“As a quick, intermediate clean for those who are short on time this is a brilliant solution”
+ Quick and simple to use, no more hosepipe, no nasty drips
– Not cost effective for a deeper clean, keep an eye on those cloths
Available now from www.smartpolishpro.com
The other day I was contacted out of the blue by a gentleman who wanted me to try out this cleaning product – known as Smart Polish Pro it’s marketed as a waterless wash and wax solution for your car.
Smart Polish Pro is supposed to be directly applied onto a dirty vehicle and combines washing and waxing in one process with what Smart Polish Pro say are astonishing results!
- Price: £15.99 per 500ml
- Waterless wax product
- UK-made, recent start up
First, a minor detail
Now, first things first, I’m not a detailing nerd. Yes, I have an account over at the excellent detailing world forum, but the truth is I am the last person you’d find truly detailing a car. However, I do appreciate a well washed car and understand the basics when it comes to looking after paintwork. As such, I’m writing this from the perspective of a car cleaning enthusiast NOT a detailer.
Save time save water
Smart Polish Pro’s USP is the fact it requires no water and nowadays that’s actually not so unique. Products such as Meguiar’s Wash & Wax Anywhere and Poorboys Spray & Wipe Waterless Wash have been around for a good while, they’re also highly rated and generally accepted as a good alternative to a regular, more time consuming wash.
Smart Polish Pro is formulated in part with carnauba wax, which the company claims should leave paintwork protected and repelling water for multiple weeks. Bold statements indeed.
What do we have here?
The £15.99 retail price just about undercuts some of the most established and best respected products in this segment but remains more pricey than most. This half a litre bottle will clean the average car 6 to 8 times over say Smart Polish Pro.
Most people considering this product will be driven towards its ability to save time over a regular wash. Smart Polish Pro claim it’ll take a quarter of a time than a regular H2O clean.
You do get a single microfibre thrown in – and although that’s better than a kick in the teeth – it’s still at least half of what you need to get the job done properly.
Open the cap and you’ll be greeted with a thin formulation that holds a light teal colour and smells familiar to anyone who’s used carnauba products before.
How do you use it?
Smart Polish Pro break it down into four simple steps:
- Shake the product to activate it
- Lightly apply the formula to a microfibre cloth along with the panel you intend to work with
- Wipe in one direction (no circles)
- A second clean microfibre cloth can then be used to buff the surface into a shine
The Waterless Wash & Wax solution was first tested on one particularly dirty Ford Ka. Bird droppings, tree sap and pollen were rife on most of the Ka’s panels, particularly the front wing I’m showing in these demonstration images. In fairness this is quite an extreme test, and I’m sure that most people purchasing this product will not have paint in this condition.
Following the product’s instructions I applied a generous misting of the solution across the entire panel.
Then, as per the instructions, I swiped a fresh microfibre in one direction across the length of the panel. Flipping the cloth between swipes, my feelings were uneasy; after all as a two bucket wash sort of guy this is pretty much the opposite way I’ve ever approached car cleaning.
Sure enough, in a few quick and easy swipes the panel looked impressively clean. The original cloth was damp with the product and noticeably grimy. The final step was to reach for a clean, dry microfibre cloth, which I then used to buff excess product from the panel.
Below are the results, which to my eyes were very impressive. The product had removed all obvious dirt and dust from the panel leaving a consistent streak free shine with no visible swirl marks or scratching.
To test things further I set to work on a couple of different cars – one with much-loved paintwork and the second not so much, each time I got similarly impressive results. See for yourselves below.
After using the product more extensively I did pick up a few observations. The nature of a waterless wash means that you’ll get through cleaning cloths a lot quicker than with a regular product. Effectively taking on the job of a regular wash mitt/sponge the first cloth that you use will likely end up getting saturated and filthy, so pay attention to its condition carefully. I found that overspray onto plastic areas and glass didn’t cause the irritating smearing issues that other products would.
The carnauba wax does leave noticeable protection on the paint too. The treated panels repelled water in a similar way to those treated with a regular wax, just don’t expect the sort of uniform beading you’d get from a dedicated layer.
I came away seriously impressed with this product and think it will be just the ticket for plenty of people who are keen on cleaning their cars. The procedure does save significant time (and water) over a regular car wash and the streak and swirl free finish really opened my eyes. I think that Smart Polish Pro’s estimate on a half a litre bottle cleaning the average car 6 to 8 times is probably a little generous, and you’ll definitely have to stock up on microfibre cloths.
Ultimately, I think this product works best as something for the owner that already cleans their car regularly. For me, it makes sense to use as a top up between a deeper clean. Sure, it’s capable of a full wash but for that there are better options.