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    Paint-safe, wax-safe pre-wash product?

    Hi guys,

    To preface, I tried the search function (using a handful of combinations) with little luck.

    Has anybody heard of (or is currently using) a product that can be used to pre-treat your car that's safe for (clear coat) paint and wax (i.e. it won't strip wax)?

    I'm looking for something that can be used on a regular basis - - in other words, whenever I wash my car, whether it's every few days or every week or every 2 weeks.

    I'm thinking of something to how Paul Dalton (sp?...the UK guy who charges an arm and two legs) uses in his pump sprayer at the outset of his detailing process. I'm looking at doing something similar (i.e. having a product that you can perhaps dilute and apply with a hand-pump sprayer).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK7DWeMZyFQ <-- he talks about (and uses) it from 0:44-1:00.

    I've tried google and have perused Autogeek and ADS for something similar but have come up with no luck.

    I think I've heard of a product from CG *shrug*...citrus wash somethinaruther?

    Thanks in advance,
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    Re: Paint-safe, wax-safe pre-wash product?

    Any of Meguiar's car shampoos would fit the bill for you.
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    Re: Paint-safe, wax-safe pre-wash product?

    I'm pretty sure the product Paul is using in that portion of the video is P21S Total Auto Wash. You can find it on Autogeek's website.
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    Re: Paint-safe, wax-safe pre-wash product?

    You could use Meguiar's Body Solvent as your pre-wash. It's safe on all types of paint surfaces.

    http://www.autodetailingsolutions.net/d13032.html

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    Re: Paint-safe, wax-safe pre-wash product?

    Thanks guys.

    Aikmel: I apoligize - - I should've given more info. I was interested in a product whose sole (or main) purpose is for pre-treating the body of the car. Thanks for the reply though.

    Ciera: Thank you for the info. I was actually going to put in an order by this Friday to take advantage of the Memorial Day deal(s).

    Greg: Thanks for the tip...I was thinking of using Meg's BS

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    Re: Paint-safe, wax-safe pre-wash product?

    Jeff, you did specify that you wanted something that would not strip the wax, right? I would imagine that both P21S Total Body Wash and Megs' Body Solvent will effectively remove all or at least some (most?) of your wax. If a product is strong enough to clean engines, as is Total Body Wash, then it's strong enough to remove car wax. So the question is, what precisely do you want to accomplish?

    Many professionals pre-treat their cars by using a foam wand, attached to their pressure washer. They allow the foam to sit for a couple of minutes, hose off and then proceed to wash the car like normal.

    Some folks who use Optimum No Rinse like to spray on ONR on the car first before actually washing the car with ONR. I don't see why ONR could not be used as a pre-rinse before ordinary car washing--spray it on, let it sit, hose off and then wash.
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    Re: Paint-safe, wax-safe pre-wash product?

    Great point - - you're exactly right: I'm looking for something that won't strip wax and can be used as a pre-treater.

    I currently don't have a power washer or a foam wand/gun. I was hoping to do it the cheapest way possible.

    I've never used either P21S T.B.W. or Meg's BS so I was unsure of their 'properties' so to speak (i.e. whether they are safe for wax or if they will, in fact, remove most/all of my wax).

    I'll keep searching and thanks for the tips/info.

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    Re: Paint-safe, wax-safe pre-wash product?

    The closest thing I could think of would be Last Touch. I somewhat use it for this purpose at times as it offers great lubricity and also is a great catalyst for removing dried polish, compounds, etc.

    I am just not sure it will offer a lot of cleaning power just sitting there compared to an all-purpose cleaner, for example. I think most products that do what you want would also compromise the wax/sealant, unfortunately.
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    Re: Paint-safe, wax-safe pre-wash product?

    When I used traditional washes before switching to waterless systems, I used a bottle of car wash and a foaming sprayer or even a regular sprayer to pretreat the car. Did a fine job.

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    Re: Paint-safe, wax-safe pre-wash product?

    Jeff, I watched the video and am now wondering why you want to to do a pre-rinse. Dalton is using a citrus degreaser, perhaps something like P21S Total Body Wash, to get the car as clean as possible. He's not worried about preserving the wax on the car, as he is doing a full detail, completed with a coat of wax or two.

    Given that you are not doing a full detail, wouldn't pre-spraying the car with your preferred car shampoo do the trick for you? What more are you looking for?

    If your concern is doing everything you can do not to instill swirls, then I suggest that you check out Accumulator's Non-Marring Wash Technique and Supe's Wash Method. Most of us, though, are content to just do the two bucket method.
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