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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:28 pm 
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What is it?
http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/detailing ... _1178.html

No, what is it?
It's a detailing spray ... more than a "quick detailer", it's a post-wash and dry pick me up spray which has staggering water repellency and a brilliant shine.

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SONAX Brilliant Shine Detailer will gentle remove any light contaminants from your paintwork to restore your vehicle to a just-waxed shine! The innovative and thick formula of SONAX Brilliant Shine Detailer will provide a deep gloss with paint protection and water repellency. You can use Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer any time to improve the shine of your paintwork adding protective layers of luster and slickness.

Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer has the consistency similar to a spray wax and will leave a very slick, reflective finish. Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer offers performance, convenience, and a brilliant shine!

Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer cleans lightly soiled paint without scratching. Because Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer formula is thick by quick detailer standards, we do recommend that you make sure to spread Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer evenly over the paint with a microfibre towel. We also recommend that during application, and buffing, you make sure to flip the towel often.

On the bottle, mine came with English and Spanish instruction. Given that the bottle of shampoo that came in the same order had ONLY German, your bottle may vary.

Two points of note:

First, although the instructions do say to wash and leather dry, that last part is not strictly necessary - you can sheet rinse and use this as a "wax it wet" product. This is how I used it today, with two approaches: first, using Sonax's wash and dry shampoo and second, using the same shampoo but rather than do the dry stage (as instructed), I sheet-rinsed.

Second, do not apply onto hot surfaces, in direct sunlight and don't allow the product to dry. Spray on, wipe immediately, flip and buff. Any discolouration should be wiped over again with fresh product.

Get on with it, then ...
Okay, straight to it and a bonus review: Sonax Xtreme Shampoo Wash & Dry

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/washing-a ... _1184.html

You get a litre ... mine also came with only German instruction, but it's pretty simple to figure out.

1. 4 capfuls in 10L of warm water.
2. Lather over the car.
3. DO NOT dry it!
4. 1/2 capful in 10L of water.
5. Systematically pour over the car ... the thin film of water will drain off and dry. Do not do this on hot panels or in sunlight.

Okay ...

One capful is 30ml. Four capfuls is 120ml ... and a half, another 15ml = 135ml. That's seven washes from the bottle, so perhaps "value for money" is not that great but, you can omit the final stage (read on) and you could easily get away with three if not two capfuls only for already quite clean cars (again, read on).

Just before we look further at the wash stage, I made a test application of the detailer spray on the boot of my red car last night and today, gave it its first rinse ...

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02471.jpg

Not too shabby, but not great. Compare with the roof, which has ArmorAll Shield on, applied many weeks ago and simply sprayed over with clean water (no washing yet) after a week of driving around ...

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02472.jpg

Hmmm ... this has a lot to live up to and, at this point, I was thinking perhaps it's not going to be that good but ... read on ... I consider the preparation stage of washing with the Sonax shampoo to be the key.

So, the shampoo ... four capfuls in 10L of water ...

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... which lathers up nicely once you massage it into the paintwork ...

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02475.jpg

... and wicks away nicely when rinsed.

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02478.jpg

Re-beading on already treated surfaces is very nice ... here, ArmorAll Shield on the roof ...

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02480.jpg

... the bonnet (above this picture) is less impressive and will certainly benefit from a spritz of something, if not re-application, but let's see what the detailer does.

Next, the drying stage ... 1/2 a capful in 10L of water and a jug to pour over ...

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02481.jpg

... which wasn't quite as satisfactory as I hoped and I could have done with a second bucket on a big car like a SAAB 9-5 ... or BMW 5, Audi A6 kind of car.

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02482.jpg

I can't help thinking that a simple sheet rinse would achieve the same thing, if not better.

Anyway, now we can spray the detailer on and have some fun ...

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02452.jpg

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02453.jpg

Today ...

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02484.jpg

Spray on, wipe around, flip and buff ... easy, eh?

Does it bead up? Not 'arf!

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02485.jpg

... but not a cracking job on plastics, whereas ArmorAll Shield does ...

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02489.jpg

It can be forgiven. I mean, Sonax make a plastic gel for reviving plastics, a product I will try in due course.

The shine? Under better skies last night ...

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02454.jpg

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02455.jpg

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... effortless dry-off ... and REALLY glassy!

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02466.jpg

Well, I had so much fun I did it again ... on the black convertible. Here, I did a few things differently.

I filled a bucket with 10L of water AFTER four capfuls, which gave a much more foamy mix ...

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02500.jpg

So, after washing two cars (making up 20L of wash water and 10L of rinse water) you can see, the product is getting used up ...

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02499.jpg

Sheet rinsing this time, I was left with a slightly wetter surface than when I rinsed with the product ...

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02503.jpg

... but this shampoo is SOOOOOO lubricious and the detailing spray so easy to use, you can use it as a sort of "wax it wet" detailer giving a flawless finish ...

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02504.jpg

... and some beading fun ...

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02505.jpg

... and dry off again. See ... no drama.

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... C02507.jpg

Anything else?
Yes, the bottle. You get 500ml and it has a really good spray head which delivers a good amount ...

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http://www.pjgh.co.uk/gallery_albums/so ... .sized.jpg

... but often too much and unless you hold the bottle about four or five feet from the surface, the spray pattern is not good. That might work out well on top panels, but side panels you're going to waste a lot of product. Solution? Spray onto a folded microfibre towel.

Verdict?
Between the two products, you have a perfect combination to maintain probably any finish. The shampoo did not affect the wheel sealant on the black car, nor the tyre dressing, re-beading existing product and providing its own on surfaces that were lacking.

The shampoo should get a special merit for being SOOOOO lubricious and the detail some special merit for delivering such astounding beading, but it is let down by the spray head which is perhaps more down to the viscosity of the product than the performance of the spray head which performs perfectly well with the glass cleaner. I can't tip a point off for that so it remains a top scoring product/combination.

10/10

... time will tell how the beading and cleaning up effects last.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:25 pm 
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:cool: Nice review Paul. That QD looks like a must have product :cool:

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:37 pm 
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It's just starting to rain now, so should be in for a show soon enough ...

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:27 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 11:55 am 
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Been following this ever since it showed up on DW, it really seems to be living up to all the good reviews. Well done Tim for bringing it to the UK.


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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 4:23 pm 
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... one week on and the first wash.

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Rain that dries off rapidly in the sun does leave dust spots.

Just a spray down with water and they're gone, leaving absolutely gorgeous beading ...

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... which I washed anyway but this time with only two capfuls (not the recommended four) in 10 litres of water and it worked out fine. Still as lubricious and the same good cleaning power. I think for folks like us who wash our cars regularly, that first wash with four capfuls is perhaps unnecessary; certainly so thereafter. Two capfuls is fine.

I also don't bother with the half capful malarky ... just sheet rinse one regular sized microfibre towel with a spritz of QD per panel dries it off fully and re-affirms the hydrophobic surface.

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Easy :cool:

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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 5:03 pm 
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That's impressive Paul, I'll look at getting some in due course as I think the pair would be very useful, especially for where we live :D

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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 5:59 pm 
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The detailer really is impressive. Probably my favourite product in my kit at the moment.


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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 6:35 pm 
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Torque wrote:
That's impressive Paul, I'll look at getting some in due course as I think the pair would be very useful, especially for where we live :D


... anything that cleans up in the rain is always going to be good. Compared to ArmorAll Shield which I've been using recently, it does suffer that dustiness. ArmorAll Shield didn't. On the flip-side, ArmorAll Shield would be showing signs of giving up on the lower panels after a week of driving through horse muck and whatever on the road. This was as good on the lower panels as the higher ones and soooo much easier to apply.

It might be wishful thinking, but I reckon the beading is better after this first wash with the shampoo.

Remember ... this application last week was made on simply wash and otherwise unprepared paintwork. It's just the QD, no underlying sealant.

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All the rain down this way has been dusty lately :twisted: , so that may also be a factor :-k

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