You don’t even have to be a car enthusiast to want to keep the car shiny, clean and dirt-free at all time. The only requirement is if you love your car. We’re throwing around the word “love” in a general kind of way. Shouldn’t we all love our car for taking us places in day time or night time, through clear skies and precipitation?
If your answer is to the affirmative, then you’d want to keep your car as shiny and clean everyday as how an army recruit would keep his boots in boot camps. Gotta wash the car at least once a week, there’s no two way about it, unless it rained or snowed, then we’d wash it more often.
With today’s clear coat, a car only has to be waxed once every season, and if you have a power waxer, maybe only twice a year. The rest is up to the car wash. Car wash formulas are a trade-off between dirt removal and protecting the paint. The best formulas protect the paint and clear coat without sacrificing the cleaning properties.
Let’s talk about the most effective car wash formulas that money can buy.
Brilliant Finish Car Wash
Meguiar’s Gold Class is a premium car wash in performance, not necessarily in price. It’s a concentrated formula for use with one gallon of water per fluid ounce, so for a medium-size car this is enough for about 32 washes.
It’s safe for the hands and power washer, but not so for poor dirt and grime. 2-in1 Hair shampoo and conditioner has a bad reputation as many of us prefer separate shampoo and conditioner in two bottles. This Meguiar’s Gold Class shampoo & conditioner, however, will make you change your mind. It forms rich foam for washing away dirt and road grime and contaminants while conditioning the paint and clear coat at the same time.
This is a car wash formula that leaves the car radiant without stripping away the wax. Meguiar’s Gold Class foams up immediately. It lubricates the surface until dirt and grime couldn’t help but slide, and then all the bad stuff is lifted in the suds without the need for scrubbing, ready to be washed away. You can remove the most stubborn grime with just a couple of swipes. But that’s of course only if you wash the car often and not let contaminants eat into the clear coat.
Citrus Wash and Gloss
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-Shawn E Six
Griot’s Garage Brilliant Finish is a champion foamer. You’ll get twice over the amount of foamthan ordinary car wash with just one fluid ounce per gallon of water. What if you’re not a fan of too much foam? No problem, just use more water. This formula is power washer safe.
Foam is a good thing for car wash though. Griot’s Garage Brilliant Finish is designed to lift dirt and grime safely without damaging effects on the wax or clear coat. It’s pH-balanced so even if you didn’t perform a thorough job of rinsing, leaving some of this stuff on your car won’t damage it. In fact, it wouldn’t even leave unsightly streaks.
The formula also contains special brightener to leave your cash bright and glossy as if you have just waxed and polished it. Despite all that good stuff, Griot’s Garage Brilliant Finish is fully biodegradable. If it got onto your lawn, not only your grass but the earthworms would still be in fine shape.
Gold Class Car Wash
Chemical Guys Citrus Wash and Gloss may appear to be rather costly until one realized that this is anultra-high concentrated car wash formula. You only have to use 1 fluid ounce in 5 gallons of water. This would be enough to wash a Chevy Suburban or two family cars. Chemical Guys like to boast that this is the world’s most concentrated car wash!
If you’re into citrusy smell and fragrance, look no further than the Chemical Guys Citrus Wash and Gloss. What’s more, it’s naturally derived from lemon-based shampoo, not chemical citrus like most home fragrance. It is fully biodegradable for the environment.
This formula is a favorite with car detailers and enthusiasts for its cleaning prowess. Natural citrus cleaning agents break down dirt, grime and all other filth. After that the bad stuff can’t help but get lifted up in the foam and be washed away. The formula then lubricates the surface and protects the paintwork. Finally, synthetic shine agents leave the car glossy as if from a new coat of wax and polish.
This car wash is even more awesome when used with a power washer and foam gun. Use just one fluid ounce in 32oz foam gun bottles. Chemical Guys Citrus Wash and Gloss is sure to make washing the car thoroughly enjoyable.
While it’s good to remember when to change the oil and inspect the tires and such, keeping the body of the car clean is really the first step to taking good care of the car. The exterior of the car comes into contact on a regular basis with pollutants and chemicals from unavoidable things such as rain, road salt and tar to squashed bugs and bird droppings. Leaving any of this stuff on the paint for an extended period of time will deteriorate the paint and make the areas stand out from the rest at best, or at worst, precipitate irreversible metal corrosion process.
While you can’t really go wrong with any of the above car wash formulas, we’ll try to make the choice easier for you.
The Chemical Guys Citrus Wash and Gloss is the best for power washers and foam guns. Griot’s Garage Brilliant Finish is the best for hand wash. And if value is your thing, Meguiar’s Gold Class offers the best price-to-performance ratio.