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Old 26th September 2009, 10:20   #1 (permalink)
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Grease Lightning "Showroom Shine"

Just watched idealworld for a few minutes this morning and they had the Grease Lightning "Showroom shine" on offer. Just wondered if anyone has tried it.

It's basically a way of washing and washing your car without any water...you spray on and wipe off all in one, using microfibre cloths.

Anyone used it and got opinions?
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Old 26th September 2009, 11:01   #2 (permalink)
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I WOULDNT TOUCH IT!!
A waterless cleaning product on Honda paint = DISASTER!!
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My neighbour uses an identical product on his Volkswagen Passat. It looks superb.
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My neighbour uses an identical product on his Volkswagen Passat. It looks superb.
But VAG paint is far better!!
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I WOULDNT TOUCH IT!!
A waterless cleaning product on Honda paint = DISASTER!!
I have used it, however I wouldn't use it on unwashed paint .I would wash first then apply..which I suppose goes against what it claims to do....only then would I trust it.....as you have a coating of carnuba wax. Its fine to keep you car looking shiny and is easy to use but wont rescue nackered paint. Also dont be fooled that it will take off tar etc.......It will only take it off if it has already been applied and the tar/ spray paint is on top of it. Used it on My 9 year old Sharan before I sold it and it looked good. They sell plenty of this stuff so its not all bad.Before anybody asks why (as I did )Halford etc dont sell it if its so "good" ,well if one product does as much as is claimed by this they would only sell half as much of the multiple products that are needed to do the same job!!

So,do you recon I've got the Ideal World sales job then lol ???
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not sure about a totally waterless wash but theres a huge thread on www.detailingworld.co.uk abbout 'optimum no rinse', you still use buckets and water but no hosing and no huge water use. a mate of mine has been using it on his mito think he said its good. thers videos etc to see too, might be worth a look.
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IMO its better to not wash the car until water is available.
Honda paint marks/scratches too easily to even consider it.
Your call..I wont touch it
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I WOULDNT TOUCH IT!!
A waterless cleaning product on Honda paint = DISASTER!!
I have to agree. I can't see how a little bit of spray 'gunk' on a dirty car can remove it without scratching.
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I use this stuff on my caravan and its awsome !!
But don't use it on the car, as robbo said the paint is too soft.. Steve
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Well I got 2 x 1litre bottles of this stuff from Santa, and after I had washed the car today decided to try it out (No way I was going to use it as it's supposed to be used ), but have to say was really impressed with how easy it went on and buffed off, also was able to use it on the plastic trim (no white residue) and also brought the glass up a treat (no smearing)

Nice wee product to use as an all over sprucer upper.
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Well I got 2 x 1litre bottles of this stuff from Santa, and after I had washed the car today decided to try it out (No way I was going to use it as it's supposed to be used ), but have to say was really impressed with how easy it went on and buffed off, also was able to use it on the plastic trim (no white residue) and also brought the glass up a treat (no smearing)

Nice wee product to use as an all over sprucer upper.
Would you use it as intended though or always wash car first? Someone should try it....
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Would you use it as intended though or always wash car first? Someone should try it....
Are you hinting that someone should be me?

Well I did try it on the glass before I washed the car, and it removed all the dirt and left the glass sparkling clean, so it does work, just not too sure about it NOT leaving swirl marks in the paint.

I think I'll just stick to using it like a quick detailer AFTER I've washed the car.
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Ha no not at all, would be nice to know if it was ok on our delicate paintwork, thats all
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Basically this is just a Quick Detailing spray.

In other countries with a warm dry climate its common practice to use quick detailing sprays to wipe off the dust from your car but due to the climate here they dont work so you have to wash cars properly.

i would use it the same as any other QD spray. just use after washing or to get rid of light dust and fingerprints.
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No no you are all wrong. I have used it for years on my civic with no problems, even with all this salt at this time of year it works a treat. Works wonerful on the alloys too shifts brake dust too. No more frozen hands from using water in winter. Don't hate it till you have tried it, I was sceptical till I tried it. Takes about 8 mins to do car and it's polished at the same time.
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I tell you what, anybody live near Dudley, pop round I'll give you a demo.
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I have to back AndyP up on this one. I was skeptical too but ordered some to use on my Ford Focus and it is fantastic. Got my new Civic in November (in black) and the Focus went back and have been using it on that since. I noted the comments on weak paint but I have had no issues and the Civic comes up perfect with Showroom Shine (no swirls or scratches). Just make sure you have plenty of the microfibre clothes and don't try using it when the car is wet or you will get swirls etc.

I have taken some pictures of the last time I used it, in December, and will post up later (maybe tomorrow) once I find my bloody mobile phone data cable!
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Excellent, I look forward to pics!
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Showroom Shine Piccies

As promised

I didn't take a huge amount of before pictures as, to be honest, I kept forgetting! Also, remember this took me less than 20 minutes start to finish, and I am sure you can get even better results with an extra 10 minutes buffing, but I suffer from buffaphobia so didn't bother.

Remember to click on the images to enlarge further.
Passenger door before:
Passenger Door Before.JPG

And after:
Passenger Door After.JPG

Drivers front and rear doors before:
Drivers side front before.JPG
Drivers side rear before.JPG

Rear door after with comparison to front still yet to do:
Drivers side rear after.JPG

Close up of drivers door after cleaning - nice reflection:
Drivers side front reflection.JPG

Bonnet, forgot before but here it is with spray applied:
Bonnet with spray on.JPG

And after:
Bonnet after.JPG

Now I totally forgot to do before for rear, but similar to side doors in how dirty it was. Here is after shot:
Rear after.JPG
Note: the dark mark down the centre right is my reflection, not dirt!

And two close ups:
Rear Close up.JPG
Rear bumper reflection.JPG


In summary, I am sure that the full wash, wax treatment is better and also I assume offers better protection, but I can't be bothered to do all that; I just want my car to look it's (near) best with minimal effort. Showroom shine gets these results in 20 minutes, and with no scratching, so I am more than happy.

My only issue with the product is the claims of 10-20 cars per bottle of spray. I would suggest in the real world it's more like 4-6, which still offers good value at 1.50 - 2.50 per wash with far above average results.

Hope this helps

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Wow, that looks good! Hmmm does she buy some and give it a go! Thanks for the pics.
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