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I keep a spray bottle of ONR detail solution and some microfibers in the trunk. The stuff is magic on windows, great for spot cleanups (bird poops!) and safe on all interior surfaces. I can recommend it enough.
OPT Optimum (NR2010Q) No Rinse Wash & Shine - 32 oz. [link]
I think it’s a pretty affordable way to maintain your car. I use the Optimum ONR - No Rinse Wash
And some basic supplies
I can provide a full list of anyone interested.
Tons of videos online to help you along.
Link for anyone looking. Can confirm this stuff is awesome. I like that it allows me to wash my car in the garage out of the sun. It can also be mixed stronger to make a quick detailer.
ONR!!!! I'm a recent convert.
.....for the uneducated heathens (jk!) it's Optimum No-Rinse wash and shine, check it out on Amazon - Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine - 32 oz. - NR2010Q
. Dilution is 1:256 or 1oz for 2gal of water. I bought the ONR wash and wax (contains carnuba) as folks noted it left a better shine.
Smells great, very little water needed, and I saw a ton of mobile detailers who gushed about how good it is so I decided to jump in.
Also, it smells so nice (bubble gum for my rinse and wax version)!!
I can wash my G-class in about 30-45 minutes (basic wash + spot free rinse):
Step 1: rinse off loose dirt with a hose and sprayer
Step 2: soak microfiber towel and apply soap (I don't do the "two bucket" method. I constantly use new/clean towels to ensure little or no dirt is transferred). Make sure soap is somewhat liquid but not too sudsy...suds reduce the lubrication of soap.
Step 3: wash panel by panel, checking to see how much dirt is on the towel and changing sides frequently
Step 4: rinse off every few panels to ensure soap doesn't dry
Step 5: after every panel is washed and rinsed, make a solution of No Rinse and water and wipe down all panels as directed to get a spot free dry.
Now, that of course doesn't include something like pressure washing the chassis, claying, waxing, etc. But a simple hand wash does a much better job at removing dirt while protecting the clear coat.
If you don’t have any access to a driveway/hose, you should definitely look into using Optimum No Rinse (ONR) ([link]) wash method.
Usually all you need is ONR, Microfiber towels (I use Costco Kirkland brand $15 ish for a pack of 35), a bucket, and a spray bottle (with some ONR in it)
You can look up the ONR wash method (it’s everywhere on the internet/Reddit). It makes cleaning your car much easier without using soap. Though if your car is caked in dirt and grime, I’d recommend just getting Meguiars Gold Glass car wash (less than $10). Definitely avoid using regular dish soap unless your intention is to strip off any wax/sealants that is already on your car.
If there are any questions you have, feel free to message!
Sorry, it's Optimum No-Rinse. You can wash an entire vehicle with a gallon or two or water and some microfibers. A lot of detailers use it (or similar products) when they don't have access to a hose, but it's also great for personal use if you just have some road dust to get off. Fast and saves water, can be nice in the winter if you have a garage. It can also be used as a quick detailer, clay bar lube, and even used on interiors. Pretty nifty.
Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine. You will never go back. You don't rinse it off, you dry it off. Polymer based so you don't even need to wax with it usually. You will never go back. Full hand wash so you would have to be willing to do that. [link]
Check out Optimum no-rinse wash. Just need a bunch of rags and two buckets of water to get an excellent hand wash. I used this for a number of years when I was in an apartment with no hose access and when the car was sitting out. Salt, dirt, and grime just melt away with this stuff, I couldn’t believe how effective it was my first few uses and you can pretty much do it anywhere as long as you can easily carry the water to the car.
Personally I’ll never go back to traditional soaps/rinsing. Way too much time and effort for marginal extra benefit. Obviously if you’re into extreme detailing like OP this won’t compare but you’ll get a very solid result with Optimum and it takes like 30min to do the entire car. They also have a version with wax built in (which you don’t want if you’re doing a ceramic coating like OP but otherwise provides a nice finish).
Here ya go: Optimum (NR2010Q) No Rinse Wash & Shine - 32 oz. [link]
I actually use the green one (with the wax) but most people use the blue. If anyone has a good reason why they use the blue instead of the green I’m all ears
I totally get what you mean. For bird poop removal I use ONR diluted to 2oz to a gallon in a spray bottle. Or just do a regular wash and when the mf towel touches the poop I put it in the dirty towel bucket and grab a new one.
For claying I use ONR diluted the same as before and what ever clay I have on hand most of the time it is the meguiars you can buy at the auto store.
For regular soap I use Adam's car shampoo (the blue one) I love this stuff in a bucket or foamer it works amazing for both.
Interior I mostly use onr in what ever dilution I have the most of at that time.
For cleaning glass I use the method Larry for AmmoNYC uses. Invisible glass works wonders for me but if it does not work for you don't be afraid to try other products. fine tuning your process will be trial and error of new products.
If you don't have a bottle of ONR already I would pick one up I use it every time I detail vehicle. You can find it on amazon here
But the biggest tip I can give anyone that is starting out is to drink water during detailing.
Hope this helps.
The issue with touchless is they recycle the water, so they do a half ass job at cleaning. I’d recommend a good no rinse wash before touchless.
Optimum (NR2010Q) No Rinse Wash & Shine - 32 oz. [link]
Optimum No Rince "the blue one"
I strongly advise you to not use APC as a clay lube. APC dries out quickly. APC can run, dry and permanently stain paint or plastic trim. Cheapest car wash will be 10 times better and safer.
Got an easy detailing guide for beginners? I know /r/AutoDetailing exists, but there's a lot of info to get through there. I just got some of this stuff and it seems to work pretty well, but don't know much about waxing/clay baring or anything like that.
Have you looked into rinseless? I use this product:
I use about 2-3 gallons of water that I fill up at my bathtub and I can wash my entire car in less than an hour.
Would this be alright just to wash? I don't have access to water since I live in an apartment.
Looks like a good list. As stated by others, consider more pads and towels.
I would swap out your clay luber with ONR. It can be diluted into clay lube and will save you money in the long run
Optimum No-Rinse (ONR)
Optimum No Rinse: Concentrated and capable of being diluted as a wash, quick detailer, clay lubricant, window cleaner, light interior cleaner, and more.
Optimum Opti-Seal: Incredibly easy to use sealant (wipe on and walk away!), can be used in place of RainX on windows, good drying aid, and useful as an interior dressing as well. Opti-seal ALL the things!
Detailing brushes: Because every detailer can use more brushes!
Nanoskin Autoscrub Sponge: Makes the process of decontaminating your paint much faster. Much longer life than clay and can be used even after dropped on the ground! Use the ONR as lubricant and you save tons of money.
The Rag Company Eagle Edgeless Towels, 4 pack: These will be the best towels he's ever used.
The total for all of this should be $97.96, just under your budget :)
A couple other suggestions if you want to mix and match:
Smaller Opti-Seal: Since it's the biggest budget item here and a little goes a long way, you can go with the small one to include more items in your bundle.
Adam's Wheel Cleaner: The least terrible smelling wheel cleaner, but extremely effective as well. Good if that truck throws a lot of brake dust.
CarPro PERL: For protecting exterior plastics as well as dressing them, and for use as a satin look tire dresing.
Wheel Woolies: Makes cleaning wheels a much nicer experience, and won't fling brake dust into your face like the brushes do.
Hope this helps! If you want any more specific recommendations for any category, feel free to ask!
Been going back and forth on the coating. I did watch some youtube before started and did the two bucket method. From my research it looks like if you just wax it every 3-4 months it should have near the same protection as ceramic. I do have the stuff to diy cermaic coating saved in my Amazon cart though. Was thinking about giving it a go.
Used this wash and wax from Amazon.
I think they're referring to Optimum No Rinse
Optimum no rinse is exactly as the name says.
You use two buckets. Fill one with water plus a cap full of ONR (optimum no rinse) and one with water.
One is your dirty bucket to rinse your sponge after every panel. One has the cleaner in it to prime the sponge for the next panel.
Squeeze most of the water out of the sponge after you put it in the ONR bucket. Dry the panel with your micro fiber. Rinse the sponge. Put it in the ONR bucket. Repeat.
There's BARELY any run off. The only part comes from the drips off the sponge from bucket to car, which is minimal.
This method is especially ideal for people in apartments, condos or who park in parking garages.
Then you just wash your towels with mild unscented laundry detergent. Dry them on delicate. Fold. Reuse.
Environmentally friendly AND honestly not sure I've seen many foam cannon methods get theirs any nicer than mine.
The stuff is incredibly cheap too.
Now the auto spa or detail shop... Those guys are on another level. But for me that's a yearly thing.
I apologize for the rabbit hole I just sent you down. It's fun. I promise.
I would recommend getting an undercarriage sprayed to help protect the frame from salt, stuffs brutal.
As far as everything else, perhaps look into a no rinse wash such as:
This stuff is amazing and works decently well for a not so to slightly dirty car.
Larry did a video that kinda talks about it in this video:
If you can do the above, it'll save you trips to the local carwash spot and will yield better results in my opinion, but is is not required if you don't have means to do it at your apartment.
For wax, hop on Amazon and look up Collinite 845. Its the local favorite as far as price vs longevity vs quality, which it has all 3 of hands down. Wax your car once a month with this and wipe it off with a few microfiber towels from www.theragcompany.com and you have successfully protected your paint better than most people do.
I just got the regular ONR...doesn't say anything about wax. I bought it from Amazon.
I live in the south so washing year round is fair game.
I’ve heard good things about this for winter time though.
+1 for ONR. I forget where and when I saw a comment on here about ONR, but the /u of that comment said that ONR is basically like WD-40 or duct tape, everyone needs to have a bottle.
When my car hasn't been washed in months, I go to a DIY car wash place first so I can use the pressure washer and get rid of the bulk of the dirt and grime. Then, I use the ONR wash method when I get back to my apartment complex. This method is great because you can pretty much do it anywhere and as the name suggests, it's rinseless! I recommend doing an ONR wash every other week. ONR wash can be done with just one bucket.
Also +1 that Chemical Guys are likely great products but I also found that a lot of the folks on r/autodetailing and pros on youtube tend to recommend products outside of their lineup. You can do your pick as you see fit. Here is a quick walkthrough of what I do for my GTI:
Wash: Fill up a bucket with the 2 gallons of water and 1 oz of ONR; make sure you also have a quality grit guard insert. Use a quality wash sponge such as the Big Red Sponge from Optimum (the same company that makes ONR). Wet sponge, remove excess solution, and gently wipe down the car. No need to run multiple passes or strokes. After you are done with a panel, rub your sponge against a grit guard insert to remove dirt on your sponge. Dry the panel with a quality drying towel.
Decon/Clay: After ONR wash, feel your paint. If it does not feel buttery smooth, you should clay/decontaminate your paint surface. You can do this with a traditional clay bar by Clay Magic or clay mitten by Nanoskin. I recommend the clay mitten because it saves more time and it's very easy to use. You will need a lubricant solution (often referred to as clay lube), and this is why ONR is so OP -- You can dilute the ONR and get clay lube from a diluted ONR at 0.5 oz ONR to 32 oz of water (You can use the cap of ONR to measure the 0.5 oz).
Sealant/Wax: After clay/decon, apply a thin layer of quality wax such as Colinite 845 with an foam applicator. Let it sit for 15-30 minutes, then wipe it off with a quality microfiber such as the Eagle Edgeless 500 from The Rag Company.
This is essentially a solid 101 on how take care of your car. For 201, I recommend looking into polishing with a dual action polisher machine using light cut compound and light or finishing cut pads to really bring out the paint luster and/or correct minor paint swirls. Polishing is done after you decon/clay the paint surface and before you apply the sealant/wax. This will take a few more paragraphs so I'll stop here haha. More than happy to talk about things like this though. Reach out anytime.
Note: My online research and first time detailing work stopped short of doing ceramic coating so I cannot comment on that. I seem to recall that if you DIY a ceramic coat it's less forgiving than doing the traditional sealant/wax method since the coating is more permanent than sealant/wax. Would appreciate ceramic coating pundits to chime in here.
Hand wash using a 2 gallon bucket bucket of cool water and
One capful of https://www.amazon.com/Optimum-NR2010Q-Rinse-Wash-Shine/dp/B00D8DR0AO/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=no+rinse+wash+and+shine&qid=1631411030&sr=8-2
Use this to wash the car https://www.amazon.com/Optimum-22516-Big-Wash-Sponge/dp/B078DPCYFV/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=big+red+sponge&qid=1631410887&sr=8-3
Use these to dry the car.
Comes to perfect every time and only takes 15-20 minutes.
Close, opt No Rinse. 10/5 stars, would recommend.
Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine - 32 oz. - NR2010Q [link]
I use No Rinse shampoo with the big red sponge. Super easy method. Tons of videos describing it. And I’m fairly certain the one bottle of shampoo will last me about 10 cars lol.
OPT 22516 Red Big Car Wash Sponge, 1 Pack [link]
I’m just passing thru the sub … are you guys talking about this? [link]
Do yourself a favor and get Optimum No Rinse Wash And Shine. Allows you to basically wash your car anywhere since you dont need a hose. Recommended to me here on the forums. Works amazing.
Check out a product called optimum no rinse (ONR) its a rinseless wash that works really well. I used to wash my car every week using the rinseless ONR method when I lived in an apartment. I've since bought a house, but I still do a rinseless wash unelss the weather is absolutely perfect.
Checkout this video
This guy uses optimum's 'big red sponge' but I always use a bunch of clean microfiber towels (costco is great for these). Spray a section, grab a towel from the bucket of ONR solution, fold it in to 4ths so you have 8 sections of clean towel (4 front 4 back). Wipe down part of the bike, flip the towel over, wipe another section, repeat until you have used all 8 parts of the towel. When the towel is dirty, throw it in a dirty towel bucket/bag/whatever. Just don't let them touch the ground because they'll pick up all sorts of crud you'll never get out of them. Dry the section you washed, and continue on until you have finished the bike. In general, start with the top of the bike and work your way down. I usually do the mirrors, windshield, then tank, then headlight. Then the rest of the plastics or whatever else you have going on. Then I tackle the engine. Then wheels last.
Once you are done with the wash, you can follow up on any painted surfaces with a wax/sealant or whatever. Nothing fancy here. Whatever is on sale at autozone or whatever auto parts store near you.
and the product on amazon
or the same thing with a wax built in
I used to be really in to auto detailing, but kinda got tired of being out in the heat all the time. And the auto detailing subreddit is a mess usually. So feel free to reach out if you have any questions or whatever!
Optimum (NR2010Q) No Rinse Wash & Shine - 32 oz. [link]
That will last you forever
I just used following car wash [link] and chemical guys tire shine. Overall took just under 30 mins and I am quite happy with the results.
I like this stuff. Just soak some microfiber towels in a bucket with it and wipe down your car, all while drying it with clean, dry towels. Gives a good basic wash.
It seems like we have similar limitations and here what I do.
For Medium/Heavy dirt, I do a quick initial soap and rinse at the coin-op, mainly just to get the rough/large particles off. NO BRUSHES! Afterwards, I move into the ritual/maintenance wash.
For my ritual/maintenance wash, I use the blue ONR Rinseless Wash. I mix the solution maintaining the ratio in the directions in 1 Gallon bucket and have 8-12 microfiber towels soaking in there. I fill an additional spray bottle with ONR mixed to the right ratio per instructions.
Load up a tool box with Drying microfiber towels, Quick Detailer of your choice (I use CarPro Elixir), gloves, plastic bags, and whatever else you plan on working on (Glass cleaner, interior cleaner, etc).
Once I take everything down to the car in my parking spot, I start by spraying down 1 panel with the ONR Spray Bottle, usually starting on the roof. After giving it a good spraying I take a towel soaking in the ONR bucket and wipe it down. After using the towel, squeeze out the liquid and put it in the plastic bag. Never reuse a towel in the same cleaning. Do this panel by panel (Spray then use a soaking towel). After you've wiped down everything (Panels should still be slightly wet), spray the quick detailer on a panel and use a drying towel to dry. Do this panel by panel until you're done.
So, this is kind of achieves the same goal of the "2 Bucket Method" that people usually recommend if you're washing a car. But this way should be the same, if not better, since the 2 bucket method main goal is to prevent you from using a towel that has grime on it and this way, you're just using a new clean towel every time.
For wheels though, you'll need to do it at a coin op for that 100%. The smell on most good tire cleaners are nasty and you'll want to use a hose for that to make sure you'll rinse it off completely. I tend to do it late night when no one is around...
There is no rinse car wash that you could definitely use in the garage. I use this one myself and really like it, check it out.
I think he is talking about Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine they also make it with wax included. Great stuff and works awesome.
Sorry to bother you again, but do you have the link for this product?
I only saw one for 184 AED
Check out Optimum No Rinse and 2 bucket method .
I use The Rag Company Dry Me a River and The Rag Company Cyclone Pad and Mitt with it.
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Optimum No Rinse & Shine has worked wonders... all with 1 capful in 1 gallon of water. https://www.amazon.com/Optimum-NR2010Q-Rinse-Wash-Shine/dp/B00D8DR0AO
Ohh okay i see, and it's this stuff? Optimum (NR2010Q) No Rinse Wash & Shine - 32 oz. [link]
And you're saying i can use this on my interior, my windows and exterior?
I have a blue one too! Do yourself a favor and get something like XPEL to protect your paint - Tesla paint is somewhat fragile, you will regret it if you don't treat it. Either way, ONR for washing works great. Congrats!
Red hatchback is the way to go! Manual or automatic?
I've got a 2016 iGT with an auto. Manual probably would have been more fun, but my wife might need to drive it and she doesn't know how to drive stick. I don't notice any longer stopping distances, but I'm sure you could find a comparison review online.
I haven't had any issues with my paint but I don't hit regular 100+ days either. /r/autodetailing has a lot of good info on how to take care of that. I use a two-bucket wash method with ONR with Wax but you can also get it without wax. It's heavily concentrated too so it goes a long way. Car looks great after each wash.
I've got the WeatherTech cargo mat in the back which is awesome. It's saved me a lot of grief. I don't have any other floor mats but I hear WeatherTech front mats are worth it. It would help keep my carpet less dirty as well.
The USB ports do charge slowly - get a plug for the 12v adapter in your center console.
I don't use reflectors but I'm used to burning my hands on the black leather steering wheel and aluminum knob trim. I'm sure a windshield reflector would be useful.
I don't put any cloth or cover on my seat. No smell and no fading.
Good luck and have fun!
Hello! I bought a new car a little over a month ago and I wanted to do some basic cleaning with it, stuff that can be done maybe a couple times a month, since I never personally did that with my previous car.
Anyways, I live in SoCal so I'm trying to keep water usage to a minimum. This is my current "to-purchase" list that I'd like to buy soon;
TRC Creature Edgeless 10pack
Mother's Tire Brush
ABN Wheel Woolies
Stoner's Reach Tool
Already have: Stoner's Invisible Glass, Costco multipack MF towels.
Will I still want to get a clay bar + wax for after washing, or is just washing every so often enough?
ONR == optimum no rinse
i use it with
and amazon basics microfiber cloths
I spray down one panel at at time then use cloth 'A' to remove the dirt (flipping to the clean side occasionally), then cloth 'B' to dry. Wipe and dry in one single direction. When cloth 'B' gets wet enough i make it cloth 'A' then grab a new one from the clean pile. It takes me about 14 minutes on average
On a decently clean car i can use as little as 0.5 Liter of the water+onr mix, making it a great choice for water conscious people.
Because of the Prime Day deals I decided to pick up a few different products without knowing too much. I bought: Optimum No Rinse, Mothers Clay Bar System, Microfiber Clothes, Liquid Wax Paint Sealant, and Hybrid Wax.
My quick understanding is that the recommended process is: wash > clay > wash > wax. In terms of these products, does that mean:
ONR wash > Mothers Clay (should I use their lube or just the ONR water?) > ONR wash > Liquid Wax > Hybrid Wax
Just want to make sure I follow the right order so I can start to keep my car in good shape. How often should I clay? What about the sealant and the wax?
Oh man, now I really don't know which to get because that has a 5 star rating on Amazon too!
Would you recommend the Optimum Wash and Shine instead? I noticed it's only $3.00 less though. Since the difference is so negligible -- it still seems OK to stick with the wash and wax product even if it helps just a little bit. What do you think? Or could it actually be a bad thing to use wash and wax since we're putting sealant on top later? This is the sealant/wax that 3M recommends for my wrap
Optimum No Rinse
Just to confirm, ONR?
Is this the proper stuff?
ONR, Optimum No Rinse. Use a two bucket method. Grit Guard to help keep the grit off your mitt (Add another towel for free shipping).
That should get you started. This is how I wash my car.
I would trade the Quick Detailer and the Shampoo for a bottle of ONR. You can make your own detail spray and use it as car wash.
You need an actual wax, something like Meg's Ultimate Liquid Wax could work.