The best quick detailers for keeping your car clean between washes

The clean car top-up that really works.

A car being sprayed

by Ryan Gilmore |

Keeping your car clean can be a thankless task. Not only can relatives, children and pets leave their calling cards all over your pristine pride and joy, but general driving will leave your car coated in a layer of muck called overspray. Add in an unfortunate bird poo or a smattering of dead insects and your once pristine car can begin to look like you've just pulled it out of a barn after being abandoned for a decade.

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And while there are plenty of good ways of protecting your paintwork and keeping your car looking cleaner for longer (ceramic coating is our favourite method currently), these can be fairly laborious to apply and are best applied once your car has been properly cleaned. Sometimes what's needed is a quick cleaning top-up, precisely the job of a quick detailer.

The best quick detailer

Meguiar's Gold Class High Gloss Premium Quik Spray Detailer

The best quick detailer
Meguiar's Gold Class High Gloss Premium Quik Spray Detailer
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Meguiar's is a heavy hitter when it comes to car cleaning and its Gold Class range is particularly effective at keeping your car clean. It's our favourite quick detailer because it's effective at cleaning away paintwork contaminants without stripping away any wax or damaging the paint. Most importantly, it leaves behind a deep, wet-look gloss to paintwork.

Autoglym Rapid Detailer

Autoglym Rapid Detailer
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The other heavyweight name in car cleaning, Autoglym's Rapid Detailer will also clear away light contaminants and bring out a nice sheen in your cars paintwork. It can be used on pretty much any exterior surface and even leaves behind a layer of polymeric protection (a transparent layer that'll keep your paint protected from future dirt).

Autobrite Direct Elegance

The best quick detailer for total coverage
Autobrite Direct Elegance
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Want to give every surface in your car a quick top-up? While most quick detailers are confined to external use only, this clever option can be used on pretty much any car surface you can think of. It's designed to be used to clean paintwork, alloy wheels, plastic trim, glass and it can even be used to clean leather seats. It's also made in the UK and comes in a luxury aluminium bottle.

Meguiar's Hybrid Ceramic Detailer

The best quick detailer for ceramic protection
Meguiar's Hybrid Ceramic Detailer
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Proper ceramic coating should be applied by a specialist, takes a few hours to bake in and can cost a decent wad of cash, but will offer the best protection possible for your paintwork. Get a small slice of this protection with this ceramic quick detailer from Meguiar's. It'll remove contaminants, enhance existing waxes and sealant but most importbaly of all, it'll help water bead straight off your car and provide fantastic protection.

Chemical Guys Meticulous Matte Detailer

The best quick detailer for matte paintwork
Chemical Guys Meticulous Matte Detailer

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Not all paintwork is shiny which can make finding a decent quick detailer a real issue should your car has a matte or satin finish. This matte detailer works in the same way as the others in that it removes contaminants and keeps your car looking cleaner for longer. However, it lacks the waxy properties of traditional quick detailers that enhance glossiness, ideal for keeping matte paint looking flat.

Gtechniq Quick Detailer 5000ml

The best quick detailer for bulk buying
Gtechniq Quick Detailer 5000ml
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Another fairly standard quick detailer from Gtechniq, it will keep paintwork looking better for longer and offer a nice sheen. What makes this detailer good is the fact you get a gargantuan five-litres of the stuff, enough to keep a fleet of cars shiny. Another nice feature with this quick detailer is that it's part of Amazon's Climate Pledge, a way of showing it's manufactured in a way that won't harm nature.

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