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Old 03-28-2008, 11:54 PM   #1
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Default Car wash, with out the wash?

hey, i take care of my car pretty good, this past week i did a lil spring clean up, wash, clay, wax, and i'd like to keep it looking good, heres my question...is there any product(s) out there that i can use to clean my car up w/o the soap&water? At my current apartment up at school I dont have a hose hooked up to the house so I would hate to have to run to the car wash every week. Anything I could use after it rains or something? Or am I just dreaming?
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Old 03-29-2008, 12:47 AM   #2
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funny you asked that, at my girlfriends bar i met some guy that has a non soap and water car wash....its called no wet....i believe he has a website as well, ill get some more information about it, im pretty curious
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Old 03-29-2008, 12:52 AM   #3
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Old 03-29-2008, 12:53 AM   #4
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....here's an article that may help:

http://www.autopia-carcare.com/inf-quick.html
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Old 03-29-2008, 01:16 AM   #5
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I don't buy it.

A neighbor (parked two stalls from me) swears up & down on a waterless wash - "Dri Wash n Guard".

Sure it looked nice, but when you go and touch the fishing.... Screw that. The ride was begging to be clayed. Visually, it looks clean, but you could feel the crap sitting on top of the paint.

IMO, it's worth the time and hassle to do it right. So far, nothing beats the old fashion tender loving care of washing off dirt and clay/polish/wax your ride.

It's a labor of love but worth it, IMO.
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Old 03-29-2008, 03:08 AM   #6
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I was mine weekly - no soap required.

I use one of those 3 gallon garden pump sprayers, and a cleaning mitt/towel of your choice. Just pump the sprayer a 20 times, then you can just wet the car down and spray as you wipe. Has been working great for me
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Old 03-29-2008, 05:31 AM   #7
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I don't buy it.

A neighbor (parked two stalls from me) swears up & down on a waterless wash - "Dri Wash n Guard".

Sure it looked nice, but when you go and touch the fishing.... Screw that. The ride was begging to be clayed. Visually, it looks clean, but you could feel the crap sitting on top of the paint.

IMO, it's worth the time and hassle to do it right. So far, nothing beats the old fashion tender loving care of washing off dirt and clay/polish/wax your ride.

It's a labor of love but worth it, IMO.
^^^ I'm with SKSTI. I have never been a situation where water was not accessible to wash the car. If so, I would find the nearest Public car wash (pressure wash), bring my own products, and wash it there.
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Old 03-29-2008, 11:51 AM   #8
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Optimum no Rinse FTW!!!
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Old 03-29-2008, 01:12 PM   #9
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Old 03-29-2008, 04:44 PM   #10
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Optimum no Rinse FTW!!!
+1 ONR cant go wrong.
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Old 03-31-2008, 01:58 PM   #11
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wow im suprised @ all the replies
the car wash is an option but its annoying having to bring $7 in quarters for just water
im gonna look into some of the products mentioned, thanks!
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Old 03-31-2008, 05:39 PM   #12
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i have had personal experience with "No-Wet" and your car looks like a diamond after your done...im actually going to be working for that company fairly soon so if anyone is interested in group buys/purchasing let me know


sorry didnt know if this was the right forum to mention that, sorry mods
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:11 AM   #13
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Meguiars makes a really nice waterless cleaner call Quick Detailer... smells great too! Big red bottle about 7 bucks. Excellent if you have a dark color car. I use it on all my cars including my vintage '66 VW that I never let get near a car wash or water hose.
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Old 04-01-2008, 10:39 AM   #14
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......just keep in mind that "quick detailers" were never meant to replace washing (when necessary). There is a point when a car is too dirty to safely use QD's and "waterless" products without marring the finish. Personally, I only use QD's after a final coat of wax/sealant, to spot clean (i.e. remove harmful contaminants on the go) and to help remove light surface dust (after using compressed air and other similar techniques outlined in the Autopia article).
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Old 04-01-2008, 11:45 AM   #15
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Another +1 for Optimum No Rinse http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-no-rinse.html

Many professionals on Autopia's forums prefer ONR year round to the traditional washing. It just works that well.
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Old 04-01-2008, 07:33 PM   #16
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www.nowet.com check them out
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:16 PM   #17
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I don't buy it.

A neighbor (parked two stalls from me) swears up & down on a waterless wash - "Dri Wash n Guard".

Sure it looked nice, but when you go and touch the fishing.... Screw that. The ride was begging to be clayed. Visually, it looks clean, but you could feel the crap sitting on top of the paint.

IMO, it's worth the time and hassle to do it right. So far, nothing beats the old fashion tender loving care of washing off dirt and clay/polish/wax your ride.

It's a labor of love but worth it, IMO.
1+++ "Labor of love" nice....
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Old 04-01-2008, 09:28 PM   #18
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I don't buy it.

A neighbor (parked two stalls from me) swears up & down on a waterless wash - "Dri Wash n Guard".

Sure it looked nice, but when you go and touch the fishing.... Screw that. The ride was begging to be clayed. Visually, it looks clean, but you could feel the crap sitting on top of the paint.

IMO, it's worth the time and hassle to do it right. So far, nothing beats the old fashion tender loving care of washing off dirt and clay/polish/wax your ride.

It's a labor of love but worth it, IMO.
Just because he washed it with a no water system doesnt mean that a bunch of contaminents got on the paint? That is crazy talk. He probably hasnt recently clayed, or polished his car.


To the OP: search for a post made by enterthedragon. It is a nice write up on how to use ONR.
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Old 04-01-2008, 09:36 PM   #19
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this stuff works great if you want to order some send me a pm http://www.zep.com
WATERLESS VEHICLE WASH - NEW
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Waterless Vehicle Cleaner and Polish PROD.# 0541
BENEFITS : Zep Waterless Vehicle Wash seals and protects as it cleans; all in one step, without the use of water. It may be used on lightly soiled painted surfaces, chrome, rubber, vinyl, most plastics and fiberglass. Use of Zep Waterless Vehicle Wash will result in a high-gloss finish that retards resoiling of the vehicle finish.

Properties PROD. # UNIT U/M WGT
Appearance White, water-thin 054101 1 case 12 qts Case 27
Scent Solvent-like
Form Liquid
pH Concentrate 7.5 to 8.5
Flash point 195F
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Old 04-01-2008, 10:43 PM   #20
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so far i like ONR over no wet, only b/c slight price difference and more reviews
any more input?
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Old 04-01-2008, 11:16 PM   #21
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no wet has been around since 1994 and is a multi million dollar business that continues to grow...if its price your worried about i can probably work something out for you for a first time buyer, i can guarantee that you will be satisfied with the results....and if you would like more proof, you can go to the website and see that its even proven to remove stains out of seats, carpet, clean vinyl, rubber even household items can be cleaned with this product
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Old 04-01-2008, 11:18 PM   #22
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Trust me, go search "ONR" or "Optimum No Rinse" at autopia.org. You'll get plenty of reviews there and you can also search no wet and other washless products to see how they stack up. The guys on autopia are detail enthusiasts and professionals...The most known member ScottWax praises ONR and uses it on his customers cars with great success. It's people like him and all of the others that help in deciding on detail products.

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Old 04-01-2008, 11:31 PM   #23
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Ibiz Waterless wash and wax is pretty good... I'm a real fan of thier stuff
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Old 04-01-2008, 11:53 PM   #24
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I don't buy it.

A neighbor (parked two stalls from me) swears up & down on a waterless wash - "Dri Wash n Guard".

Sure it looked nice, but when you go and touch the fishing.... Screw that. The ride was begging to be clayed. Visually, it looks clean, but you could feel the crap sitting on top of the paint.

IMO, it's worth the time and hassle to do it right. So far, nothing beats the old fashion tender loving care of washing off dirt and clay/polish/wax your ride.

It's a labor of love but worth it, IMO.
+1000.

I showed my BMW in car shows for several years, and I used a product called Dri Wash. (Now called dri wash n gaurd? I dunno?)

Anyway, it worked well on an almost clean car, i.e., two days of light dust and maybe some dew spots, etc.

It also "looked" like it was working on the car when it was grimy.

However, let that stuff wear off of a black car, and you'll swear you polished it with steel wool.

Anyone who tells you not to fear the layer of grit, and just "polish it off" with a special polymer, is selling some serious snake oil. Any time you rub sand or dirt around on a car's finish, it will scratch the surface. The polish in those dry wash products does an excellent job of concealing swirls, which is why most folks don't notice it tearing the arse outta their paint.

That said, if you have minor swirls, Dri Wash, etc. is a great tool to get them polished-out between details. The best part is, you can wash and dry your car, and even let it get rained on afterward, then use the dry wash to polish it hours later.

Just don't believe them when they say it won't scratch your paint if you go rallying first, then try to buff the mud n' pebbles off. It will not be safe.


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Adam's car care makes a pretty good product for spot cleaning, Check their site.
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