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#4584531 - 11/25/17 01:44 PM shelf life
NH73 Offline

Registered: 10/31/14
Posts: 649
Loc: Pa, USA
Do car wash soaps and detailing sprays have a shelf life? Is it ok to use ones that go a couple years old? Looking to stock up on some.

#4584535 - 11/25/17 01:47 PM Re: shelf life [Re: NH73]
SatinSilver Offline

Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 9479
Loc: OH
I suppose so but I would store them indoors. Since freezing temps could possibly mess them up. It also helps to shake them vigorously prior to use. Make sure the caps are secured and tight. Also shake them periodically when not in use. Should last many years.
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#4584540 - 11/25/17 01:51 PM Re: shelf life [Re: NH73]
Pajero Offline

Registered: 05/05/12
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I have various detailing items for over ten years in my garage. They are fine, just shake them prior to using as the previous poster suggested.


Always remember "Planned obsolescence."

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#4584558 - 11/25/17 02:10 PM Re: shelf life [Re: NH73]
OneEyeJack Offline

Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7336
Loc: S California
I have some Turtle paste wax that must be over 30 years old. It still works as long as I do my part.

#4586901 - 11/27/17 06:50 PM Re: shelf life [Re: NH73]
Carmudgeon Offline

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I find paste waxes and simpler things like soaps and cleaners to be shelf-stable for a long time.

Things like compounds and others that separate and require shaking before use even when fresh don't age well. They may still be usable, but don't mix, and subsequently, work as well as they do when fresh.

#4587344 - 11/28/17 09:16 AM Re: shelf life [Re: NH73]
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Registered: 04/30/13
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I keep all of my polishes/sealants/waxes inside all year, everything else stays outside. For me this is the best mix of convenience and preserving the more sensitive (and expensive) products.
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#4589235 - 11/29/17 07:16 PM Re: shelf life [Re: NH73]
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Using some 2 year old mothers spray wax this morning....
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