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Old 12-06-2018, 05:54 PM   #1
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What is light dirt in Quick Detailing terms?

The other day I thought I'd try a quick detailer for one of the uses they are supposed to be good at. In short, between maintenance washes. I used Autoglym Rapid Detailer as I had some in stock.


The car had been washed two full days previously. There had been on or two spits and spots of rain - no more than that. The car was quite dusty though as it sits outside on the drive. I decided to do the roof - it was nice and cool as I did it quite early. Sprayed a decent amount of the detailer on and lightly buffed off.

I quickly bottled it and didn't go any further. The microfibre had picked up quite a bit of dirt so I'm thinking I could be doing damage here.

Just wondered what opinions were on this. What constitutes a light soiling and/or dusting and when does it become unsafe to use a quick detailer in these circs?

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Old 12-06-2018, 06:40 PM   #2
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It's a greater risk using a QD to wipe away dirt. Less so with the full pre-wash / 2BM procedure. Light dirt in my opinion would be a thin layer of dust that's hard to see unless the car is in direct sunlight. Anything more may be too heavily soiled for a QD.

When in doubt, do a full wash.
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Old 12-06-2018, 08:05 PM   #3
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I give my vehicle the 2BW, I just use the hose instead of the PW, use a pre wash via pump sprayer. I only use this method when my car has gathered dust, in winter tine, well that's another story.


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Old 12-06-2018, 09:24 PM   #4
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ONR is your MD. As in medium detailer.

Non bonded thru a wet (dew etc) and dry cycle. Ie just fallen n settled particles, with non sticky pollen or sap, then QD passes muster.

Otherwise, you are deeply in marring (moving fallen particles around) territory, where lubricant is everything in keeping it unmarked.

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Old 12-06-2018, 10:21 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies thus far. Confirms me in my belief that any dirt has to be really light indeed. I was instantly uncomfortable doing it although I don't think I've done too much damage - good job I've got silver paint lol.

I was thinking that ONR would be a much safer bet for these interim cleans as garycha suggests.
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I can't get comfortable substituting a QD wipe down in place of a proper maintenance wash. So for me, it would be whatever is the lesser of the available evils. Dust at absolute most though (for full-body touch up).
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I'll do a prewash, 2BW etc Saturday morning, the car doesn't go anywhere, no rain etc, go out Sunday morning and in this lovely weather we've been having for the last month the cars covered in dust, I've been tempted to break out the QD haven't yet though. Its the same as that nice black glass TV stand in the living room whip out the glass cleaner and its gleaming, 12 hours later its dusty

They only look dirty to us the rest of the normal population think thats a nice clean shiny car
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Plenty of QD and a stack of plush MF towels is the way to go when dealing with a light film of dust. When in doubt, pre-wash and 2BM! Remember, no matter what you do, there's always a risk of marring. The trick is to reduce the chances in order to prevent it.

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Old 14-06-2018, 06:21 PM   #9
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Best if you can see dust on the car to wash and use a QD as drying aid.

I don't have a hose so I spray with ONR solution, leave it to dwell and then very gently wipe down with a soft sponge soaked on ONR solution.

Anything heavier than dust and I wait until I get use of a hose ( Daughters drive) and do a proper wash.

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