I had the unfortunate circumstance of being a customer of 5starshine.com. I saw their elaborate guarantee and claims on their website about how great their paint protection system was and was enticed. If the paint protection system could really work for five years regardless of the conditions the car would be subjected to, this was even at $69 a great deal.
Especially were on from in the South where we get such hot sunny days for weeks on where the temperature can reach 104° or more. This takes a major toll on any car and especially the paint. Down here are the paint on cars hood’s roofs and trunks is always the first to go and they don’t last more than five years before the clearcoat starts to flake off.
So seeing the claims from five starshine that the Navy supposedly uses their product, NASA, and that car dealers throughout the country use it, I decided to give it a try. I decided to put up against Nu Finish silicone protectant, Turtle wax and some other paint sealant and treatments to see if it really was worth paying $69 for when you get a bigger bottle of Turtle Wax for only $3 at your local Wal-Mart.
I was also wondering why all the other car wax and paint protection sealant manufacturers have their products for sale in places like Wal-Mart, AutoZone, Pep Boys and other numerous stores, whereas 5starshine is not carried anywhere except the 5starshine.com website. Usually when you see that that’s a good indicator that the product doesn’t work well.
You see the goal of any manufacturer is to have their products sold on a mass-market basis and the primary place for that would be Wal-Mart. Because if you can get your products sold at Wal-Mart on a large-scale mass-market basis you will make millions off of it. This is why all the big brands like Meguires, Mothers, Turtle Wax and even Nu Finish are all sold at Wal-Mart. So it takes my curiosity as to why 5 star shne, if it is such a great product is not sold in any of these stores.
Anyway, so I put it to use and we tried it against several other leading brands of car wax and car paqint protection systems. The 5starshine was the most expensive at $69. The rest were all under $15 and many were under $10. The Turtle wax was the cheapest at just under three dollars. Since we did this test, turtle wax increase their price to almost 4 dollars, but they’re still the lowest price out of all these.
So we applied all the different paint protection systems to different areas on several cars and trucks and ran them repeatedly through an Auto Bell car wash were some friends of ours worked and let us do that for free – their curiosity was peaked too and they wanted to know what truly was the best car wax or car paint sealant. We also subjected each of these cars and trucks to the hot summer sun.
The 5starshine was the first to lose its waterbeading capacity. This happened after only three car washes. Even Turtle wax lasted 15 carwashes in 30 days of the hot summer sun before it started to lose its waterbeading capability. The best of these turned out to be the $7 bottle of Nu Finish. It was the only one to still be eating water like it was just applied at the end of our experiment. And at seven dollars it beat the snot out of 5starshine. So, Nu Finish is definitely the way to go, besides, 5starshine doesn’t even honor their guarantee – they would not refund us our money and completely ignored us.
But then after this, because things seemed a little shady with 5starshine and its website an grandios claims which we found to be terribly incorrect and misleading in the least, we decided to dig up a little dirt on them. We found that the folks at 5starshine had had been spamming blogs left and right with false statements in advertising to try and lure links, traffic an buyers (just look at this link and you’ll see what I mean 5starshine scam). You can see this yourself easily just by looking up on Google the keywords 5 star shine scam. Here is a link for a review page on Amazon.com where real people stated that the product sucked you can also see some fake reviews left by the company itself, its quite obvious – 5starshine reviews.
At least, after many years of claiming that their product was used by the Navy on all of their radar equipment on their ships, they finally took that down off their website – it’s probably because that claim is completely unfounded and untrue. We called the Navy because when we started our experiment they still had that claim on their website. And you can find it by using the Way back machine and looking at previous versions of their website from a few years ago. No one in the Navy that has anything to do with purchasing or anything remotely to do with it has ever purchased anything from 5starshine. We got that response from the Navy.
And another claim on their website that car dealers throughout the nation supposedly use their product – No they don’t. Show me one that does. Most of them use a product called First-place finish. This has nothing to do with 5starshine. It is entirely separate company that never had anything to do with them. Now for your information these products that the car dealers put on your car, like First place finish are no different from the wax and paint sealant products we listed above. They actually do a much quicker and thinner application.
Many times they don’t even put this on your car in the first you see the car dealers going based on the fact that car paint is guaranteed to last five years. So only an idiot would pay $499 or so to further protect their car when in fact there really is no further protection. It’s just a money making scam and that’s all it’s ever been – trust me I used to be in the carbusiness for many years and this was one of the top paying scams usually offered through the finance department.
So, needless to say this is a very negative review of a product that absolutely sucks – 5starshine. It is a complete waste of $69 and it would even be a complete waste at $20 or even $10. It does not provide the protection that they claim and nor does it come anywheres near five years protection. You are far better off to just buy a bottle of Nu Finish for seven dollars or so at your local Wal-Mart. Stay away from shady, scammy websites like 5starshine.com!