Time for another revlimiter.net product review. This one is a bit unique. It’s not some rare Japanese car part that I acquired after months of searching or a part in my store that I’ve spent months or years developing. This time, I’m reviewing some cleaning products that a company sent to me by International Aero for the purpose of reviewing.
A quick intro first. International Aero has apparently been making detailing products for aircraft for a while. They’ve expanded their line to cover ground vehicles as well. I’ll just copy and paste a bit of text instead of trying to reword.
â€œOur goal is to make the best car care products on the market – period,â€ says International Aero founder, Jonathan Saltman. â€œWe developed these formulas to protect polyurethane paint and hand-crafted leather interiors on $100M jets, whether they are sitting on the tarmac under a scorching 120Â°F desert sun or flying in sub-freezing -60Â°F conditions at 50,000 feet at over 500mph. Now imagine what these products will do for your car. From hot rods and sports cars to daily commuters, AERO products offer maximum protection and are incredibly easy to use.â€
So… I’m a bit of a detailing snob. I’ve tried various products over my 20+ years as a car enthusiast and use stuff that I think works very well. But Aero’s website was very well put together, Eric their product rep was very nice, and I was very curious. Plus, they offered me free detailing products. So I said “sure, I’ll review your stuff!” I never promised a positive review, just my honest opinion. And that’s what they’re getting.
PROTECT and IMMACULATE
I was sent two interior products – PROTECT and IMMACULATE. I love a clean interior, so I tried this pair first.
IMMACULATE is a cleaner. It’s an ANYTHING cleaner. The side of the bottle lists the items it can clean. These items include vinyl, rubber, leather, fabric, carpet, and metal trim. Yes. It can clean both fabric and vinyl. That’s… astounding. I’ve never run across anything like that.
I first tried it on Beep, my wife’s Mazda 3. It’s our family car, but my wife is the primary driver. And… well… she’s not as crazy about keeping a clean car as I am. She does pretty well, but she has a coffee habit and a 32″ tall back seat co-driver. They are a bit rough on the car.
I didn’t take any before shots. I was too embarrassed and I had no earthly idea how the product would do.
I really wish I had taken pix because the result was so good as to be unbelievable.
The 3 had this stain on the dash that seemed to be old chocolate that got baked in from the sun. Meguiar’s interior cleaner did nothing. Simple Green didn’t do much. I just left it for months. I wrote it off as not fixable. And a SINGLE wipe from the IMMACULATE removed the stain. A few more wipes had the dash looking brand new.
I’m not making this up or exaggerating. I’m not trying to sell Aero’s product. I’m sharing my experience with the product. I honestly cannot believe it works this well.
Bucky had some issues. I’d not detailed his interior for a couple months. There were a few stains on the seat from the daughter’s car seat. I gave the IMMACULATE a try. They say it works on fabric, right?
Right. Stains vanished. Did I mention that it smells like cupcakes? It’s delicious smelling. I will be throwing out my old fabric cleaner immediately.
PROTECT is a vinyl and tire protectant. The bottle says that it gives an “ultimate new look” or something like that. I honestly couldn’t imagine anything looking better than the finish that IMMACULATE produced on its own, but I gave the PROTECT a try.
Yeah. You can improve upon perfection.
I would indeed describe the finish as “ultimate new”. It’s not shiny. There’s no slime. There’s nothing but new, beautiful, rich looking materials as far as the eye can see. I really cannot put into words how impressive these products are to me.
I have to say that the Aero products have one down side – I’m now hopelessly addicted to them. None of my off the shelf goods compare. I now find myself NEEDING these detailing products.
Again, I’m not trying to sell these goods. I’m just extremely impressed.
This is Aero’s quick cleaning product. SHINE’s bottle says it’s a dry wash and speed wax. I’m a pretty big fan of the Meguiar’s Ultimate spray wax in the black bottle. I’m also a bit of a wax snob and have always been under the belief that a spray wax can’t hold a candle to the real thing.
So I tried SHINE on something small first.
These are three of my favorite Hot Wheels. They get a fair bit of action and haven’t really been clean in a while. The Ferrari 250 California is barely a week old at my house, but my daughter grabbed it the first day and has been playing a lot. No shine was left. You can see in the before photo. None of the three cars were very shiny.
The photo of the 2000GT post-SHINE almost looks fake or rendered. That amount of shine is just… wow. The 250 came up quite nice. And the Miura… that one is annoyingly hard to see much reflection in at all. But after SHINE, it looks… well, you can see. Impressive.
But how impressive? How much can a Hot Wheels really show?
So I tried the SHINE on Beep. This car parks outside every day. I washed the car and then applied SHINE. The results were decent. Colors came up a bit and reflections became much more contrasty.
But this car really does need a bit more love than a spray wax can provide. I need to polish the paint for half a day and apply a couple layers of regular wax. It just lives such a hard life outside in the New Mexico sun. Still, the SHINE did a good job.
More testing was needed.
Sharka. Sharka has the exact opposite life that Beep does. He gets a garage. He stays in that garage a lot and really only goes out in nice weather. Sharka’s #1 problem is dust, not sun damage, rain, or fallout. However, Sharka has 19 year old paint.
I gave Sharka the SHINE treatment. This is the result.
I’m very familiar with Mazda montego blue paint, especially as applied to my beloved Roadster. I’ve waxed this car innumerable times. I’ve used dozens of products. I’ve used quick detailers, pure carnauba, synthetic waxes, and just about everything else. But I’ve never seen results like SHINE produces with so little effort.
According to Eric, the product rep, SHINE even contains a sealer that works for around two months. My very favorite wax (er, previous fav) seals for about three. And that requires a couple hours of applying and buffing. Shine requires very little work at all. You apply it with one rag (er, microfiber) and buff it off with another a few minutes later. That’s it.
Seriously. This stuff is incredible.
In closing, I’d like to restate that I’m not trying to sell these products. I have nothing to gain by your buying them. But I think YOU might have something to gain. The results are damn near miraculous. I will definitely be keeping SHINE and IMMACULATE in stock in my cleaning closet for a long long time. And I see myself trying a few more of Aero’s products in the near future.
Thanks for the goodies International Aero! You’ve made me a fan.