Anyone used waterless car cleaners?

Found 7th Mar 2009
A friend of mine has started to use this and her car looks great, (this is a spray on cleaner-no water required) you then simply wipe it off,with a micro fibre cloth. It cleans all sorts of dirt, salt etc .
There are several types around, one is regularly featured on a well known shopping channel.
Has anyone else tried this and does it really work long term or cause any damage.
Thankyou for your comments.


ive used proshine works great but can be quite expensive if you use it a lot!

Original Poster

Thanks-feels a bit weird the idea of not using water, is it as easy to use as it appears to be?


Thanks-feels a bit weird the idea of not using water, is it as easy to … Thanks-feels a bit weird the idea of not using water, is it as easy to use as it appears to be?

I thought that initially. I had a bottle for about 6 months before I actually used any. I found you may need a few cloths to do it properly (although my car was absolutely filthy).
It does feel a bit odd but it certainly doesn't harm the paintwork in anyway.

with the 'better' products, when you spray the cleaner on the car and allow it to work, it 'seals' the dirt in a gel like substance. this means that when you use the microfibre clothes, they lift off and remove the dirt, taking it from the car surface onto/into the cloth. If used correctly, this shouldnt cause any damage to the car paintwork in the long term. HOWEVER, as you are chemically lifting the dirt and mechanically removing it, IF you dont use the chemical correctly, OR for some reason it doesnt work effectively, OR it doesnt 'lift' the dirt enough (for example when the car is very dirty) this dirty will scratch your paintwork when you mechanically remove it with the cloth. (hence the reason most professionals use a traffic film removed and jet washer to remove the large particles and lossen them for the car to begin with). Worst case, you will get slight scratching or swirls in the paintwork when you look at it in good light, this can also lead to the paintwork looking 'dull' after time. This can be fixed by a process called mopping (basically polishing the laceur of the paint until smooth and then finer polishing to buff it back up to a good finish again). You can pay professionals to do it for £100-300, or you can have a go yourself with cheaper products from places like halfords, or more specialist ones at various places online. In short temr (and if your not too fussed) things like turlte wax use a coloured wax to mask minor scrapes and scratches. Hope this helps

Original Poster

Thanks Tango.A lot of really useful information.
To sum up, as long as the car isnt too dirty its ok, otherwise wash it first, and use t-cut if necessary as and when to buff it up.
Sounds as though I am going to have to try it.
Thanks again.

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Thanks for the link Deanos-much cheaper.:)
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