Review & How-To: Meguiar's D115 Rinsefree Express Wash and Wax Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax D-11501, rinseless car wash, rinseless wash and wax Description: (Taken from AG's website)
Wash and wax all exterior surfaces – without rinsing!
Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax is a specially formulated rinse-free car wash that enables you to wash and wax your vehicle without rinsing, rubbing, or buffing. A special blend of biodegradable detergents safely removes dirt without scratching delicate painted surfaces. Formulated with built-in wax protection, Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax imparts high-gloss protection after each wash.
Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax is a professional detailer’s dream come true. This hyper-concentrated wash and wax solution makes it possible to wash and wax a car, truck, SUV, van or boat without relying on a free-flowing source of water. Perfect for apartment complexes and mobile-detailing, Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax is the perfect solution for hose-free washing. What more could you ask for in a car wash?
- Exterior trim
- Tail lights
If you’ve watched or read the news lately, you’re well aware that water is quickly becoming a more valued resource. It’s becoming more difficult for the car-crazy enthusiast to properly clean their vehicle with the enforcement of stringent water restrictions. Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax provides you with an environmentally friendly, legal way to wash your car in areas where a traditional car wash is illegal or inconvenient. The added gloss, slickness and protection created by the built-in wax is an added bonus!
Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax is a high-lubricity formula. This helps prevent dirt and grit from scratching the surface as you wash. Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax is so slick that dirt and grime will effortlessly be removing, leaving a sparkling clean finish behind. What’s more, Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax doesn’t streak or smear, even in direct sunlight!
Imagine this: keeping your vehicle clean, shiny and protected is as simple as washing it once or twice every couple weeks. Stop dreaming and open your eyes to Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax, one of the most innovative detailing products you’ll ever lay your hands on! After each wash your vehicle will be clean, shiny and well protected against UV rays and environmental contaminants.
How it works:
Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax is incredibly easy to use. Simply add a couple ounces to a 5 gallon wash bucket, soak a wash mitt or microfiber towel, and wash the vehicle one section at a time. After you wash a section, dry it using a Cobra Waffle Weave Guzzler or a Meguiars Water Magnet Drying Towel. To use as a waterless, dilute 1:4 with water and spray a liberal amount directly onto the surface and wipe clean with a Gold Plush Jr. Microfiber Towel. Continue this method section by section until the entire vehicle is clean. Price:
$79.99 for 128oz (Concentrate) Introduction:
I have always been a traditional wash kind of guy. Not only do I enjoy bringing out two buckets, dragging out the hose and washing my car this way, but I also feel that this is the safest way to do it. Advancement in detailing technology presented us with different alternatives to the traditional wash. One of them is the waterless wash. When this first came out, I was scared to use a product like this. I mean how in the world will a spray on product have enough lubricity to remove dirt/dust safely and not scratch up the paint, right?
About a year and a half ago, I moved to an apartment where in access to a traditional wash was non-existent. I had to pack up my traditional wash supplies and go to a car wash to do this. This got old pretty quick. Sometime ago, I went to one Thursday Night Open Garage in Meguiar's where the great Michael Stoops himself personally showed me how to properly do a waterless wash and how safe it is. From that point on, the rest is history.
Since then, I've always used the Meguiar's Ultimate Wash and Wax Anywhere. It works extremely well but the price point was just too high. I've always been reading about raves for the Ultima waterless wash. AG had a BOGO one day and I had an order cooking up at the time so I decided to take the plunge and try it out. Here's my review on that product: Review & How-To: Ultima Waterless Wash Plus How-To Do A Waterless Car Wash:
I am going to write this article from scratch and as if I'm teaching a guy completely new to waterless washing.
Here's a picture of the product description and instructions:
Right off the bat, I already love one feature of this product. And this is the cap of the gallon container. Here's a picture of it:
I don't know about you but I absolutely hate dispensing product from a gallon jug to a small measuring cup ESPECIALLY if the gallon jug is close to full. It's just darn near impossible not to make a spill. This cap found in the D115 makes life so much easier! I made different dilutions (as you'll see later) and I didn't spill a drop of product. This feature is just a simple feature yet AMAZING in my book. I can't thank Meguiar's enough for doing this.
Here's a picture of me dispensing D115 from a gallon jug to a measuring cup:
Here's a picture that shows the color of D115. It's like a mix of blue and green.
The product description recommends a dilution of 4:1 but it also says that the user can dilute it up to 20:1 in applications of direct sunlight. So I said, I wanted to test out three different dilution ratios. I also bought a new low pressure hand pump sprayer for this test. Here's a picture of the test subjects:
So this is my mixtures for each dilution ratio:
2oz of D115 with 8oz of mineral water for the 4:1 ratio.
1oz of D115 with 8oz of mineral water for the 8:1 ratio.
0.5oz of D115 with 10oz of mineral water for the 20:1 ratio.
One observation I made was that the solutions bubbled up when I shake them. Although the bubbles are short lived. This is not surprising given how this product is probably a relative of the Meguiar's D114 Rinsefree Express wash. Here's a picture I tried to capture of the product bubbling up:
What's a review without comparing them to other products right? I wanted to test out D115 against the RTU version, Meguiar's Ultimate Wash and Wax anywhere and the cost-effectiveness champion, the Ultima Waterless Wash.
Now time to show you how to properly use a waterless wash. I normally use a waterless wash on a dusty vehicle only. I'm ok with heavy dust. But I've never even dared use it on a vehicle that has driven through rain. But I wanted to test thsi product out so I didn't wash the vehicle for a month and a half or two (I was already thinking of this review back then). The car has driven through 2 rain storms and been rained on while parked a couple of times. Here are some before pictures of the test vehicle:
I apologize that the pictures are sometimes over exposed. The sun was just too intense here in the desert. This review was done at about 6:30 in the morning where the sun was rising. The ambient temps were in the mid 80s to low 90s I would say.
I first start off by misting the waterless wash solution on the panel I'm working on. It is important to point out that you should work on small sections at a time. You can even break down an entire panel if you want to. No one's rushing you. Take your time because technique is EXTREMELY
This is about how much product I typically apply when doing a waterless wash:
I learned a great technique explained by the great MOL admin himself, Michael Stoops on how to properly do waterless washing. I was in the TNOG session in this article so I got to see it first hand. Here's the article for your reference: Ultimate Wash & Wax Anywhere - Tips & Tricks
As I mentioned above, technique is very important here. You will need lots of microfiber towels. Don't feel bad if you have to use more than you have to. It's easier to wash your dirty microfiber towels than to polish out swirls and scratches created by a dirty towel.
Therefore I'm going to dub this technique the: "Michael Stoops Waterless Wash Method"
or MSWWM for short.
So what you do is you fold your microfiber towel into a manageable size. I folded my Meguiar's Supreme Shine microfiber towel 3x as shown below:
What you do is you keep the microfiber towel flat on the surface and perform the first swipe on the panel you're working on as shown below:
How long you swipe will highly depend on how soiled the surface is. It's really a judgement call and totally up to you. If you want to be safer then you can stop halfway.
After your first swipe, you will see a line of dirt in your microfiber towel as shown below:
What you do next is tilt the microfiber towel to expose a clean part of that same fold. That way, you're not rubbing around the dirt taken from the first swipe on the paint surface. This is what I mean. This is a shot of me doing the second swipe of that same panel with the microfiber towel titled:
Here's a picture showing the 2nd line of dirt from the 2nd swipe. As you can see, the dirt was embedded on a different section than the first swipe. The dirt from the first swipe never made contact to the paint.
Now you keep on repeating this until you've soiled that side of the microfiber towel. Here's a shot showing the third swipe:
Consequently, here's a shot showing the 3rd line of dirt:
As you can see, majority of this specific side of the towel is already soiled. What you do next is flip the towel and expose a clean side and keep on repeating as you work your way through the car.
After you're done with washing the panel you're working on, you'll use a 2nd dry microfiber towel to buff off the excess product away.
Here's a picture showing a half/half shot of the panel I worked on:
Here's another set of pictures of me showing the Michael Stoops Waterless Wash Method
Dirty Passenger Side Rear Quarter Panel:
Spraying the waterless wash:
Amount of product used:
Start with a clean microfiber towel:
Dirt from the first swipe:
Dirt from the second swipe: