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A showroom shine at the speed of light?
Greased Lightning Showroom Shine
Member Name: goosey
Greased Lightning Showroom Shine
Date: 03/04/11, updated on 15/04/13 (1388 review reads)
Advantages: Saves time, water and energy
Disadvantages: Some may consider it a tad expensive - initially
I was idling away a few minutes one lunch time, watching Ideal World, to see what, if anything was new or interesting and had tuned in, just in time to see them demonstrating Greased Lightning, a cleaning agent for cars. It suddenly occurred to me that I had already bought some of this solution a few years ago, and had stashed it away unused and forgotten about it until this day.
What is Greased Lightning? I hear you say. Sounds like something moving faster than the speed of light, which as we know, with our present understanding of the laws of physics, is not possible.
Greased Lightning is a solution, designed to clean and polish the dirtiest of cars without the use of water, scratching the paintwork or leaving streaks. It also claims to achieve "A showroom shine," and will remove road film, tar, tree sap and bird droppings with the greatest of ease. In fact, it will work wonders on "metal, glass, plastic, or any glossy, non-porous painted surfaces."
Well it would be a gross exaggeration to say that this product makes the cleaning and polishing of cars quite as fast as its name implies, but it certainly reduces the amount of time, sweat and soggy sleeves and feet, not to mention water bills, when cleaning the car.
At first, I was a little sceptical, thinking that perhaps it was abrasive enough to remove a layer of paint along with the dirt and grime. Therefore, when I rescued my two-year-old bottle of Greased Lightning from its hiding place, I tested it on a freshly cleaned area on the underside of the rear bumper of my car, to see if any paint came off in the cloth, and found to my relief that it did not.
~~~ What does this solution contain?~~~
< 5% non-ionic and anionic surfactants - which is a mix of negatively charged ions and neutral compounds in solution which reduces surface tension and allows the liquid to spread rather than sit in globules, a bit like a detergent - and > 30% petroleum light distillate. The sums do not add up, but that is all that is on the label.
When left standing, the solution separates into two distinct layers. The top layer, about quarter of the total volume, is an almost clear primrose yellow liquid, whereas the remainder is an opaque milky white.
Before use, the bottle should be shaken to mix and activate the contents.
Two bottles of the solution are now on offer on Ideal world for £19.99 plus £4.99 post and packaging.
One bottle contains 1 litre, and to clean and polish a car the size of my Honda Jazz, I used less than an eighth of the contents.
~~~My experience and opinion~~~
After satisfying myself that the liquid would not damage the paintwork on my car, which incidentally had not seen shampoo, sponge or polish for a year, I decided to clean the car before its service, due soon.
In the past, when I have cleaned the car using hose, shampoo and polish, it has taken almost two and a half hours to wash, chamois dry, polish and buff the vehicle then clear everything away, even longer when using buckets of water.
Armed with two microfiber cloths, and a well-shaken bottle of Greased Lightning, I set about cleaning and polishing the car. Firstly, squirting the liquid on half the bonnet, then rubbing it with one cloth to clean and buffing it with the other to shine, continuing systematically around the car, each time just cleaning and polishing a small area at a time. The whole process took just under half an hour. The grime just wiped away more easily than when I have used sponge and water. Even the mud caked on the underside of the seals came away as if it were just dust.
Although it is perfectly good for cleaning windows, it is recommended that the windscreen not be cleaned with Greased Lightning or any polish other than proper windscreen wash, for it will smear in the rain when the wipers are working.
However, there is one property of Greased Lightning that I have yet to touch upon. Not only is it quick and easy to use; not only does it give the car a show-room shine; but Greased Lightning claim that it protects the paintwork from road tar, grease, sticky tree sap which often comes from lime trees, and will even protect it from paint, accidentally or deliberately sprayed onto the car.
So if any of these things land on the sparkling, treated paintwork of your car, a simple application of Greased Lightning, left on for a minute or two, will encapsulate (for want of a better word) the offending substance and will polish off relatively easily without causing any damage whatsoever to the car paintwork. I might one day spray some paint on a test piece of metal to test the claims, but not on my car.
I have not tried this out on my car, I have to say, nor do I feel inclined to spray paint or tar onto my car, for the purpose of this review - sorry. However, I have seen it demonstrated on tar and paint sprayed onto a vehicle and left to dry, so must assume that those claims are valid. The showroom shine claim certainly is.
All in all, I am very happy with the results, my car will look clean all year round now and with the minimum of effort on my part or the worry that I would be wasting precious water.
Summary: Greased Lightning does not work at the speed of light, but certainly faster than soap and water.
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