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    Best *rinseless* car wash

    Hello,

    I realize this is a Meguiars forum, but I have generally seen unbiased opinions here, so I thought I will post this question.

    I live in an apartment, and am considering Rinseless wash options. The popular ones on the market are:
    1) Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine (ONR)
    2) Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash (RFEW)
    3) Detailers Pro Rinseless Wash & Shine
    4) Protect-All Quick & Easy Wash (QEW)
    5) 3D Waterless car wash

    From these, which is the best product to use for washing the car about once a month in normal conditions (not too dirty)? The car is black paint, only few months old - so I want to ensure that I use good products. One big concern is streaking during drying - do any of these leave streaks behind?

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    Re: Best *rinseless* car wash

    i only have experience with ONR, i can only say it's the best rinseless I have ever used, once my 2 jugs of ONR are used up I will order a jug of RFEW
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    Re: Best *rinseless* car wash

    Of the three rinseless washes I've used - ONR, DP Rinseless, and Ultima Waterless Wash in rinseless dilution - the best, in terms of lubrication, feel of the wash mitt on the paint, and slickness of the cleaned surface, is the Ultima - and it was not close. I am interested in trying Meg's rinseless, as well as the Blackfire, Duragloss, Chemical Guys and the new version of ONR.
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    Re: Best *rinseless* car wash

    ONR is good stuff.

    Croftgate is still very good but other companies have officially caught up to them and are offering equally good rinseless washes at a cheaper price.
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    Re: Best *rinseless* car wash

    thanks for the replies. Looks like ONR is pretty popular. Meguiars stuff is very new, so not many people seem to have used it yet. I will probably just get ONR for now and wait for some reviews on Megs later.

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    ONR will leave a bit of a polymer behind so it will feel slicker than Meguiar's Rinse Free Express Wash, but ours wipes dry extremely easily with no streaking at all. ONR and QEW are both very nice products, and I have personally used both extensively. Another great option, however, is our Ultimate Wash & Wax Anywhere, especially for apartment dwellers. It's in a ready to use spray bottle, and you use it similar to the way you'd use a quick detailer, only you use a lot more product. It is similar to Rinse Free Express Wash except it contains some very durable polymers so it lays down some nice protection while it cleans, and the finish feels very slick when you're done. Both of these new products of ours allow for easy rinsing of the accumulated dirt from your wash mitt/wash towel, something that has been known to frustrate users of some other popular competitors. Now, UWWA is going to be a bit more expensive since we anticipate 3 to 5 "washings" from a $15.00 bottle where as Rinse Free Express offers 1 oz/2 gallons of water, or 128 washes for $40.00.
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    Re: Best *rinseless* car wash

    The UWWA appears to be on sale at Autozone at the moment though, so you could buy a few bottles.
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    Re: Best *rinseless* car wash

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Stoops View Post
    ONR will leave a bit of a polymer behind so it will feel slicker than Meguiar's Rinse Free Express Wash, but ours wipes dry extremely easily with no streaking at all. ONR and QEW are both very nice products, and I have personally used both extensively. Another great option, however, is our Ultimate Wash & Wax Anywhere, especially for apartment dwellers. It's in a ready to use spray bottle, and you use it similar to the way you'd use a quick detailer, only you use a lot more product. It is similar to Rinse Free Express Wash except it contains some very durable polymers so it lays down some nice protection while it cleans, and the finish feels very slick when you're done. Both of these new products of ours allow for easy rinsing of the accumulated dirt from your wash mitt/wash towel, something that has been known to frustrate users of some other popular competitors. Now, UWWA is going to be a bit more expensive since we anticipate 3 to 5 "washings" from a $15.00 bottle where as Rinse Free Express offers 1 oz/2 gallons of water, or 128 washes for $40.00.
    Mike, could you elaborate on this a bit more? The dilution ratio in the directions in 1 oz/1 gallon. Could it be used 1 oz/2 gallons? This could definitely make it more appealing to many rinseless users as it puts the price point closer to ONR.
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    Re: Best *rinseless* car wash

    Yes, Shawn, in discussion with Jason Rose he tells me that we are going to be recommending, in the tech bulletin and new catalog, a dilution ration of 256:1 for routine washing and 128:1 for cases when the vehicle is extremely dirty. Obviously for any very heavy built up dirt - like if you've been off roading in the mud - you'd want to pressure wash first. In situations like heavy road salt, etc, the stronger dilution ratio would be the way to go but for more routine washing an ounce to two gallons of water is perfectly fine. You'll find that this product wipes dry very easily without streaking, and the dirt that is picked up on your wash mitt is released quickly and thoroughly with just a brush against the Grit Guard in the bottom of your bucket.
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