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An essential component in the ultimate swirl-free wash, Lather Car Shampoo is a powerful blend of advanced surfactants and highly-concentrated lubricants, designed to make your contact wash easier - and safer - than ever before. These specially-selected ingredients have been developed to complement each other, exercising the function of breaking-down, lifting and lubricating even the most stuck-on grime, encapsulating harmful, abrasive particles in the solution and allowing them to be safely rinsed away. In this way using Lather significantly cuts down on the risk of inflicting swirl-marks and other defects on the most venerable surfaces such as paintwork and gloss plastics.
For a truly efficient wash this next-generation aqueous cleaning agent is able to tackle the most adhered contamination with ease. By employing a specially-developed combination of state-of-the-art surfactants and lubricants, Lather will effectively break away bonded contamination, pulling grime away from surfaces on a molecular level. These specialised surfactants are designated ‘polar’ molecules which are both hydrophobic and hydrophilic. This means that they are attracted to water at one end while simultaneously repelling water (and attracting grime particles) at the other. Using this mechanism, millions of surfactant molecules are able to seek out, lift and surround dirt particles, pulling them from surfaces and suspending them in the solution. With the addition of advanced lubricants, this allows potentially harmful grime to be safely extracted, slipping across surfaces without the danger of scratching, and making it safe for the contamination to be quickly and easily rinsed away without leaving behind any residue. Discover more on the science of the surfactants in Lather, and how they work, in our article - All Car Cleaning Products Explained.
Developed to be super-concentrated in order to be diluted to suit all levels of contamination, Lather suds up quickly to create a lusciously thick foam that’s safe and effective for use on all exterior surfaces, including paintwork, vinyl wraps, glass, plastics, rubber and glass. This advanced solution also contains no waxes, silicone polymers or shining agents to create a false finish – Lather has been developed purely as a powerful cleaner that’s able to safely remove particulate grime. Because of this it will not interfere with subsequent detailing stages, making it the perfect cleaning solution prior to any polishing or paint correction stages, or before topping up any protection layers. Developed to be pH neutral, Lather will never strip or degrade previously-applied waxes, sealants and coatings, making it just as ideal for regular maintenance washes as it is larger, more in-depth details.
For the most effective, swirl-free results, Lather should be used immediately after the pre-wash stages. These processes include using a suitable pre-cleaner, such as Citrus Power Bug & Grime Remover or Dynamite Traffic Film Remover, along with Avalanche Snow Foam, and are specifically designed to remove the heaviest, potentially harmful soiling. This type of heavy contamination will contain the largest gritty particles which needs to be remover prior to contact washing avoid dragging them around on your mitt, inflicting swirl marks and paint defects as you go. These processes also allow the special blend of surfactants and lubricants in your Lather Shampoo to get to work where they’re most needed – on any adhered pollutants left behind.
Always use Lather in conjunction with two Detailing Buckets, and agitate using a good quality wash mitt. These crucial measures are the most effective contact wash precautions to assist the safest possible cleaning, and involve using one bucket for your shampoo solution and a separate bucket filled with plain water for rinsing your mitt in between passes. The best quality wash mitts - like those in our Wash Mitt Collection - are also designed to trap sharp particles deep within their fibres, holding them away from paintwork as you wash. Lightly agitating Lather in this way has the dual effect of physically picking up and removing grime with your mitt and refreshing the solution in grimier areas, ensuring that any spent solution (Lather with particulates already suspended in the solution) is moved away and replenished with fresh solution to get to work on any remaining grime. For more information on the perfect contact wash, including the best route around the vehicle see our article – Contact Wash The Safest Way.
Our original, tangerine-scented Lather Car Shampoo is also available in 500ml, 1-Litre and 2.5-Litre bottles. Be sure to look out for various seasonal special editions - which include a range of specially-selected scents - throughout the year. The complete Lather Car Shampoo range can be found here.
- pH neutral car shampoo.
- Highly concentrated, 'dilute to suit' solution.
- Breaks down, lifts, lubricates and encapsulates grime.
- Wax, sealant and coating safe.
- Creates a lusciously thick foam.
- Residue-free rinsing.
- Fresh tangerine scent.
- 5-Litre container for excellent value for money.
After first cleaning your wheels, to avoid spreading harmful contamination to the rest of the vehicle, remove loose dirt from the bodywork by rinsing with water from a hose or pressure washer. In addition, before contact washing we always recommend performing a thorough pre-wash, utilising a suitable pre-cleaner (such as Citrus Power Bug & Grime Remover or Dynamite Traffic Film Remover) suitable for the type and concentration of contamination. This should be followed by using Avalanche Snow Foam to remove as much heavy soiling as possible. The pre-wash stages are vital to ensure that the heaviest particulate grit and grime are removed before making contact with your wash mitt. This is to reduce the risk of dragging heavy particles across sensitive surfaces and inevitably inflicting swirl marks and other defects.
Add 2-4 capfuls of Lather Car Shampoo to a bucket of cold or warm water. This product has been developed as a ‘dilute to suit’ solution, meaning that you can use slightly less on lighter contamination, or slightly more on grimier surfaces. Don’t forget though, a little Lather always goes a long way. For best results use a 20L Detailer’s Bucket which includes a grit guard and whisk up the solution using your pressure washer to create a thick, lingering foam.
For an effective swirl-free wash, always adopt a ‘two-bucket’ wash method, using one bucket for your wash solution and a separate bucket of plain water for rising out your wash mitt in between passes. After loading up a good quality wash mitt with shampoo solution, wash the vehicle from the top-down beginning with the lightest soiled areas to avoid spreading grime from grubbier to cleaner areas as you wash. Start with the roof, upper sides and bonnet before following with the lower sides, bumpers and rear end, periodically rinsing your mitt after every panel. Always wash in straight lines, avoiding circular motions, to further reduce the chance of inflicting swirl-marks.
After making contact with every surface to agitate your Lather shampoo, rinse the whole vehicle thoroughly to remove any grime suspended in the solution. Finally dry the whole vehicle using and Aqua Deluxe, Aqua Deluxe XL or Silk Drying Towel. This stage is especially important to prevent the mineral impurities in tap water (the water you will have likely washed your vehicle with) from causing spotting when left to dry naturally on exterior surfaces. Never let your vehicle air-dry.
Is Lather safe to use over a car wax ?
Lather Car Shampoo has been developed as a pH neutral cleaner so, while it is extremely powerful, it will not degrade or strip any protection layers, whether that happens to be a wax, a ceramic coating or a sealant. This is what makes Lather extremely effective on maintenance washes where you’d like to keep your protection layers intact, as well as larger details where you may be polishing and adding protection later.
Can I use Lather to clean my wheels?
While this pH neutral shampoo isn’t designed for this purpose on wheels that are heavily soiled with brake dust contamination, road salt and harsh traffic films, on light soiling and wheels that have been protected with Mint Rims Wheel Wax or our Caramics Wheel Protection Kit (where heavy grime won’t be able to bake on to the surface) it is possible to use Lather to clean wheels. However, we always recommend using Lather in a separate wheel bucket and reserving your regular Wash bucket and wash media for your bodywork only. In the absence of Revolution Wheel Soap, Lather can also be utilised as a handy lubricant for brushing-in other dedicated wheel cleaners, such as Reactive or Imperial, on more soiled wheels.
Will Lather maker my paintwork shiner?
Lather car Shampoo has been developed by professional detailers purely as a cleaning agent so, while it will reveal the natural shine of the paintwork underneath, it contains no waxes or glossing agents intended to create a false finish, add protection or increase water beading. In this case it’s to stop these characteristics interfering with other subsequent processes such as decontamination and polishing on larger details, where the extra surface coatings would have to be immediately removed for the process to be effective.
What cleaning and polishing products are best to use with a ceramic coating?
The great thing about silica-based (Si02) ceramic coatings is that they’re specifically developed to help your vehicle look better for longer. The hardy protection layer they install is essentially chemically bonded silicon dioxide, which is like glass, so it smooths the surfaces enough to prevent water molecules and grime from bonding. Regardless of application to paint, glass, vinyl or any other exterior surface, this is why they bead to the extreme and offer the longest lasting protection of any product. What’s most important here is that grime will sit on top of the ceramic layer rather than sticking, and this makes cleaning easier. But it’s still important to carry out safe maintenance to stop heavy grit and grime from being rubbed in and abrading the coating and the paintwork, causing the infliction of defects. Using coating-friendly pre-wash products, such as Citrus Power Bug and Grime Remover and Avalanche Snow Foam will also prevent damage to coatings because they don’t contain harsh acidic or alkaline cleaning agents that may etch into the top layer. It’s the same story for the shampoo you use in your two-bucket wash. Lather Car Shampoo is a great choice as it will never damage previously-applied coatings, but alternatively you can use Wash 'N' Gloss Car Shampoo or our Caramics Enhancing Shampoo to actively top-up and prolong the life and performance of your Si02 coating as you wash paintwork, glass and all other exterior surfaces. Other products that are great for topping up during routine maintenance include Aqua Coat Hydrophobic Rinse Aid, Lavish Ceramic Foam, Caramics Gloss Enhancer, Caramics Glass Cleaner and Ceramic Spray Wax. When it comes to paint correction, all you have to remember is that Si02 coatings have to be allowed to chemically bond to the topcoat or lacquer layer, so it’s crucial to use a compound or a polish that doesn’t contain any waxes or fillers, because these extra layers will block the chemical bonding process. For paint correction, polishing and refinement before adding a coating, we’d recommend using products that only reveal a true finish, such as One Step All-in-One Compound, or our Revitalise System V2 Compounds (which are also available separately). Don’t forget that Si02 coatings are extremely durable and can only be fully removed through abrasion, this means that polishing your vehicle using any abrasive after applying a ceramic coating will remove the Si02 layer, meaning that reapplication of protection will be required after you polish. For more on how to prepare a car for a ceramic coating, see our guide – Detailing and Ceramic Coating a New Car.
How do I look after my wax when I wash my car?
It’s important to look after any previously-applied wax layers as much as possible during routine maintenance, and the same rules apply as for looking after paint, lacquer and other sensitive exterior surfaces on any other detail. Wax protection is simply a top layer that’s impermeable to water molecules and it protects paintwork by installing a physical barrier, and by stopping grime (and water) from sticking, this in turn always makes maintenance washing easier. However, it doesn’t mean that the wax (and the paintwork underneath) can’t be damaged through improper wash techniques. Carrying out safe maintenance, including a thorough pre-wash, is crucial to stop heavy grit and grime from being rubbed in and abrading the wax or the paintwork, essentially stripping your wax and inflicting defects in the paint. Using wax, sealant and coating-friendly pre-wash products, such as Citrus Power Bug and Grime Remover and Avalanche Snow Foam will also help to prevent damage to coatings because they don’t contain harsh acidic or alkaline cleaning agents that may strip protection. As for the shampoo you use in your two-bucket wash? Well, that’s crucial, too. Our pH neutral Lather Car Shampoo is the ideal choice here, as it will never damage any previously-applied coatings, regardless of if they’re waxes, sealants or ceramic coatings. At this point of course, you can simply leave the vehicle, or choose to top up your protection for extra durability and shine. You can use your original hard wax or, for the ultimate in speedy details, utilise Radiance Carnauba Crème, or Glisten Spray Wax. Do not use abrasive products during maintenance, though, as these will remove the entire protection layer, requiring reapplication of your wax.