- Spray Waxes
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Glisten is a high-tech spray wax specifically developed for a speedy finish with 4-weeks of protection and acres of gloss… and all with nothing more than a spritz and a wipe!
Featuring a state-of-the-art solvent-based formula, which has been expertly infused with an advanced wax emulsion, Glisten Spray Wax is able to mimic the fast and easy application of a traditional quick detailer, while offering and unrivalled high-gloss finish on all paint types, and adding a wax protection layer with durability of up to a month.
Not only do wax products create a barrier layer, protecting your vehicle exterior from the elements, but they are able to make paintwork appear deeper and glossier by levelling the optical finish of the top surface. On a microscopic scale paintwork – even paint or lacquer that has been polished and refined – isn’t completely flat, zoom in far enough and the surface will contain a number of tiny ruts and recesses. The fluid nature of any hard wax when blended with a solvent carrier (to make physical application possible), helps it to spread evenly to fill these recesses, physically bonding to create a smoother overall surface which is impermeable to moisture. The result is a hardy, protective layer which water and dirt molecules simply cannot cling on to - installing advanced water beading properties and increased grime repellence - but perhaps even more importantly a layer that will allow light to pass through directly, without diffraction, and bounce back to the eye uniformly. This is how waxes are able to make surfaces look significantly shinier and add the appearance of increased depth. The non-stick characteristics of a car wax also means that contaminants will simply sit on top, allowing your vehicle to be cleaned far more easily the next time around. Because of the advanced solvent carriers used in Glisten, and their ability to effectively atomise the hard wax emulsion, its spray-on nature offers the quickest and most convenient way of applying a wax to your vehicle.
Glisten can be used as a stand-alone protection product for an impeccable-finish to your detail, or as a handy top-up during routine maintenance to extend the life and performance of any previously-applied hard wax layers, making it perfect for use on every detail, or as a quick and simple show finisher. This advanced finishing spray can even be used as a gloss enhancer on vehicles with that have been treated with a sealant or ceramic coating. But, while Glisten has been formulated for ease-of-use on any exterior panel, it’s also suitable for treating hard-to-reach areas such as inside shuts and panel gaps. In this way the next-generation wax formula can protect the parts of your vehicle that other waxes, sealants and coatings just cannot reach.
Along with being safe for regular use on all gloss paintwork and vinyl wraps this superior detailing finisher can also be utilised effectively on all satin and matte finishes, and gloss plastics.
Glisten Spray Wax is supplied ready-to-use in 250ml, 500ml and 1-Litre spray bottles. This product is also available in our 5-Litre trade size containers, ideal for use with our Pro Mixing Bottle. Our entire range of waxes, dressings and other finishing products can be found here in our Finishing category.
- Advanced, high gloss spray wax.
- Solvent-based formula infused with a state-of-the art wax emulsion.
- Suitable for all paintwork, gloss plastics and vinyl wraps - including matte and satin finishes.
- Developed for quick and simple 'spritz and wipe' application.
- Makes painted surfaces appear deeper and glossier.
- Installs advanced water beading and easy-clean properties.
- Effectively treats and protects hard-to-reach areas.
- Offers up to 4-weeks of wax protection.
- Extends the life of perviously applied protection layers.
Like all finishing products never apply to a hot vehicle or in direct sunlight. This is to prevent the solvents in the formula from evaporating off prematurely. Always ensure that the vehicle is clean and dry before application to allow the wax emulsion to physically bond to the surface of your paintwork, gloss plastics or vinyl. We recommend a thorough pre-wash, snow foam and 2-bucket contact wash, followed by paintwork decontamination and polishing whenever necessary.
Spray a light mist of Glisten over approximately half a panel at time. Remember that a little goes a long way here, a light spritz it’s all that’s needed for a quick and easy, streak-free finish. For treating hard-to-reach areas such as inside panel gaps, spray a sparing amount directly into recesses.
Spread the product evenly over the panel using a fresh microfibre cloth, this is to ensure that the advanced formula is distributed around the panel, making contact with, and bonding to, every part of the surface.
Unlike a hard wax, Glisten requires no extended cure time, any residue or excess product can be wiped away immediately. Fold your microfibre cloth to reveal a fresh portion, and buff to a high-gloss shine.
What is the difference between Finale and Glisten?
While both products are excellent finishing sprays designed for ease of application, Finale Quick Detailer and Glisten Spray Wax offer different characteristics developed to suit different tasks. Glisten is a solvent-based finisher that contains an advanced wax emulsion designed to introduce a high-gloss shine and surface protection with around a month of durability. Glisten should only be used as finisher, or a top up to extend the life of previously-applied waxes (like those in our Signature Hard Wax Collection), sealants and coatings, on vehicles that are already perfectly clean. It is in no way a cleaning product, Glisten is only designed for quick and easy application of wax protection, and for protecting hard-to-reach areas like inside panel gaps and shuts. Finale, while being a carnauba-infused product that leaves behind a warm wax glow, isn’t designed to add durable protection. Instead this advanced, water-based quick detailer can be used for a number of detailing tasks such as safely cleaning away light grime or as a drying aid for a quick and easy, streak-free finish. Mostly though, Finale is used to finish off paintwork allowing it to be buffed to its best, and to remove watermarks, drying towel residue, or polish residues. Think of Finale as the speedy perfecter, and Glisten as the speedy protector and you shouldn’t go far wrong. For more information on these next-generation finishing products, check out our article – Finale and Glisten: The Differences.
Is Glisten safe to use over a ceramic coating/protection layer?
Yes. Glisten Spray Wax is the perfect product for use on previously-applied protection layers, and that includes waxes, sealants and ceramic coatings. In all cases it will add a quick and easy top up of protection during routine maintenance along with a whole load of extra shine. However, Glisten is a product that installs wax-based protection, and while it will extend the life of all coatings by adding an extra layer of protection, it has been specifically developed to install stand-alone protection, or to work at its best by bonding with previously-applied wax layers to extend their life and return the vehicle to the same hard wax finish. Wax protection can be applied over fully-cured silica-based (Si02) ceramic coatings without any problems due to the fact that waxes physically bond to surfaces. Ceramic coatings cannot be applied over the top of waxes because the wax layer will block the chemical-bonding needed between a coating and the vehicle surface. So, if you’re looking to top up a coating with more ceramic protection in the future, or aiming to extend the life and performance of your ceramic coating, we’d recommend using an Si02-based product such as Caramics Gloss Enhancer, Ceramic Spray Wax or Lavish Ceramic Foam, which will chemically bond to the original coating, essentially becoming part of the same layer. For more information on maintaining vehicles with Ceramic coatings, see our guide – Maintain and Enhance Your Ceramic Coatings In Under An Hour.
Will adding a wax make my car shinier?
Yes. One of the key attributes – aside from adding a physical layer of protection – is that a wax bonds to level the optical finish significantly more than a bare paint layer. By this we simply mean that waxes are capable of making your paintwork appear to be deeper and glossier by smoothing the surface to which they’re applied and modifying how it looks to the eye. On a microscopic level, the top layer of your gloss plastics and paintwork - whether that’s the topcoat on older vehicles or the lacquer in more modern 2-stage paintwork – isn’t completely flat, even when it’s been polished. It will contain tiny ruts and recesses that may be essentially undetectable on their own, but will diffract the light bouncing off if it on different directions. Unlike swirl marks and scratches the effect is only slight, but it does change the way the surfaces is perceived in terms of depth and gloss. When a wax is applied over the top it fills any minuscule ruts and recesses to leave a layer that can be buffed to be smoother than the paint surface itself, in a way you can liken this to plastering a wall, only with a clear plaster. What this does is create a layer that enables light to bounce back to the eye more uniformly and this is what tricks the eye (and the brain) into thinking the paintwork is significantly deeper and shinier than the relatively thin layer of wax that’s applied on top.
How are hard waxes and liquid waxes different?
The main differences between hard waxes and liquid waxes, aside from the obvious, comes with finding a balance between the durability of the protection layer and the ease of application. A liquid wax – a category that includes spray-on products like Glisten Spray Wax, as well as more viscous cream-like liquids such as Radiance Carnauba Crème – will be developed to be extremely quick to apply to surfaces and easy to buff away any residue, but will always be a little less durable than a hard wax. This is because, the thinner the liquid has to be for ease of application, the less solids can be contained in the solute. These solids – essentially the natural wax content used to form the protection layer - are dispersed and suspended throughout the solution, which will contain a solvent base designed to evaporate off, leaving behind the protection layer. The more solid material you can cram into the solution, the more viscous the liquid, until eventually it’s mostly solids, giving you a hard wax. Along with being easy-to-use, liquid waxes can still offer great durability though, Glisten gives around a month of protection, while Radiance will last for up to 3-months. But our hard waxes, while they may take a little more effort to apply, can give protection for anything between 4-8 months depending on the specific blend.
Should I use Glisten Spray Wax or Ceramic Spray Wax?
Whether you choose to utilise Glisten Spray Wax or Ceramic Spray Wax will depend on the durability and hydrophobic performance of the protection you’re looking for, and if there’s any previously applied protection layers already on your paintwork. Both products are super-speedy ‘spray and wipe’ finishers that have been developed to quickly install a hardy, hydrophobic layer (along with added gloss), and both are designed for use on clean paintwork and vinyl wraps. These products can also be used for stand-alone protection, or to extend the life of other coatings, but Glisten is a wax emulsion-infused formula designed to add up to 4-weeks protection, while (as the name suggests) Ceramic is basically a ceramic coating in a bottle, capable of installing protection with a durability of up to 3-months. The difference is that, being a wax finisher, Glisten can be used to add more protection over waxes, sealants and ceramic coatings, whereas Ceramic is designed purely for topping up ceramic protection. Ceramic Spray Wax is so-called because it’s a coating that acts like an easy-to-use spray wax. This is actually a Si02 (Silica) based product that, technically speaking, doesn’t contain a natural wax infusion – the silica here takes care of installing an ultra-hydrophobic, long-lasting barrier that chemically bonds instantly to paintwork or other ceramic coatings. Ceramic is not designed for use over a previously-applied wax, because the wax already on the surface will essentially block the chemical bonding process needed for a ceramic coating to adhere. A wax however physically bonds – it holds on – so it can attach itself to any wax layer, sealant or fully-cured ceramic coating, without any interference.
Do I need to polish and prepare my paintwork before applying a wax?
Aside from making sure surfaces are clean and free of contaminants, this always depends on the circumstances. Are you topping up wax protection from a previous full detail or adding wax protection for the first time? This is important because, first and foremost, polishing will remove any protection layer – the reason why we don’t use abrasives during routine maintenance, and only polish paintwork when it’s absolutely necessary. In this case of maintenance, we’d assume that any paint correction needed had been carried out before adding the first round of wax protection. When it comes to adding wax protection for the first time, we’d always recommend getting surfaces to the best possible level of refinement first. Although it’s wholly possible to apply a wax to car with swirly paint, and it will still bond, protect from grime and offer extreme water behaviour and beading, what it won’t do is hide any major defects, so essentially, you’ll be locking these in. Pure waxes are non-abrasives, so they’re not designed to correct or obscure defects in the surface underneath, they are purely for protection and to add extra gloss. So, for the best results, we’d always recommend correcting or enhancing any paintwork you’re not completely happy with the condition of, and fully preparing the surface, before applying any protection layer. The advantage with waxes over ceramic coating in this instance though, is that you don’t have to consider the chemical bonded needed for an SiO2 coating to adhere, so you can utilise any of our correction products and cleansers depending on the finish you require regardless of if they already contain waxes and paint glazes. This includes our Revitalise V2 System Compounds, One Step All-in-One Compound, Tripple All-in-One Polish and Rejuvenate Paintwork Cleanser. For more information, and some top tips on preparing your vehicle for a hard wax, see our full guide - Getting The Most From A Hard Wax.
What is the difference between Caramics Gloss Enhancer and Glisten Spray Wax?
Although both are quick and easy-to-use finishing sprays that will install or top up hydrophobic protection layers (along with adding plenty of added gloss), and both are designed for use on clean paintwork and vinyl wraps, Caramics Gloss Enhancer and Glisten Spray Wax have a very different chemical makeup. Which one you choose will always depend on the type of protection you’re looking for because Glisten is a wax-based product, which leaves behind a layer of carnauba protection, and Caramics Gloss Enhancer is a Si02-based formula which leaves behind a layer of ceramic protection. With that in mind, while both these products can be used as stand-alone products to add protection, Caramics Gloss Enhancer has been more specifically developed to prolong the life and the performance of vehicles with a previously applied silica-based ceramic coating - such as the 12-month Si02 coating used in our Caramics Paintwork Protection Kit - adding even more gloss along the way. This product is not designed for use over a previously-applied wax because the protection layer on the surface will essentially block the chemical bonding process required for a the Si02 coating to adhere. Glisten Spray Wax however, can be used to add protection and gloss (for up to 4-weeks), and to prolong the life and performance of hard wax layers. While Glisten can also be used on top of a ceramic coating - because a wax can bond to a cured Si02 barrier layer (just not the other way around) - this is only applicable if you’re not looking to top up the ceramic layer with another Si02-based product in the future, and you simply prefer the trademark ‘warm’ finish offered by a wax. For the most part though, Glisten should be used on paintwork for wax-based protection, and Caramics Gloss Enhancer on vehicles with ceramic protection.
How do I look after my wax when I wash my car?
It’s important to look after any previously-applied wax layers as much as possible during routine maintenance, and the same rules apply as for looking after paint, lacquer and other sensitive exterior surfaces on any other detail. Wax protection is simply a top layer that’s impermeable to water molecules and it protects paintwork by installing a physical barrier, and by stopping grime (and water) from sticking, this in turn always makes maintenance washing easier. However, it doesn’t mean that the wax (and the paintwork underneath) can’t be damaged through improper wash techniques. Carrying out safe maintenance, including a thorough pre-wash, is crucial to stop heavy grit and grime from being rubbed in and abrading the wax or the paintwork, essentially stripping your wax and inflicting defects in the paint. Using wax, sealant and coating-friendly pre-wash products, such as Citrus Power Bug and Grime Remover and Avalanche Snow Foam will also help to prevent damage to coatings because they don’t contain harsh acidic or alkaline cleaning agents that may strip protection. As for the shampoo you use in your two-bucket wash? Well, that’s crucial, too. Our pH neutral Lather Car Shampoo is the ideal choice here, as it will never damage any previously-applied coatings, regardless of if they’re waxes, sealants or ceramic coatings. At this point of course, you can simply leave the vehicle, or choose to top up your protection for extra durability and shine. You can use your original hard wax or, for the ultimate in speedy details, utilise Radiance Carnauba Crème, or Glisten Spray Wax. Do not use abrasive products during maintenance, though, as these will remove the entire protection layer, requiring reapplication of your wax.