Zip Wax
Going past the superficial!

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Zip Wax is a popular car wash soap put out by an even more popular and recognizable company that specializes in car care products. Many people take solace in thinking that the basic task of car washing is fulfilling the requirements of proper car paint care. While ignorance really is bliss, remaining in your ignorance will only promise you undesirable results for the future! Most people don't have the means to replace a car every 2-3 years, myself included. As car owners we are bombarded with contradicting opinions and an overwhelming array of car care products. Many people find themselves frozen in anxiety to the point of inaction.

Better Techniques, Better Products, and Better Results

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If you are serious about retaining the value and beauty of your car then take note, as proper car paint care is actually easier and simpler than most people have been lead to believe, and shopping for Zip Wax is only the beginning. If you are a fan of the car washing experience and are looking to maximize your results with less effort, then follow below as I lay out specific products and tools I recommend from the world of professional auto detailing.

More Than Just a Car Wash Soap

What good is shopping for a quality car wash soap if you are neglecting the other fundamental steps of a proper car wash? Many people will oversimplify the process and go searching for the best car wash soap such as Zip Wax, expend much energy and time washing their car to the best of their ability, only to be left with marginal results. Selecting the best car wash soap is merely a step in the right direction.

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Better Tools for Better Results

While may people will spend time and energy searching out the best in car wash soaps, using a soap like Zip wax will only go so far to producing superior results. This professional grade car wash bucket below is your first defense against unwanted "wash scratch" or swirl marks that can result from your car washing soap and water becoming contaminated with dirt.

While may people will spend time and energy searching out the best in car wash soaps, using a soap like Zip wax will only go so far to producing superior results. This professional grade car wash bucket below is your first defense against unwanted "wash scratch" or swirl marks that can result from your car washing soap and water becoming contaminated with dirt.

5 Gallon Wash Bucket System with Dolly - CLEAR

5 Gallon Wash Bucket System with Dolly - CLEAR

The 5 Gallon Wash Bucket System with Dolly keeps your wash mitt or sponge cleaner, with no additional steps on your part. By trapping dirt in the bottom of the wash bucket, this wash bucket system drastically reduces the amount of dirt transferred back onto your vehicle from the wash bucket. Whether you are using Zip or anther car washing soap matters not, keeping the dirt transfer to a minimum is step #1

Sheepskin Wash Mitt

Sheepskin Wash Mitt

Similar to the strategy of the wash bucket just above, using a sheepskin wash mitt aids in suspending dirt particles away from paint surface during the washing process. Unlike the chenille or micro-fiber wash mitt pictured towards the top of this page, I prefer a sheepskin wash mitt as it has more fibrous areas to keep dirt suspended off paintwork, and is much easier to use when fully wet; the chenille or micro-fiber wash mitts become so heavy with water, it becomes very cumbersome to use.

Water Sprite Plus® Chamois 4 sq. Feet

Water Sprite Plus® Chamois  4 sq. Feet

I am amazed at how many people still dry their cars using a household bath towel. Not only are they difficult to work with, but will do much in the way of scratching and creating swirl marks in your paint finish. This Water Sprite chamois is the ultimate drying tool and still the exact chamois I use after twenty+ years of professional detailing! I couldn't recommend this tool enough to anyone whether you are using dish soap, to zip wax, to an actual quality car wash soap! drying with one of these gives you all the benefits of a natural chamois, without any of the drawbacks!

The Zip Wax Alternative

If you already have Zip wax as part of your household car care products, then by all means wash away! It is a decent product that will produce decent results. But if you are looking to take your car washing results to the next level, you need to raise the bar on your choice of car washing soaps.

Meguiars NXT Generation Car Wash

Meguiars NXT Generation Car Wash

Meguiar’s Car Wash is at the top of the “A list” of good car washes. Meguiar's expertise in applying Engineered Synthetic Polymers (ESP) has created a completely synthetic car wash concentrate that loosens and emulsifies even the toughest dirt and road grime. Scientifically-formulated lubricating oils and conditioners allow them to glide off the surface without marring the finish. This cutting-edge formula is gentle on all painted finishes as well as rubber, vinyl and plastic components. Pamper your entire exterior with this one technologically advanced wash! Meguiar’s has even included an anti-static ingredient to reduce dust attraction!

Darren's Additional Car Washing Tips

Simply shopping a quality car wash soap like Zip wax is merely a step in the right direction. As I have already stated, Zip Wax does perform, but if you are looking to get better than marginal results you will need to incorporate all these tips and products into your car washing tasks. Better tools really will produce better results! If you are on a really tight budget, you really need to invest in one of the synthetic Water Sprite chamois' and a sheepskin wash mitt; those (2) products will make the biggest difference in your car washing experience. If your budget permits, and you are really serious about arming yourself accordingly, then take the time to get all the above!



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