Review & How-To: Meguiar's D115 Rinsefree Express Wash and Wax
Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax D-11501
Description: (Taken from Autopia's website)
To wash and protect!
- Clean all exterior surfaces without rinsing
- Protect all exterior surfaces without waxing
- Biodegradable detergents or eco-friendly
Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax cleans and protects all exterior surfaces without the need for a hose or running or water. Biodegradable detergents allow you to clean your vehicle with minimal water use and little environmental impact. Not only does washing your vehicle with Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax save time, but it saves valuable resources.
Rinseless washes have become popular for many reasons. More areas have heavy water restrictions which limit the amount of water that is used while washing your vehicle. Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax allows you to safely wash your vehicle with less than four gallons. If you live in an apartment or other building where running water isn't always available, you will appearance the take-anywhere ability of Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax.
Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax not only cleans your vehicle but it also encases your paint, glass, and trim in a tough, protective wax shell. Meguiars Rinse Free Express Wash & Wax creates a high-gloss shine with high levels of water beading. Not only will you save time and water, you will protect your paint with every wash.
$79.99 for 128oz (Concentrate)
I have always been a traditional wash kind of guy. Not only do I enjoy bringing out two buckets, dragging out the hose and washing my car this way, but I also feel that this is the safest way to do it. Advancement in detailing technology presented us with different alternatives to the traditional wash. One of them is the waterless wash. When this first came out, I was scared to use a product like this. I mean how in the world will a spray on product have enough lubricity to remove dirt/dust safely and not scratch up the paint, right?
About a year and a half ago, I moved to an apartment where in access to a traditional wash was non-existent. I had to pack up my traditional wash supplies and go to a car wash to do this. This got old pretty quick. Sometime ago, I went to one Thursday Night Open Garage in Meguiar's where the great Michael Stoops himself personally showed me how to properly do a waterless wash and how safe it is. From that point on, the rest is history.
Since then, I've always used the Meguiar's Ultimate Wash and Wax Anywhere. It works extremely well but the price point was just too high. I've always been reading about raves for the Ultima waterless wash. AG had a BOGO one day and I had an order cooking up at the time so I decided to take the plunge and try it out. Here's my review on that product:
How-To Do A Waterless Car Wash:
I am going to write this article from scratch and as if I'm teaching a guy completely new to waterless washing.
Here's a picture of the product description and instructions:
Right off the bat, I already love one feature of this product. And this is the cap of the gallon container. Here's a picture of it:
I don't know about you but I absolutely hate dispensing product from a gallon jug to a small measuring cup ESPECIALLY if the gallon jug is close to full. It's just darn near impossible not to make a spill. This cap found in the D115 makes life so much easier! I made different dilutions (as you'll see later) and I didn't spill a drop of product. This feature is just a simple feature yet AMAZING in my book. I can't thank Meguiar's enough for doing this.
Here's a picture of me dispensing D115 from a gallon jug to a measuring cup:
Here's a picture that shows the color of D115. It's like a mix of blue and green.
The product description recommends a dilution of 4:1 but it also says that the user can dilute it up to 20:1 in applications of direct sunlight. So I said, I wanted to test out three different dilution ratios. I also bought a new low pressure hand pump sprayer for this test. Here's a picture of the test subjects:
So this is my mixtures for each dilution ratio:
2oz of D115 with 8oz of mineral water for the 4:1 ratio.
1oz of D115 with 8oz of mineral water for the 8:1 ratio.
0.5oz of D115 with 10oz of mineral water for the 20:1 ratio.
One observation I made was that the solutions bubbled up when I shake them. Although the bubbles are short lived. This is not surprising given how this product is probably a relative of the Meguiar's D114 Rinsefree Express wash. Here's a picture I tried to capture of the product bubbling up:
What's a review without comparing them to other products right? I wanted to test out D115 against the RTU version, Meguiar's Ultimate Wash and Wax anywhere and the cost-effectiveness champion, the Ultima Waterless Wash.
Now time to show you how to properly use a waterless wash. I normally use a waterless wash on a dusty vehicle only. I'm ok with heavy dust. But I've never even dared use it on a vehicle that has driven through rain. But I wanted to test thsi product out so I didn't wash the vehicle for a month and a half or two (I was already thinking of this review back then). The car has driven through 2 rain storms and been rained on while parked a couple of times. Here are some before pictures of the test vehicle:
I apologize that the pictures are sometimes over exposed. The sun was just too intense here in the desert. This review was done at about 6:30 in the morning where the sun was rising. The ambient temps were in the mid 80s to low 90s I would say.
I first start off by misting the waterless wash solution on the panel I'm working on. It is important to point out that you should work on small sections at a time. You can even break down an entire panel if you want to. No one's rushing you. Take your time because technique is EXTREMELY important here.
This is about how much product I typically apply when doing a waterless wash:
I learned a great technique explained by the great MOL admin himself, Michael Stoops on how to properly do waterless washing. I was in the TNOG session in this article so I got to see it first hand. Here's the article for your reference:
Ultimate Wash & Wax Anywhere - Tips & Tricks
As I mentioned above, technique is very important here. You will need lots of microfiber towels. Don't feel bad if you have to use more than you have to. It's easier to wash your dirty microfiber towels than to polish out swirls and scratches created by a dirty towel.
Therefore I'm going to dub this technique the:
"Michael Stoops Waterless Wash Method" or MSWWM for short.
So what you do is you fold your microfiber towel into a manageable size. I folded my Meguiar's Supreme Shine microfiber towel 3x as shown below:
What you do is you keep the microfiber towel flat on the surface and perform the first swipe on the panel you're working on as shown below:
How long you swipe will highly depend on how soiled the surface is. It's really a judgement call and totally up to you. If you want to be safer then you can stop halfway.
After your first swipe, you will see a line of dirt in your microfiber towel as shown below:
What you do next is tilt the microfiber towel to expose a clean part of that same fold. That way, you're not rubbing around the dirt taken from the first swipe on the paint surface. This is what I mean. This is a shot of me doing the second swipe of that same panel with the microfiber towel titled:
Here's a picture showing the 2nd line of dirt from the 2nd swipe. As you can see, the dirt was embedded on a different section than the first swipe. The dirt from the first swipe never made contact to the paint.
Now you keep on repeating this until you've soiled that side of the microfiber towel. Here's a shot showing the third swipe:
Consequently, here's a shot showing the 3rd line of dirt:
As you can see, majority of this specific side of the towel is already soiled. What you do next is flip the towel and expose a clean side and keep on repeating as you work your way through the car.
After you're done with washing the panel you're working on, you'll use a 2nd dry microfiber towel to buff off the excess product away.
Here's a picture showing a half/half shot of the panel I worked on:
Here's another set of pictures of me showing the Michael Stoops Waterless Wash Method:
Dirty Passenger Side Rear Quarter Panel:
Spraying the waterless wash:
Amount of product used:
Start with a clean microfiber towel:
Dirt from the first swipe:
Dirt from the second swipe: