Turtle Wax Dry & Shine Review

Turtle Wax Dry & Shine Review: Dry & Shine is a drying aid (or rinse wax/wet coat), designed to make the drying process easier whilst also adding a protective layer and high-gloss finish. 

The traditional method of drying would usually feature a drying towel and your favourite quick detailer for some added gloss and protection.

Turtle Wax Dry & Shine aims to make the drying process easier and more efficient, whilst making good use of their “hybrid technology” which blends silicone properties, synthetic sealants and carnauba waxs for an impressive result.

Following the recent release of the Turtle Wax Hybrid Solutions range, Dry & Shine hasn’t spent much time in the spotlight, so we’re keen to see what this product has to offer!


  • Great value and affordability
  • Extreme hydrophobicity (water repellency) and water beading
  • Creates a strong bond with paintwork quickly
  • Very durable considering how easy it is to apply


  • High concentration means it’s important to follow instructions carefully

Buy on Amazon: Turtle Wax Dry & Shine Rinse Wax 

In-depth Review

First Impressions

Remaining consistent with the Turtle Wax Hybrid range, Dry & Shine features a blue bottle with an impressive label, boasting the “hybrid technology” seal. It’s not necessarily eye catching, but more importantly the label features lots of information about what’s in the product and how to use it!

In its category of drying aids/wet coats, Turtle Wax is without doubt one of the most affordable. It’s quite easy to pick up a 750ml bottle for less than a tenner. 

You don’t need to use much of this product at all when applying to the car, so 750ml should last you for some time too – making this product extremely affordable.

Using Turtle Wax Dry & Shine

Turtle Wax Dry & Shine should be applied after the car has been rinsed with water following the contact wash. Dry & Shine should always be applied to a wet car. 

Upon testing Dry & Shine we applied it to all areas of paint work on the car – making sure to avoid the glass to prevent unwanted smearing and streaks.

Due to the high concentration of the product, we found that you should avoid over-applying as this could cause unwanted streaks and spots. We found that less is definitely more with this product. 

Mist each panel a couple of times for the best results. As an example, we found that misting the door panel twice (upper half and lower half) was more than enough.

You’ll be surprised at how little you need to apply for great results!

turtle wax dry & shine on car

Here at Clean Car Talk, we love a good trigger mechanism. The mechanism on Turtle Wax Dry & Shine is much better than you’d expect for such a low priced product – offering a better spray than some premium brands.

After applying the product – do not leave it dwell. We recommend rinsing with a pressure wash or a jet hose to ensure all of the product is removed. Rinsing is made easy by how hydrophobic the product is – it does a fantastic job of dispersing the water.


Immediate Results

We tested Dry & Shine on a car which had no previously applied protection, so it was perfect to test its capabilities. Before applying this product, water would just cling to the paintwork making drying a lot more laborious than it should be!

After its first application, the results of this product were mind blowing. The level of hydrophobicity was very impressive, causing water to disperse from the car quickly, leave very few droplets behind.

This product obviously won’t produce the same level of gloss as a wax, but considering the ease of application, the gloss levels were also very impressive. 

During testing we used a shampoo with no gloss enhancers or fillers so the noticeable change in gloss and protection was all down to the Dry & Shine.

Short Term Results

In the week following the application of Dry & Shine, the british weather was predictably unpredictable meaning we saw sun, rain, sleet and frosts. The car had been well driven during the week meaning there was enough dirt on the car to warrant a quick maintenance wash. 

turtle wax dry & shine on car

When rinsing the car, there was still noticeable hydrophobicity and it was clear that the product was still well-bonded to the paintwork. Drying was still as easy as when we first applied the product so there was no need for a top-up!

Long Term Results

After leaving this product on the car we could still see noticeable water beading after a few weeks. If you start to see the protection deplete then simply top up with a few more sprays.

Additional Thoughts

Do Not Over Apply

Drying aids are an absolutely great tool to keep in your detailing arsenal, but they should definitely be treated with respect – especially ones like Turtle Wax Dry & Shine. 

Turtle Wax Dry & Shine is designed to be used on a wet surface, meaning the neat concentration is very high as it will be diluted by the water on the paint’s surface. This means it’s crucial not to over-apply this product to avoid streaks and speckles on the paint which may be quite stubborn to remove. We found that a couple of sprays per panel is more than enough for this product. 

Using more of this product will not increase this product’s ability.

Use On Wheels

This product is a great touch for freshly cleaned wheels as well as the paintwork. Give each wheel a quick spray and rinse of Turtle Wax Dry & Shine for some added protection and water beading action. 

Lazy Drying

As well as towel drying the car after rinsing the product off the car, Turtle Wax also suggests jumping in the car and driving it dry. Personally, I slightly cringe at the idea of jumping in a newly washed car and driving it to dry it – there’s a potential that any lurking water could streak up the car, making a mess when it dries in streaks. 

Turtle Wax Dry & Shine Review Verdict

After seeing the great reviews of Turtle Wax Dry & Shine I was keen to see what this product was all about. It’s safe to say that I’m absolutely blown away by how much value this product offers. It’s one of the best drying aid products on the market, offering easy application, good protection and a glossy finish. 

As the name suggests, this product is designed to dry & shine a car, which it lives up to. But the most impressive thing for us was the level of protection this product offers with so little effort.

Buy on Amazon: Turtle Wax Dry & Shine Rinse Wax