Frequently Asked Questions

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DRI WASH N GUARD® is a combination car wash, polish and protective glaze which is applied directly to a dirty surface without the use of water, it contains no waxes, nor is it simply a polish.

Waxes do a good job of "protecting" but often leave the paint dull. Polishes are great at removing minor stains and blemishes, and are much more capable of rejuvenating dull paint. But polishes often are abrasive, and provide very little protection on the paint surface. Paint sealants protect very well, but cannot clean or polish. A vehicle's paint must be virtually pristine before the sealants can be applied.  DRI WASH 'n GUARD® combines the best features of waxes, polishes and paint sealants without any of the drawbacks.

DRI WASH 'n GUARD® Waterless Car Wash contains 47 ingredients, including wetting agents, lubricants and protectants which have never been used by the car care industry.

The detergents and wetting agents in DRI WASH 'n GUARD® combine to soften and emulsify surface grime, while a specific blend of polymeroxane fluids and hydrophenolic lubricants attach a microscopic layer of exclusive PolyGuard-3® to the surface. PolyGuard-3® is an extremely rare (and expensive) substance which provides a bonded layer of protection against any remaining abrasive not broken down by the detergents and wetting agents.

It's EASY, All you need is two soft terry towels-a small washcloth and a hand towel. Wet the smaller one with water until it is almost dripping, then lightly run over the area to be cleaned (such as the hood). DO NOT RUB HARD. The dirt and water will not stick to the DRI WASH 'n GUARD® on the surface. Now take the dry, larger towel and lightly buff the area dry. That exclusive DRI WASH 'n GUARD® shine will come right back. Ordinarily, one wetting of a small washcloth is enough to finish an entire car.

A little common sense will help here-if your car is really dirty with caked mud, pebbles, etc. remove it from the surface with care.

When used in strict compliance with its "directions for use," DRI WASH 'n GUARD® is guaranteed to perform as indicated. Upon initial use, the bottle will spray properly and the vehicle will shine more than before DRI WASH 'n GUARD was applied and water will bead on it.

Years of ongoing test evaluations, quality control assurances, and hundreds of thousands of field test cases that our satisfied customers have given DRI WASH 'n GUARD® assure its safety and effectiveness. DWG International© , however, cannot be held responsible for damage that may occur from improper use of the product.

A vehicle surface protected by DRI WASH 'n GUARD® will bead water for a year or more, even on windshields which are scrubbed by wiper blades, ice scrapers, etc. When applied to paint on a new vehicle, then reapplied twice a year, the paint will not fade. Once oxidation begins, however, it cannot be stopped, only slowed. On older, extremely oxidized paint, DRI WASH 'n GUARD® may need to be applied as often as every 2-3 months, even though the paint is still protected and beading water. DRI WASH 'n GUARD® helps protect against the effects of high sun exposure, acid rain and road salt.

Mud, clay, granules, heavy salt spray, bugs, heavy tar and tree sap are examples of things that cannot and should not be polished with DRI WASH 'n GUARD®. Let common sense be your guide-if in doubt, rinse off the vehicle before applying DRI WASH 'n GUARD®.

There is no other product for use on glass which will give the brilliant clarity of DRI WASH 'n GUARD®. The glass will seem to disappear. The product also makes a glass surface smoother, or slippery, so that water runs off a windshield without a trace. This "slick" surface also means that insects, bird droppings and tree sap can be removed effortlessly. In winter, windshields and outside mirrors protected by DRI WASH 'n GUARD® are more easily cleared of snow and ice.

Yes and no. Paint sealants are only applied to new cars, or cars whose paint is in excellent condition. If properly applied, the sealant will maintain the finish for six months or more. When the finish no longer beads water, the DRI WASH 'n GUARD® should be applied. DRI WASH 'n GUARD® should not be applied within 90 days after a fresh paint sealant.

If DRI WASH 'n GUARD® is applied over FRESH paint sealant, it is possible that the DRI WASH 'n GUARD® may be somewhat difficult to remove and cause minor streaking, usually noticeable only on darker colors. It can be applied over a fresh paint sealant without problems if a high-speed buffer is used.

Yes. It will cut through any wax or polish and leave a brilliant, bonded layer of protection.

A big YES here! Even a few drops of water will create problems, i.e. the polish will be difficult to remove and will probably leave streaks. Furthermore, DRI WASH 'n GUARD'S® shine and protection qualities will be greatly diminished.

DRI WASH 'n GUARD® has been subjected to repeated cold-cycle tests to -20 degrees F. with no damage to the chemical formulation. However, the bottles in which the product is packaged will become brittle and subject to breakage in sub-freezing temperatures. It is recommended that DRI WASH 'n GUARD® be stored at room temperature.

Some of the product's ingredients fall out of solution and must be remixed before use. Vigorously shake the 32-oz bottle prior to filling the 8-oz. AIRosol applicator bottle, then shake it before each application of DRI WASH 'n GUARD®.

Possibly, but doing so will nullify the product warranty. There is no other spray applicator which provides the fine, even mist which is dispensed by the AIRosol bottle

Properly handled, the bottle will last indefinitely. Each bottle is hand-tested before it leaves the factory and is warranted to be in perfect working order. It should not be dropped, and it should be stored in an upright position at room temperature, if possible.

The spray valve needs periodic cleaning. The simplest way to clean it is to invert the fully pressurized bottle and depress the actuator button for three seconds. If the valve is extremely clogged, remove it and soak it in hot, soapy water, then blow it clean.

No. DRI WASH 'n GUARD® can be applied daily without harming the painted surface. The product works only as hard as necessary. On paint in excellent condition, it cleans as gently as water. On oxidized paint, DRI WASH 'n GUARD® cuts through layers of oxidation each time it is used. The more DRI WASH 'n GUARD® with exclusive formula PolyGuard-3® is used, the more brilliant and smooth the surface becomes, and even more resistant to the elements.

The propellant in a typical aerosol can will cause the can to become very cold after a few minutes of continuous spraying. This cannot happen with the AIRosol bottle because it is pressurized with ordinary air.

Yes and no. DRI WASH 'n GUARD® is not intended as a vinyl cleaner, but it will clean vinyl without damage and will protect it. It is difficult, however, to remove DRI WASH 'n GUARD® from the tiny grooves in deeply grained vinyl. If it is used on vinyl, do not allow it to dry to a haze before buffing of the vinyl surface. Always test in inconspicuous area when using on leather and vinyl surfaces.

Vinyl tops and leather upholstery will look like new again with DRI WASH 'n GUARD® LEATHER & VINYL TREATMENT, which is also available from any DWG International© independent distributor.

See question. It is almost impossible to polish a vehicle without getting some of the DRI WASH 'n GUARD® on a vinyl body molding, a rubber bumper fascia or bumper guard, or flat-painted mirror, window molding or windshield wiper. Just buff it off before it dries.

No. Such over spray is unavoidable. These droplets can be wiped off anytime, even several months later.

Nothing is impossible, but you'll have to try very hard. Under normal circumstances it cannot happen. The surface simply becomes too slippery and smooth to create the necessary friction (and heat) which causes paint burn.

An orbital or a variable-speed buffer at 1,500 RPM or less will do the job. Do Not Buff With The Edge Of The Pad-use the entire pad surface whenever possible. Operate the buffer using unhurried, overlapping circular motions while maintaining firm downward pressure.

Before attempting to use DRI WASH 'n GUARD® with a high-speed buffer, you should be experienced in the usage of a buffer and the differences in paint types with regards to buffer use.

No one thing is recommended for every situation. A buffer will do nothing for the paint that polishing by hand can't do better or faster. Make sure that the buffer is equipped with a foam bonnet.

Yes. But you must buff in the opposite direction of the swirl mark pattern, or in a circular motion.

More is not necessarily better. Spray in long sweeping motions, holding the bottle at least 12" from the surface.

The only recommended substitute is a foam bonnet when using a buffer.

Normally it makes no difference, but in cases where the paint is in very poor condition-dry, rough, oxidized-it is better to remove the product immediately before moving to the next area.

Using a new compact-size vehicle as an illustration, the 8 oz. AIRosol applicator should yield four polish jobs including glass. The 32-oz. refill bottle should provide about 16 applications; the 64-oz. refill about 32.

Of course, the larger the vehicle, or the worse the condition of the paint, the more DRI WASH 'n GUARD® you will use. But remember, a little goes a long way!

To keep the incredible sense of depth and brilliance in the paint, and to keep the surface as smooth as porcelain, a monthly application is recommended. Of course, that depends on the color and condition of the paint and the weather conditions. Normally, re-apply the product every 1 - 3 months.

If a 32 oz. bottle of DRI WASH 'n GUARD® results in 16 cleaning/polishing jobs, you're getting a bargain at a little over $2.00 each time. Compare that with the $25-$50 cost of having your vehicle detailed. Besides the money savings, a 32 oz. bottle will save more than 2,000 gallons of water, an irreplaceable resource.

Absolutely. DRI WASH 'n GUARD® has been laboratory tested on every type of paint used by the industry, from older acrylic lacquers to modern high-gloss acrylic urethane and polyurethane paints. Properly applied, DRI WASH 'n GUARD® with exclusive formula PolyGuard-3® is safe for all hard non-porous surfaces. DRI WASH 'n GUARD® should not be applied within 90 days of new clear coat.

Both the paint industry and the automobile industry generally endorse a 90-day waiting period for newly painted vehicles, during which time thinning solvents evaporate from the paint, allowing it to cure. DWG International endorses that industry standard.

DRI WASH 'n GUARD® can be effectively used on virtually any non-porous surface, from automobile paint and chrome to household appliances to jewelry. But you may want to try DRI WASH 'n GUARD® for the Home, and DRI WASH 'n GUARD® Premium Metal Polish, too.

Yes. With each application of DRI WASH 'n GUARD®, the boat will be easier to maintain, particularly against water spots.

It can, but only if the finish is relatively new, has already been treated, or the spotting hasn't set too deeply. DRI WASH 'n GUARD® is a tremendous cleaner, but it is not an abrasive rubbing compound, which often is necessary to remove severe hard water spots.

Yes, thanks to two special ingredients which help screen UV rays. But there is nothing that can totally protect a surface from exposure to the sun. Just as sunscreens cannot entirely protect the skin from burning, UV- blockers cannot fully protect painted surfaces from chemically decomposing over time.

Yes, if they are minor, light scratches. It will eliminate the tiny "feather" scratches caused by many car wash brushes. The product does not contain any ingredients which can fill deeper, more serious scratches.

To remove light scratches, spray the scratched area with a 12" X 12" coat of DRI WASH 'n GUARD®. Place a conventional high-speed buffer, with a foam bonnet, directly against the scratched area. Turn the buffer on while holding it in position, operate at 1,500 rpm for 20 seconds without moving the buffer. Repeat once if necessary.

Yes, but only if the product is buffed immediately. If DRI WASH 'n GUARD® is allowed to "bake" into the vehicle's finish, dark spots may appear beneath each sprinkle. A garage is ideal, or a shaded area outside.

With the most recent formulation of Ultra-Ion(tm) many customers are wondering about mixing the product, and that it is very difficult to get the solids off the bottom of the bottle. Many feel as though the product may be old, since they cannot seem to mix it. DWG International has given the following explanation:

In October 2008, we switched compound suppliers to a very well known subsidiary of DuPont. We had to do this because our old supplier went out of business. The new clay-like compound we use is a far better quality that the previous. Its chemistry is better and has great adhesion properties making our product protect better as far as polymer coating. This causes the sediment to harden a bit more and you are left with a slightly more effort in mixing the product after settling. There was not that much significance in change, therefore we did not alert the field. We have had very few people mention the harder settling, however it simply takes a bit more agitating to get the clay in suspension. If customers are attentive enough to notice the subtle change, then they should notice a difference with the protective polymer coating lasting longer on the surface than the previous formulation.

Our product goes through quality control tests before we even get to the bottling stage. The problem stated below may just be a result of the aforementioned. I can 100 percent assure you that the product will perform as guaranteed unless the seal was broken and a contaminate was present. If the customer shakes the bottle vigorously with the majority of the sediment in suspension, the product will perform flawlessly. In the event that after these instructions are performed and the customer is not satisfied, I can replace the bottle with a different one immediately via airmail or refund their money.

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