Turtle Wax Dash and Glass Review – Compromised?

Turtle Wax Dash and Glass scores 71 out of 100

Product Introduction:

Turtle Wax Dash & Glass is a multi-purpose cleaner. It states that it can tackle both automotive glass as well as multiple interior surfaces in your car. But does this multi-purpose cleaner actually work on all surfaces or does it compromise itself? Let’s find out!

Disclosure: We bought this product with our own money.

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Offering (9/10, 90%)

Turtle Wax Dash & Glass comes in a really nice package. One thing Turtle Wax always gets right is their packaging. We bought our bottle for $8.99 which is on par with most of the competition. Our bottle was a decent size. It contained 680mL (23oz) of product. This gives it a value ratio of 75.6mL/$ (2.56oz/$) which is good. We also believe that this product provides more value than regular glass cleaners because it is a multi-purpose cleaner – you’re not limited to using it on your windows.

On the back of the bottle, the labels states that it is alcohol-based (as opposed to ammonia-based). This means that it’s safe to use on most surfaces, and certainly safe for windows and tint. One selling feature is that Turtle Wax has added a “Caribbean Crush” smell. It smells wonderful while using – definitely better than alcohol or other chemical smells.

Technical (21/30, 70%)

Experimental Design

We used our Glass Cleaning test methodology (GA-D-GC-A1) which involved using a piece of glass that is cleaned with alcohol. In this case, the glass was at ambient temperature (9*C, 48*F). We divided it into 4 quadrants since we were comparing Turtle Wax Dash & Glass against various other competitors. You can watch our full comparison video on YouTube.

We used fingerprints, motor oil, and jam (to mimic tree sap and berries) because we believe that these might be common contaminants on your windows. To test, we would spray once on the glass and contaminants, wait 30 seconds, and the wipe off with a blue shop towel. As necessary, we would repeat until clean and we also would buff with a microfibre at the end.

Results

Fingerprints: Glass and Dash worked like a charm. All the fingerprints were removed with one spray.

Motor oil: While this is a torture test, this product really struggled. The first spray and wipe left a significant amount of oil and haze on the glass. It was not very effective. We sprayed a second time and wiped it off again, but there was still haze and grime on the glass.

Jam: The first spray removed the all the stickiness from the surface of the glass. It relatively easy to collect it all. There was a significant amount of haze on the glass. The second spray removed the majority of what was left on the glass however there was some haze left on the surface. A buff with a microfibre cloth was able to remove the rest.

Overall, the Dash and Glass really struggled with the lab tests.

Real World Testing (35/50, 70%)

Our experience using the product

For the real-world test, we used Dash and Glass on the panoramic glass roof our Mercedes SL600. There was quite a lot of dust on it from sitting in the garage over the winter. The roof’s glass was at 9*C (48*F).

Results

The product performed well. We used one spray on the panel. Using a microfibre cloth, we wiped the surface removing most of the dust in one go. We did notice that it took more effort to wipe the surface as compared to Invisible Glass. We noted that there was one streak still left on the glass, but that did evaporate after a few minutes.

While the product did not explicitly state that it helps to bead water, it did say that it has UV protection. We inferred that there must be some sort of film that is left behind. We were hoping that film was provide some water beading, but it did not.

Overall, Turtle Wax Dash & Glass performed ok in the real world test, but was not as good as some of its competitors.

Performance vs. Claims (6/10, 60%)

Product Claim 1

Usable on all-interior surfaces

Results

This was the only product that we tested that could do both glass and interior surfaces. While it didn’t perform the best on glass, it can be used for other applications.

Product Claim 2

Dust-free, non-greasy, and UV protected.

Results

We believe that the product stood up to these claims.

Product Claim 3

Cleans on the first pass

Results

We noted that the product struggled with most of the cleaning objectives. It usually required significant effort to clean glass.

Summary

In conclusion, we believe that Turtle Wax Dash & Glass is a quality product but struggles to effectively clean glass because it is a multi-surface product. In our experience, we believe that the best glass cleaners only focus on glass. We recommend this product as a multi-surface cleaner rather than a glass cleaner.