CAR AND TRUCK WASH PRODUCTS
Detergents For Exteriors:
For drive-thru car washes using power brushes. For manual washing. For light-duty pressure washing. For light-duty steam cleaning. Use hot or cold. Blue, high foaming, pleasant odor; details on request.
LFR 5000 Pre-Wash
Liquid Fallout Remover. For use by automobile detail professionals. Compounding, tar, and wax removal must be completed first. Essential to properly restore a weathered finish. Colorless.
Detergent and Polish. Liquid.
Cleans and lightly waxes in one operation. For manual washing. For light-duty pressure washing. For
light-duty steam cleaning. Use hot or cold. Not needed for power-brush washing where wax is injected
into rinse water. Amber; details on request.
Transport Coating Remover
Easily removes protective cosmoline coating from new vehicles without damaging finish. Essential for
“dealer preparation.” Apply 2oz per gallon by spray or brush. Wait 2-5 minutes and wash off with high
pressure or soft brush.
Steam Cleaning and Pressure Washing Compounds
Spray Wax. Liquid.
For spray-waxing cars and similar painted metals. Most common use is in drive-thru car washes. It
produces a glossy, water-repellent finish, it causes water to form beads as on any waxed surface, it
retards rust, it promotes better rinsing and thus reduces drying time and wiping labor. At recommended
use dilutions, one gallon Installs waxes about 180 cars. Green; details on request.
Hot Spray Wax
Spray Wax. Liquid.
Similar to Instawax above but Hot Spray Wax produces a heavier wax coating. For best results, the
spray-wax water must be hot, about 150F. At recommended use dilution, one gallon Hot Spray Wax
waxes about 40 cars. Green; details on request.
Heavy Duty Detergent. Noncombustible Degreaser. Liquid.
To clean whitewall tires, use at 1:3 water. Apply with sprayer or brush. Scrub with wire brush to
remove curb scuffs. Rinse. For aluminum or mag wheels, rinse at once to prevent possible
discoloration; if prompt rinsing is not feasible, use Tirewhite below. Atlas also has many other uses.
Red, mild odor, low to moderate foam; details on request.
Whitewall Cleaner. Liquid.
Use at up to 1:5 water. Will not harm aluminum or mag wheels even if rinsing is omitted; but
Tirewhite is slower-acting than Atlas above. Purple, mild odor, low to moderate foam; details on
Wash-Off Emulsifiable Solvent Degreasers:
Most common use is degreasing engines and similar greasy machinery. Use cold. Apply by any convenient method: spray, brush, dip. Let soak; usually, 5 to 10 minutes are enough. Scrub or use other agitation if needed. Wash off with water at tap pressure or with pressure washer. Hot water helps but is not needed.
On very dirty surfaces use full strength for greatest efficiency. For moderate dirt, dilute with up to 20 parts water, kerosene, stoddard, diesel fuel or similar; but all these diluents decrease the solvent power and all except water increase the fire hazard.
Wash-Off Solvent Degreasers are mixtures of solvents and emulsifiers. They remove heavy accumulations of oils, greases and some other substances that are difficult or impossible to remove with detergents and water. They are more effective than detergents because of two chemical processes involved:
Solvent action converts the solid or semi-solid dirt to a fluid mixture.
Emulsifiers make the mixture readily dispersible in water -- a stream of water easily washes away the
Cardinal makes three different products. All three remove heavy accumulations of oils and greases, they vary in ability to remove other substances, none removes paint; see green pages for detailed comparison of uses.
Wash-Off Solvent Degreaser. Liquid. Most powerful of the three products. Removes more substances. Removes all substances faster. Red; details in green pages.
Wash-Off Solvent Degreaser. Liquid. Very good for oils and greases but removes fewer substances than #CKE. Green; details in green pages.
Wash-Off Solvent Degreaser. Liquid. Very good for engine degreasing and similar applications where conditions are not severe. Removes fewer substances than #CKE or #RTU. Green; details in green pages.