Einszett premium car care
*Einszett has been manufacturing car care products in Germany since 1936, with an emphasis on quality, customer service, and environmental awareness. The company's focus on using the best ingredients with the least environmental impact has earned it the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications as well as TV certification.
When thinking about what car to test the car care products on, I read that the company is the leading supplier to Mercedes-Benz of Germany. Using a new car was not an option since it's not hard to put a mirror-like finish on a new car, so I chose a heavily weathered '81 Mercedes 300SD that had been rotting at the end of my driveway, unmoved for about eight years.
I started the process with Perls Shampoo, a pH-balanced, phosphate-free, biodegradable car wash. Considering Mother Nature was the only one washing the vehicle for the past eight years, the Perls did a good job in removing the spiderwebs and dirt.
Because of the years of neglect, the Benz was going to require three different products to bring back its finish. The first step to rejuvenation was to remove the heavy oxidation. I started with Extra paint cleaner, designed to remove the haze and reduce the appearance of severe swirl marks and scratches. Some of the panels were so heavily oxidized that they were pure white and the Extra cut through the oxidation like butter allowing me to determine that the car was in fact yellow. After seeing how well Extra worked on the Benz, I grabbed a microfiber towel and used it to easily remove some industrial fallout on the rear valance of my A3.
The next step in the process was to use Paint Polish to eliminate any remaining fine scratches, swirl marks, and polish the surface to its original gloss. The difference between Extra and Paint Polish is that Extra is used for deep surface cleaning and Paint Polish is a light cleaner and surface polish. Paint Polish is less abrasive and so it's good for vehicles where the paint is still in good condition and needs a gentle cleaning and a few swirls marks removed.
The final step would be the application of the Glanz Wax-a straight wax that contains no cleaners or polishing abrasives. Glanz Wax is a combination of a synthetic wax for long lasting protection from the elements and carnauba for a deep shine. Since there was no powdery residue, at the end of all three steps, I was surprised at how few towels I used.
For newer vehicles where the paint is in good condition Einszett offers Polish wax, which is a one-step mild polish that removes road grime, sap, and light surface oxidation. Polish Wax uses premium carnauba and polymers to give a deep glossy finish while protecting paint from environmental pollutants. You can increase the longevity of the finish by following the Polish Wax with an application Glanz Wax.
For overall finish maintenance and quick touch-ups you can use the Spray Wax, a detailing spray that is a water-based polymer spray that adds a high gloss while protecting the paint's finish. -Anthony Gelinas
What You Need?
Extra, Paint Polish, Glanz Wax, Polish Wax
Price: $20 for 500ml
Einszett North America
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