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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