Our tests Washes
We tested all the washes against four substances: simulated dried-on flies; a simulated traffic film; wet mud; and dried-on mud. The simulated flies and traffic film were created using ‘recipes’ based on those used by the scientists who develop cleaners. The mud was… mud.
Spray-on cleaners were applied and allowed to dwell for the time suggested in the instructions, then rinsed off with a gentle hose. Bucket washes were applied with a squeeze of the sponge but without scrubbing, allowed to dwell for a minute, then
rinsed off with the gentle hose. They are all scored against how completely they removed the challenge material and on the quality of the finish — shiny and smooth to the touch being good, dull or with a residue being bad.
Polish and wax
We cleaned a car and taped squares onto its bonnet. Each square was treated with a polish, a wax or both, where one firm produces complementary products. We haven’t included specific metal polishes in this test, focusing instead on bodywork and general paint polishes.
Waxes and polishes were rated on how far an application went, how easily they buffed up, how well they cut out small marks in the paint and the final finish. The car was then sprayed with a hose and each polish or wax was assessed for the quality of the water beading. After a week of driving, the same products were reassessed for quality of shine and beading, to give a guide to how long-lasting they are.
If this lot can’t get your bike clean and shiny, nothing can