HydroSilex markets itself as “the most advanced Ceramic Coating and Surface Sealant, Polish and Protector for Automobiles, Vehicles and other Surfaces.” When I see that, the first thing I think is “challenge accepted”. With 465 reviews on Amazon and an average rating at 4.4 stars, I was excited to get my hands on their product and put it to the test. Right off the bat, Hydrosilex says they have it all. From advanced technology, effortless application, and 25 years in the industry, I had high expectations for this brand.
How Strong is HydroSilex’s Formula?
If you read my last review, you’ll know that my Jeep was due for some detailing after The Last Coat did not stand the test of time. When my Amazon order came in, I immediately did a chemical test to try and figure out the formula. With one of the lowest SiO2 formulas of all the brands I’ve reviewed, my excitement dropped a bit. With such a small amount of SiO2, I would categorize HydroSilex as more of a “silica sealant” rather than a ceramic spray.
Generally when it comes to ceramic products, the higher the percentage of SiO2, the more water-repellant it will be. I applied HydroSilex and did not notice any streaks being left behind and the formula went on easy, so that was great to see. However, a few days later, it lightly sprinkled out and I noticed that I could immediately see very small water spots on my hood. This was disappointing as it was just a light sprinkle and I had not done much driving. I wanted to see how it would hold up over the next few weeks before doing any touch-ups. After the rain, the dust settled and I did not notice too much gunk hanging around. A couple days later, I could definitely tell there was a difference from how my Jeep looked after first using the spray. My first instinct when purchasing this spray was that it would not be strong enough. Although I really liked the initial shine that I was left with, that was really the only perk I could find with this formula.
After the initial application, my Jeep was left with a nice, glossy finish and looked great. But I was a little disappointed that they claim to be leaders in technology, yet after three weeks, my Jeep was back to looking dirty and needed some love. Because of this disappointment, I give Hydrosilex a 6/10 for both strength and longevity. It simply doesn’t match the performance of other products I’ve tested like Car Pro Reload or Nexgen.
Oh and one more thing: One thing I did notice and I saw that a few other reviewers on Amazon also had an issue with, was the sprayer on the bottle. Instead of a spray, it was more like a jet stream. This isn’t a huge deal, but keep that in mind before you buy -- if you’re the kind of guy that likes a nice wide stream on your sprayers.
How Does HydroSilex Compare To Other Ceramic Sprays?
With Hydrosilex only lasting a couple weeks at most, I put it in the same category as Mother’s and Shine Armor. All three of these formulas will only last you a week or two tops, but Hydrosilex did leave me with the best overall gloss of those three. I would much rather grab a bottle of Nexgen and know that my Jeep would stay looking great more than triple the time. Of all of Hydrosilex’s claims, I will support their claim of effortless application as I did not have any streaks left behind. If you are looking for a quick gloss for your vehicle then it’s a decent option.
Customer Service and Value
I wanted to give their customer service a shot to see if maybe that is where they really excelled. I sent a general inquiry into their online contact form just asking if they could recommend any products for my jeep. After about 72 hours I received an email back and of course they recommended purchasing a full kit to see the best results. I wasn’t too shocked by this, but it did surprise me that it took them a full 72 hours to get back to me with such a short, vague answer. If I would have asked Adam’s something like this, I would have received much more help and full details on what I really need. Hydrosilex has about the same value as The Last Coat. They do not offer an 8oz bottle, but instead they start off at 16oz for $34.99 on Amazon which also competes with The Last Coat. I also noticed that in the response from customer service, as well as all over their website, they really push distribution which made me wonder if they are having difficulty stacking up against their competition. Overall I gave Hydrosilex a 7 out of 10 for both value and customer service.
Would I Recommend This Product?
If I were to recommend this product to someone it would have to be a very specific someone and for a very specific use. If you need a quick shine with an easy application, then yes this product may be for you. If I wanted to take my Jeep or truck out for a few quick photos, I may grab Hydrosilex to get a good glossy look, but I can not see myself keeping this in my garage or recommending it to anyone for long term use. There are just too many other products out there that out-shine and out-last Hydrosilex for me to really want to recommend them. Overall, I would say that it is just an average product, but would do well in a pinch.
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