After checking out various web sites for a quick detailing product and seeing that they cost about $50 to $75 a gallon I decided to see if I could home brew some decent stuff.
I took 8 oz of hot "soft" water, 5 drops of Meguier's clear coat body wash and a 3 caps of rubbing alcohol and slowly mixed in an old blender. I put the alcohol in so that it would evaporate more quickly.After it was thoroughly mixed I put it in a spray bottle. The alcohol also reduced the sudsing of the soap.
I used it on my mini-van as a test. It seemed to work fine. I used a very damp cloth to put it on (turning frequently so I didn't rub the dirt in)and then a dry soft cloth (turning frequently) to dry and polish. It also worked fine on glass. No streaks. Dried fast. Probably too much alcohol
I tried putting it on with a dry cloth but a damp cloth took less effort and wouldn't rub the dirt in to scratch the paint. I didn't notice any problems with the paint.
I made another batch of 20 oz of hot soft water, 2 drops of Meguiers and 1 cap of alcohol. I ran out of time so I'll test it later. I figure it cost me less than 3 cents to make this stuff. About 20 cents a gallon.
Will the alcohol remove carnuba wax or silicon polishes?
Has anyone ran across other home brew cleaning products that work? Any BMW chemists out there that have something better up their sleeve?
Note: This is not a recommendation to do this. Try at your own risk.
2004 E60 530is, Delivered 12/12/03, TiSilver/LGrey, PP, SP,PS, PDC, ACC, FRS, Step, Xenons, clear bra, body colored rear inserts. (Retired, 1983 henna red 320is)
2004 Corvette Z06 Commemorative Edition