5 star shine paint protection system scam – a review of shady marketing practices, shady businesses and a product that sucks!

5 star shine scam paint protection system

Definite proof that 5starshine doesn't work, has a misleading guarantee and should be avoided!


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.

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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.

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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.

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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!


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18 Responses to 5 star shine paint protection system scam – a review of shady marketing practices, shady businesses and a product that sucks!

  1. Stephaine Nederostek on June 18, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    I agree. I got boonswangled through their deceptive advertising also. I found that their 5 star shine didn’t even work as well as a Turtle Wax and other cheap car waxes. At $60 it’s a complete scam and it’s only worth a dollar or two at best. If you search the Internet you’ll find that there’s thousands of similar complaints and findings in forums and other areas that this5 star shine either doesn’t work or is a complete scam.

    The website is owned by a character named Glen Canady and he is a definite and confirmed scam artist. He had another website on gorilla website marketing that has been permanently banned by Google for black hat SEO tactics and ripping off consumers. This is just another one of his ripoffs and scams. Unfortunately an awful lot of people have been deceived into buying this product.

    Someone needs to get the FTC or state attorney general after him to sue him into the ground and closing him and all his scam website businesses down. To avoid a bad Better Business Bureau report he continuously changes the name of his business. You can see this by watching the contact us button on the website and you will see the name of the business change quite often. This way the Better Business Bureau has a hard time keeping track of who actually is the business owner or the DBA or doing business as name.

    For an attorney that wants to sue Glen Canady it wouldn’t be a problem because it would be easy to ascertain who actually owns the business and business even if it’s incorporated would not protect Glen Canady because of his scammy and illegal business practices. Hopefully an attorney out there or someone with a lot of money with attorneys will read this and decide to go after Glen Canady and his various businesses to include 5starshine.com.

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  2. Steve S. on June 19, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    5 star shine sucks. It’s as simple as that. It’s a scam and it probably only cost a dollar to make the stuff and the jackass that owns the website is trying to sell the crap that doesn’t even work as well as stuff you can buy for three dollars your local Wal-Mart for $60 or more. What a jackass! 5 star shine belongs in the ripoff Hall of Fame!

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  3. Christian Retersdorf on June 22, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Everyone with half a brain knows that PTFE will not stick to anything without an extremely high temperature application. This is just not possible with the directions that come with 5 Star Shine. You see, PTFE, is the slipperiest substance known to man, so just as easily as it goes on it comes right back off.

    I have personally tested the 5 Star Shine car wax product and found it to be very ineffective (I am employed as a car detailer for a large car dealership chain and no one here uses 5 Star shine because it sucks). And at the price they’re selling it at its a complete ripoff. My favorite car protectants are manufactured by Mother’s and the shine of Mother’s car wax just can’t be beat – plus it only costs around eight dollars. That’s far cheaper than $60 which is what they’re selling 5 star scam for right now!

    I looked around on the Internet a little bit and searched under 5 Star shine and found an awful lot of unhappy people complaining that the product sucks and that the website is a scam. I’m going to have to agree with them because I actually used the product myself as directed in the instructions that came with it and it did not look any where’s near as good as the finish from Mother’s car wax and the protection did not last very long at all. Overall, 5 Star Shine should be avoided at all costs – it sucks.

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  4. George on June 29, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    I fell for their scam too. I found a link in a forum where someone said it was a great product. So once the website and bought the 5 Star shine. When I got it and used it I found out that it was overhyped cheap car polish. It was no better than the Nu Finish car Protectant that I had used for years. The biggest difference was the price. For almost $70 from 5 star shine scam company you get 2 tiny little bottles that will not cover your vehicle. From Nu Finish you get more than 10 times the amount for seven dollars at Target or Wal-mart.

    I actually found that the Nu Finish worked far better and lasted much longer then the 5 Star Shine crap. I want back that form and read the entire piece and found out that later on after I had bought it that the form users had ousted were called out the scumbag that place that positive comment about 5 Star shine there. As it turns out the comment was left by an employee of 5 Star shine – what a scammy and shady company! When I tried to get my money back from them as per their 100% guarantee they either would hang up on me or not pick up at all and would never return my phone calls.

    My advice is stay far away – far away from the scam called 5 Star Shine!

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  5. Fran on June 30, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    My husband bought this 5 Star Shine car wax product and it didn’t work worth beans. He applied it religiously as per the directions and within one week where there wasn’t much rain it a ready started to lose the ability to hold a bead of water – or what my husband refers to as the beading up of water on a freshly waxed car. I must also say it did not look as good as one my husband used his favorite car wax – Mothers.

    When my husband told me how much money he spent on the 5 Star Shine I about went through the roof. This is a bad economy and we are not rich and certainly cannot afford to pay $60 or $70 for cheap car wax that doesn’t even work. I made him get on the phone and call these people on their guarantee and get our money back. It’s been over a year now and no one returns our calls and no one there honors their guarantee! It is a confirmed 100% scam in my opinion and I am reporting it to my state attorney general and the local Better Business Bureau as a scam.

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  6. Leah Kelly on July 3, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    5 star shine is clearly one of the most prevelant scams on the internet today. Check out this link (trustmymechanic.com/carwax.html) where they even claim it is used by the U.S. Navy – complete horseshit! Anyone can call the Navy and check this out for themselves. The U.S. Navy has never used 5 star shine or their useless technology to protect their ships and such. I called several offices in the Navy and no one including the actual Navy Purchase and procurement department has ever purchased anything from 5 star shine or pps. They are 100% frauds!

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  7. Tyson F. Gautreaux on July 5, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    I bought it. Tried it and it sucked. The 5 star shine left a rough finish on my car and within one week the water would no longer bead on the hood area. I could have done better with the cheapest wax out there (Turtle Wax which costs around $4 at Target). I tried to get my money back from the scumbags at 5 star shine and they have yet to get back to me. Their warranty is a fraud. 5 Star Shine is a complete fraud and scam! I reported them to the FTC (www.FTC.gov).

    If everyone here that has had a bad or negative experience with 5 Star Shine would report or forward their complaints to the FTC they would definitely open an investigation into this fraud and shut them down permanently. Remember, the FTC is the government agency that finally banned Kevin Trudeau from hawking any products (except books which are protected by the first amendment) in infomercials. Lets work together to get 5 Star Shine banned from the internet so they can’t scam anyone else!

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  8. Clarence on July 5, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    Thanks for the great info here. I almost made the mistake of buying this 5 star shine product. I will stick with my regular car sealant Meguiars that I buy from Wal-Mart.

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  9. Michael McNelly on July 11, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    Product is a scam! I bought it like a year ago and there wasn’t even enough solution to cover my truck. The areas that I did cover? Well one week later they looked like they hadn’t even been treated at all. The stuff sucks and just go and try and get a refund from the company. They won’t return calls – no wonder they have an F rating with the Better Business Bureau!

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  10. Gary Shelton on July 27, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    5 star shine sucks. I was given it as a present from my now exgirlfriend. It came with 2 tiny bottles and was not enough to cover my entire Honda Accord. And what was treated didn’t last long at all. The stuff is a rip off. Then I found out she paid $70 for it – what a scam! I have had better results, better shine and better protection for my car using Turtle Wax which costs under $4 at Target!

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