Sonax Brilliant shine is kinda brilliant!

Discussion in 'Car Detailing Product Discussion' started by dsms, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. dsms

    dsms DB Forum Supporter

    View attachment 3349 Lately I've been using a lot of Netshield which you all know I like, a lot.. I decided to try the brilliant shine detailer, I figured I can do a final wipedown with it after Polymer NetShield goes on a car.

    To be honest at first I did not like this product at all! I was using too much per panel and treating it like a regular QD spray. After some tweaks however my feelings changed and I understood its not exactly a detail spray and its not exactly a spray sealant. Its just its own thing, and its pretty dang good.

    Some notes- Brilliant shine works best with a light mist on the panel and two towels, one to wipe and one to final buff. More than 3 sprays/mists onto a panel is not needed, no big deal you'll just spend more time wiping off residual product.

    I could write a review about all the details but basically this is a more real world review:

    Since I started using Brilliant shine I have held off on applying any traditional sealant or coating on my car. I was going to do a correction and then a couple coats of Netshield, and I will, but for now I dont have the time to do a correction on my car so I will leave it be.

    To test brilliant shine I stripped my car of all prior LSP, decon wash, clay, IPA etc, it was wearing auto finesse tough coat prior. I did not correct it. The test was simple, just use brilliant shine after washes and see how it does alone. Its been almost 70 days since I started the test and I am very happy so far.. its been over 2,000miles on my car in that time (yikes) I think Ill keep going actually. So far no hard water spots, no issues with bird goo either.

    Two important things and why I like this stuff

    1) the look - my car is metallic orange, it responds differently to different products overall the BS has an absolute darkening effect which is rare for anything that comes out of a bottle in spray form. It just looks killer and you get flake pop.. again flake pop and darkening not a usual effect with the same product. Very cool.

    2) beading - the BS beads similarly to a coat of Netshield which again is bizarre for a so called detail spray. The beading is very strong and dirt resiliency is impressive, especially for a car that does not have any base sealant or LSP it cleans extremely easily with our without a pressure washer.

    I'm not proclaiming this product is a replacement for true LSP, I don't know, but it most definitely bridges a gap between what a great detail spray can do and what a decent sealant can provide. And for an 8-10 minutes application time start to finish that aint bad at all.

    Heres my car at 2M autowerks opehouse.. it looked awesome but it hasnt been corrected in over a year and its only wearing a Brilliant Shine

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  2. boredstudent3

    boredstudent3 Wax on..Wax off

    Nice review Dave

    Thanks for sharing
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  3. Meticulous-Detail

    Meticulous-Detail DB Forum Supporter

    Good info, car looks great.
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  4. GDAL

    GDAL Super Moderator

    I have been using it since Phil brought down to VA for the detail marathon that happened last Spring. I love doing a wipedown after a PNS application (coating-like beading that's insane). Totally agree with you, it works great as a stand alone product too. Thanks for taking the time to write this quick review!!
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  5. detailersdomain

    detailersdomain Administrator

    wow great review Dave! its worthy of your 1m you know its good!
  6. zerix

    zerix New Member

    Well there is a 92 page thread on Sonax BSD on detailingworld :) -- They seem to love it in Europe. I hope one day Sonax brings some of their other products to this side of the pond, one being the gallon refill of Sonax BSD, their nano-coating, among other things.

    I've been using the product for about a month now and had the same experience as you with wiping on/off, only need a little product. The only drawback is the lack of slickness right after applying it but that's not really a negative, just most of us have been accustomed to good products leaving a nice slick surface behind.
  7. Socal Brian

    Socal Brian DB Forum Supporter

    Thanks for the review Dave!

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