Torque Detail recently reached out and asked me to review a couple of their products.
Seeing that their products were US made and had a fair amount of reviews piqued my interest.
So I obliged.
After a short kerfuffle with the mail, the products arrived safe and sound.
I decided to tackle the Mirror Shine first. The initial presentation was pretty standard. It arrived loosely packed in a USPS box. Nothing much to share there.
The first interesting thing I noticed was that the contents of the Mirror Shine bottle had separated, something I’m not used to with most boutique detailing products, especially sealants like this one.
Being a glass half full kind of guy, I just took that as a sign that my postal carrier is quite gentle with my packages and decided not to judge a book by its cover. Haha.
Fortunately, after a quick shake, the product came together.
I particularly like the seal that was present under the cap. A lot of product I receive doesn’t have a seal under the cap and I end up with a mess I have to clean up before I even get to use it to clean up a vehicle.
The sprayer that came with the bottle was standard fare, identical to the ones on my McKee’s 37 bottles. Having searched for empty bottles and decent sprayers to dilute my concentrates, I know that pickings are slim when it comes to a good looking and working sprayer that fits the typical detailing bottle. So I can’t blame them for sticking with something tried and true.
Anyway, enough starring at the stuff, let’s test it out.
Hands on with Torque Detail Mirror Shine
As usual, I started by prepping the paint of the car with a quick wash, clay, and pass with my Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound to remove any prior LSPs and give the new product a clean slate to adhere to.
I then sprayed the paint with a generous mist of Mirror Shine sealant.
One thing I already liked about this product compared to some of the competition is the scent was mild and pleasant. It wasn’t overpowering in either a chemical or synthetic scent. I don’t foresee anyone sensitive to chemicals or odors having a hard time with this product.
After an even spray, I worked the product into the paint as instructed and then buffed away the excess with a plush microfiber towel.
The Mirror Shine buffed away quite effortlessly. It did so on both paint and glass. In fact, it went on and came off so easy I went ahead and coated everything on the car but the rubber.
The shine was about what you would expect from a wipe on wipe off sealant.
In the end, I was left with a pleasantly glossy and soft to the touch paint job.
So… the burning question….
Is Torque Detail Mirror Shine Legit?
For ease of use, I totally give this product an A+. In fact, it was so easy to apply and remove that I was curious if any was even sticking around. Pouring water over the paint confirmed that there was indeed a fine layer of sealant left everywhere.
The separation of the product still intrigues me but appeared to have no affect on the application of the product or it living up to its promises thus far.
The gloss was exactly what you’d expect from a spray sealant.
Unfortunately, having just finished applying the product, I cannot comment on longevity of the coating. Only time will tell on that one.
The price is a little on the high side for what it is. However, if you’re after a US made product and want to support a US owned and operated company, your pickings are slim and this may well be your ticket.
At the moment, I don’t have any complaints about the product itself.
The car this was applied to has been sold so I cannot comment on a year’s longevity. I can say that the sealant was still present when the car was sold approx 9 months after applying it. The water still beaded nicely and it still felt soft when clean. The car did see rain and snow but was only hand washed so it saw no harsh carwash chemicals.
Also, there has been no issues with the product separation or hardening over time. Here it is a year later I was able to pick the bottle up, shake it up, and apply it to another vehicle with the same initial results as before.
At this point I give Mirror Shine a pass in my book! Off to snag some of their newer products and see how they compare!