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Quick Detailing Spray as a Drying Aid

Post by PoshTwit » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:25 pm

Hello (again) folks!

Following a discussion on Steve Oakes' thread and to save cluttering his thread I thought it best to start afresh with this related subject.

So long as I can work out how to do it I shall post a brief demonstration video about using a QD spray as an aid to help dry your car. I am specifically looking at Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer in this instance but other products are available, although in my opinion none compare in the level of protection provided.

For the benefit of those not of the mind set, QD sprays were developed to provide a fast alternative to a full wax whilst at a show or when time is limited. They allow an already clean car to be quickly "blinged" up or in the case we're looking at, assist with drying a freshly cleaned car and leaving behind a limited level of protection adding to that which your chosen wax or sealant provides.

The (basic) science behind the drying scenario is that whilst wiping over with the QD, the ingredients are simultaneously lubricating the surface to help remaining contaminants slide away and get caught in your microfiber cloth, and also leaving a thin layer behind which adheres to the surface of your car providing a hydrophobic coating that actively repels water allowing it to be more easily absorbed by your microfiber rather than spread across the surface.

Hopefully you haven't fallen asleep yet... I'll be back tomorrow once I've filmed and figured how to get it on here!


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Re: Quick Detailing Spray as a Drying Aid

Post by Will Anderson » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:45 pm

Is Autoglym's version of this called Aqua Wax? (I've been enjoying your articles/comments on polishing BTW, thanks.)


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Re: Quick Detailing Spray as a Drying Aid

Post by PoshTwit » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:20 pm

Aquawax is similar, yes, however it contains carnauba wax as opposed to the Sonax product which has a synthetic base. Synthetic waxes and sealants are generally longer lasting than carnauba as you would expect with a specifically engineered product vs. a naturally occurring one. Some would say the depth of finish is less with synthetic products although this can be altered with various chemical enhancements as required.

AquaWax does what it says on the tin, but can be difficult to use and is a spray-wipe-buff product as opposed to a spray-wipe like that which I shall demonstrate tomorrow.

I will reiterate that, whilst AutoGlym products are very accessible, far better are available for the same or less money if you can spare the time to look for them or ask a geek like myself for suggestions...


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Re: Quick Detailing Spray as a Drying Aid

Post by cookieboy » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:26 pm

well done for providing the info Rich .its very interesting .


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Re: Quick Detailing Spray as a Drying Aid

Post by PoshTwit » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:11 am

Apologies for the slightly rushed video - but I was trying to get done quickly before the rain really started!

You will see that only a small amount of QD is needed and that using minimal pressure to both spread the QD and dry the car it leaves a nice glossy finish with a layer of protection allowing the water to sheet off the car. Using this method, the whole car could be done in a few minutes.



Please note, that despite many manufacturer's claims, a QD spray is not designed to replace your washing stage. I have seen people at shows rock-up and effectively clean their car with similar products, but whilst it is providing some lubrication to help particles and contaminants slide away from the surface, in essence you are still rubbing grit into your paintwork! Get rid of it all first using your prewash/rinse/shampoo/rinse routine to limit the damage you could cause.


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Re: Quick Detailing Spray as a Drying Aid

Post by PoshTwit » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:11 am

Aaaarggghhhh!!! Can someone teach me how to do the youtube linky thingy-bob??!!


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Re: Quick Detailing Spray as a Drying Aid

Post by philhoward » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:51 am

PoshTwit wrote:Aaaarggghhhh!!! Can someone teach me how to do the youtube linky thingy-bob??!!
Nearly right, Rich - I just removed the "s" from https:// (to become http://) and then it works (Edited above). I guess because you were logged in to your youtube account to upload, the address was an "s".


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Re: Quick Detailing Spray as a Drying Aid

Post by PoshTwit » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:31 pm

Thanking you Mr Howard!


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Re: Quick Detailing Spray as a Drying Aid

Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:13 pm

Interesting viewing - as I mentioned in the other thread, I've not used it like that, I tend to use it as a quick "top-up" for the finish on an already clean car, but it's always useful to learn new ways of doing things.

I was interested to see your comment about "not replacing washing" - I read an Auto Express review which seemed to regard QD as a kind of "waterless wash" and rated them on their ability to remove dirt! :shock: (mind you, that perhaps says a lot about Auto Express....).


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Re: Quick Detailing Spray as a Drying Aid

Post by swoakes » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:27 pm

Nice one PT I may just invest in some of that and the citrus pre wash you mentioned in my thread


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Re: Quick Detailing Spray as a Drying Aid

Post by PoshTwit » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:34 pm

Using it as you do Roger is what it is designed for.

Auto Express' staff clearly need shooting. A QD is not a Waterless Wash - the two are mutually exclusive - and should never be used as one for the reasons I mention above.


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Re: Quick Detailing Spray as a Drying Aid

Post by toomanysabres » Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:51 pm

Too much bother. Just use the one bucket method.
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Re: Quick Detailing Spray as a Drying Aid

Post by PoshTwit » Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:04 pm

Love it!!


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