I’ve recommended a number of different quick detailing solutions on RallyWays. People keep asking me to write a good ol’ red bottle Meguiar’s Quik Detailer review. Ok, I’ll address it then…
Meguiar’s Quik Detailer, the one in the red bottle, is pretty much the standard quick detailing solution – It’s likely the most popular and readily found quick detailer out there. Meg’s Quik Detailer is what pops into anyone’s mind when a quick detailer is mentioned.
Is it good then? Well of course it is!
Meg’s Quik Detailer is the no-frills detailing solution and it does its job perfectly. It is not as expensive or elaborate as Ultimate Quik Detailer yet it is good enough for any car, from daily commuter to super car.
Now, why haven’t I recommend it yet? Well, I do use it, so it makes sense that I do go ahead and recommend it. I have mentioned it before here and there, but had never dedicated an entire article to it.
Meguiar’s Quik Detailer spray performs the job of quick detailing perfectly. That job is to add some lubricity to the surface of your paint in order to aid in using microfiber towels to help lift dirt and dust off the paint without scratching it. This, if done correctly of course. Meg’s Quik Detailer performs flawlessly, smells good and it’s cheap. Well, that depends…
I’ve found myself using it less lately, for one very good reason. It’s expensive.
“But wait, you just said it wasn’t expensive and elaborate. What are you saying now?”
Here’s the thing… It is one of the least expensive quick detailers out there in that you can buy a 16 oz bottle for around $5.00 just about anywhere and the 32 oz bottle for around $10.00. So, if you only use quick detailer every once in a while. That’s perfectly affordable.
However, the largest container of Meguiar’s Quik Detailer you can buy is 32oz. If you use quick detailer often, buying 32 ounces at a time gets expensive quick. That’s when buying a full gallon of quick detailer for $30 makes it all that much cheaper. Yup, that’s a full 128 oz for 3 times the cost of a 32 ounce bottle of Meguiar’s Quik Detailer x 3 equals 96 ounces ($10 x 3 = $30). You could be getting an extra 32 ounces (128 ounces) for those same $30 if you buy a gallon.
Even better, if you buy the concentrate detailing solution I recommend in my waterless wash article, you can get a total of 32 bottles of 16 ounces by diluting it with distilled water. That’s a whopping total of 512 ounces, or 4 gallons of quick detailer for $25 for the solution and roughly $5 of distilled water. Yep, that’s the same $30, but now you have 4 gallons to work with. Yeah, yeah, that solution I recommend is called a “waterless wash,” but whatever, you’ll be using it the same way if you are just quick-detailing.
But where does this leave Meguiar’s?
Oh, I love Meg’s and will continue to recommend them. Buy the little 32 ounce bottles of Meguiar’s Quik Detailer in the red bottle if you don’t need much. Not a problem. However, there is one other Meguiar’s solution… I have a friend that has tried Meguiar’s D15501 Last Touch Spray Detailer. It comes in a gallon. I haven’t used it myself, but my friend claims it’s really good. Also, rumors have it that it’s the same stuff as the red bottle Meguiar’s Quik Detailer, but marketed for professionals, or those who need larger quantities. I can’t say, because I haven’t used it yet. I guess it would be hard to go wrong with Meg’s. When I run out of my current solution, I’ll by giving that one a try.