View Full Version : W-Dressing Questions
Feb 25th, 2004, 12:05 PM
I've heard quite a bit of buzz about the W-Dressing (http://www.meguiars.com/store_meguiars/product_detail.cfm?sku=D-420) and I have a few questions for those of you that have tried the product....
First... I've heard it compared to #40 in luster and appearance. I love #40 but have had minimal problems with it in dusty environments. Can anyone comment to how W- does with road dust and other dusty environments? Does it tend to attract?
There is another dressing from Meg's Detailer line called S-Dressing. What are the primary differences between these two products? Thus far, I've heard little to no buzz about S- and am curious to hear the differences in application/longevity etc...
Sling. Have you tried these products on tires? How well does it 'stay-put'?
Thanks in advance folks. I've been nothing short of thrilled with the Detailer Line products that I've experimented with as of yet (FD, APC+, Citrigel) and am anxious to hear comments/suggestions/locations of Costco in Iowa (see other threads to get this joke).
Feb 25th, 2004, 06:01 PM
w- is water based. I don't like the w-dressing. It cost about the same as a gallon of #40 but falls way short of perfroming anywhere like it.
It seemed to look OK on plastic bumpers and trim but is hard to work with and dosn't look very good on tires.
S-is solvent based. S-dressing dries shiney. It can be sprayed on wet tires and still dry nice. There is the problem of it mudding up (dust and dirt bonding with it) with repeated applications. And sling seeemed to be a problem. You really have to play with it so it dosn't sling.
I use 2 gallons of #40 a month and love it.
Feb 25th, 2004, 06:29 PM
Thanks for the insight and suggestions. Maybe I should just stick with #40 as it is a 'tried and true' product in my eyes. I love the stuff but was interested in exploring all options.
Feb 25th, 2004, 06:51 PM
Just to chime in here,
I had an account that ordered a case of W-Dressing each month for interior use. This was for a high production car wash that also offered Express Detailing. The guy who did all the interior detailing loved this stuff.
So like a lot of products, it's a personal preference thing.
I had another account, a Lexus dealership that loved #40 and used it on all of their reconditioning of used cars. Yep, they were using it on both the leather and vinyl interiors on Lexus vehicles.
I told them #40 was not for use on leather, but the gentleman the did the interior work loved it because it cleans well and seem to bring life back into dry leather. A lot of their used cars came from Southern California. (This was in the Portland Oregon area)
Feb 25th, 2004, 07:04 PM
I'm pretty sure you hit the nail on the head there Mike. It **IS** a personal preference thing...
I have bottles and bottles of stuff that guys have SWORN by thus, I thought to myself "Why don't I own this product?"... I'd run out, buy it, and use it once, maybe twice and shelve it.
I can't tell you the number of bottles of 'tire shine' products that I've ended up using in my wheel wells only because it wasn't worthy of anything else on my vehicle in my eyes... but, in turn, there were others out there swearing that it was the only thing they'd EVER use. LOL!
It's all an opinion...
Feb 25th, 2004, 07:22 PM
I am about to find out too! Just ordered a gallon of it. One reason I bought is the ability to dilute it for low gloss, interior for me, and straight up for high gloss, exterior.
Feb 26th, 2004, 04:53 AM
NC State... you guys are having a pretty good year on the hardwood!
We have a guy here in the office that's a NC State Alum and that's all we EVER hear about... Of course, it's easy to stomach during basketball season as our Univ. of Kentucky is almost always above them but, come football season, it's DEFINATELY a different story!
Back to the W-Dressing... I look forward to hearing your results. I'm not in a pinch yet for dressing but, the #40 bottle is getting very light...
Feb 26th, 2004, 09:35 AM
NC State fans are a rabid bunch, myself included. I am loving basketball season. People talk about their favorite seasons being fall and spring. My favorite seasons are football and basketball.
Anyone else with w-dressing experience?
Feb 26th, 2004, 08:37 PM
I use $40 and w dressing, #40 for interior I also use it on leather ( coated leather ) it dries nice and lasts a while. I dont like #40 on the tires it doesnt always look the way I want. On the other hand I dont use w on the inside, only for tires. It has a nice dark satin shine a little more glossy than #40 ( on tires )
Feb 27th, 2004, 11:04 AM
Personal preference deffinitely. I've used #40 and W dressing. I like W dressing because it's more of a gel form. On the interior I usually apply it thick on the dash and let it sit and come back with a towel and wipe the excess off for a nice natural matte finish. The dash in my car is black, and 40 was nice, but the W dressing seems to have worked it's way in over time and gave it that perfect brand new look. Then again it could just verry well be the difference from a Ford dash to a Honda dash too.
I always have considered W dressing to be a less fragrant gel form of 40 essentially. As far as dust I can't necessarily vouche, but my black dash shows every spec of dust so I keep a swiffer in the car to give it quick wipe overs from time to time for metenience. But it doesn't seem to attract dust. My interiors due for a cleaning here this weekend. One of these days I'll post pictures.
Feb 29th, 2004, 06:18 PM
Well I got a guinea pig to play with my new DA polisher on, the deal was I had to detail the whole car. Here's the dash with W dressing on it. It was getting a bit dark outside so the flash went off so there is that one spot where it reflected. Tomorrow if it hasn't all soaked in I will wipe it with a towel to give it a perfect satin look. Results are very similar to #40. This car has almost 100,000 miles on it too. The previous owner took decent care of it, then again it's only a few years old.
PM me if you want, I know a guy that will sell you a small bottle of it to try out.
Mar 1st, 2004, 07:34 AM
last year i used gold class trim detailer and then yesturday i bought a bottle of #40 and wow what a defference made my exterior plastic and rubber trim look better then new this is deffently what im gonn abew useing for now on
Mar 1st, 2004, 06:56 PM
The Gold Class Trim Detailer is a tremendous product! I've used it in a few different applications and have had nothing but superior results.
I concur though, #40 is a tried and true product that is loved by professionals and shade tree detailers alike!
Mar 2nd, 2004, 04:35 PM
This is an interesting discussion as I have a fair amount of exterior black vinyl trim that I have to keep looking good in order to make the vehicle look right. Grey trim just doesn't work.
I have been using Gold Class Trim Detailer and have been pleased with it plus #40 on some of the low (rocker panel) trim.
I have one piece that is on the top of the rear bumper cover and it is a large piece of black pebbled vinyl. If it gets wet it marks and I've got to detail it immediately. I'm looking for the "perfect product" I guess and possibly it doesn't exist. I'm rather reluctant to try pure "tire" products on this trim.
Mar 9th, 2004, 11:34 AM
is there any way to get a sample of #40 from meguiars??? I always like to try something before I buy it?? Mike, is it possible to get samples?
Mar 10th, 2004, 09:41 AM
A few years ago I purchased a bottle of Megs tire gel in a black bottle. It was purple and it smelled like grapes. Best product I ever tried. Can find this product anymore. Tires were shiny and remained like that for a long time, including after rain. Any idea what happened??
Mar 10th, 2004, 09:44 AM
the grape smelling stuff is Endurance. It works GREAT on tires...that is what I use.
Mar 10th, 2004, 09:46 AM
Is anything like that available by the gallon? It's an awesome product.
Mar 10th, 2004, 12:20 PM
Are you talking about Mirror Glaze #38 Tire & Trim Dressing Gel? I bought a bottle of it less than 2 months ago. It does not show up on the regular meguiars online store, but if you type in the number, M-3832 it will be added to your cart. Try requesting it at wherever you buy your detailing supplies, they should be able to get it. It's sold in a 32 oz bottle too which is nice.
Mar 10th, 2004, 03:19 PM
I did a search but it doesn't come up. i'll probably call.
Mar 10th, 2004, 03:35 PM
I'll probably order the Endurance. Really like this product.