Motorcycle Detailing Products by Danasé
by "Burn" for webBikeWorld.com
Polishes, Cleaners and Wax
Reviews | Owner
It's always interesting when the little guys are able to develop products that beat the giants at
their own game. This has happened several times in
the motorcycle detailing business, and we've
unique products that are definitely not available on the
shelves of your local strip mall auto parts chain and which perform
much better than their "As Seen On TV" competition.
And here we have another selection of products from
what I'd call a "boutique" car and motorcycle detailing
supplier that proves this yet again. These modern
detailing products use the latest polymers, chemical
formulations and who-knows-what-else to create shine
that Pop could only dream of.
So perhaps we should we call them paint treatment
products -- PTP's -- for short? The words "polish"
and "wax" seem so...quaint
I used the handful of Danasé PTP's described here and
my feeling is that they are easier to use and provide better results
than any of the off-the-shelf, commercially available
polishes and waxes I've bent an elbow with in my long
and storied career as an amateur Simonizer.
But just for grins, I ran side-to-side comparisons on
identical motorcycles using the Danasé Paint
Sealant and their Wet Glaze with three products I
grabbed off the shelf at random:
One Nanowax (review) ($12.99 for 16 oz.);
Collinite "Liquid Sapphire Auto Wax" (review)
($14.99 for 16 oz.); and
Meguair's NXT Tech Wax (review) ($18.95 for 18 oz.).
I can say unequivocally that the Danasé PTP's gave
noticeably better results than these three.
We're not sure if the Danasé branded products are
actually cooked up by the company in the family garage
or if the formulas are licensed from someone else --
they perform -- and smell -- very similar to
a couple of the Wizards
detailing products we evaluated last year.
As we've mentioned in previous motorcycle detailing
product reviews, it's extremely difficult to photograph
the before/after differences in this type of product; almost any
shiny surface will look much better in photos after it
has been cleaned and polished. So I skipped
the before/after photos and I'll simply describe the
products and my subjective findings instead. And
these are subjective opinions -- it would be extremely
difficult, if not impossible, to determine which of
these products actually treats and protects as surface
better than another.
Besides their performance, the Danasé detailing products are generally a good
bargain also. You would normally pay a premium for
high-quality "custom" paint and surface treatment
products like these from a boutique manufacturer, but most of the products
come in a 16 oz. container, whereas many competitive
"custom" surface treatment products are sold in 12 oz.
sizes for about the same price.
By the way, the price of off-the-shelf polishes and waxes has risen dramatically
recently, with many off-the-shelf products costing as
much as or more than the Danasé "custom" detailing
products, as you can see from the current list prices of
the three competing products I listed above.
One more thing: we've noticed that many of the
"custom" paint treatment products like these are generally easier to apply,
easier to buff out and require less product to spread
evenly than the name brand polishes, which makes them
easier and more efficient to use and, in the end, even
more of a bargain.
Danasé Paint Sealant
Danasé offers a large selection of polishes and paint
treatment products and it isn't always clear from
reading their marketing materials or the information on
the bottles which one does a better job at what.
So there may be -- and probably is -- some feature overlap in
a few of the
products. I've discovered over the years that it's
often the case that some products may work better than
others on a particular type of paint or clearcoat, so
you may want to try more than one to achieve the desired
example, although the Danasé Paint Sealant works very
well on all surfaces, it does seem to have an affinity
for painted and clearcoat finishes that are more than 5
years old, at least based on my admittedly limited
sampling. The Danasé Wet Glaze (below), in
comparison, works very nicely
on modern paint with a thick modern clearcoat.
Based on the product description, the Wet
Glaze isn't a "polish", and Danasé says that it can be used either
under or over other products, which is an interesting
feature. They also say that the Paint Sealant
"cures" instantly on the surface as soon as it is
Danasé Paint Sealant is very easy to use -- a little
goes a long way, it dries very quickly and
it can be buffed out almost immediately. I now
always use a microfiber polishing cloth for final
buffing and polishing whenever possible (and Danasé has some
nice thick ones for sale also).
Very little of the Danasé Paint Sealant (which has a
bright green color and it smells just like spearmint!) comes off as residue
as it's being buffed. If the product is applied in a thin layer,
as it should, it seems to nearly
disappear into the surface and it leaves almost no white powder
residue that can usually end up in the
separations between painted surfaces.
It's extremely difficult to evaluate the protection
offered by any type of polish or paint treatment, but
the Danasé Paint Sealant does leave a slick-feeling
finish that seems to last longer than normal.
Danasé says the Paint Sealant can be applied in
multiple coats for a deeper gloss, and this does seem to
help, especially when it's applied to older painted
surfaces or older motorcycles that have only a thin
clearcoat over the paint.
I tried the Danasé Paint Sealant side-by-side with
the three commercially available polishes described
above and it was no contest, the Danasé Paint Sealant
was easier to apply, easier to remove and seems to leave
a slicker, "thicker" surface treatment.
Conclusion: Provides excellent shine
with a slick-feeling surface. Very easy to use, as
it spreads smoothly and is easy to buff out. It's
slightly more expensive than the Danasé Wet Glaze, but
since a small amount seems to go a long way, it probably
isn't much more expensive than an off-the-shelf product.
Cost: $19.95 for 16 oz.
|Danasé Wet Glaze
Danasé Wet Glaze can be used either as a
surface treatment in its own right or as a "gloss
enhancer" after the surface has been cleaned and polished.
This is my favorite Danasé
product and it produces a bike show wet look when used on
with a modern clear-coated surface.
This is an interesting product; Danasé
says it "isn't a polish and ... isn't a
glaze"; it's an "acrylic polymer" that
bonds to the surface. They also say it
can be used either under or over "your
favorite wax or sealant for added
This is the product that makes me wonder
whether Danasé has worked some type of
licensing deal with Wizards; it has the same
"purple grape" smell as the
Wizards Shine Master we reviewed last
Danasé claims that "Wet Glaze also repels dust" and
it "applies so easy that is almost seems to melt right into
the paint." While I'm not sure about its dust repellent
capabilities, Wet Glaze is very easy to apply and
it buffs out very easily also.
The product spreads easily, dries very
quickly and offers almost no resistance when
buffed out. The ease of use is
one of the main differences between this
product (and also the Danasé Paint Sealant) and
typical off-the-shelf polishes and waxes, which,
in my opinion, almost always require a
greater quantity to cover the same
surface area and are almost always harder to buff
Danasé Wet Glaze was also compared
side-by-side with the three commercially
available polishes described above and it
was also easier to apply, easier to remove
and it also seems to leave a slicker,
"thicker" surface treatment.
Danasé Wet Glaze can be buffed off the
surface with only a few wipes, and the
surface gets a nice, shiny and slick feel,
almost like it's been treated with some type
of plastic coating.
Cost: This is also a good bargain
at 16 ounces for $16.95.
Danasé Pure Polish
Danasé Pure Polish is a sort of "old school" polish
that reminds me of the stuff Dad used on the Olds.
It contains no silicone or wax or abrasives and it
smells something reminiscent of a European polish of a
now-forgotten brand that I used long ago.
While the Pure Polish works as expected, I think the other
Danasé products seem to work better on
modern clearcoat paint, but I found that this product
also works well on chrome, metal and motorcycle
windscreens, so if you're looking for a "one size fits
all" solution, this may be it.
Pure Polish feels more like one of the commercially
available products when it's
applied and when it's buffed out -- it dries into more
of a glaze and sort of has that "grabby" effect when
it's buffed out, unlike the Wet Glaze or Paint Sealant,
which glide smoothly off the surface.
If you need a polish, this might do it for you, but the
other Danase products seem to work with less effort and
do an outstanding job, and I prefer them both.
Cost: $16.95 for 16 oz.
||Danasé Gloss Amplifying
The word "shampoo" is used
liberally here; Danasé Gloss Amplifying Shampoo is
what I would call a "car wash", designed to
help keep the freshly treated surface
looking good without stripping off the
polish you just applied last weekend.
Gloss Amplifying Shampoo is
biodegradable, and Danasé says it has a "synthetic gloss
booster" that can "enhance the depth and
clarity of your paint". Not sure about
that, but it does a good job at cleaning and
seems mild enough to keep the polish on the
bike and not running off on to the ground
with the rinse.
I'm of mixed feelings on these special
types of car/bike wash products; I usually
stick with the basic off-the-shelf types because I'm not a fan
of some of the formulations that try to do too much by
adding a polish or quick shine to the wash
formula, but this one works well.
Cost: $8.95 for 16 oz.
Danasé Turbo Shine
Most of what I call the "custom" or "boutique"
motorcycle detailing surface treatment manufacturers
also make a
"quick polish" formula designed to compliment
their polishes. The quick polish formulations are
used in between the full wash-and-wax applications.
Danasé Turbo Shine is their version of a quick polish, and I've used it as
a "waterless" wash to clean up minor dirt and dust and
bugs on both the motorcycles treated with the other
Danase products and motorcycles that have not been
polished in some time.
Turbo Shine works well, leaving the original Danasé Wet
Glaze finish looking fresh. I only use a
microfiber buffing cloth to wipe it off, as the
microfiber supposedly traps all the dust and dirt and
prevents it from scratching the surface.
Although I'm not a big fan of clay bars for cleaning
painted surfaces on motorcycles or cars, the Turbo Shine
is designed to act as a clay bar lubricant also, if
This product also works on chrome, plastic, rubber and metal,
making an easy job of cleaning and quick detailing.
The problem, if you can call it that, is that the
Danasé Wet Glaze and Paint
Sealant are so easy to use anyway, it doesn't take much
more time to do the full treatment than it does to apply
Although Turbo Shine works well, and it may be
formulated to work with the other Danasé paint
treatments, it's a bit harder for me to tell whether it
works better or worse than commercially available quick
polish products, like our current favorite,
Britemax #6S Spray & Shine.
Cost: $9.95 for 16 oz. spray bottle.
||Danasé Leather Rx
I don't often use a leather treatment, but Danase
sent along a bottle of their Leather Rx to
Leather treatments usually come either as
a leather cleaner; leather "food" in the
form of a grease or wax that is absorbed by
the leather; or a product like the Leather
Rx -- a combination product, in this case a
cleaner, conditioner and protectant.
Leather Rx also has a UV inhibitor to
help protect from sun damage. It does
a good job at cleaning leather and restoring
some of its original luster, but it seems to
leave the leather a bit more slippery than
This isn't really noticeable
on a leather jacket, but I tried it on the
leather seats in my car and it left them
with a slightly slippery surface, probably
due to the conditioners in the formula.
This may or may not be the desired effect.
Leather Rx is a non-greasy formula, so
the leather feels dry after it's treated.
It has a sort of leather smell.
I can tell you this: I recently had some
repairs done to a nice leather motorcycle
jacket and they charged me an extra $30.00
to do a "clean and treat", and it doesn't
look any better than when I use the Danasé
Leather Rx, so my advice is to save yourself
a bundle and get some of this to clean and
treat your leathers.
Cost: $15.95 for 16 oz.
The Danasé motorcycle detailing products work very well,
they're easy to apply and, even better, very easy to remove with a quick
buffing. In fact, I'd say that's one of the best features of these
products -- it takes very little effort to get that "custom" shine, and
that's what it's all about, right? Riding is always more fun than
Danasé Motorcycle Detailing Products
Detailing Supply (Note: As of August 2010, the company
is apparently no longer in business).
List Price: Varies; can be ordered directly
from the Danase website, along with many other brands of
motorcycle and automobile detailing products they carry.
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