Ice wax from Turtle Wax is a retail product that has me perplexed! Never would I have thought that an off-the-shelf product could deliver the kinds of results I am able to achieve from this product from Turtle Wax!
No professional detailer would ever admit to using this at a professional level, and yet I find it is able to deliver truly professional results.
Add to that it's amazing user-friendly features and it is a product that is hard to beat!
This year (2020) Turtle Wax came out with their new line of car care products labeled as their Hybrid Solutions. I was invited (an invite only gathering of professional detailers and social media influencers in the niche of detailing) to participate in their launch of this product line in preparation to launching this new line.
They flew us out to a car club in Scottsdale, AZ called Otto Car Club for the event. They put us up in a very nice gold resort and spa and treated with a 5-star experience where we had the opportunity to see and test their new product line first hand.
I was really blow away at this new product line in the way it performed as well as doing so with an exceptional user experience.
Darren's Tips: There is a lot of hype and B.S. within the cosmetic car care industry. Even as a professional it is hard for me to keep up and to verify the claims made by the many manufacturers.
I can tell you that I was impressed with this product in every way. As a rule, I don't overthink the claims made by manufacturers as far as durability or longevity of car waxes or sealants. Since I prefer products that are super easy to use, I know that I am going to be using products like this way more frequently than what is necessary as I am chasing the visual impact of using products like this.
I remain a big fan of the original Ice Wax at the top of this page, but consider this Hybrid Ceramic Spray Coating to be an even better alternative to the Ice Wax. And once again, even though this Ice Wax alternative says it can last up to 12 months, I use this as often as I am willing so as to create that just waxed appearance.
I actually use products like this (I am constantly testing products, so my arsenal is forever changing) on a weekly basis on my own cars. Despite people talking about wax build-up and other myths, you could not use this product too much.
You don't have to worry about wax build-up or using it too frequently. If you are on the bare minimum plan, then use it only as you feel needed. But if you are like me, then use it as often as you are willing.
Today we are living in the information era which is both the good news and bad news. Good that we have so much information at the touch of our fingers.
Bad in that we have not only so much information, but in many ways too much information at the touch of our fingers.
This means it becomes harder and harder to filter through the endless sea of information trying to figure out what is valid info versus erroneous info.
As an industry expert as well as a person that has mentored and taught countless people in the world of cosmetic car care and detailing, I also know that we are all individuals and we all have developed our own opinions along the way.
What works and is wanted by one person, is not necessarily what works and is wanted by the next person..or any other person for that matter.
So with that said as a rule, I offer up exactly what I do in my world. So often I am presented with the following plea:
"Darren, I don't want to learn everything you know. I just want to know what you would do!"
So to that, I offer up what I use and what I do.
While I think the Ice wax along with the Ice Wax alternative of the Hybrid Solutions put out by the same manufacturer are great products, they are not necessarily the one's I use consistently on my own cars.
The Q-7 wax has as many features and benefits as both the Ice Wax and the Turtle Wax Hybrid Ceramic Spray Wax, but the major difference is two key factors:
Regardless of the detailing task, regardless of whether you want to use Ice Wax or one of my other recommendations, I highly recommenced you only use a quality micro-fiber.
If you have never experienced the use of a quality micro-fiber, you will be in for a welcomed surprised as nothing compares to a quality micro-fiber cloth.
If you have made it this far down this page, I congratulate you on your interest and commitment to becoming a more informed car owner!
You are among the minority of people.
Most want simplified answers without putting in any of the effort to become more fully informed. I have always believed informed people can make better decisions.
I wish you much success regardless of your choice in a car wax!