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    Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus




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    $9.99 for 24oz


    Introduction:

    For me, this product is one of the most controversial products that has been released recently. The first thing that went in my head was who in their right mind would use this product??? It seems so unsafe and it's probably guaranteed to scratch your paint LOL! I had my doubts about this product and to be frank, I was ready to bash it because it just seems counter intuitive.

    The thoughts I encountered about this product reminded me when rinseless washing first came out. Never thought the product would work, unsafe, would cause scratching, etc.

    I guess let's stop talking and put this product to the test!


    Review:

    Here's the description and directions of this product:



    The subject vehicle had a good layer of dust. It hasn't been washed in 2 weeks. There hasn't been any rain so it's not overly dirty or muddy. Here are some close up shots showing how dusty the car is:









    Here are some shots of bug guts that have been baking on the car:





    The product description said that it could remove light scuff marks. So I wanted to put that claim to the test. Here are 2 sections of the vehicle where it has some scuff marks. These scuff marks have been on the vehicle for a while now and normal 2BM washing didn't even touch them.



    (Please see the 2 horizontal lines just above the roof of the car in the reflection)


    First step is to rinse the vehicle to remove loose dirt and debris:





    Next, drench your wash mitt in water so that it's wet. Then apply the Meguiars Car Wash Plus+ soap directly on the wash mitt in a snake like pattern as shown:



    Start washing a panel like normal:



    Soap suds will materialize as you move the wash mitt around. Notice the insane amount of soap suds:



    Rinse the panel you're working on:



    Same procedure on a different panel. This time we're working on the hood. Again, wash the panel like normal after applying the Meguiars Car Wash Plus+ to your wash mitt:



    Wash the entire panel and see the soap suds come out:



    Rinse the panel you're working on:



    I assume you continue doing this until you've washed the entire vehicle. But IMHO, this is what makes this product controversial, unsafe and guaranteed to scratch your paint. You will accumulate all the dirt and debris from previous panels you washed and introduce them to the succeeding panels you're washing.

    But wait a minute!!! Let's apply some logic and figure out a way to make this wash method safe.

    Introducing the Marc08EX tips and tricks to make this product work safely:

    What if we introduce a bucket that just has water and a grit guard inside? Just like a rinse bucket in the traditional 2 bucket method! So what you do is in between panels or soap applications to the wash mitt, you just dunk your wash mitt in the rinse bucket like you do in a traditional 2 bucket method to remove the dirt and debris lodged in your wash mitt.



    That's one way... But hey, you might say that the purpose of this product is to not use any buckets. Well, I have another solution for that! If you don't want to bring out any buckets because it's extra work and time consuming then what you do is just rinse your wash mitt with a strong stream of water in between panels or soap applications to the wash mitt. This will also help dislodge dirt and debris in your wash mitt from the recent panel you just washed.



    Please excuse this picture. I wanted to take a picture of the mitt in my one hand and the hose nozzle on the other hand but I didn't have the time and patience to setup my stand, the camera timer and get the right shot.

    These 2 rinsing methods are what I actually employ when I use my foam gun to wash the car.

    Continue washing the vehicle. The entire driver side of the vehicle was washed with only 2 applications of the Meguiars Car Wash Plus+. It's crazy concentrated and one application in the wash mitt goes a very long way!



    Rinse the car often and don't let the soap dry.





    Remember the bug gut that was in the front bumper? Let's try to tackle that. First, wet the area to soften the bug gut:



    Then just start washing the panel where the bug gut is. You may require to agitate this area more than normal to remove the baked on bug gut:



    Here are some shots after washing the vehicle. As you can see, clean and shiny!









    Bug guts gone!





    Remember the 2 areas with scuff marks?? These areas literally required some elbow grease. So what I did was to wash the entire panel where the scuff marks are located then afterwards, I rinsed my wash mitt and re-applied some soap. Then I concentrated on the affected areas and applied some pressure as I was washing it. I actually washed it the same way as you'd polish scuff marks. Here are the results!! I was blown away that these scuff marks were removed. I honestly thought this car wash wouldn't even touch them. It's a car wash for crying out loud.





    I originally thought that the bottle of Meguiars Car Wash Plus+ would only be able to wash a handful of cars. But boy I was wrong. Check out how much product I used after washing a Honda CR-V. I barely consumed anything! AMAZING!




    Thoughts and Observations:

    This product is very thick and viscous.

    It has a very strong pleasant smell. I'd like to think it smells like an air freshener but I'm not exactly sure of the scent. I liked the scent a lot and it made washing the car a pleasure.

    The product is highly concentrated. One application of the soap to the wash mitt can make you go at least 2 panels. I was able to wash 3 panels in one application but I didn't want to push it beyond that. I didn't want the dirt and debris to accumulate in my wash mitt.

    As a result of the ultra high concentration - a bottle of this soap will be able to wash A LOT of cars.

    The wash mitt needs to be drenched for this to work. If you wring out the wash mitt, the soap suds don't get activated as well as when the wash mitt is drenched.

    When extra steps are added to ensure that the wash mitt is clean, then this is definitely a safe method of washing the car IMHO.

    I tested it to remove some light scuff marks - VERY IMPRESSED.

    It definitely saved me time washing the car compared to using the 2BM.


    Conclusion:

    I'm sure many of you had doubts about this product as well but as Meguiar's said - it's a new revolutionary concept in car washing. I thought I wouldn't like this product at all but I was pleasantly surprised on how much I liked it. Not only that but it worked effectively as well. It saved me time and removed some light scuff marks too. I highly recommend you give this product a chance and try it out. I hope you'll be equally impressed with it.

    As always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review. Comments are appreciated.
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    Re: Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    Nice work Marc! Thank you for taking the time to share. We are happy to hear you enjoyed using our new Wash Plus+.

    I wanted to mention for others viewing that Marc08EX creates & provides these reviews out of his own passion for car care, and is not provided free product from Meguiar's or told to provide a good review in exchange for free product. In other words, he will tell you if he doesn't like certain characteristics of a product!

    I did also want to mention Marc that from the time we announced this product on MOL, we have said a Tip is to rinse out the wash mitt which a stream from the hose to flush out dirt & contaminants. Below is my initial comment dated October 31st, 2016.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Winn View Post
    This was tested & designed on a wide variety of paints. With that said we of course cannot test for ever paint and situation. Since this product is best applied directly to the wash mitt, one of our Tips is to rinse the wash mitt with a blast from the hose to flush out dirt & contaminants, then re-apply the product.
    We also state on the label under the directions this recommendation, "Tip: Rinse the wash mitt with a blast from the hose to flush out dirt & contaminants then re-apply the product."



    Thanks again!

    - Nick
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    Re: Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    Thank you so much Nick!

    Man I didn't even see that tip in the label. I read the instructions fast and only the instructions section. I'm glad that Meguiar's is recommending to rinse the mitt in between applications because this is an extra step to make the wash safer.
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    Re: Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    Nick, does this product degrade the LSP on the paint or is it LSP safe? There are some concerns that this degrades or removes LSP because of the "micro-abrasives" that help remove the bugs, tar and scuff marks.
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    Re: Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    Great review Marc, looking forward to getting this soon.
    I'm thinking it would be wise to finish off with uqw after using this product?
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    Re: Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc08EX View Post
    Nick, does this product degrade the LSP on the paint or is it LSP safe? There are some concerns that this degrades or removes LSP because of the "micro-abrasives" that help remove the bugs, tar and scuff marks.
    Hi Marc,

    Yes, one application of our Car Wash Plus+, because of it's cleaning ability, will degrade a good amount of, for example, a polymer based wax like our Ultimate Wax. It is recommended to re-apply your favorite coat of wax after use.

    - Nick
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    Re: Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    Quote Originally Posted by STRIFE View Post
    Great review Marc, looking forward to getting this soon.
    I'm thinking it would be wise to finish off with uqw after using this product?
    Thank you so much STRIFE!

    I think it is a great idea to use UQW after this. I myself use D156 after every wash.
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    Re: Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc08EX View Post
    Nick, does this product degrade the LSP on the paint or is it LSP safe? There are some concerns that this degrades or removes LSP because of the "micro-abrasives" that help remove the bugs, tar and scuff marks.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Winn View Post
    Hi Marc,

    Yes, one application of our Car Wash Plus+, because of it's cleaning ability, will degrade a good amount of, for example, a polymer based wax like our Ultimate Wax. It is recommended to re-apply your favorite coat of wax after use.

    - Nick
    I have a correction regarding the ability of Wash Plus+'s cleaning ability. Our Product Marketing Department clarified that according to their testing, Wash Plus+ tended to degrade basic carnauba based waxes pretty quickly, but when testing with our polymer based waxes, (like Ultimate Wax), there was no apparent degradation & polymer based waxes withstood normal washing with Wash Plus+. The only exception was bug & scuff marks that received extra work to remove.

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    Re: Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    Thanks for the clarification Nick!
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    Re: Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    I enjoyed this review, enough to purchase some wash plus off the back of it. Ive posted my own review on my experiences, and they were very similar to you.

    This shampoo does require a little more common sense with it in my opinion, but most users on here will have great washing practices already so it wont be a problem for them!

    This has to be one of my fav products now.

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