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Old 06-14-2014, 04:36 PM   #1
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Anyone use waterless or rinseless car wash?

Does anyone use these and if so how would you rate them to the traditional hose and bucket method? The weather and housing location is making look at other options.

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If your car is a DD and you wait a couple weeks at a time to wash it,I would use the traditional method. All that built up road grime will scratch your paint no matter how good they advertise it. You can use the 2 bucket method in a car wash bay. Just pre fill your buckets,cap them and throw them in the trunk. Now if you wash your car like me which means the second it gets dirty you wash it then you should be fine.
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I'm always scared of that waterless stuff. I feel there is a higher chance of the car getting micro-scratches from dirt, but that's just my 2 cents
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I am a little nervous as well but I really only drive the car when it's nice out and work is only a few miles for me so I take my motorcycle. So usually the car only accumulates some dust and I use a California duster and some detailer then wash it once a week or so.

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i wouldn't use it if your car is filthy. if it has some pollen on it or ight dust, use a good amount of the stuff and wipe it safely away
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i wouldn't use it if your car is filthy. if it has some pollen on it or ight dust, use a good amount of the stuff and wipe it safely away
You can't just wipe pollen away safely. It can cause more damage that way. Best way is to agitate it with shampoo and water. The california duster on pollen is the worst thing you could ever do.

Here is a good little read about pollen.

Safely Removing Pollen Will Save Your Paint | Ask a Pro Blog
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You can't just wipe pollen away safely. It can cause more damage that way. Best way is to agitate it with shampoo and water. The california duster on pollen is the worst thing you could ever do.

Here is a good little read about pollen.

Safely Removing Pollen Will Save Your Paint | Ask a Pro Blog
The guy that wrote this article also seems to be a fan of ONR which was one of the products I was looking at.

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You can't just wipe pollen away safely. It can cause more damage that way. Best way is to agitate it with shampoo and water. The california duster on pollen is the worst thing you could ever do.

Here is a good little read about pollen.

Safely Removing Pollen Will Save Your Paint | Ask a Pro Blog
that's why I suggested to use a good amount of the product to saturate the area. I do this all the time with no problem when there is a light dusting of pollen on my car. I wouldn't suggest it if the car was covered in pollen.

and in that article it talks about wiping a surface that is dry with no lubricant. a waterless cleaner will lift the pollen into the product so it can be wiped away. but as stated, not to be done with a car caked with pollen
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that's why I suggested to use a good amount of the product to saturate the area. I do this all the time with no problem when there is a light dusting of pollen on my car. I wouldn't suggest it if the car was covered in pollen.

and in that article it talks about wiping a surface that is dry with no lubricant. a waterless cleaner will lift the pollen into the product so it can be wiped away. but as stated, not to be done with a car caked with pollen
I understand what you are saying so I guess it's just a matter of opinion or preference. I myself would not use detailer and a rag on light pollen. I have pretty much stopped using detailer on the car,unless it is right after a wash.
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I understand what you are saying so I guess it's just a matter of opinion or preference. I myself would not use detailer and a rag on light pollen. I have pretty much stopped using detailer on the car,unless it is right after a wash.
waterless wash isn't a detailer. I think that's where the confusion might be. I might not have mentioned that in my comment.
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waterless wash isn't a detailer. I think that's where the confusion might be. I might not have mentioned that in my comment.
I know what you were saying and I know waterless wash isn't a detailer. I still wouldn't use it but that's just me.
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I use both Waterless and rinseless washes, and I am really pleased with the results of both. The waterless I use Chemical Guys Ecosmart-RU with Chemical guys gold plush jr microfiber towlels. You will want to use 2-3 of these for the whole car to avoid building up too much dirt/grime on one towel and causing swirls. You will also need a decent towel you DO NOT put the CG solution on. This towel will be just for buffing out the left over wax that causes a streaky look, but once buffed it has a very nice shine. I find that my Shamwow works perfect for getting the wax off, and my cheaper crappy autozone towels do nothing to help. My only complaint about it is it can be difficult to get all the streaks out from the wax, but this is a very quick way to clean your car. Also buy this stuff by the gallon($30) along with the CG atomizer (cheaper on amazon). If you can afford it buy the gallon of Hyper concentrated ecosmart formula ($90) which ends up making about 8 gallons i think when mixed, because you'll use this stuff fast.
Now for the rinseless wash i use the ONR wash & wax solution, I love this stuff! You'll need 2-3 plush microfiber towels, 1-2 microfibers for drying (i recommend meguiars or cobra waffle weave), two 5 gal buckets, and a grit guard. Follow the instructions for mixing the 1oz ONR per 2 gal water and the other bucket for rinsing and your set. This is awesome because you get about 30 car washes for around $20 because the bottle is 32oz. Wash your car like you would normally without pressure and wipe away the excess water. I almost never have to buff left over wax off with this stuff and i think it cleans a bit better than a waterless, plus i usually have enough left in the bucket to clean the GF's car with the 1oz/2gal mix. The only downfall is that it takes a bit longer than using the ecosmart. I really like both! the Eco smart is awesome for car shows, touch ups, cleaning off bird poop, etc. It's definetly worth having both products around.
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I am now almost exclusively using a rinseless wash method. I use Infinite Use Detail Juice with Juice Boost and the Garry Dean wash method. The results are amazing.

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I am now almost exclusively using a rinseless wash method. I use Infinite Use Detail Juice with Juice Boost and the Garry Dean wash method. The results are amazing.

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No I have not. If the car happens to be really dirty, which is rare because I wash once a week, I will go over it with an electric pressure washer first. The results are so good from this method that the car stays cleaner longer too.

Since I like washing the cars this way so much, especially in the garage on a hit summer day, I bought an Eco detailing pod from chemical guys to apply the product and speed things up.

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No I have not. If the car happens to be really dirty, which is rare because I wash once a week, I will go over it with an electric pressure washer first. The results are so good from this method that the car stays cleaner longer too.

Since I like washing the cars this way so much, especially in the garage on a hit summer day, I bought an Eco detailing pod from chemical guys to apply the product and speed things up.

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My personal recommendation for washes between actual washes is a foam gun/lance. I use it during my normal washes but also when I don't have time for a full hand-wash.

Rinse the car, spray on the foam once to pick up the big stuff, rinse that off and repeat with the foam and a mitt. Not quite as good as the two bucket but if it's not too dirty it's a safer method.
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I have been using Dri Wash n Guard for over 15 years. It works on all color vehicles and does not scratch the paint. I agree with others posting here that if the car is real dirty from a trip or not being washed for a while, nothing beats a bucket of soapy water and a hose. My CS is not a daily driver so it is easy to maintain with DWnG. They have a whole line of products, I also like the leather treatment and they make a trim treatment that works well on plastic under the hood because it repells dust.
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Try croftgateusa.com best waterless stuff around

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I have been using Croftgate products for over a year. Love it haven't seen any scratching.


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