My Favourite Audi Detailing & Automobile Cleansing Merchandise – Nick’s Automobile Weblog


One in every of my highschool jobs rising up was working at a automotive detailing store – it was the hardest job I ever had, however it was superior to see simply how a lot of a distinction the precise merchandise & 5-8 hours of your time could make on even essentially the most uncared for automobiles. Ever since my job detailing automobiles, I’ve been an increasing number of of a “neat freak” when it got here to cleansing my very own automotive, however lately I’ve stepped up my detailing sport to the subsequent degree by buying a variety of high-end detailing merchandise to make use of on my automotive.

Quick ahead 20+ years and I’ve picked up a whole lot of tips about element together with the perfect merchandise to make use of. I’m lucky because of this weblog that many corporations will ship me merchandise to demo, and I’ve additionally taken my automobiles to Elite End San Diego to see what the perfect within the enterprise do. 

Listed below are the merchandise I’ve been utilizing, and extremely advocate to this point. I’ve up to date this publish in September 2022 since initially scripting this over 11 years in the past (wow!) in July 2011 as I’ve each examined new merchandise and the business itself has improved rather a lot.

Waterless Wash / Fast Detailer

By far, fingers down, the perfect Waterless Wash / Fast Detailer I’ve used is WashMist by Elite End. It doesn’t streak almost as a lot as different merchandise I’ve examined (and I’ve in all probability examined effectively over a dozen at this level) and it does an important job at each cleansing and including shine. It additionally has some ceramic coating properties to it so it would assist preserve an present ceramic coating or present some further safety when you don’t have it already. The important thing to utilizing this product effectively is having the proper of towels, and swapping out recent towels at any time when it will get soiled – when washing a automotive I usually undergo about 4-5 towels relying on how soiled it’s and the way massive the automotive is (e.g. R8 requires much less towels than an SUV). I like these “Loopy Pile” towels as they’re tremendous thick and the lengthy size of the fibers (often called the pile) permits dust to get trapped deep down with out danger of scratching the paint. Regardless, don’t use Costco towels – the standard of your microfiber makes a HUGE distinction when utilizing waterless wash / fast detailer. The WashMist additionally works effectively as a drying agent after a “bucket and cleaning soap” wash the place you spray some on whereas drying to assist lubricate the floor and get rid of any further water spots. I additionally love utilizing this as a glass cleaner!

Greatest used for: in-between deep cleans, whereas drying your automotive from a conventional wash, or when washing with water will not be possible/sensible

Exterior Washing

When a fast detailer received’t reduce it (see above), then I’m going straight to the stress washer. There are just a few causes for this however in a nutshell, why I like utilizing a stress washer is that:

  1. It makes use of much less water
  2. The water stress knocks off a ton of dust, decreasing the necessity to scrub (saving each effort and minimizing the possibility of swirls)
  3. The froth cannon creates a pleasant thick coating of cleaning soap that dwells on the paint that you just can not replicate in any other case
  4. Typically if the automotive isn’t that soiled you’ll be able to skip utilizing a sponge all collectively, so it’s usually faster
  5. It really works WONDERS on wheels, eradicating cussed brake mud from cracks, crevices and spokes that you just wouldn’t be capable to attain in any other case

My present setup is an electrical stress washer from Amazon (gasoline works higher, however far more noise & trouble – IMO electrical will get you 80% of the outcomes for 20% of the hassle). You’ll need one thing as near 2 GPM as attainable and the upper the PSI the higher. I like this one at the moment on sale. Mix this with a pleasant foam lance just like the Torq Lance by Chemical Guys and any excessive suds cleaning soap like CarPro Reset or Adams Automobile Shampoo. Be certain to seize just a few good microfiber wash mitts (notice: a normal microfiber towel like these above work simply effective too) and wheel woolies whilst you’re in there, and also you’re good to go – alternatively, this multi function equipment from Chemical Guys is a fairly good worth when you want the entire above.

When washing the automotive, use totally different towels/brushes relying on the floor to keep away from cross contamination – e.g. don’t use the identical towel in your wheels as your paint, otherwise you’ll find yourself getting brake mud in your paint and scratching every little thing up over time.

Inside Cleansing

For the inside, you’ll need a basic inside cleaner after which one thing particular to your seats. I’ve discovered a whole lot of merchandise work rather well right here, and none are notably that totally different or simpler than one another – so be happy to go looking on Amazon or Detailed Picture. Lately I’ve been testing some Proje Automobile Cleaner merchandise and their Inside Alpha cleaner works nice, but additionally had actually good luck with 303 Aerospace Protectant.

For leather-based seats – I actually like Gyeon Robust Leather-based cleaner for deep cleans, Leatherique Rejuvinator Oil for moisturizing / restoring outdated leather-based, after which nearly an inside “fast detailer” works effective for the remainder of the surfaces just like the dashboard or common cleansing of the seats. It’s additionally price noting that you just don’t want to make use of a cleaner each time – usually after drying the automotive I’ll use a moist microfiber to wipe down the sprint and use nothing however water…that is the most secure solution to clear, and doesn’t depart any residue. Keep away from something that leaves a greasy or shiny end as these are likely to eat away on the end of the buttons over time – so if a moist towel is sufficient to do the trick, then comply with the “do no hurt” precept and preserve it easy.

Wheel Cleansing

For wheels, I usually use the stress washer technique above. It’s finest to do the wheels first, then the remainder of the automotive. Begin with a radical rinsing to kick off the entire brake mud, then use a Wheel Cleaner to assist take away any iron deposits. I like to make use of a devoted wheel brush like certainly one of these, mixed with a devoted wheel cleaner that’s secure on the end. After the cleaner has sat on the wheels for 3-5 min (don’t let it dry), then stress wash off and go on to washing the remainder of the car. When washing the car, I hit the wheels a second time with the froth cannon and rinse off with a stress washer and really minimal if any scrubbing is ever wanted – even on a day by day drive with black wheels like my Cayenne.

Lastly, when you get the possibility to deep clear – the do the above however take away the wheels from the car. As soon as totally dry and all particles eliminated, apply a ceramic coating to guard the wheels and have brake mud actually roll off – see beneath for extra on ceramic coatings.

For tire shine, I actually like Proje’s Tire Fusion the perfect of something I’ve tried – and if you wish to go for an all-in-one equipment it is a nice setup. Total I’ve discovered all of Proje’s merchandise to be nice, however the tire shine is kind of exceptional. It doesn’t sling, it has the correct quantity of shine, it lasts some time, and it’s simple to use. Lastly, somebody discovered how to do that!

Ceramic Coatings

Ceramic coatings are an absolute GAME CHANGER as I’ve written earlier than. The water beads off to the purpose the place you barely have to dry the automotive, and it additionally repels dust, mud, and the rest that usually sticks to the paint. You possibly can apply this virtually anyplace together with glass, plastic trim, wheels, and naturally the paint.

I like CarPro DLUX wheel coating for wheels, brake calipers, and different excessive site visitors/warmth areas, mixed with CarPro UK Version for the remainder of the automotive. Earlier than making use of a ceramic coating it’s necessary to ensure the wheels and/or paint is as good as you will get it, as a ceramic coating will final 3-5 years and mainly locks in something beneath – consider it like a display protector to your telephone, the place there may be an additional layer of glass defending what’s beneath – so any imperfections are caught in place (and if the wheel or paint appears to be like good, that may keep the case too!).

I’ve additionally examined GTechniq and Avalon King and so they had been nice too – ceramic coating is very easy to DIY (it’s the entire prep work and sprucing that’s exhausting) and most respected merchandise will do effectively at this level. Keep away from any no-name manufacturers which might be considerably cheaper, and also you’ll be effective.


Elite End Detailing

If you happen to actually wish to go massive, put money into a very good twin motion orbital polisher like a Rupes Large Foot. You’ll additionally want a ton of pads, sprucing options, and extra – so frankly you’re higher off outsourcing this to an expert until you both (1) actually like doing this your self or (2) plan to do that usually sufficient to have this be a very good worth. You possibly can simply spend $500-1000 in provides, and the training curve to really get good at sprucing may be dozens of automobiles (and through that studying curve, you could make errors that damages or burns by means of the paint). IMO most individuals are finest off discovering a very good detailer, having them polish the paint, after which apply a ceramic coating afterwards to lock it in. That ought to final the lifetime of the car most often, and you may preserve the coating with CarPro Reload or comparable sprays each 6-12 months. If you happen to do DIY this, I like to recommend investing in a clay bar mitt as that saves a ton of time, then I like to make use of the Meguiars Extremely-Reduce to take away deep swirls and scratches, then Meguiars Extremely-End for the second move to take away any smaller swirls and holograms.

When contemplating DIY versus skilled detailing, remember to issue within the worth of your time – sprucing your automotive appropriately can take 8 hours (simply) and offer you a fairly sore again, so if the associated fee is about the identical to purchase the entire provides versus rent an expert – then the skilled will not be solely value efficient however saves you a ton of time, physique aches, and also you’ll get a greater consequence.


There’s a ton extra you might write, and advocate, as detailing is admittedly an artwork type. I’ve amassed a whole cupboard of detailing provides, and every device has a unique use for particular conditions or wants.

Just a few merchandise that I’ll lean on extra usually embody:

  • Vinegar – nice for eradicating water spots, particularly on glass
  • Bissell Little Inexperienced – nice for deep cleansing of carpets, seats, and eradicating stains
  • Leaf Blower – particularly in case your automotive is ceramic coating, utilizing a leaf blower to assist dry the automotive and blow out water from exhausting to succeed in locations just like the grille or wheel spokes is nice
  • Degreaser – nice for engine bays, actually cussed spots, door jams, or different locations which have been uncared for or been lined with oil & grime.
  • Steam Cleaners – nice for headliners (watch out with warmth) or cussed spots on the inside.
  • Glass Cleaner – I choose to make use of WashMist famous above, however Stoners or another car-specific glass cleaner may be useful to make the glass actually pop.

Hope this helps, and I’ll proceed to replace this publish as I strive new issues!


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