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    Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus
    Meguiars Car Wash Plus+




    Description: (Taken from Autogeek)

    No wash buckets needed!

    Meguiars Car Wash Plus+ is an innovative new car wash product that eliminates the need for buckets – but it’s not a spray and wipe waterless wash! This super concentrated, lotion-like formula applies directly to your wash mitt and then to your paint! No mixing and repeated trips to your wash bucket – probably the easiest car wash you’ll ever do!

    Meguiars Car Wash Plus+ is definitely a new take on car wash products. This 100% active formula removes not only dirt and grime, but also bugs, grease, light stains and light scuff marks as well! The super concentrated formula makes for maximum cleaning and a little bit goes a long way!

    Many people are surprised to hear how long a standard car wash takes. When you add together all of the time spent filling your buckets, mixing your product at the correct temperature, and doing the actual wash itself, you’re looking at a good few hours of work. Meguiars Car Wash Plus+ cuts down on this working time by eliminating the need for buckets!

    When used with a clean and plush microfiber or sheepskin wash mitt, Meguiars Car Wash Plus+ is a super safe, and super effective, way to get your paint clean of dirt, road grime, dust, and even light scuff marks – all without the use of wash buckets!


    Price:

    $9.99 for 24oz


    Introduction:

    For me, this product is one of the most controversial products that has been released recently. The first thing that went in my head was who in their right mind would use this product??? It seems so unsafe and it's probably guaranteed to scratch your paint LOL! I had my doubts about this product and to be frank, I was ready to bash it because it just seems counter intuitive.

    The thoughts I encountered about this product reminded me when rinseless washing first came out. Never thought the product would work, unsafe, would cause scratching, etc.

    I guess let's stop talking and put this product to the test!


    Review:

    Here's the description and directions of this product:



    The subject vehicle had a good layer of dust. It hasn't been washed in 2 weeks. There hasn't been any rain so it's not overly dirty or muddy. Here are some close up shots showing how dusty the car is:









    Here are some shots of bug guts that have been baking on the car:





    The product description said that it could remove light scuff marks. So I wanted to put that claim to the test. Here are 2 sections of the vehicle where it has some scuff marks. These scuff marks have been on the vehicle for a while now and normal 2BM washing didn't even touch them.



    (Please see the 2 horizontal lines just above the roof of the car in the reflection)


    First step is to rinse the vehicle to remove loose dirt and debris:





    Next, drench your wash mitt in water so that it's wet. Then apply the Meguiars Car Wash Plus+ soap directly on the wash mitt in a snake like pattern as shown:



    Start washing a panel like normal:



    Soap suds will materialize as you move the wash mitt around. Notice the insane amount of soap suds:



    Rinse the panel you're working on:



    Same procedure on a different panel. This time we're working on the hood. Again, wash the panel like normal after applying the Meguiars Car Wash Plus+ to your wash mitt:



    Wash the entire panel and see the soap suds come out:



    Rinse the panel you're working on:



    I assume you continue doing this until you've washed the entire vehicle. But IMHO, this is what makes this product controversial, unsafe and guaranteed to scratch your paint. You will accumulate all the dirt and debris from previous panels you washed and introduce them to the succeeding panels you're washing.

    But wait a minute!!! Let's apply some logic and figure out a way to make this wash method safe.

    Introducing the Marc08EX tips and tricks to make this product work safely:

    What if we introduce a bucket that just has water and a grit guard inside? Just like a rinse bucket in the traditional 2 bucket method! So what you do is in between panels or soap applications to the wash mitt, you just dunk your wash mitt in the rinse bucket like you do in a traditional 2 bucket method to remove the dirt and debris lodged in your wash mitt.



    That's one way... But hey, you might say that the purpose of this product is to not use any buckets. Well, I have another solution for that! If you don't want to bring out any buckets because it's extra work and time consuming then what you do is just rinse your wash mitt with a strong stream of water in between panels or soap applications to the wash mitt. This will also help dislodge dirt and debris in your wash mitt from the recent panel you just washed.



    Please excuse this picture. I wanted to take a picture of the mitt in my one hand and the hose nozzle on the other hand but I didn't have the time and patience to setup my stand, the camera timer and get the right shot.

    These 2 rinsing methods are what I actually employ when I use my foam gun to wash the car.

    Continue washing the vehicle. The entire driver side of the vehicle was washed with only 2 applications of the Meguiars Car Wash Plus+. It's crazy concentrated and one application in the wash mitt goes a very long way!



    Rinse the car often and don't let the soap dry.





    Remember the bug gut that was in the front bumper? Let's try to tackle that. First, wet the area to soften the bug gut:



    Then just start washing the panel where the bug gut is. You may require to agitate this area more than normal to remove the baked on bug gut:



    Here are some shots after washing the vehicle. As you can see, clean and shiny!









    Bug guts gone!





    Remember the 2 areas with scuff marks?? These areas literally required some elbow grease. So what I did was to wash the entire panel where the scuff marks are located then afterwards, I rinsed my wash mitt and re-applied some soap. Then I concentrated on the affected areas and applied some pressure as I was washing it. I actually washed it the same way as you'd polish scuff marks. Here are the results!! I was blown away that these scuff marks were removed. I honestly thought this car wash wouldn't even touch them. It's a car wash for crying out loud.





    I originally thought that the bottle of Meguiars Car Wash Plus+ would only be able to wash a handful of cars. But boy I was wrong. Check out how much product I used after washing a Honda CR-V. I barely consumed anything! AMAZING!




    Thoughts and Observations:

    This product is very thick and viscous.

    It has a very strong pleasant smell. I'd like to think it smells like an air freshener but I'm not exactly sure of the scent. I liked the scent a lot and it made washing the car a pleasure.

    The product is highly concentrated. One application of the soap to the wash mitt can make you go at least 2 panels. I was able to wash 3 panels in one application but I didn't want to push it beyond that. I didn't want the dirt and debris to accumulate in my wash mitt.

    As a result of the ultra high concentration - a bottle of this soap will be able to wash A LOT of cars.

    The wash mitt needs to be drenched for this to work. If you wring out the wash mitt, the soap suds don't get activated as well as when the wash mitt is drenched.

    When extra steps are added to ensure that the wash mitt is clean, then this is definitely a safe method of washing the car IMHO.

    I tested it to remove some light scuff marks - VERY IMPRESSED.

    It definitely saved me time washing the car compared to using the 2BM.


    Conclusion:

    I'm sure many of you had doubts about this product as well but as Meguiar's said - it's a new revolutionary concept in car washing. I thought I wouldn't like this product at all but I was pleasantly surprised on how much I liked it. Not only that but it worked effectively as well. It saved me time and removed some light scuff marks too. I highly recommend you give this product a chance and try it out. I hope you'll be equally impressed with it.

    As always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review. Comments are appreciated.
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    Re: Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    nice review marc. do you think since it removes scuffs that it will marr/scratch any surface even if you don't plan to polish afterwards?

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    Re: Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    Quote Originally Posted by VISITOR View Post
    nice review marc. do you think since it removes scuffs that it will marr/scratch any surface even if you don't plan to polish afterwards?
    Thanks a lot VISITOR!

    It's possible to marr/scratch the surface since you're adding pressure and moving the mitt over the affected area multiple times. The risk is even higher if you don't rinse your mitt often so it's very important to keep on rinsing your mitt. When I tried to remove the scuff marks, I washed the panel first then I rinsed the wash mitt and re-applied the soap before I concentrated on removing the scuff marks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc08EX View Post
    Thanks a lot VISITOR!

    It's possible to marr/scratch the surface since you're adding pressure and moving the mitt over the affected area multiple times. The risk is even higher if you don't rinse your mitt often so it's very important to keep on rinsing your mitt. When I tried to remove the scuff marks, I washed the panel first then I rinsed the wash mitt and re-applied the soap before I concentrated on removing the scuff marks.
    marc, i'm sorry for not being more clear, but if it polishes away scuff marks i wonder if it has some sort of abrasives in it to do so if that makes sense...

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    Re: Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    Quote Originally Posted by VISITOR View Post
    marc, i'm sorry for not being more clear, but if it polishes away scuff marks i wonder if it has some sort of abrasives in it to do so if that makes sense...
    Oh I see what you're asking. Yes it seems to have some micro abrasives. I read it somewhere but I can't find it LOL!
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    Re: Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    Very nice Marc. This has been on my radar and thought it may be good to decon with prior to buffing. Thanks for doing this.

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    Re: Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    Quote Originally Posted by VISITOR View Post
    marc, i'm sorry for not being more clear, but if it polishes away scuff marks i wonder if it has some sort of abrasives in it to do so if that makes sense...
    VISITOR, found it! Please see the description around the 0:33 second time stamp.



    Quote Originally Posted by fly07sti View Post
    Very nice Marc. This has been on my radar and thought it may be good to decon with prior to buffing. Thanks for doing this.
    Thanks a lot Don! Give it a shot and let me know how you like it.
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    Re: Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    Outstanding review and pics my friend! Looks like a winner.

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    Re: Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    Very good review and the pictures helped a great deal. I ordered a bottle but since I have a brand new car I probably will only use this wash product prior to a full detail and when the car is fairly clean. I do not think it is good for a new car as a weekly maintenance wash because the "plus" part is the abrasive cleaner. This is not a chemical cleaner like P21S Paintwork Cleanser but seems to be more of a wash and polish.

    There are reviews at other sites that feel the use of Wash Plus degrades the LSP. If this is accurate, it should be ideally suited to help strip the car of the last LSP prior to putting down a new wax or sealant and that is the only purpose for which I will use it. Also, I do think you risk scratching the car if you use it often on a very dirty car unless you are really careful and rinse out the mitt often, as you have pointed out. I think Wash Plus has a place in the detail arsenal but not as a normal, weekly wash shampoo.

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    Re: Review & How-To: Meguiar's Car Wash Plus

    That is a unique car wash product. Almost like a cleaner/polish. That would be my biggest concern of degrading your LSP by using it. But using it to strip/clean the paint before a new LSP is applied, here it could be great?
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