Method 1: Spray and Rinse Wax
As mentioned above. I think spraying and rinsing waxes are great time savers and will offer the most shine in the least amount of time.
You simply spray the product onto your car after you wash it and before you dry it. You then use a hose or pressure washer to spread the product out over your paint.
There are a number of great sprays and rinse waxes on the market at the moment. Probably the most popular is Turtle Wax Hybrid Solutions Graphene Spray Wax. It can be applied to a wet or dry car but it’s obviously quicker to do it while your car is wet.
Graphene is the latest buzzword in car detailing. Its job is to offer great protection and long-lasting shine. And Turtle Wax Hybrid Solutions Graphene Spray Wax is one of the best I’ve ever seen.
Method 2: Quick Detailer Spray
Some of the latest QD sprays on the market offer excellent gloss levels. A quick detailer is designed to give your car a quick boost by removing dust between washes. They are not meant to be used on dirty cars as they don’t offer enough protection from scratches.
The best time to use a quick detailer is just after a wash. First, wash and dry your car as normal using something like the two-bucket method or one of my quick methods. Then simply spray on some quick detailer and wipe off. It’s a super thin liquid so no buffing is needed. It can go on glass and plastic so you don’t need to be too careful. And that’s what makes it so fast. It will take just 3 or 4 minutes to boost your shine with a quick detailer.
The QD I recommend for boosting shine and gloss is Meguiars Hybrid Ceramic Quick Detailer. I’ve been using it since it became available in 2020. It offers the best levels of gloss I’ve seen. Your car looks like it was just waxed. It also makes your paint very hydrophobic which helps prevent water and dirt from sticking so your car will be slightly easier to wash.
Meguiars Hybrid Ceramic Quick Detailer contains a new formula that has a ceramic ingredient that is designed to make it last longer than other quick detailers. And it does seem to last a surprisingly long time. I have noticed my paint still beading a few weeks later. But the shine it produces is not designed to last as long as a dedicated ceramic coating or wax.
Method 3 : Wash and Wax
Chemical Guys Glossworkz is the product I recommend here. In the old days, we had Meguiars Wash and Wax products which were excellent at washing but really didn’t make your car look any shinier in my opinion.
Glossworkz actually works. Your car’s shine will get an excellent boost. You’ll especially notice it if you haven’t waxed your car for a while. But I wax my car regularly and I also notice the effect.
You use GlossWorkz like any other shampoo. Like all Chemical Guys, shampoos is offers protection from scratches by encapsulating dirt in super slick suds. It smells great too. The reviews on Amazon speak for themselves. Check out the Glossworkz review here.
You can also use Glassworks in a foam cannon. It doesn’t produce as much foam as some of Chemical Guy’s other products but it doesn’t need to. Having more foam doesn’t really add any advantage and can cause staining if it dries into your car.
Method 4 : ONR with Wax
Optimum No Rinse Wash & Wax is an incredible product for times when you are in a hurry or where you don’t have access to a hose or pressure washer,
You simply put some of the product in a bucket of clean water and wipe down your car with a special big red sponge or with multiple microfibre towels or wash mitts. Its formula is designed to keep scratches to a minimum and it really does work.
There are two types of ONR available. This version contains some wax or sealant that adds gloss as you wash. Highly recommended.