Quick Detailer vs Waterless Wash
The Quick Detailer category was created in 1981 when Meguiar’s released their Trigger Wash (subsequently renamed “Quick Detailer” to avoid confusion). Since then the rise of spray and wipe cleaning products has been rapid. The technology has advanced substantially to the degree that it is possible to use spray and wipe cleaning solutions exclusively in many climates.
What is the Difference between Quick Detailer and Waterless Wash?
The main question that emerges for people new to the detailing world is “what is the difference between quick detailer and waterless wash?” Both products clean through a spray on, wipe off system so what makes them different?
A good waterless wash will have higher lubricity, more emulsifiers (cleaning agents) and often synthetic wax protection. These characteristics mean waterless wash products can deal with much dirtier cars than quick detailers and don’t require waxing afterward.
Quick detailers, on the other hand, evaporate more quickly to ensure that there is no streaking. They typically can’t tackle moderate grime or dirt, and usually, don’t offer any protection. Both products include gloss enhancers to make the surface of your paint appear more liquid and shiny.
Why use Quick Detailer vs Waterless Wash?
The main reason to include a quick detailer in your arsenal vs a waterless wash product is that they’re cheaper, and they dry faster. This makes them an ideal solution if you’re going to be showing a car that hasn’t been driven for a while and might have accumulated a layer of fine dust.
Comparing Waterless Wash and Quick Detailer:
Waterless Car Wash
|Better on Dirt||✅|
|Can be used as clay lube||✅||✅|
|Faster drying time||✅|
|Offers UV Protection||✅|
|Part of a full detailing arsenal||✅||✅|
Which do you prefer? Tell us in the comments!
[Learn more about Waterless Car Wash – Read our blog post “What is Waterless Car Wash“]