Our tests Washes

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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

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