Exterior

Most of us are going to spend the majority of your time detailing the exterior of our cars. It’s what other people see and what gets the “wow” factor, for the most part.

Below I’ve included a huge range of articles that are dedicated to just the exterior of the car. This is everything from wheels to engines, and paint correction of convertible roofs.

Within the guides are product reviews. With these, I outline what I think are the best detailing products in that category. As new products are released, these lists are constantly changing, so make sure you check back regularly to see what’s new.

Optimum No Rinse Wash and Shine Quick Detailer: Real World Test And Review
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Optimum No Rinse Wash and Shine Quick Detailer: Real World Test And Review

Optimum No Rinse is a detailing product like no other I have used. It has a variety of functions, such as cleaning the exterior of a car using only one bucket, a wash mitt, and a drying towel. It can be used as a quick detailer and as a clay lubricant. The product is sold…

Bilt Hamber Double Speed Wax: Real World Test And Review
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Bilt Hamber Double Speed Wax: Real World Test And Review

With the increasing popularity of spray waxes and sealants, the traditional carnauba paste wax has fallout out of the limelight for many. No doubt people have memories of trying to remove a thick baked-on layer and vowing never to wax their car again. With modern waxes and a few tweaks to technique, applying a traditional…

Gtechniq G4 Nanotech Glass Polish: Real World Test And Review
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Gtechniq G4 Nanotech Glass Polish: Real World Test And Review

G4 Nanotech from Gtechniq is a water-based glass polish which uses nano-abrasives and citric acid to deep-clean glass surfaces. G4 is unlike other glass polishes and takes a bit of getting used to, but with practice, it is one of the most effective glass polishes available. It can be used as a stand-alone product, however,…

Meguiar’s Ceramic Wax: Real World Test And Review
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Meguiar’s Ceramic Wax: Real World Test And Review

Meguiar’s Ceramic Wax provides fast and easy protection to most car surfaces, giving good results in terms of aesthetics, hydrophobicity, and durability. It is worth noting that this is a wax, not a coating, so it will not provide the same results as a professional ceramic coating. Using very little product is key to making…

Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer: Real World Test And Review
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Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer: Real World Test And Review

‘Quick Detailers’ are a hotly debated topic in detailing, as there are conflicting views as to what their purpose really is. Some quick detailers are intended to be cleaners which allow light dust to be removed from the surface of paint with a microfibre towel. Others serve to ‘top up’ existing wax layers and boost…

Poorboy’s World Wheel Sealant: Real World Test And Review
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Poorboy’s World Wheel Sealant: Real World Test And Review

Poorboy’s World Wheel Sealant is a relatively easy to apply wheel protection that can be applied to most wheel surfaces. It makes wheels easier to clean as well as keeping them clean for longer but fails to deliver durability of any practical use for frequently driven cars. Prepmycar Rating: 6.6 / 10 Poorboy’s World Wheel…

Meguiar’s Ultimate All Wheel Cleaner : Real World Test And Review
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Meguiar’s Ultimate All Wheel Cleaner : Real World Test And Review

Ultimate All Wheel cleaner is Meguiar’s flagship wheel cleaner. It contains an active fallout remover, turning the cleaner red as it comes in contact with brake dust and other iron fallout. It can be used as a contactless cleaner on lightly soiled wheels or to speed up contact cleaning.  It is available in many UK…