Having done over 700 miles in mixed weather conditions since I last washed the car, it had a good layer of traffic film and mud to try and shift before the contact wash so it is a perfect time to try out a pre wash product.
The first thing I noticed while spraying Pyramid Car Care Citrus Pre Wash onto the bodywork was it foamed up slightly which means the product stays in place and is breaking down the dirt for a long time. This is something I’ve noticed with Pyramid products in general, they really seem to nail the thickness and usability.
While that was dwelling away I thought I’d try it out on the wheels, tyres and muddy inner arches. I just sprayed on the surface and agitated with the appropriate brushes, it worked wonders on all three! In the arches I used an EZGO brush which foamed the product up further as I worked around, a tough scrubbing brush on the tyres that turned the foam brown as it pulled out the ingrained dirt. In the wheel barrels a woolly was used and swapped to a soft brush on the faces. All areas rinsed down leaving behind a great finish. I can honestly say I’ve had dedicated wheel cleaners and tyre dressing strippers that haven’t been as effective as this product!
I could have layered snow foam over the body to extend that cleaning time even further but I was keen to see how well the pre wash performed on its own so rinsed the car down. It loosened a good percentage of the traffic film that rinsing alone couldn’t have budged before. This product is also described as wax safe, which is handy as I have recently done my winter protection, so I wouldn’t want to that to take too much of a hit if I’m going to use this regularly.
I didn’t get chance to test this but apparently the Citrus Pre Wash is also a good bug remover and is still effective diluted 10-1, so I will be trying that soon. To be honest £6.99 for 500ml of ready to use pre-wash didn’t make the top of my list of products to try but I’m glad I gave it a go because this is so much more than a standard pre wash, so much more versatile than I expected. Using this product on a maintenance wash on the lower body, arches, wheels and tyres only used quarter of the bottle! That makes it around £1.75 per wash, but considering this could be diluted to stretch the product further and there are discount codes available at the moment, you could make that cost per wash loads cheaper!
This will definitely be part of my winter washing kit this year. If you want to read more about winter specific detailing check out this great article from Auto Care HQ