute that to the fact that the Ceramic Wax gives the car a smooth surface which means dirt will have a lot less to stick to. However, don’t expect any magic from the product, after a week or two, depending on your environment, you will notice that the car needs to be washed.
How Long Does the Ceramic Wax Last?
I would recommend buying the 220z if you’re only purchasing for your car. Because after one wax session I was comfortable with the results for up to five months.
I’ve read where people were satisfied for up to a year so it probably depends on the user as well as the conditions that your vehicle has to maneuver through. As I’ve said though I live in pretty rough weather conditions and I have to use my car every day to get to work. I think that if you’re a stickler for maintaining that “first-day” gloss, you can get away with applying it every two months without it streaking, based on the reviews I’ve read.
I’ve also read that to maximize the benefits of the wax, it would be a good idea to use a clay bar to smooth your car’s surface before application. This will give your car more of an even coating as well as increase the lifespan of the product’s benefit on your car.
Layering With Different Wax?
There were many questions on whether it would be a good idea to layer a different brand of wax on top of Griot’s 3-in-1. Based on the customer reviews that I’ve read it wasn’t a good idea in the sense that it doesn’t add any benefits if you’re to use a different layer. You would just be covering up the first layer.
Would I Buy Griot’s Ceramic Wax Again?
I would definitely purchase it again. It did a great job on my car. It held true to its promise of having superior hydrophobic properties and an admirable sheen at the end of the waxing session.
I also appreciate that a little goes a long way. After the waxing session, I used less than a quarter of the 220z bottle, which means I can get at least three more waxing sessions from the bottle before needing to buy another.
However, there are a few things I didn’t like about the product, though they weren’t annoying enough for me to not purchase it in the future.
Griot’s Garage Ceramic Wax Cons
If you really want the car to shine then expect to do at least three coats per session, especially if you’re hoping to go months without having to reapply. I have seen where some recommend waiting 24 hours between coats. I find that a bit time-consuming but as I said before I think the pay-off is worth it.
I believe Griot’s Garage Ceramic 3-in-1 Wax really holds true to what it promises. I am more than satisfied with the gloss it gave my car. I’m also quite impressed with the water-beading and its resistance to dirt. I would definitely recommend this product for your next waxing.
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