The differences between our two detailing sprays.

Author: Dan Bowden   Date Posted:4 December 2015 

Since we released Fully Slick we have had a very common question; what is the best to use, our original Body Detail spray or the new Fully Slick? There is no simple answer that fits everyone, so let’s go through them both and help answer what is the best one for you.

Although you use both products relatively the same way, in that they are a spray on and then wipe off product, they quite different in the properties they offer. This chart below runs through the 6 of the more important differences and rates each one on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the best.

Cleaning Power

One of the biggest differences between the two, the cleaning power of Body Detail is a lot higher than Fully Slick. Things like grease, fresh tree sap, bird droppings, rubber marks and many other materials that can be removed by a light cleaner can be cleaned off, while Fully Slick will not really touch them. In relation to other products we have in the range, Body Detail is a few levels behind our spray on Agent Orange, or the Auto Body Cleanser and just around equal with the Auto Body Gel in its cleaning power.

Ease of use

Our little graph missed this important one, as lubricity is what helps make light dust and other materials your trying to clean off, non damaging (ie. they wont scratch) when you use these products on your paint. After much testing we found that a slightly thicker formula would suspends these little particles in the liquid better and would drastically minimise the chance of any damage. On the above 1 to 5 scale, Body Detail would get a 3 and Fully Slick a 5. This is also why Fully Slick is our new go to product for using as a lube with the Clay Towels and Clay Bars.

Slickness

The biggest difference is between the two products. Body Detail leaves a great, clean finish, but it is not at all slick when you feel it. the Fully Slick leaves a beautiful smooth and slick finish, like your car has just been waxed. 

Gloss

Both products leave the paint looking beautiful and clean, bringing up the level of gloss and shine. Fully Slick slightly betters the Body Detail, especially on new clear coated metallic or pearl finish paints. For flat colours, like most whites etc, you would be hard pressed noticing the difference between the two. Matte finishes respond a lot better to the Body Detail, with it not affecting their non glossy look.   

UV Protection

Both products offer different levels of UV protection, with Fully Slick coming out on top with its newer additives, making it's protection stronger and longer lasting. 

Longevity 

Fully Slick wins this one, especially when it comes to protecting the car from the outdoor elements. We find that Fully Slick should last about 5 to 6 washes with a pH neutral car wash, while Body Detail will only last a couple. On the cars in out sheds, Fully Slick will last and give months of protection, at least triple that of the Body Detail. 

A couple extra we missed - Lubricity

Our little graph missed this important one, as lubricity is what helps make light dust and other materials your trying to clean off, non damaging (ie. they wont scratch) when you use these products on your paint. After much testing we found that a slightly thicker formula would suspends these little particles in the liquid better and would drastically minimise the chance of any damage. On the above 1 to 5 scale, Body Detail would get a 3 and Fully Slick a 5. This is also why Fully Slick is our new go to product for using as a lube with the Clay Towels and Clay Bars.

 

And finally - Water beading

Fully Slick's slick coating was engineered to be very protective, making the sealed surfaces it is used on hydrophobic, so water beads and sheets off exceptionally well. Body Detail on the other hand does not give or create any water beading from its use. So Fully Slick scores a 5 in this segment and Body Detail a 1.

Summary

So we have two very different products, both great at what they do. Effectively you could call Body Detail a cleaning detail spray while the Fully Slick is more a lot more of a protective detail spray. When we go to the race tracks we generally pack more of the Body Detail than the Fully Slick, while when we go to a car show or clean the cars in the sheds, we mainly use the Fully Slick. We find a few people are using both together, with the Body Detail first to clean the surface and then the Fully Slick to finish it off.

If you have any more questions about either products please feel free to have a read of the two product guides down below. You can also drop me an email dan@bowdensown.com.au, or call our office on 07 5445 6065.

Love your car,

Dan Bowden