Friday, May 29, 2015

Cheap Yet Effective Quick Detailer

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For those of you that have read this blog before, you know that I wipe down my car each time before I drive it.  You also know that my favorite quick detailer is Bead X by Wax Daddy, and my second favorite is Dash-It.  Those bottles are expensive!  We’re talking around $16 for one bottle.  However, they are incredible products.  But since I use it almost daily, I couldn’t afford to keep up with it.

After browsing the shelves of Walmart, I decided to give Meguiar’s Quik Detailer a shot.  The thing that attracted me to it the most was the fact that it was around five bucks, and I am a cheap SOB.  I figured, why not?

At first, I will say that the bottle leaked for me.  Perhaps I broke a seal around the neck or something, but the bottle tipped over in transport, and I lost some product.  Again, for the price, I was not too concerned.  Aside from that, the bottle sprays very evenly.  That is something I really liked as both the bottles for the previously mentioned products are not that great.

Allow me to pause… I will be comparing this product to the more expensive ones quite frequently.  Why?  Because they are my benchmarks and I swear by them.  Un-pause…

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The first thing I actually noticed was the scent.  Bead X has an intoxicating scent that I love, Dash-It has a green apple smell (I don’t like green apple anything, but it was a good effort), but this smells like a cleaner.  Is that a bad thing?  Perhaps not, but it is something to point out.

At first, when I wiped the product off with a micro fiber towel on my car that had been sitting outside over night (after having been wiped off day after day before this), it didn’t feel as smooth as the other products.  That was an instant turn off.  However, I will say after days of using it, I have noticed a difference.  It did rain the night before the first use, so perhaps the cheaper detailer had a harder time punching through the extra grit the more expensive ones can tackle no problem.  It seems nice and smooth now.

It will aid it removing bugs, dirt, hard water spots, and other unwanted grim, and for around five bucks, it does quite well at it.  It leaves behind a nice shine that I am impressed with.  It’s very comparable to the higher end stuff.

I cannot say how long it truly lasts for since I apply it almost daily.  It doesn’t do much in terms of rain protection like Bead X does, but for how I use it (almost daily) it really doesn’t matter.  Also keep in mind that these products are not meant to replace washing your car, so they will never have as much protection as a good scrubbing and coat of wax.

I have noticed something less than ideal with this though.  When my car has been sitting in the sun and the metal is warm, this stuff tends to smudge and smear.  With my car being silver, I may not always notice it at certain angles, but after I apply it, wipe it down, and move on to another location (or worse, actually be done and get into my car to leave), at a certain angle, I will see smears and smudges.  Using the product over the spot again will generally get rid of it, so it’s not the biggest deal, but it is worth pointing out.

Will I buy this product again?  Absolutely!  I love my Bead X, but I can’t always fork out the money for the amount that I use it.  Do you use this product?  What do you think about it?  Let me know in the comment section below!

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