Off with the grime!

In this season a thorough washing of the car is called for. A frequently asked question from car fans is: Which is best, a manual washing or a trip through the automatic car wash?

Answer:  Both are good, when certain rules are observed. But a carwash in an unkempt installation with dirty brushes can cause as much damage as manual washing with a dirty sponge. That’s because dirt particles can scratch the paintwork. However, in the carwash installation a lot of water is used, which reduces the danger of scratches somewhat. And if the installation works with high a pressure pre-wash, the coarser dirt is removed before the brush wash program.

The manual wash is especially thorough – and with the sponge you get into corners, which are otherwise not so easy to reach. Important: First remove the coarser dirt from the car with a powerful water jet, in a self-service car wash, for example. It is best to treat the wheels before the wash, by spraying them with an acid free wheel cleaner, such as the SONAX Wheel cleaner full effect.

For the perfect manual wash, you will need a bucket of water, a SONAX Multi sponge and the correct car shampoo. A superior product like the SONAX XTREME Shampoo 2 in 1 Wash & Dry, gets off the grime, bit is gentle on the paintwork’s wax coating. Start at the top and work downwards, making sure to continually wring out the sponge to free it from dirt. Try not to stir up the detached dirt particles in the bucket! Now rinse off once again with clear water – It‘s, clean.

The car shampoo with built in dryer

A great invention: The new SONAX XTREME Shampoo 2 in 1 Wash & Dry with „built in dryer“. With it you gently remove the dirt and save yourself the trouble of wiping dry. Add a capful of „2 in 1“ to the watering can or bucket of clean water and distribute over the entire car. The visible drying effect is amazing: The water evaporates without residue on the windscreen or paintwork. The result is a dry and glossy surface, without streaks. The car is now ideally prepared for the thorough polishing, which every car is due after the winter.


Shampoo with drying support for the manual car wash. Suitable for paintwork surfaces, metal, glass, rubber and plastics. Wash without drying! Step1: Cleans with special complexing agents. Step 2: Dries through special surface active surfactants. These form a thin water film which dries evenly with no water stains.
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02153000 1 l
Highly effective acid-free special cleaner for all steel and light-alloy rims. Easily and gently removes even stubborn dirt such as baked on brake dust, oil and rubber residue and other street dirt from all steel and light-alloy wheel rims.
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02304000 750 ml
The all-rounder for car cleaning. Particularly absorbent. With two different application surfaces. The grey side has the softer structure and is made for general vehicle cleaning. The white side has a rougher surface and is ideal for removing more stubborn dirt (e.g. insects).
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04280000 1 piece/s
Extra large sponge for the thorough vehicle wash. With two different surfaces. The long chenille fibres are very absorbent, hold lots of water and really foam up the shampoo. The smooth side facilitates the removal of stubborn dirt, such as insect deposits.
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04281000 1 piece/s
“Some winter windscreen cleaning products are being advertised as giving freeze protection at minus 60°C, are these products to be recommended?” enquires Michael M. from Cologne.
XTREME Series / Interior, Glass

A clearer view in spring and summer

While making longer car journeys in the summer months, many motorists get annoyed at smeared windscreens caused by insect residues. The Problem: Very often an additive is already in use, many cleaners, however, lack the special insect dissolving power.
XTREME Series / Exterior, Paintwork and Chrome

Clean the paintwork just like professionals

Hansüli E. from Zurich asks: “Recently I saw in a professional car valeting company, that some sort of plasticine was being used for cleaning the paintwork. Could you tell me what was the product used?
Exterior, Paintwork and Chrome / PremiumClass

Brilliant! - Limitless shine

At this time of the year, every car that had to put up with road salt, wet conditions and street dirt during winter can do with a thorough paintwork polish after car wash. Like many others, Olaf G. from Dortmund has the following question: “Which polish is the best for my car’s paint condition in spring?”
These last weeks, there, no doubt, have been several car drivers thinking about the following question that Hubert M. from Berlin sent in: “The windscreen of my car is quite new, but already has some scratches, which are annoying particularly with oncoming lights. Are the scratches a result of ice scraping?”
XTREME Series / Exterior, Paintwork and Chrome / Accessories and Aids

Do something good for the paintwork now – The XTREME-Series with „Hybrid Net Protection Technology“

“Which polish is most suitable for the condition of my car’s paintwork, after the winter?”
Exterior, Paintwork and Chrome / Interior, Glass

Maintaining and protecting plastic components

Unpainted plastic components should not be neglected when maintaining the car, otherwise they will prematurely fade and may even become brittle.
XTREME Series / Tyres, Rims, Rubber

Acid-free rim cleaning - thoroughly and material-friendly

Acid containing wheel cleaners can induce corrosion on wheel bolts and metal parts like the brake calipers.
In many maintenance guides for alloy wheels a sealant is recommended for maintaining the value and to simplify the cleaning. The care tip from expert Richard Hanauer is the SONAX XTREME Wheel rim coating: "The easy to use spray from the SONAX XTREME series, in the latest generation based on a further developed hybrid formula, which offers distinct advantages over conventional processes.
It seems confusing to many motorists, when a winter windscreen cleaner claims to provide freeze protection at minus 60 degrees. In our latitudes it is a rare occurrence to see the thermometer standing at -20 degrees Celsius. Such freeze protection figures are therefore, misleading. Incidentally, these cleaners would be so viscous, even at -40 degrees Celsius, that they could hardly be conveyed through the windscreen washer system.