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Exterior Car Shampoos

Car shampoos are at the basics of all car washes. Unlike other household cleaners it is a special blend of detergents & surfactants that is designed to remove dirt, grime, and other contaminants picked up by cars whilst driving; all without damaging its paintwork or wax coating. Using a car shampoo is much safer than using household cleaners or detergents, and not just safer but more efficient and removing dirt without stripping away any paint protection.

Which car wash shampoo do I need?

Washing sensitive paint finishes or surfaces wearing pre-existing protective waxes or sealants? Choose one of our pH neutral car shampoo solutions. All-in-one style products with car wax and shampoo are also becoming more and more popular, typically known as gloss boosting shampoos. Perfect when you want to clean, wash and protect in a single stage. If you have a ceramic sealant. We also offer matte shampoo products for matte, satin, or vinyl wrapped vehicles. These products deliver non-gloss enhancing properties and will not offer any unwanted shine.

There are many excellent car shampoo brands available, and some of the best include Autoglym, Bilt-Hamber, Chemical Guys, Meguiar's, SANSOM, and Swissvax. Autoglym offers a range of car shampoos and wax products, including their popular Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner. Bilt-Hamber is known for their pH neutral Auto-Wash, which provides a thorough clean and adds rust protection properties each and every wash. Two of the American giants Chemical Guys & Meguiars offer their popular Mr. Pink Super Suds Shampoo & Gold Class Car Wash respectively. Then we have the likes of Sansom, Nanolex, Gtechniq & even Kamikaze Collection offering car shampoos with very specific purposes of protecting coatings and paintwork. Swissvax is a luxury car care brand that offers a range of high-end car shampoos and wax products. Lately for the purest of car washes use a Pure Shampoo for no residue or left over detergents.

How To Use A Car Shampoo.

  • Using a car shampoo couldn’t be simpler, add the product to a bucket or foam dispenser at the manufacturer's required ratios and then apply to the car. For any car shampoo will require manual agitation to achieve the optimum results; for this use a high quality wash mitt or microfibre sponge with plenty of water as a lubricant to reduce swirling. It is always best to wash the car in the shad to prevent water spots and chemicals drying on the car's surface. Finally, rinse the car shampoo off with a pressure washer, for best results, or strong hose pressure.


What Not to Use at a Car Wash

  • It is important to avoid using household cleaning products such as washing up liquid, multi surface cleaners, or any other harsh chemicals on your car. However good these are at cleaning the car they will be damaging other surfaces such as plastic and rubber. Long term use can will strip protective coatings from the car and may lead to paint failure in a much quicker time than expected.


What is the Safest Thing to Wash Your Car With?

  • The safest thing to wash your car with is a dedicated car shampoo. Look for a pH-neutral car shampoo that is specifically formulated for use on automotive finishes. Or choose a shampoo designed for the purpose in mind, i.e. wax boosting or sealant protection. Always use plenty of water with your car shampoo and for the safest wash use a pre-wash before any physical contact. When it comes to washing your car, a touchless car wash is the safest option. Touchless car washing will use a combination of pre-cleaners, high lubricating shampoos and high-pressure water. This helps to prevent scratches and swirl marks that can occur with traditional car washes.

Ultimate Finish Pure Shampoo Pure Shampoo five star rating for product page by Ultimate Finish from £13.00 Gtechniq G-Wash v2 W1 GWash v2 five star rating for product page by Gtechniq from £8.95 Bilt Hamber Auto-Wash Car Shampoo Auto Wash Car Shampoo five star rating for product page by Bilt Hamber from £16.95 Gtechniq Ceramic Wash (500ml & 1 Litre) W3 Ceramic GWash five star rating for product page by Gtechniq from £19.95 Auto Finesse Lather Shampoo (500ml, 1L & 5L) Lather Shampoo five star rating for product page by Auto Finesse from £9.25 Kamikaze Collection No.1 Anti-Aging Shampoo (300ml) No.1 Anti-Aging Shampoo 2.0 five star rating for product page by Kamikaze Collection £20.95 Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild Born To Be Mild five star rating for product page by Dodo Juice from £14.00 ValetPRO Concentrated Car Shampoo (500ml, 1 Litre & 5 Litres) Concentrated Car Shampoo zero star rating for product page by ValetPRO from £21.55 Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner five star rating for product page by Autoglym from £7.95 Meguiars Gold Class Shampoo & Conditioner Gold Class Shampoo & Conditioner five star rating for product page by Meguiars from £10.95 ValetPRO Advanced Poseidon's Carnauba Wash (1 Litre & 5 Litres) Advanced Poseidon's Carnauba Wash zero star rating for product page by ValetPRO from £10.85 Angelwax Enigma Ceramic Shampoo (500ml) Enigma Ceramic Shampoo zero star rating for product page by Angelwax £20.85 Autoglym Foaming Car Wash (1 Litre & 2.5 Litres) Foaming Car Wash zero star rating for product page by Autoglym from £9.25 Stjarnagloss Bubblor Car Wash (500ml) Bubblor Car Wash zero star rating for product page by Stjarnagloss £12.00 Gtechniq Essentials Wash Kit Essentials Wash Kit zero star rating for product page by Gtechniq £34.95 Chemical Guys HydroSuds Ceramic Car Wash Soap (473ml) HydroSuds Ceramic Car Wash Soap zero star rating for product page by Chemical Guys £22.95 Farecla G3 Professional High Shine Shampoo (500ml) G3 Professional High Shine Shampoo zero star rating for product page by Farecla £5.00 Nanolex Pure Shampoo (100ml, 750ml & 5L) Pure Shampoo five star rating for product page by Nanolex from £4.70 Meguiars Ultimate Wash & Wax (1.42L) Ultimate Wash & Wax four star rating for product page by Meguiars £21.95 Nanolex Reactivating Shampoo (750ml) Reactivating Shampoo five star rating for product page by Nanolex from £15.75 Nanolex Matte Reactivating Shampoo (750ml) Matte Reactivating Shampoo five star rating for product page by Nanolex from £22.25 Koch Chemie Nano Magic Shampoo (750ml) Nano Magic Shampoo five star rating for product page by Koch Chemie £13.50 PolishAngel CarnaubaFlakeWash (200ml) CarnaubaFlakeWash zero star rating for product page by PolishAngel from £25.95 Chemical Guys Citrus Wash & Gloss Concentrated Car Wash (473ml0 Citrus Wash & Gloss Concentrated Car Wash zero star rating for product page by Chemical Guys from £13.95 Chemical Guys Mr. Pink Super Suds Shampoo (473ml) Mr. Pink Super Suds Shampoo & Superior Surface Cleanser zero star rating for product page by Chemical Guys from £10.95 Autoglym Ultra High Definition Shampoo Kit Ultra High Definition Shampoo five star rating for product page by Autoglym £17.95 Kamikaze Collection NO.5 Anti-Aging Cleansing (300ml) No.5 Anti-Aging Cleansing five star rating for product page by Kamikaze Collection £23.50 Angelwax Matte Shampoo (500ml) Matte Shampoo zero star rating for product page by Angelwax £18.95 Angelwax Superior Shampoo Superior Shampoo zero star rating for product page by Angelwax from £8.95 Autoglym Polar Wash (2.5L) Polar Wash zero star rating for product page by Autoglym £15.45 Auto Finesse Wash 'N' Gloss (1 Litre) Wash 'N' Gloss zero star rating for product page by Auto Finesse £23.95 Kamikaze Collection d'Elegance Shampoo (300ml) d'Elegance Shampoo zero star rating for product page by Kamikaze Collection £69.00 Pyramid Car Care Revival Coating Shampoo (500ml & 5 Litres) Revival Coating Shampoo five star rating for product page by Pyramid from £8.95 Autoglym Quick Refresh (500ml) Quick Refresh zero star rating for product page by Autoglym from £13.45 Meguiars Wash Plus+ Car Shampoo (709ml) Wash Plus+ zero star rating for product page by Meguiars £19.95 Angelwax Dark Star Atomic Shampoo (500ml) Dark Star Atomic Shampoo zero star rating for product page by Angelwax £23.95 PolishAngel Polish Angel Master Sealant Shampoo (500ml) Master Sealant Shampoo zero star rating for product page by PolishAngel £42.95 Stjarnagloss Matta Car Wash (500ml) Matta Car Wash zero star rating for product page by Stjarnagloss £12.00 GERcollector Wash & Seal Shampoo (750ml) Wash & Seal Shampoo zero star rating for product page by GERcollector £19.90 Meguiars Meguiar's Hybrid Ceramic Wash & Wax (1.41 Litres) Hybrid Ceramic Wash & Wax five star rating for product page by Meguiars £31.95 Auto Finesse Caramics Shampoo pH neutral formula (500ml) Caramics Shampoo zero star rating for product page by Auto Finesse £16.25 Nanolex Professional Shampoo Professional Shampoo zero star rating for product page by Nanolex from £11.90 ValetPRO Valet Pro Ceramic Car Shampoo (1L & 5L) Ceramic Shampoo zero star rating for product page by ValetPRO from £24.75 Gtechniq Marine UV Wash (500ml & 5L) Marine UV Wash zero star rating for product page by Gtechniq from £12.95 Kamikaze Collection No.4 Anti-Aging Treatment (250ml) No.4 Anti-Aging Treatment five star rating for product page by Kamikaze Collection £42.50 PolishAngel Glasscoat Shampoo Glasscoat Shampoo five star rating for product page by PolishAngel from £19.95 Ultimate Finish Pure Shampoo and Ulti-Mitt Kit Pure Shampoo and Ulti-Mitt Kit zero star rating for product page by Ultimate Finish £29.95 Sansom Squeaky Luxury Shampoo Squeaky Luxury Shampoo five star rating for product page by Sansom from £9.95