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05-12-12, 06:04 #1
Product Review: HD Speed
Just got done doing my first detail with HD Speed, on a 2011 Toyota Rav4 (owned for 6 months by my parents); and am quite pleased with the results. In the short time the vehicle has been owned, it's been washed semi-regularly (1-2 times a month, not using best practices), and waxed once or twice with Meg's UQW. The paint wasn't in bad shape, even with the lack of non-marring wash techniques, and lack of protection. Micro-marring was very minor, to non-existent; though it had been through a bad sandstorm shortly after being purchased, which left the front end with a lot of stone chip damage. I wasn't expecting to fix the stone chips, as they had gone completely through the clearcoat and paint, but I was hoping to minimize the look of them as much as possible, as well as smooth them out some. HD Speed didn't do much to them at all, however it cleaned up the marring/hazing from the compound I used on the chips very well. I want to note that I used the product by hand, with a white CCS foam hand applicator; results are based off this.
- Smell- smelled a bit like grape soda/jelly. Not enough to make me want to eat it, but enough that it was pleasant to work with for a period of time.
- Ease of application- a small amount of product covered a decent amount of paint. I felt that it worked well, even by hand.
- Working Time- I don't have a lot of experience with other products to compare, but the working time on this seemed quite long, I never had any of it dry up on me, no matter how long I left it before buffing off.
- Ease of buffing- Much easier than most other products I've used; polishes, compounds, paint cleaners or waxes/sealants. I buffed it off with a MF towel, using nothing to aid in the buffing (no QD, water, etc.). It never dried up on me, so I'm not sure how hard it would've been to buff off had it dried, but I doubt it would have been too much more difficult.
- Finished looks- I'm very happy with the finished result. The paint had good depth, shine, and the flake popped even more. It also left a moderate wet look to the paint.
- Trim- It seemed non-staining on trim. I didn't let it sit for too long, but it wiped off easily with no residue/discoloration on any trim pieces.
- I only had 1 minor negative thing to say, and that is how thick the product is. It's not a bad thing on it's own, and it had a lot to do with how far it spread as well as it's working time. The downside was getting it out of the bottle (so maybe this is actually a negative against the bottle and not the product? Not quite sure). Sometimes getting the product out of the bottle took a bit more effort than I think it should have (even after a few good shakes, it would occasionally fight me).
Jury is out:
- Cutting/Correction- I didn't expect miracles here, since it is an AIO, and I was only using a white pad by hand. That said, it did well in removing some micro-marring and the occasional light scuff. This is the one aspect that using it via machine would likely have improved quite a bit. Until I get a chance to test it with a machine, I don't want to give a definitive answer on this.
- Durability- This will take some time to really test. My parents are taking the vehicle for a week long vacation starting tomorrow (going through different types of climates, and landscapes, so it should be a semi-diverse test). I will be able to gauge durability, how well it releases dirt, etc. a little better when they get back.
Some before and after pictures (the befores are taken just after we finished washing it; for the afters I clayed and took HD Speed to all paint surfaces):
Full vehicle shots- Before
Full vehicle shots- After
Passenger Side door where there is a defect, though not sure from what: it has been improved a bit, and the flake pop around it really helps it disappear even more.
Couple things on the Driver side rear quarter panel, and bumper. The one on the bumper looks to have polished out, the one on the RQP is a clean slice, clear through the paint (thus not removable), though it is a little less rough around the edges now.
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05-13-12, 07:31 #2
Re: Product Review: HD Speed
Great review. Glad to know that it works well by hand too. Keep us updated on durabilty.Please join in on our Chat Room every Wednesday @ 5pm PST / 8pm EST
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