The Last Coat REVIEW
Today's review came from pure curiosity. With a name like “The Last Coat” I had very high expectations of this product. This is a pretty strong name for a product and implies that the product is not only strong, but long lasting. The brand refers to themself as “TLC” and was started as a two man operation, setting up shop in the garage. Their brand quickly grew and they claim that they really like to get to know their customers. On their website, they promise to hold their product quality and customer service to the highest standard, so let's see how they did…
How Strong is The Last Coat?
When I am looking at the strength of a product, I am looking for a solid protective layer, the ability to repel water and the overall shine. Since my Jeep is my favorite car at the moment, I decided to test out The Last Coat to see if I could get it looking crystal clear after a heavy weekend of off roading. After a quick wash I followed their instructions and began the first application of TLC. They say that you can expect 7-8 full exterior applications on an average sized vehicle. After the full application I think I can get about 5-6 more applications out of just the one bottle.
I completed the application and was pleasantly surprised to see that I didn’t leave any streaks during the process. After some research I found out that they use a chemical compound to prevent streaking and that if you follow the directions you shouldn’t have any streaking at all. From what I can tell, the complaints that they have had about streaks being left behind are due to using too much. I tested this theory out on one section and it is in fact true, To help with application they even have an instructional video on YouTube. I noticed, after encountering a few days of rain, that my Jeep was repelling water about the same as Adam’s and Car Pro Reload. I also noticed that dirt and grime weren’t sticking to my Jeep as much as when I used TopCoat F11 and Shine Armour, so that is definitely something to keep in mind. The shine was almost as strong as Adam’s and it was easier to rub in compared to Car Pro Reload. Overall I give them an 8/10 for strength, but how long will it last?
Does The Last Coat Really Last?
This is where TLC takes the biggest hit and kind of takes away their credibility. They claim to last up to 6 months under normal conditions. I decided to test it out and only use my Jeep for what I deemed to be “normal use.” I was disappointed that The Last Coat didn't even last 3 weeks. I guess those 5-6 applications per bottle would come in handy since it seems like you’d need to reapply pretty often, but who wants to put in that much work for “normal use”? TLC did not last nearly as long as Nexgen, Torque, or Car Pro Reload. I drove my Jeep for normal errands, encountered a few days of light rain and kept it in the garage and after even just a few days I could tell that it was not going to last. For this, I rated them 6/10 and felt as though their longevity claims may be a bit misleading.
Is The Last Coat Worth The Price?
The Last Coat offers a 16oz bottle of their “upgraded formula” for $34.97 which seems expensive when you first think about it, but it comes to about $18 for 8oz. This makes it similar in price to Torque, but can not compete with Torque's longevity. This made me realize that the bottles come in larger sizes because you are going to go through it faster and maybe they hope you don’t notice that you are blowing through a bottle. Nexgen gives you 8oz at $19.95 and I can coat my Jeep 4 times and it lasts 4 times as long. So no, The Last Coat is not worth the price and you are not getting more use out of a bigger bottle. If you are going to spend $18 on a bottle you are definitely better off going with Nexgen or Torque.
How Is The Last Coat’s Customer Service?
This is another area of opportunity for The Last Coat to improve. I like to order two bottles at a time so that if I like the product, I have another bottle on hand. Since overall I wasn’t too impressed with TLC, I wanted to send my second bottle back. I filled out their online contact form that I found on their webpage. I sent my request on a Monday and their promise is that they will respond within 24 hours. I finally heard back on Thursday and was offered a discount on my next purchase rather than a return. After declining the discount, I was offered a return of my purchase. Despite this annoying run-around from customer service, I will say that they were friendly and courteous the entire time. In terms of customer service I give TLC a 7/10.
So Is The Last Coat a Good Product?
The Last Coat didn’t really live up to the hype in its name. If you are looking for a product with an easy application and a great initial shine, this product could work for you. However, if you are looking for a longer lasting product and something with more durability, you will want to grab a bottle of Nexgen, Torque or Car Pro Reload instead. If you want to check TLC out on Amazon, click the link below.
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