Today we take a look at a collection of Toro Wax detailing products from Elite Performance. Detailing a car is a giant pain in the butt, let’s just be upfront about that. It’s a ton of sweaty work, and by the time you get to that final step of applying the wax, you’re exhausted, but then you still have to buff that wax to a shine, which takes FOREVER. Sure, you can spend a couple hundred on an orbital polisher, but I don’t have $200-$300 just lying around to spend. Even if I did, it would go towards something like a new cold air induction filter or some new springs; not a polisher. Because I’m cheap, I need to put more elbow grease into detailing my cars.
I used to use Turtle Wax carnuba wax, and while it produced good results, it was simply too difficult to apply. The entire waxing process for one car took me longer than the complete washing process for all my cars combined. Toss in the fact that I live in California (drought central) and I can’t really even use my hose to spray down the car and use a regular car shampoo. I have to use a rinseless wash (which is even more work), or risk 1) racking up penalties through the city for excessive water use, or 2) the evil eye of the neighbors. Luckily as far as water conservation goes, I’m probably one of the few in the neighborhood that actually cares, so for the purpose of this review, I allowed myself the luxury of using a foam washer with a hose rinse. If anyone wants to give me the stinkeye, I only have to point to my lawn which I have allowed to die in this drought, or the buckets of my children’s bath water that I reuse for watering plants.
But I digress.
When my Toro products came in, I was excited. I had let all three of my cars get nice and dirty, which wasn’t difficult to do considering one of them makes a 100 mile round trip commute daily, the other ferries two toddlers around town, and the third goes out for joyrides on dirt roads weekly. I figured if I was going to be reviewing detailing products, I might as well REALLY put them to work as opposed to cleaning up an already clean vehicle. The first car I chose was the biggest and dirtiest one, my Ford Explorer…the Dad-Mobile. To give you an indication of what I’m working with, here’s a picture of the “before:”
Yeah, it’s gross. There is approximately 3 years worth of gunk on there, and it looks like a few birds have also been using it as target practice. Believe me, you don’t even want to see what the inside looks like after being assaulted by two toddlers (we’re not going to be tackling the inside for this review). The first thing I did was load up the foam sprayer with some Rosato, and spent a few minutes covering the car with some nice thick foam. I was actually surprised at how thick the stuff went on; it barely dribbled off and made feel a bit better about not wasting as much water as I thought. After a few quick swirls across the surface of my car with a wash mitt, I blasted the foam off with the hose and set to work drying the car off.
The Rosato worked wonderfully on its own. Having used JUST the Rosato alone, there was already a huge improvement in the appearance of the Explorer. On any other day, I would have been ok just leaving her as is, but I needed to know how much I could really make her shine. Most of the dried on bird crap was gone, and all the years of dirt and grime were gone. The only thing that was left were a few stuck on spots here and there, so I turned to the Toro Detail.
The Detailer is a spray spot detailer and sealant, and also has a nice citrus scent. It serves a couple of different purposes; 1) it’s a quick detailer so it’s the perfect thing to spray on/wipe off for those small dirty spots, and 2) it also functions as a high gloss sealant, giving your car’s surface a nice layer of UV protectant with a bright shine. I hit up the remaining dirty spots with Detail, but ended up wiping down the remainder of the car just because. When all was said and done, the car looked like she just rolled out of the showroom…and I haven’t even gotten to the wax yet!
Before getting to the wax, however, I needed to tidy up the black plastic trim around the exterior. it was now time for the Toro Dressing to shine (no pun intended). Dressing is an exterior and interior dressing for vinyls, plastics, rubber, and even leather. It serves the purpose of both cleaning and also leaving a thin layer of protectant. Black surfaces look especially good with Dressing applied, and much to my surprise, Dressing even removes the accidental wax that sometimes gets on plastics. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I have tried everything to remove these little wax mistakes I make, even going to far as using an eraser. A couple of quick swipes with the Dressing was all it took to get rid of those wax stains and bring the black rubber and plastic to a brilliant shine. In addition to trim pieces, Dressing also works wonderfully on tires. I simply squirted some Dressing on a sponge and scrubbed the tires, giving them that “wet” look with the surface actually being wet. The nice thing about Dressing is that it doesn’t leave that greasy film on top of everything it touches. Anyone who has had their car professionally details should be familiar with that slippery, greasy feel after interior dressing has been applied. Let me tell you, having that grease is no fun when trying to grip the wheel and shifting on a smooth shift knob.
After the Dressing was applied, it was time to start my least favorite process, the wax. Making me even more reluctant to apply the wax to a giant SUV was the fact that it was in the mid 90s, and anyone who knows me knows that I am absolutely dripping sweat at this point. But, no pain, no gain, and I was obligated to write this review, so I might as well have at it. Out came the microfiber applicator and microfiber cloth, and alongside those items, the Toro Wax. My hopes immediately rose when I saw that the Toro Wax came in a squeeze bottle as opposed to a paste wax canister. I figured no matter what happened, this had to be an improvement, right?
Applying the wax was super easy; just squirt a few lines on the microfiber sponge, swirl it around the surface, and move on to the next panel, all while enjoying the nice banana scent of the wax. When the whole car was covered, I waited a few more minutes to make sure that the wax had time to solidify enough to a nice haze, then set to work buffing it off with a cloth,
The last time I waxed a car, I used Turtle Wax paste wax. The end product was great, but the buffing process was way harder than it needed to be. To make matter worse, the wax buffed off into a bunch of little flakes, which then had to be wiped off afterwards. The Toro Wax gave me no such issues; in fact, the Toro Wax was by far the easiest wax I have ever used. It truly is a “wipe on/wipe off” situation, and I barely had to expend any effort to buff the wax to a shine. In fact, I would go so far as to say I actually ENJOYED myself while doing this.
Once I was finished, I stepped back to admire my handiwork:
It has been YEARS since my Explorer looked this clean, and I was impressed at how little effort I needed to put into the entire process to get it looking like new again. I also did my wife’s Kia Rio, but it’s an all white car and honestly, you could barely tell the difference between the dirty and clean versions, so I didn’t bother with images. My Mustang, however, is the star of the show since she’s intended to be a future show car. The results of a full detail with the Toro line of products resulted in this beauty:
Doing all three cars in one go was a nearly impossible task prior to switching to Toro Wax products. That’s probably why I got lazy and avoided doing the commuter and dad-mobile. What’s the point, right? Now however, I actually look forward to keeping all three cars immaculate, since I am now able to do all three in one day. Toro Wax products has given me the ability to “work smarter, not harder,” and I am more than pleased with the results.
For more information, please visit Elite Unknown for their full line of Toro Wax products.