7 Best Car Shampoos for Black Cars


Best car shampoo for black cars

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Our black cars need extra care.  A good car wash soap should soften, lubricate and lift dirt away so you don’t have to scrub it.  Putting too much pressure on your paint when washing will cause it to lose its shine very quickly. Car shampoo quality is a key factor in car detailing and preserving your shine.

Meguiars Gold Class is the best shampoo on the market today and it’s one I use all the time.  It gives a fantastic cleaning and protection and has amazing reviews on Amazon.

With the right shampoo (and the right washing techniques) you can keep the shine on your car much longer and protect its resale value.  An inexpensive pressure washer can also make your life much easier a protect your car even more.

 

Meguiar’s says “The premium formula makes car care easy as it gently foams away tough dirt, road grime and contaminants, without compromising wax protection. The conditioners reveal color and clarity, leaving behind a brilliant shine. This rich foaming soap is also an excellent choice to use with a snow cannon, or foam cannon, at a 5-to-1 mix ratio for washing. Whether washing traditionally with a bucket or with a foam cannon it’s the ideal choice when you begin washing and detailing your car.

 

1. Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Wash See on Amazon
2. Chemical Guys Honeydew Snow Foam See on Amazon
3. Meguiar’s Ultimate Wash and Wax See on Amazon
4. Chemical Guys Mr Pink See on Amazon
5. Chemical Guys Citrus Wash and Gloss Concentrated Car Wash See on Amazon
6. Mothers California Gold Carnauba Wash & Wax See on Amazon
7. Turtle Wax ICE Car Wash – 48 oz See on Amazon

What should a great shampoo do?

A great shampoo should protect existing wax and sealant if you have any.  Washing your car without soap is not a good idea.

The best shampoos will feel very slick and slippery.  This slickness will protect your paint and help you to safely remove the dirt from the paint.

I have been following detailing forums for years and I can confirm that the below products are the most popular products used by black car detailing enthusiasts.

Black cars can have problems with residue when washed.  It’s the white stain that seems to stick to your paint after a wash.  All the products below are easy to rinse off and don’t leave any residue behind on dark-colored paints.

The products I talk about below are not just dish soap with a fancy title.  Dish soap can actually harm your car paint.  It can also damage plastic and rubber and cause it to whiten over time.  

Some people believe that it can cause badges to fall off because it damages the glue that holds them on.  Dish soap will also strip away some of your existing wax or sealant.  

The soaps below are not strip soaps.  Strip soaps are made specially to help remove sealant and wax.  You might use those if you are planning on polishing/sealing or waxing your car again.  

The shampoos here are split into two types.  With and without wax. If you have a good quality sealant or wax or coating already on your car then you should not use a product that contains wax.  This is because the wax will not be as good as what you already have on your car.  The wax in a shampoo will only last a few days whereas a good wax can last a month.

But if your car has not been waxed in a long time and you don’t plan on waxing it after this wash then use a product that contains wax.  

The technique you use to wash your car is very important.  In fact is probably more important than the type of car soap you buy.  I have written a detailed blog post on how to wash your car without scratching it but I will give a quick overview here.

Don’t use a sponge or a brush to wash your car.  That can be like washing your car with sandpaper!  Instead, use a microfiber mitt because the dirt gets trapped in the fibers.  

You should have a separate mitt for the wheels so buy two. For black cars I recommend a super soft lambs wool mitt but microfibre mitts are very good too.  For wheels use a normal microfiber mitt such as Chemical Guys Black Microfiber Wash Mitt which doesn’t cost much.  Also you should get a set of wheel brushes to get into all the hard to reach sections of modern wheels.

There are a number of methods for washing the paint but the two-bucket is the most popular.  One bucket is filled with clean water for rinsing the mitt. The other bucket is the bucket with soap and water.  Both buckets should have grit guards. These prevent you from dipping the mitt in dirt at the bottom of the bucket.  

Best pressure washer with foam cannon review

After washing the wheels the next step is the pre-wash.  The objective of the pre-wash is to lift off the heavier dirt and get the car as clean as possible without touching it.  A pressure washer is needed for this step. If you find your car is clean enough after the pre-wash you can then dry the car with a leaf blower or a car dryer such as Chemical Guys JetSpeed VX6 Professional Surface Air Dryer and Blower.  

If you don’t have a pressure washer you can just rinse off as much dirt as possible with the hose.  If you don’t have a hose please read my article about waterless car washes in my blog post in how to wash your car.

  1. Wash the wheels first.  Use a wheel spray such as Sonax Wheel Cleaner Full Effect.
  2. Lightly spray water over the whole surface of your car
  3. Foam your car using a foam cannon and leave to stand for the specified time.
  4. Use a pressure washer to remove suds and dirt.
  5. Using a clean microfiber mitt, dunk it in the suds bucket
  6. Using little or no pressure, start with the roof and move side to side, not circles.
  7. Don’t scrub the surface as this will cause scratches.
  8. Dip the mitt in the rinse bucket and scrub against the grit guard.
  9. Alternatively you can use a fresh, clean mitt for each section aka the multi-mitt method.
  10. Rinse off using the pressure washer again.  Don’t let the car dry naturally.
  11. Dry the car with a large microfiber towel specifically made for drying cars.

Things I want from a great car soap.

  1. Great foaming action with foam cannon.
  2. Softens and lifts dirt easily.
  3. Slickness to prevent dirt from scratching paint.
  4. Lubricates the surface.
  5. Leaves a nice shine.
  6. Water beading.
  7. Highly concentrated.
  8. Rinses off easily.
  9. Biodegradable.

It’s important that the shampoo is PH balanced.  A PH balanced shampoo will protect existing wax or sealant better.  

1. Meguiar’s G7101FFP Gold Class Car Wash Review

Best all round car shampoo for black cars.

This product might look like its been around for 50 years but Meguiar’s are always improving and perfecting it.   Its a totally modern product and offer superb value for money.  

Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Wash feels silky smooth on your paint.  This is the conditioner at work.  It’s job is to allow dirt to more easily slide off of your car paint.   This slickness is the reason for its number 1 rating.  Amazon price for one gallon is [amazon_link asins=’B071HR14SJ’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’flesk1-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3c6d72db-9f3c-11e8-84cb-d3717c96d358′]

The difference between Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Wash and Meguiar’s Ultimate Wash and Wax is that Gold Class Car Wash is meant to protect existing wax and sealant and remove dirt. Ultimate Wash and Wax will add some protection.  Both products are excellent. I would use Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Wash in the weeks and months immediately after I have polished and sealed my car.  If I’m washing my dads car I’ll use the Ultimate Wash and Wax as we have only ever waxed it a few times in the 10 years we have owned it.

After washing you should dry your car properly.  To add a lasting shine use a quick detailer spray or a wax/sealant.

Meguiar’s Gold Class, reasons to love it.

  • Amazing reviews on Amazon (click to read).
  • Very slick which helps prevent scratches.
  • Good level of suds.
  • Highly concentrated.
  • Protects existing wax or sealant.
  • It only contains soap, no wax or sealant.
  • Biodegradable.
  • Ph Balanced.

2. Chemical Guys Honeydew Snow Foam Review

Best for use with a foam cannon.

As the name suggests this product is designed to deliver extra foam when used in a foam cannon.  It also produces incredible thick foam in the bucket. And it smells really nice.

Chemical Guys call this a maintenance shampoo.  The product doesn’t contain any wax or sealant so it’s purpose is to protect any existing products.  And it does that really well. Water was still beading on my car after using it which means existing sealant and wax was not removed.. The shampoo contains a high quality glaze and gives your car a deep shine.

If you have spent a lot of time sealing and waxing your car then Honeydew Snow Foam is one of the best products you can use to protect your work.  

Use this with a foam cannon to produce incredible results.  It probably works out cheaper over time because any a small amount is need to generate thick suds that penetrate dirt.  This makes cleaning a dirty car so much easier.

Read my review of an excellent pressure washer here.  This will make washing a dirty car so much safer and easier.

  • High level of slickness.
  • ph balanced.
  • Contains Gloss Enhancer for deep shine.
  • Highest level of suds.
  • Protects existing wax and sealant.
  • Clear coat safe.

3. Meguiar’s Ultimate Wash and Wax Review

Best for adding more wax


The first time I used this product I was very impressed with the shine when compared to the previous product I was using.  It combines Carnauba wax and synthetic polymer sealant, and delivers excellent cleaning while leaving behind decent protection and a glossy coat..

This shampoo also possesses a good sudzing power. Suds helps in lifting away dirt and grime. Meguiar’s Ultimate Wash and Wax is ideal to use in cleaning the paint in between regular waxing. It boosts glossiness, shine as well as protection.  If you are using other Meguiar’s waxes or sealants on your car then this is the perfect choice as it is designed to protect and top up those products.

  • Best if you haven’t waxed your car for a long time.
  • Leaves a great wax coat that lasts a few weeks
  • Ph Balanced.
  • Good level of concentration.
  • Not a sudsy as other products but still good.
  • Best value for money.
  • Not sure if it’s biodegradable.  

4. Chemical Guys Mr Pink Review

Enthusiasts love Mr Pink. So many people have this product as their favorite I had to include it here.  The foam sticks really well to my car and this will obviously help soak into dirt and soften it before blasting it with the pressure washer.  The pH-balanced formula is safe for wax and sealant coats as well as protecting your car’s clear coat. Chemical Guys do not claim that Mr Pink contains wax or sealant of it’s own.  It only claims to lift of dirt through it’s amazing foaming and it will protect your car with it’s slickness as you was using a mitt if that’s whats needed.  Click to read my review of a great value pressure washer on Amazon.

  • Best for removing dirt when used with foam cannon.
  • Protects existing wax or sealant.
  • Biodegradable.
  • Ph Balanced.
  • High level of concentration.
  • Very sudsy but not as sudsy as Honeydue.
  • Doesn’t add wax or sealant.

5. Chemical Guys CWS_301 Citrus Wash and Gloss Concentrated Car Wash Review

Best or use a very dirty vehicles


Chemical Guys Citrus Wash & Gloss combines natural citrus cleaning power with synthetic shine agents.  It’s designed to protect wax and sealant coatings. So what is the gloss enhancer they are talking about in this product?  

The citrus based product is biodegradable.  It’s a very highly concentrated product so it’s products tones of suds when used with a foam cannon.  

Chemical Guys CWS_301 Citrus Wash and Gloss Concentrated Car Wash can be used for your weekly wash if you use just a small amount.  For really dirty vehicles you can use more. It will also partially strip off old wax.  The slickness of the product means it rinses off easily with no streaks.

  • Highly concentrated.
  • NOT Ph Balanced
  • Contains Gloss Enhancer
  • Doesn’t add wax or sealant.

6. Mothers 05674 California Gold Carnauba Wash & Wax – 64 oz Review.

Classic wash and wax that works

This is a product that actually contains carnauba wax.  It’s great on a car that hasn’t been waxed for a long time and you have no plans on ever waxing it.  The carnauba wax bonds well with the paint and beading is immediately evident. Mothers California Gold Carnauba Wash & Wax is a traditional wash and wax product and provides good lubrication but not as much foam as the more highly concentrated products mentioned in the page.  For that reason you might end up using more.

But it’s main selling point is the quick and easy shine it leaves that last a surprising long time. If there is wax already on your car the product is designed to protect it and add another layer of wax.  

  • Ph balanced
  • Biodegradable.

7. Turtle Wax T-472R ICE Car Wash – 48 oz – Review

 

Turtle wax ICE car wash is a wash and wax product.  It contains high quality ingredients and will protect your paint and it is also ph balanced so any existing sealant and wax is also protected.  It products good lubrication to help remove dirt without scratching.

Reading the description of Turtle Wax ICE Car Wash it doesn’t contain any actual natural wax.  It contain synthetic polymer sealants that bond to your paint and give a deep shine. This is especially noticeable on a car that has not been waxed or polished for a long time.  The product works will with the Turtle Wax T-470R ICE Spray Detailer – 20 oz.

Turtle wax don’t claim that this product is biodegradable.

 


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