What’s the Difference Between a Quick Detailer and Waterless Car Wash?

One of the most common misconceptions in the car care industry is equating a Quick Detailer/Spray Detailer with a Waterless Car Wash. Let’s be clear, these are two completely different products with two different functions in the detailing world.

Quick Detailers were created to give users a fast and effective way to restore a car’s gloss without the hassle of a paste or liquid wax. These products are mainly used on cars that are in ‘showroom’ condition with no visible contaminants on the surface of the paint. They have excellent gloss, protection and lubricity, but lack the cleaning power to go beyond cleaning fingerprints or dust.

Waterless Car Wash products are intended to replace a hose and bucket wash. They do share many of the same characteristics of a Quick Detailer, but also are formulated with cleaning agents (surfactants) that can more safely and effectively emulsify contaminants on the surface of the paint. Waterless Car Wash products such as Eco Touch, are safe to use on light-moderately soiled vehicles. Heavy mud, salt or sand needs to be addressed with a pre-rinse before using this method.

In summary, here’s a quick comparison between the two products:

Quick Detailer
Cleaning Ability – Fingerprints or dust only
Gloss – Excellent
Protection – Good

Waterless Car Wash
Cleaning Ability – Daily driving road grime.
Gloss – Good
Protection – Good

Eco Touch Waterless Car Wash is excellent for cleaning light to moderately soiled vehicles.

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How to Wax a Car in Under 15 Minutes

Some of us might remember the days when ‘waxing’ a car meant applying a paste-like substance to your paint, waiting for it to dry to a haze, and buffing for eternity until your arms looked like Popeye. Thankfully, advances in polymer chemistry have greatly enhanced the speed and efficiency of car wax products today. Yes, there are still the diehards who insist on spending hours in the driveway buffing and polishing away. But, for the average consumer who simply wants a great finish without the hassle, there exist some excellent options. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

24 oz. Eco Touch Quick Wax
24 oz. Eco Touch Waterless Car Wash
2 – 4 high-quality microfiber towels
15 minutes of time

1) Move your car into a shaded location for best results. While it’s possible to wax in direct sunlight, you’ll be fighting against the formula evaporating too quickly on the car’s paint.

2) Star by washing the vehicle from top to bottom to remove surface contaminants. We suggest using Eco Touch Waterless Car Wash for vehicles that are lightly-moderately soiled. If it’s during the winter months and you have heavy salt, sand or mud debris, do a quick pre-rinse and then continue with the Waterless Wash method.

3) Now that the surface has been cleaned you can apply your wax. Eco Touch Quick Wax is a spray car wax that dries clear. That means no white chalky residue or intense labor to remove.

4) Apply Quick Wax one section at a time. For instance, work in 1/2 panels by lightly spraying the formula onto the car and buffing clean. Be sure to use a high-quality microfiber towel with at least 300 GSM or higher. Lower-quality towels tend to fall apart more quickly and can leave a trail of fibers on the paint.

Once the car has been waxed, be sure to re-apply as needed. During the summer months you may find that the protective layer of polymers/waxes degrade more quickly due to the increased intensity of the sunlight. As a general rule of thumb, waxing every 3-4 weeks will keep your car in it’s best condition for the long term.

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