High End Car Care Supplies | 1,650+ Products | 77 Brands| 9,000+ Reviews | 1,100+ Ask-a-Pro Blog Posts
Close Menu

Ask a Pro Categories

Pro Detailer Authors

Other Authors

Subscribe

More

Clean Shine Protect

Ask a Pro Categories

Pro Detailer Authors

Other Authors

Subscribe

More

Cookies are disabled in your web browser. To shop with Detailed Image, please turn cookies on and then refresh the page.

Can I Use Products from Different Brands?

by

We get asked this question a lot, and for good reason. Manufacturers develop products to work best together and many create a system to have everything you need. These products will work great together, however, this does not mean that you MUST use one brands products only. It can, however, make it easy to get into detailing and seeing what to do in each situation with a  clear breakdown in one brand.

One of the hardest things to learn in detailing is that there is no one right way. You can get the same result in 50 different ways and often need to take different approaches depending on the circumstance of the vehicle. Because of this, it is best to look at products as how they work first, and the brand second.

Let’s get our Bob Ross on paint a picture for this:

You want to purchase a NanoSkin Wash Mitt instead of traditional clay, great choice it’s an amazing tool. Now you need something for the lubrication, do you buy the NanoSkin Glide? If you want, sure you can. But you could also buy a detail spray from; Poorboys World, Chemical Guys, Optimum, Meguiars, 303, almost any brand or even use just car shampoo and water. These will all work great for your needs as they all do the same thing, there are minor differences of course, as with all similar products, but if the product works for your needs, the brand is secondary.

This is the case for all products, (polishes, waxes, cleaners dressings, etc.) you can even mix and match products from the same brand. Such as using a more aggressive pad with a polish to get some more cut but maybe finish down better, see Zach’s Article for pairing pads and polishes.

So, remember, use what works for you. Now that may be products of all the same brand and that’s great, the OCD in me would love all my bottles to be the same! But you are not required to, use the correct type of product for the correct situation and the proper technique and you will get great results!

Ian Howard
Ian Howard
Gloss Angeles
Irvine, CA
GlossAngelesDetailing.com
Instagram | YouTube

5 comments on Can I Use Products from Different Brands?

  1. Ken Mayer says:

    What about things like coatings? I have CarPro CQuartz coatings on vehicles now and I have been using CarPro Reload over them periodically. I made the assumption that the chemistry of Reload was designed to work with CQuartz. I have also been using ECHo2 on those two vehicles as a drying agent. Do I just worry too much?
    For washes, I have been using CG Mr Pink (just because I have a lot of it) and CG or Meguiars stuff for paint correction. I kind of figured I am doing an alcohol wipe between the paint correction and the coating anyway, so whatever came before that doesn’t matter.

    • Ian says:

      Ken,

      Yes you can still use other brands. It may not work “as well” but I think the percentage difference would be almost unnoticeable for normal use. The main issue you would run into is warranty as it would “void” it. Whether or not those warranties are worth much is a topic for another day.

  2. rlmccarty2000 says:

    What you use to maintain your coating is important. If you use a shampoo with glossifers it can affect the way the coating behaves and may cause streaking. Using CarPro Reset to wash your coating is a good idea as it contains no glossifers and leaves your paint clean. You could also use a shampoo with SIO2 to maintain your coating and help it maintain its qualities for a longer period of time.

  3. Ray says:

    Companies will tell you to use there products only so, they make more money.Its all about the money!!!.

  4. Ron Ayotte says:

    I use a variety of products from different manufacturers, Griot’s, Meguair’s, Mothers, Sonax, CAR Products and others. Sometimes I use everything from one product line, sometimes it is “mix and match” based on what the vehicle needs. It’s all about what needs to be done to make the vehicle look its best and fro your client to say “wow”!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Commenting Rules

  • Try to keep your comments as relevant as possible.
  • Don't be abusive: no personal attacks or any other nastiness.
  • Feel free to express your opinion, but do so in an eloquent way.

If you do not respect these rules your comments may be edited or even deleted.

Detailed Image Footer Border
Close overlay