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Old 06-20-2012, 06:24 PM   #1
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Ultima Tire & Trim Guard Plus

I had the opportunity to use a new product today. Ultima Tire & Trim Guard Plus - a sealant for your tires, plastic, chrome, and wheels. The claims are that it lasts months.

Let's dive in.

Value 4/5- At $32/ 12oz, it's not cheap. That being said, if it lasts the months it says it does and really seals up all those surfaces, it's worth it. A little goes a LONG way so 12oz should last you a good while.

Ease of Application- 5/5 This stuff goes on incredibly easily and smoothly with the included foam applicator. On porous surfaces like plastic moulding and tires, you just wipe on and let it go. On smooth plastics or wheels, you wipe on and buff off with a microfiber towel. The stuff also comes off super easily if you get it somewhere you don't want it. I cannot stress enough how LITTLE of this product you need. Take what you think you should use, and divide it by 4. Then use less than that It goes forever.

Look 5/5 - For me, this stuff was perfect. It enhances blacks and adds a touch of gloss, but nothing too shiny. You can add another layer after 20 minutes for a high gloss shine, but I didn't see any need.

Durability 5/5 - When I get a chance to apply this to my own car, I'll be able to update this section and let you know how long it lasts. I did pour some water on the tires and wipe it off with a towel to see if it would wipe off or degrade at all, and it didn't

Update: after over a month, I can see no degradation at all. Still looks like new. I'm very impressed. I'm about to go on a 1200 mile trip next week, so we'll see.

Overall- 5/5 Even if this stuff lasts half as long as they claim, it's my new favorite. It goes on so perfectly and just leaves my ideal finish. This will be replacing Super VRT for me, which I have staunchly defended for years.

Do yourself a favor and order some.

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Old 06-20-2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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Thank you for your review, this product line been out for years and now has been catching on with alot of folks and detailer's from around the world. For all you out there take a look at the other products they had at ULTIMA PAINT CARE SYSTEM
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:52 PM   #3
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I should've titled this "Adam's Ultima Tire & Trim Guard." People would check it out then
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Might switch to this. I like trying new.things and I'm almost out of my super vrt. Love the comparisons cd07. Unbiased and very professional but most of all, not completely engulfdd by the Adams brigade. Got to try different things to see what's out there
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:06 AM   #5
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Thanks for the review, definitely trying once my SVRT runs out.

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Old 06-22-2012, 08:38 AM   #6
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Great review. I think you will be AMAZED by the durability of this product. This isn't some water based dressing (everybody sells those and there is nothing wrong with them) but rather a whole new class of trim product. It really is like a synthetic sealant for your trim.

Many professional detailers and avid enthusiasts (the crazy guys who have shelves full of products) swear by this product. Thanks for the review!
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:57 AM   #7
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Great review. I think you will be AMAZED by the durability of this product. This isn't some water based dressing (everybody sells those and there is nothing wrong with them) but rather a whole new class of trim product. It really is like a synthetic sealant for your trim.

Many professional detailers and avid enthusiasts (the crazy guys who have shelves full of products) swear by this product. Thanks for the review!
Thanks Todd, I'm actually heading out to give my car a light wash and wax and to apply this as well. I should have two more new product reviews done by the end of the day.
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I think I'll wait to see what the durablity factor comes out to be. I'm in love my Adams VRT and the per oz cost of this is considerably higher, but only if it last as long as VRT. If it lasts longer, maybe. Keep us posted CD07, you know I've got tons of respect for your skilzzzz!
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Keep us updated on how it holds up. VRT is $25 for 16 oz...so it's definitely not cheap. How long do they claim it will last?
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Keep us updated on how it holds up. VRT is $25 for 16 oz...so it's definitely not cheap. How long do they claim it will last?
But, at $32 for 12 oz, this is very costly. $2.67 per oz for the Ultimia product vs $1.56 for VRT. I usually get about 2 1/2 - 3 months out of VRT applications.
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Thanks for the review/info
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But, at $32 for 12 oz, this is very costly. $2.67 per oz for the Ultimia product vs $1.56 for VRT. I usually get about 2 1/2 - 3 months out of VRT applications.
One other thing to consider, rpomeroy, is the amount used. I haven't done any "scientific" testing, but I just finished doing my car and I KNOW how much VRT I use because I've been using it on my car for years. You need way, way less of this product. So yes, cost per oz may be higher, but cost per use might be even lower than VRT. It should also last quite a bit longer, if the claims are true.

Consider this Day 1 of durability testing on my DD.
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Thanks Todd, I'm actually heading out to give my car a light wash and wax and to apply this as well. I should have two more new product reviews done by the end of the day.
Want to come over and wash Cliffy when you are done
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Want to come over and wash Cliffy when you are done
Haha I wouldn't subject Cliffy to what my car just went through! What a mess..
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One other thing to consider, rpomeroy, is the amount used. I haven't done any "scientific" testing, but I just finished doing my car and I KNOW how much VRT I use because I've been using it on my car for years. You need way, way less of this product. So yes, cost per oz may be higher, but cost per use might be even lower than VRT. It should also last quite a bit longer, if the claims are true.

Consider this Day 1 of durability testing on my DD.
sounds like too much math for my simple mind.

Agreed, but the durabilty test will be the deciding factor. I'll keep watching for updates.
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any updates?
I just now updated the OP. But the durability has been very impressive. Looks like the day I put it on.
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I just now updated the OP. But the durability has been very impressive. Looks like the day I put it on.
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I just now updated the OP. But the durability has been very impressive. Looks like the day I put it on.
This is excellent! I have seen 2 to 3 months regularly with this product!
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