Optimum No Rinse car wash is an extremely popular product among car owners, driveway detailers, and professional detailers alike.
There are many ways to wash your car. Essentially many ways in which to remove the dirt from your car so you don't have to hide your face while driving due to an excessively dirty car.
But asking how to wash a car will bring up just as many opinions as people you are willing to ask.
Each one of us will have a common goal: removing the dirt from your car so it is clean, not dirty. But this is where everything goes south with regards to opinions and the "best" way to wash your car.
Optimum no rinse car wash is simply one of countless ways in which to get from point A to point B.
Optimum (NRWW2012Q) No Rinse Wash & Wax - 32 oz.
Darren's Tips: The Optimum No Rinse car wash is as much of a specific product as it is a technique to washing your car. This means that you can choose this particular product (which is a top performer) and use it to produce a clean car, along with using the "no-rinse" car wash method to produce a clean car.
You can also use the "no-rinse" car washing method to produce a clean car with many other products similar to the Optimum No Rinse car wash and still get the same results.
Once again; the Optimum No-Rinse is both a specific product and a specific process.
Traditional car washing method:
The "No-Rinse" car wash method:
Darren's Note: The main point here is to illustrate once again that the Optimum No Rinse car wash is a product specifically, using the "no rinse" method of washing your car.
The following are the additional "tools" needed to perform what I consider the "better" method for getting a clean car. And when I say better, what I am specifically referring to is the process of using ANY product of your choosing to use the No-Rinse "method" to clean your car.
Regardless of the actual No-Rinse product you choose, I definitely prefer and recommend the no-Rinse method over the traditional car washing method. (hose, bucket, wash soap, gallons of water, tons of time and effort, etc., etc.)
The tools below will also be what you will need in performing the No-Rinse wash method in cleaning your car.
Optimum (NRWW2012Q) No Rinse Wash & Wax - 32 oz.
Adam's Grit Guard Wash Bucket with Lid - Professional, Heavy Duty 5 Gallon Detailing Bucket
Optimum (22516) Big Red Car Wash Sponge
Car Wash Mitt 2 Pack - Extra Large Size Clean Tools Kits- Premium Chenille Microfiber Winter Waterproof Cleaning Mitts - Washing Glove with Lint Free & Scratch Free
Chemical Guys MIC_506_12 Professional Grade Premium Microfiber Towels, Gold (16 Inch x 16 Inch) (Pack of 12)
Darren's Tips: If you use the Optimum No Rinse car wash product and follow manufacturer's directions, you will realize you will need a quality cloth to ?mop" up the Optimum No Rinse car wash solution as you work from panel to panel in washing your car.
These cloths represent the perfect balance of the 3 requirements of a great "no-rinse" car washing method:
It is nice to have plenty of these on hand based on how dirty your car is if you decide to go the "no-rinse" method of car washing. Just rotate this out as needed when you are using the Optimum No rinse car wash.
You will get the hang of it very quickly if this is your first time.
Often I am asked by my long term followers what I do, or what I would do. Many guys and girls don't really want to learn all the nuances of any given topic, but simply trust my experience in guiding them to get the results they are after.
I am a big fan of keeping things simple. Simplicity makes my already complex life easier, but makes me more profitable as a professional detailer.
If you simply want to go shopping for Optimum No Rinse car wash, you can use the link and read my commentary on that product above. But with that said...
If you are a person like this, then continue reading to see what I do within my own world of professional detailing.
Since I am a big fan of the entire CSi (ClearCoat Solutions) product line and already use this very simplistic line of products, I simply use the simplistic line of products, and do so with great versatility. Products that offer key factors that I embrace in the name of simplicity, efficiency, and profitability:
Instead of using the Optimum No Rinse (ONR), I use the CSi Q-7 spray wax to make my waterless car washing solution. (I already have and use the Q-7 spray wax to wax my car on a regular basis, but now I can transform it into a waterless, or no-rinse car washing agent)
The concept is that you pour a tiny amount of the Optimum No Rinse (commonly just referred to as ONR within the detail community) into a bucket of water and use this solution to basically wipe your car down.
If you are not familiar with what is called waterless car washing, Optimum No Rinse car wash is a "version" of this unique technique of removing the dirt from your car in the non-traditional car washing method (As outlined ave when I did a comparison to traditional car washing methods versus waterless, or No-Rinse car wash methods)
Like many areas of cosmetic car care or auto detailing, many subjects of discussion get blurred by use of different terminology and different techniques.
Think of waterless or no-rinse car washing techniques like you would when you use furniture polish to dust your household furniture. You don't drag your furniture from your house onto the front lawn and proceed to hose it down with gallons of water, then lather it up with mounds of suds, rinse it off, then dry it off, only to drag it back into the house. (Yes, I realize this seems like an absurd comparison. But I find that using absurd examples helps people connect dots quicker rather than slower)
This same concept is applied to cars in that you spray on a waterless wash or a no-rinse product directly onto your dirty car paint, mop up the dirt with the solution, then buff to perfection.
Darren's Tip: Since I use this particular car wax as my "go-to" car wax, I have found additional uses for it. One of those additional uses is to mix it just like the Optimum No Rinse car wash and also use it using the same technique. By doing this, it allows me to be more economical by teasing out additional uses for products I am already using.
Simply mix an ounce of the CSI Q-7 wax with 1-2 gallons of distilled water and proceed to use this mixture just as you would the Optima No Rinse wash method as can be seen in the videos below.
Due to chemistry and innovation, the traditional car wash method is no longer your only choice. The two preferred alternative methods are either of these:
I am a fan of both methods, and either method will greatly reduce the amount of time and energy involved in washing your car over the traditional car wash method.
No-Rinse Car Wash Products: These are products that you add to basic tap water in a traditional car washing bucket. (Whenever I use any of these methods, I default to using distilled water due its purity) You use some form of wash mitt that is saturated with your No-Rinse wash water solution.
You then simply wipe your car down with your saturated wash mitt while immediately following up with a clean, dry, microfiber cloth. Instantly you have a clean section of your car. You simply dip your wash mitt back into your no-rinse washing solution as needed to break lose the trapped dirt contained within your wash mitt and proceed to wash your entire car using this technique.
Waterless Car Washing: This is the same basic concept as the Optimum No Rinse car wash method, but instead of mixing your solution into a wash bucket, you mix your solution into a sprayer bottle and apply the solution directly to your car. Once you have sprayed a small section of your car, you can either mop up the dirt/solution with a micro-fiber, or you can pre-wipe the area with a chenille wash mitt first, then immediately follow-up with a micro-fiber cloth.
At this point if you have made it this far and have taken the time to reach and watch, you may consider yourself among the top of the crowd as being a truly informed car owner and/or detailer.
Most people want simple answers only to find that simple answers don't really answer the complex questions that always arise along the way. I get this universal conundrum of life.
So with that said, go about this expansive topic of cosmetic car care little by little, in a consistent manner, and you will become a very well of knowledge, but you will be able to produce truly professional results in increasingly effective and efficient ways!