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P&S Bead Maker Review

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by War Machine, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. Sep 17, 2018 at 7:14 AM
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    War Machine

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    I applied P & S Bead Maker to my truck a little over three weeks ago, and here are my thoughts so far.

    P&S Detailing Products C250P - Bead Maker Paint Protectant ( 1 Pint ) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0779KCS7D/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_SJ6NBb2CJDGZW

    On August 25th, I washed my truck, used CarPro Eraser, and applied the Bead Maker as a final step. I’ll be for the most part comparing it to Carpro Reload, as that has been my sealant of choice since I got into detailing.

    Pic after I was finished:

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    Hard to tell from a picture, but the product put a very nice shine on the truck. The surface was also extremely slick. More than I’ve experienced with any other product I’ve tried. Hard to explain, but very cool. It spreads very well, very light wiping needed. Some products I’ve tried were very thick, and more difficult to even out. This product is thicker than Reload, but not as bad as others.

    Here is where the slickness comes into play. A week later, we got some rain overnight. I went outside to see how it beaded, and found that there was no water at all on the truck. Here is a pic of my daughter’s truck that morning, followed by mine. I had washed hers the same day, but didn’t put any coating on it. It had been coated with Reload in the past, but I didn’t put any on it this time.

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    As you can see, hers had a good bit of water beading on it, which is generally what we are hoping for with a sealant. Mine, on the other hand, was bone dry. These pictures were taken in the same driveway, at the same time. I had not driven or dried mine. This was what I saw when I came out the door. These trucks were parked right next to each other, and got the same amount of rain the night before.
    Apparently the Bead Maker had prevented any of the rain from sticking to the truck.

    It rained pretty regularly over the last three weeks, so I hadn’t been able to wash my truck again. Three weeks is actually a very long time for me to go without washing it. I usually at least do a rinseless wash every week. As the owner of a black truck, this is almost required to keep it looking nice.

    That said, here is what it looked like before I washed it yesterday. It still actually looked pretty decent:

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    As you can see, it is somewhat dirty, but anyone who has a black vehicle can tell you that this is not normal. It generally looks much worse than that three days later, much less three weeks. Add in that I drove in rain and on wet roads nearly every day during that time, it should have been filthy. Driving through rain one time usually leaves the sides caked in dirt and mud. After the weather we’ve had lately, it normally would be horrible.

    It seems the Bead Maker does an outstanding job of keeping dirt and mud from sticking.

    Pics after initial rinse:

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    Still a good bit of beading after three weeks on the hood and top. The sides were less so, but still were pretty hydrophobic.

    I ran out of daylight, so didn’t get any pics when I was done washing, but it cleaned up very nicely. I usually go back over it with a quick detailer to shine it up after a wash, but it didn’t seem necessary. It probably never is, but I’m pretty heavy handed with products.

    Pricing. This product is MUCH cheaper than Reload, especially per gallon.

    Bead Maker - $12.99 a half liter, $34.99 a gallon. (Amazon)
    Reload - $34.99 a half liter, $220.00 a gallon. (Sky’s The Limit Car Care)

    That said, it takes a LOT more Bead Maker to do your truck than Reload does. Per the manufacturer’s videos, you need to “flood” your vehicle with Bead Maker. They even say to the point that it is running. @driverdog tried some Bead Maker before he knew you were supposed to use so much, and wasn’t impressed. I don’t know if he’s done another test using more.

    With Reload, you just mist the panel. It takes very little product to do its job. I’ve even read that it is recommended to use Reload at a 1:1 dilution on darker colored cars, but I’ve never diluted it.

    Following manufacturer’s instructions, it takes pretty much an entire 500ml bottle to coat a Tundra. With Reload, it may take MAYBE 10-20% of the same size bottle.

    Because of this, though the initial price has a wide gap, the overall cost of use may be better with Reload.

    Overall, I’m very impressed with P&S Bead Maker. It is a very good product, and kept my truck looking very good through 3 weeks of driving in nasty conditions. As some of you know, I love Reload very much, and that hasn’t changed. I can’t recommend it enough, especially when used in a quick detail mix.
    That said, in a year or more of using Reload heavily, it hasn’t done the same job of keeping dirt and mud from sticking to the truck. When I talked about how filthy my truck would be after driving in these conditions, that was when coated with Reload. It just doesn’t do what the Bead Maker did when it comes to that.
    I also suspect the Reload has more longevity, but that remains to be seen. I will update this when I really start noticing the Bead Maker wearing off.

    One final note: I recently got the Microfiber Madness Incredipole:

    https://www.carpro-us.com/wheels-trim/microfiber-madness-incredipole-new/

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    This thing is great. It is very handy for the top of the truck, the windshield, and tonneau cover. It saved me from using a ladder to reach those spots. It’s a little pricey, but I’ve used cheaper ones that didn’t hold up, and the microfiber part wasn’t good quality. I highly recommend this product.

    Thank you for reading. I hope it was worth your time. Let me know if there are any questions.
     
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  2. Sep 17, 2018 at 8:23 AM
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    Great write up. I bought me a gallon of this stuff last week, and I found it for $32 delivered. Looks like we may have a slight break from rain so hopefully I'll get a chance to try it this week.
     
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  3. Sep 17, 2018 at 11:32 AM
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    Thanks, and I look forward to hearing a second opinion on it.

    I have seen the price fluctuate quite a bit on Amazon. It was over $50.00 the week after I bought it.

    One note: if ordering from Amazon, it actually ships from Autogeek, so you may save a bit going straight to them.
     
  4. Sep 17, 2018 at 11:51 AM
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    good stuff !:thumbsup:
     
  5. Sep 17, 2018 at 11:55 AM
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    You an OG member?
     
  6. Sep 17, 2018 at 12:17 PM
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    Thanks for the review. Love Bead Maker. Check out Obsessed Garage's review on YouTube. If it is goo enough for Matt, then it has to be good.
     
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  7. Sep 17, 2018 at 12:25 PM
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    OG?
     
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  9. Sep 17, 2018 at 12:41 PM
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    Ah. No. I’ve watched some of their videos. I take it they are fans of the product?
     
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    It’s 1 guy, Matt Morman (sp?). He obsesses about everything and ran across Bead Maker while at the Rag Company HQ and they introduced him to it. He was blown away. Anyway, good channel to subscribe.
     
  11. Sep 17, 2018 at 1:21 PM
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    I did see that video. I just wasn’t familiar with the guy.
     
  12. Sep 17, 2018 at 3:24 PM
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    Yea Bead Maker seems to be getting a lot of attention across the internet apparently, not just with the OG crew. I haven’t bought into it yet, but I haven’t tried it. Watching Matt’s videos of applying and how labor intensive it was (for a spray wax essentially) just doesn’t appeal to me, but agreed, performance must be good for his stamp of approval.
     
  13. Sep 17, 2018 at 9:36 PM
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    Great review!
    I can't wait to try this out. It's been raining on and off for over a week, except the past 2 days which I worked 14 hrs each day. Looks like hurricane remains are rolling in on us now for the next few days. So I have my fingers crossed that after that I can try it out
     
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    Working on it :-)
    I had a gallon of this in my Amazon cart for a while at $50 something. Today it dropped to $37. Ordered and cant wait to give it a try.
     
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    Reapplied a couple of days ago after applying Hydro2 first. I think this combo gave it a more glossy / wet appearance than before.

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    very nice :)
     

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