Getting your car Fully Slick
Some time ago we had a good car mate, who was very into the elite show car scene, ask me why we don't have a detailing spray that leaves a slick finish. He was preferring one of the bigger imported boys products over our Clean Detail spray (not a slick finish). This was a pretty good incentive for me to have a chat with the chemists to get our arse into gear and create an entirely new product.
Typical for us in the quest to make something truly great, we went and tested and rejected about 80 different formulas for over 2 years of very intensive testing. After much debate between ourselves, some professional detailers and hardcore car fanatics, we all decided on the formula we have today. Knowing the way it works and the stunning finish it leaves, we named it Fully Slick.
What is Fully Slick?
Pretty simply, Fully Slick is a protective detailing spray, that leaves the paint with a beautifully slick and glossy finish. It has a range of great attributes that we built into it, which is quite amazing for how easy it is to use:
- Creates a protective, showroom shine in one quick step.
- Leaves a fully slick finish, like your car has just been waxed.
- New durable polymers create extra protection, even after multiple washes.
- Hydrophobic formula, to repel water and create bead porn.
- Ideal for cleaning off light dust, road grime, sea spray and fingerprints.
- High lubricity to encapsulate dirt particles and help prevent scratches.
- Wipes off fast and easy, on wet or dry surfaces, even in the sun.
- Boosts and builds extra paint protection between waxing.
- Safe for all paint types as well as glass, chrome and exterior hard plastic trim.
- Leaves an even finish with no white chalky residue on plastics.
- Big arse sized 750ml, makes it great value for money.
- Perfect lubricant to use with our Fine Clay Bar and Clay Towel.
- Biodegradable and earth friendly, especially as an alternative to washing with water.
And a I know a lot of you will be very happy with its great fragrance, matched to be just like a Bowen Mango!
How it helps
After using it for a quite a while now, we have noticed many great effects and different ways to use it on our own cars.
The cars have now become a lot easier to clean before an event, as the protective polymers' slick coating doesn't allow the dust to bond to the painted surface. With each and every clean it becomes easier and easier. This is the same for the fantastic water beading effect it gives to our daily driven road cars. Its protection and effect will work its best after being used around 4 times. Give it an hour between coats if you want to do all four in one day!
It also leaves a beautiful, glossy shine, which really makes them look like they have just been waxed. I have to point out here that the Fully Slick is more made to replenish the wax, rather than be a total substitute for it. But the way it makes the waxes protection last longer, you will find yourself waxing a lot less often.
You can use it right after you wax. A lot of professional detailers do this, to help clean off any parts they missed, as well as adding a little bit more "pop" to the cars paint. The cleaning power of the Fully Slick is very low, so you don't have to worry about it removing the fresh, uncured wax (our wax takes about 4 to 6 hours to harden and cure).
Fully Slick can also be used to boost protection right after you wash, while the water is still on the car. Spay it directly onto the surface and then dry it off with an absorbent microfibre cloth or drying towel like our Big Green Sucker. You will notice how it breaks down the water droplets so they run off easier as well.
For every day driven cars, it will boost the UV protection for your paint. Use it weekly on the top surfaces that see the most sun.
How To Use
It's very easy to use, pretty much spray on and wipe off cleaning.
There are two different techniques to use it, depending on if the car is dusty or if it is a bit cleaner - like after waxing or while at a car show. We will run through both ways below.
Before first use and for it to work its absolute protective best, make sure the surface you are using it on is relatively clean and free from contaminants. If the paint feels rough in any way, give it a clay bar or a clay towel, to remove these contaminants and bring back the smooth finish. Just doing this will double the effectiveness and ease of use of Fully Slick. A guide to claying your car with the Fine Clay Bar or the new Clay Towels is at the bottom of this article.
Get two (or three for dustier cars) Big Softie microfibre cloths to use as well, or one Big Softie (or two for dusty cars) and one super plush Drop Bear cloth for the final finish. We like to also make sure the car is parked in the shade and the paint is cool to touch.
Cleaning Dusty Cars
A three cloth method to stop micro-scratching
If the car is a little bit dustier, use this method to stop the chance of the dust ever scratching your cars paint.
- Spray the Fully Slick directly onto the paint, just enough so the entire surface is covered in a light mist.
- Fold the Big Softie microfibre cloth in half, using the plush side.
- Pull the towel back towards you in a straight line, all the while rolling its surface up and away from the paint. This way you have a clean surface always touching the paint as it pulls the layer of dust away. this technique is one of the single biggest things you can do to help eliminate the chance of the dust micro-scratching the paint.
- Get a second Big Softie, folded into quarters and then lightly buff the still wet surface in a circular motion.
- Then straight after, get your third Big Softie or a Drop Bear cloth, fold it into half and buff the surface for a beautiful shiny and slick finish. It's critical that this final cloth is 100% dry to get a perfect finish. Swap it as needed if it starts feeling wet or leaves streaks.
This is how we clean all the cars in our sheds before a tour or show, the safest and best way we have found. We use three new cloths for every car, which is why we literally have hundreds of microfibre cloths on hand! All the cloths come back like new after washing them with the Microfibre Wash, ready for the next time we do a big collection detailing day (which is at least once a month).
If your car is really dusty, like after a car show held in a dust bowl, have a read of our guide at the bottom of this article that runs through the best ways we have found to remove the dust safely.
For after waxing or at car shows
A simple and fast two cloth method
If the car is relatively clean, like just after a wash or waxing and just needing a fast spruce up or to add some protection, this will be the best technique for you.
- Fold the Big Softie or Drop Bear in half and then spray the Fully Slick a few times into the non plush face of the cloth.
- Work on a small area at a time (like 1/4 of a bonnet, 1/2 a door etc). Gently apply to the paint surface in straight lines.
- Then immediately after applying, grab the second Big Softie or Drop Bear cloth and buff off the residue away in a gentle circular motion.
It can pay to have a second Big Softie cloth for this job, either as a separate cloth for the final finish or handy in case the first one fills up with liquid and begins smearing. It's critical to have a dry microfibre cloth for product removal.
Your car is now Fully Slick.
We have made Fully Slick the best way possible to minimise any smearing, especially in our sheds where we use it the most. But we realise that it has its limititations and it can still happen from time to time, usually due to environmental (high heat, humidity or direct sun), your technique, or the cloths you are using it with, darker coloured cars and cars that are still warm can be an issue as well. So here are some tips to help stop it happening.
- At the car show in the sun: Don't spray Fully Slick directly onto the surface. This is as it will vaporise almost instantly and leave its residue on the paint. The way around this is to spray a minimal amount of the product (2 sprays at most) into the microfibre cloth and then apply to a small section (like 1/4 of a bonnet) in straight lines. Then get a second clean and dry microfibre cloth and quickly buff off any residue right after applying.
- Darker coloured cars: Like above, do not spray the product directly onto the car. Spray a minimal amount of the product, (2 to 3 sprays at most when dry and only one spray when reapplying after the initial application) to the microfibre cloth and then apply to a small section (like 1/4 of a bonnet, roof or boot). Then get a second clean and dry microfibre cloth and quickly buff off any residue right after applying. As black cars tend to retain heat in their panels longer than most other colours, wait that little bit longer if they are still warm, especially on the bonnet.
- If it's a wet, cold day or very high humidity: Use a little less product than you normally would on a dry, warm day. Also pay extra attention to the next two points...
- Only use with clean or new high quality microfibre cloths: Any other cloth other than a good quality microfibre just don't absorb well enough. Even cheaper microfibre cloths (the $2 bundles you see) dont work that well. And you need them to be new and clean, as any residue from other products will create smearing. This is why we made the Microfibre Wash, as it totally removes all the residue from cleaning chemicals.
- It's critical that the towel you're using for the final finish is dry: Fold it into sections and use one at a time till the whole cloth has been used. Swap your cloths over frequently. It always pays to have extra cloths with you when you go to car shows for this reason. It's why we sell the Big Softie and Drop Bears in packs of 10 and 20 bulk lots.
Fully Slick is now one of the most used products in our sheds and we absolutely love it!
As it's super new, you can order it from our many retailers nationwide. Find your closest from the link at the bottom of this webpage.
If you have any questions about using it, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office on 1800 351 308.
Love your car,