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September 30, 2022 3 min read

Why You Should Watch Out for Inferior Generic Detailing Products

The detailing industry is full of countless products where some make outrageous claims where customers who use the products find out they were misled. When it comes to detailing and sealant products, the proof is in the results of the product itself and professional detailers know that there’s only a handful of companies that are trusted and reputable.

Consumers should know that there are many inferior generic detailing products and sealants on the market that most distributors or retailers fail to know what is in them or how well they perform. Fundamentally, many of those distributors and retailers are just pushing the products to make a dollar and nothing more. They don’t stand behind their product, nor do they actually make the products that they sell. Yes, that’s right, most generic detailing or sealant products are often relabeled or white-labeled to pass off as a different branding totally confusing the consumer and delivering an inferior product.

Marketers commonly relabel and sell a product that’s legitimately watered down with chemicals that don’t last. Such marketers don’t know chemicals or which compounds are necessary to properly clean or protect the multitude of surfaces found on automobiles, boats, RVs, Motorcycles, etc. The current detailing and sealant product market has a lot of snake oil marketers. Here at TopCoat®, we’ve been in the business for over 20 years, and we make all of our products here in the USA from chemical experts who live and breathe formulating detailing and sealant products that last and commonly outperform expectations.

What should you look for to avoid selecting an inferior detailing or sealant product for your car, boat, RV, motorcycle, etc.? 

When shopping for detailing or sealant products, it is first best to see if the retailer or seller lists where the product is made. Many generic products do not label where they are made or can make a legitimate claim of being made in America. Some generic and inferior products may list their product being made in China or other countries that may mislead consumers with a product that fails to perform as claimed. 

Another thing to look for when selecting a trusted detailing or sealant product is if the company selling the product lists any of the chemical contents, such as if they are abrasive or water-based, or even have Si02 technology for hydrophobicity. They don’t have to give away their secret formulas, but they should disclose if it is environmentally friendly, water-based, or contains chemicals that may be potentially harmful to skin, fabrics, certain metals, or special surfaces. Many of these chemical characteristics are unknown or falsely represented in generic and inferior detailing and sealant products.

Looking for customer testimonials or reviews of detailing and sealant products is another way to find out if it is a trusted product or from a reputable vendor. Many times, generic watered-down products won’t have legitimate customer testimonials or reviews. In some cases, the testimonials and reviews are either plagiarized or they are poorly represented. In other words, some reviews of generic branded products have bad reviews from trusted review sources followed by testimonials that poorly rate the products.

Lastly, you should look for instructions or application guidelines for the detailing or sealant product, in addition to the vendor offering a money-back guarantee. Often, generic detailing or sealant products and the relabeled vendor fail to outline clear and concise instructions for using the product along with how the product works. If the vendor or marketer fails to offer a money-back guarantee, then they are sure to have an inferior product that you may want to avoid. Offering a money-back guarantee means that the company selling the product stands behind its performance and value, which most inferior or generic products fail to do because they know it doesn’t live up to the potentially false claims made in their marketing material. Sometimes there’s a reason a product costs less than others - Often it’s a cheap, watered-down knockoff.



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