For those of us with hard water, washing and drying a car without getting water spots can be quite the task. People use many different products as drying aides, from quick detailers to spray waxes. I have always used a quick detailer, which has worked quite well for me. I was optimistic when I saw Chemical Guys After Wash would be any different than what I normally use. I was pleasantly surprised just how well the product worked, which has me second guessing my decision of using a quick detailer.
As with all my product reviews here is the product description as provided on Detailed Image.
From The Label
Chemical Guys After Wash is an advanced paintwork optical gloss enhancer and moisturizer designed to aid the drying process. The innovative paintwork drying aid provides lubrication when drying any vehicle. After Wash is used after you wash your car to create a streak-free shine when drying the surface. Hydrophobic drying technology aids in drying any surface using a premium microfiber towel. After Wash releases water from the surface for a smooth finish after a wash. The unique spray formula enhances any wax or sealant coating using synthetic polymers for a brilliant shine. The advanced hydrophobic technology forces water away from the surface while allowing microfiber to absorb the maximum amount of moisture. Discover the most effective way to dry any vehicle with Chemical Guys After Wash.
- Wash vehicle
- Rinse using clean water
- While the vehicle is wet, spray Chemical Guys After Wash directly onto the surface to release moisture.
- Dry using a premium microfiber towel
- Enjoy a streak-free shine.
For this example I used my daily driver, which I just finished giving a quick wash. The car currently has a paint coating, already making the washing and drying process a pretty simple task.
While I would typically use my Metro Blaster Car Dryer to blow most of the water off the vehicle, for demonstration purposes I will use a high quality waffle weave towel like the DI Microfiber Waffle Weave Drying Towel. You will want to use a good quality towel when drying your vehicle to reduce the risk of causing any damage to the finish. The image above shows the nicely beaded water after finishing the wash process on the hood.
You can see the effects of what a few mists of After Wash has. You can see in the picture above how the beads of water will instantly start to react to the product, as it seems to increase the hydrophobic properties of the surface. At this point you will to take you clean folded waffle weave towel and gently go across the surface in one direction. I typically make my towel damp before the first use. While it is hard to show just how easy it is to dry using this product with pictures, I can honestly say that it makes the process much easier.
Below is a quick video showing the process and you can see for yourself just how easy this product is to use.
I can honestly say that I will no longer be using a quick detailer as a drying aide after trying this product. While I may not use this product all the time it will certainly be a product I will reach for when not using air for drying a vehicle.
After being dried you are left with a very glossy and slick finish with no ugly water spots. After Wash does have a gloss enhancer which does seem to give the paint that extra little pop. If you’re looking to make you drying process even slightly easier, give Chemical Guys After Wash a try as you won’t be disappointed.