How Does Waterless Car Wash Work? You Need to Know !

A waterless car wash refers to a spray detailer that you can use to saturate panels slowly so that you can then wipe off the dirt or grime to a dry shine. You should use this kind of a wash on your car only when the dust is light, as a quick means of cleaning the vehicle between washes.

Today, I will be showing you how to use a waterless car wash and demystify the issues about car wash scratching car paint.

But, before we delve into that, how about I highlight your options when it comes to choosing a waterless car wash?

Selecting a Waterless Car Wash

You can either choose a ready-to-use formula or go for a concentrate.

The best ready-to-use formulas include the McKee’s 37 and the Pinnacle Liquid Crystal with Carnauba.

The best concentrates include the McKee's 37 Waterless Wash On The Go, with the BLACKFIRE Wet Diamond being one of the most concentrated waterless washes available.

When looking a product that suits your needs, I recommend you get one with a built-in wax, as it will protect your car during the wash. That way, you don’t have to worry about scratches. One such product is the Pinnacle Liquid Crystal with Carnauba.

If you can go for the BLACKFIRE, that’d be even better as it contains super slippery polymers that make scratching impossible.

I bet you’re looking to minimize scratches. If that is so, you also need to pick your waterless washing towels very carefully.

A super-soft towel with a thick nap creates adequate room for dirt accumulation, and as such, there’s no rubbing against the paint. On the other hand, a thin towel with a flat nap hardly provides a place for the dirt to accumulate, and therefore, rubbing against the paint becomes inevitable.

I recommend you try the Cobra Supreme 530 Microfiber Towel or the Shine & Buff; they are great selections.

Using a Waterless Car Wash

The secret to the safe use of a waterless wash is using plenty of clean, super-soft polishing towels. Just fold the sheet in half, then in half once more, to create eight faces. Once you’re done using the eight faces, switch to a fresh towel to avoid transferring the dirt from panel to panel.

The tactics below will help you do an excellent, useful wipe:

Fold your microfiber towel to 8 usable faces.

Beginning at the upper part of your car, which is usually the cleanest, spray a panel profusely with the waterless wash. Ensure that the size of the panel you’re spraying is not too big that the washing dries on its own before you can perform the wipe.

Here is how you can slice up your car into units when cleaning it with a waterless wash:

•    Roof side glass

•    Horizontal plates, such as the trunk lid and the roof

•    Front grills and bumpers

•    Rear bumpers

•    Lower vertical panels

•    The wheels

Half the hood or half the roof is a good section to start with.

Wipe lightly in the same direction, keeping in mind that applying excess pressure can lead to the formation of little scratches. Also, don’t wipe in circular motions, as you’d be removing and setting back the dirt over and again. You don’t want to be counterproductive, do you?

As you wipe, watch the towel’s cleanliness cautiously. When the face starts getting too many stains, switch to a fresh look. Don’t forget, there are eight faces on that towel, and hopefully, you have extra sheets as well.

Be sure to wipe the panel dry before moving onto a new section.

Expert tip: don’t use the same towel you use to wipe the wheels on the other parts of the car. Remember, wheels are typically covered in brake dust and obviously more road grime, and you can’t risk transferring that to the paint finish.

Does Waterless Car Wash Scratch Paint?

Keep in mind that without water and washing products, wiping your car clean creates a significant amount of friction. That’s why it’s easier to have scratches when doing a waterless wash. However, if you do it correctly, there will be virtually no scratches.

Before someone does a waterless wash on your car, it’s essential they have a bit of experience in waterless washing. And, in case you’re doing the wash yourself, be sure to follow the steps described in the section above on using a waterless car wash.

Use high-quality product and be gentle on the car’s body, using only light strokes. There’s no need to rub the car’s surface aggressively. Try employing the “wipe and lift” approach to avoid dragging the dirt along the vehicle’s exterior.

Final Word

Maybe your car’s surface is too sandy or muddy for you to do a waterless wash efficiently. In that case, you might need to do a pre-rinse. Some people will say that overthrows the purpose of the term “waterless.” Not exactly.

If the water you have is too little to do a regular car wash, or maybe you want to do a waterless wash, but the surface is a bit too dirty, feel free to do a pre-rinse, then do the waterless car wash.

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