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Ok, I know this subject could be classed as taboo and that it is frowned up by the "detailing" purists, but I purchased some Swarfega wash and wax shampoo the other day for £1 from a well known high street bargain shop. I washed the car yesterday and I'll be honest, the cleanliness and shine is probably the best I've ever seen it. Even when I've used dodo juice it's no better than the cheap bottle of swarfega.
So, my question is, what does dodo juice and the other more expensive products do that the cheaper ones don't? There has to be a reason for the difference in cost.
 

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Anyone???
IMO there is a lot of snobbery involved.

Turtlewax wash and wax floats my boat and gets the
gleaming. I think going too cheap is a no-no though, apparently Fairy Liquid will strip the wax in a couple of washes and also contains salt which can cause corrosion. I think the darker the car is the more you will notice the better quality of some products.

One question I have, my bottle of RainX is nearly empty, does anyone know of a cheaper brand thats just as good as I love the stuff and go through loads?
 

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I'll be using Turtle Wax shampoo as soon as my AG runs out. Seriously can't see the difference


My Dodo Juice wax is amazing though and I'd never change

I use the Turtle Wax tyre stuff as well with a sponge and they come up gleaming
with a lasting shine
 

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IMO there is a lot of snobbery involved.

Turtlewax wash and wax floats my boat and gets the
gleaming. I think going too cheap is a no-no though, apparently Fairy Liquid will strip the wax in a couple of washes and also contains salt which can cause corrosion. I think the darker the car is the more you will notice the better quality of some products.

One question I have, my bottle of RainX is nearly empty, does anyone know of a cheaper brand thats just as good as I love the stuff and go through loads?
I'll also dip my hat to Turtlewax. In fact my latest wash was with a £1 bottle of shampoo from Tesco. Lord knows what's in it, but it seems to have done the job; all right for a winter wash down.
 

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Nothing wrong with cheaper brands of shampoo - and generally for getting the muck off it's fine, as they're designed to be used on cars and you're going to rinse it off well anyway. Besides, if you're going to clay / glaze / seal / wax afterwards then I see no honest difference in using more expensive or specialist brands (other than they may not be a 2-in-1 style shampoo / wax). I personally use CG Maxi Suds II - but that's only because I love it for snow foaming, so I just buy a big tub of the stuff and it'll happily last me ages and work out around the same cost.

If you're happy with what you use to wash your car and get it gleaming, then that's all that matters! Most would never notice or care about swirl marks, so no need to get caught up in getting a mirror like finish under bright sunlight!
 
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