For some, detailing is an art, for others it’s an essential part of car ownership. Regardless of which category you fall into, there’s no question about it that proper car maintenance is the key to protecting the bodywork.
Dodo Juice offers a comprehensive range of products to cater for each stage in the detailing process. This includes the initial wash prep to the final wax stages and everything else in between.
The first part of any detailing process is the shampoo wash. This helps to remove loose dirt and traffic film that will be stuck to the bodywork. For this I used Supernatural Shampoo, Dodo Juice’s top of the range shampoo product.
So what makes Supernatural Shampoo so special? There’s no added wax to the concentrated solution, making it ideal for washing the entire car without leaving streaks or water marks when it dries. Some wax-based shampoos may give you good results, but as soon as it rains, you’ll find the effects of using a wax-based shampoo to be less than desirable. The highly concentrated shampoo also contains ingredients to help water ‘sheet’ and help repel dust from sticking to the bodywork. Sheeting is a phenomena that sees the water sliding off a surface – an effect that will help rain water to slide off the bodywork more easily. It will also make seeing through your windscreen much easier as the water is less likely to settle when driving at high-speeds.
If you’re used to extra-foamy car wash shampoo, then you might be a little surprised to find that Supernatural Shampoo produces very little amounts of foam. Because Supernatural Shampoo has a high dilution ratio, you only need 2ml of shampoo (approximately one pump of the dispenser) for every 3 litres of water. The result is a silky wash solution that makes it quick and easy to rinse off.
The next part of the detailing process is called claying. The clay bar reacts in a very similar way to putty that kids play with. And just like putty, the clay softens when it comes into contact with moisture and heat. The clay is used to remove hidden contaminants or stubborn-stains such as brake dust and oils that may have come into contact and subsequently dries into the bodywork. It’s also an important stage to carry out when you’ve just taken delivery of a new car. You can see quite clearly from the shot above the black dots. These contaminants won’t budge with just a shampoo wash. Dodo Juice takes care of this step with the Supernatural Detailing Clay and Born Slippy Clay Lube. You get three generous sized bars inside the box and these can be easily cut into smaller pieces to suit the size of the job. The Born Slippy Clay Lube is a bright orange colour and has a tangerine fragrance added to make the process of claying a slightly more pleasant experience. Compared to just using water to wet the panel and the clay bar, the Born Slippy solution does make the clay glide across the bodywork much smoother and then there’s the added bonus of the lovely smell.
With a clean surface to work on, it was time to seal in all that goodness with an LSP (last stage protection). For this, I had a small pot of the Dodo Juice Purple Haze wax. Dodo Juice stock a range of different waxes that are designed to enhance the colour of your car – so for a graphite grey MiTo, Purple Haze was the recommended option. Purple Haze is very smooth and is exceptionally easy to work with. Compared to the Autoglym HD wax that I tested a couple of months ago, Purple Haze was much easier to apply and remove afterwards. And just like the Born Slippy Clay Lube, the wax has an added fragrance which gets released as you apply it.
With the Purple Haze wax applied and buffed off, you can easily see the effects of the wax. You’re left with an extremely polished bodywork that has a mirror effect to it as illustrated in the shots below.
Three weeks and 1000 miles after giving the MiTo the Dodo Juice treatment, the car has managed to retain its shine. As you can see from the shot below, the car has swatted some flies. These dead flies then dry and crust up and get stuck on the bodywork, making them difficult to remove with just water. A perfect opportunity to test out how effective the Supernatural shampoo is at helping to remove the unwanted debris.
A quick once over with Supernatural shampoo and it’s back to looking as it did when I last waxed just a few weeks ago. I’m not sure if it was the properties of the chemicals in the shampoo that helped remove the dead flies, but after a good soak they started to slide off quite easily without requiring excessive force – removing the potential to scratch the bodywork.
Dodo Juice has created a unique range of products that are competitively priced and deliver excellent results. The products you’ve seen in this review are just a select few of the extensive range they have available, so head on over to www.dodojuice.com to find your ideal suite of Dodo Juice products for your next detail.