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Old Jun 29, 2010, 12:47 AM   #1
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What is the best car wash soap over the counter?

What is the best car wash soap over the counter? I'm looking for something that is real easy to apply and takes off dirt and grime like

So far Meguiars NXT Soap and Meguiars Gold Class are two that stand out....any other suggestions?
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Old Jun 29, 2010, 12:58 AM   #2
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Meguiars Gold Class is great for over the counter. The key to car soap is using the recommended dilutions on the label because if you use to much you will end up pre-maturely wearing the wax or sealant off. I would recommend Megs Gold Class though, don't know why but i love how it smells
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I usually use Meguiar's Gold Class, I just bought their Ultimate Wash And Wax yesterday. Worked pretty well, the water beads off well so drying was MUCH faster than usual... almost wasn't prepared for it. lol

Left a really nice shine though, especially once I added the Quick Detailer.

After yesterday's wash(pre Quick Detailer):
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If you're looking for an easier method to dry your car. I would apply a good coat of whatever LSP you prefer. If you want great beading 2 coats of Collinite 845 will do, or if you want slickness Menzerna Powerlock topped with Autoglym HD Wax will be great. Then after washing your car with that combination of protection the water should bead off pretty easily. Use a leafblower to get into the cracks and get most of the water off the body panels, then follow up with an MF for whatever water is left. Best method since it has the least potential for marring. The only downside is your neighbours will look at you funny taking a leafblower to a car.
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do you guys recommend meguiars NXT 2.0 wax for over the counter wax duties?

thanks for the reply brendanS...i will be looking into the gold class
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mate , get a bottle of duragloss #901 car wash concentrate , it's very Last step product friendly, suds up perfectly and very slippery.
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do you guys recommend meguiars NXT 2.0 wax for over the counter wax duties?

thanks for the reply brendanS...i will be looking into the gold class
I would recommend Collinite 845. Lasts way longer and has great beading and protection. It's pretty cheap as well and it goes on extremely easy.
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mate , get a bottle of duragloss #901 car wash concentrate , it's very Last step product friendly, suds up perfectly and very slippery.
+1 Duragloss is great as well
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where would I get collinite 845?
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adams car wash amazing
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Megs or Adams's the best , haven't tried Adams's yet but will do in time.

Plus, why is this in the Evo X Show N Shine?
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What kind of a wash are you talking about? Meaning an inbetween wax/polish job or a complete start to finish including claybar, polish, etc?

For a complete job, I use dishwashing soap haha, seems to take just about EVERYTHING off. But I don't recommend this unless you plan on polishing/waxing the vehicle.

Others have mentioned above for regular in between washes.
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What I use:

Meguiar's Gold Class wash
Meguiar's Ultimate spray detailer
Meguiar's NXT 2.0 paste wax
Meguiar's or Mother's clay bar
3M Swirl Remover (when I owned a black car)
Meguiar's cleaner carnuba wax every once in a while to strip everything off
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What kind of a wash are you talking about? Meaning an inbetween wax/polish job or a complete start to finish including claybar, polish, etc?

For a complete job, I use dishwashing soap haha, seems to take just about EVERYTHING off. But I don't recommend this unless you plan on polishing/waxing the vehicle.

Others have mentioned above for regular in between washes.
You definitely have everything mixed up. Dishwashing soap for a complete job? I don't see how that could be a complete job. You don't have to wash in between the wax and polish stage either. A simple IPA or Final Inspection wipe down will do. Dishwashing soap will strip off any protection on your paint. Do your paint a favour and spend $15 on a bottle of Collinite 845 and $10 on a jug of Meguiars Gold Class.
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Megs or Adams's the best , haven't tried Adams's yet but will do in time.

Plus, why is this in the Evo X Show N Shine?
How can you say Adam's is the best when you haven't used it? Adam's is great but there are better products out there imo.
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where would I get collinite 845?
http://www.detailersdomain.com/sealantswaxes.aspx
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^^He was talking about using the dishwasher soap before a full detail to strip everything off of the clear coat. He even states that he does not recommend unless a full wax job is in order after the wash. It actually sounds like a pretty good idea if you ask me..
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i use optimum car wash, have not seen another wash that foams as crazy as this.
their wax rocks too
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