The best quick detailer

The perfect top-up for your car's bodywork in between washes.

A person cleaning a car using a microfibre cloth

by Ryan Gilmore |

One of the downsides to taking a greater interest in detailing is that once you've prepared, washed and protected your car, the general grime of driving will begin to reclaim its place on your bodywork.

This leaves you two options. The first involves sealing your car away in a vacuum and never letting it see the light of day, the other involves quick detailer. Quick detailer is a little top-up product that restores lost shine and gloss to your paintwork, working in conjunction with any wax or sealant applied to your paintwork. It's great for keeping your car looking cleaner for longer and it's super easy to apply, a matter of spraying and wiping with a microfibre towel. We've chosen our favourites and listed them below, looking at value, usefulness and any little extras that come with them too.

The best quick detailer

Meguiar's G7616EU Gold Class High Gloss Premium Quik Spray Detailer

The best quick detailer
Meguiar's G7616EU Gold Class High Gloss Premium Quik Spray Detailer
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Our top choice for quick detailer is this simple spray from Meguiar's. We like how this detailer helps keep a deep, glossy shine to your car's paintwork all while helping to remove contaminants that often present themselves after a drive. It's an effective cleaner and because of its pH neutral formula, it's safe on all waxes and sealants.

Chemical Guys Hybrid V7 Spraysealant Quick Detailer

The best quick detailer for extra paint protection
Chemical Guys Hybrid V7 Spraysealant Quick Detailer
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While most quick detailers will give existing waxes a little lift, Chemical Guys take it to the next level. This works the same as any other quick detailer in that it will make your paintwork glossier, but also adds to your paint's protection. It features UV protection and is a durable sealant.

Auto Finesse Finale quick detailer

The best quick detailer for bulk cleaning
Auto Finesse Finale quick detailer
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If it's quantity you want while also ensuring the quality is up to scratch then Auto Finesse' Finale is ideal. While some other quick detailers are available in big bottles, this is the largest and represents the best value for money. It contains five litres of product, is water-based (meaning it's better for the planet and your paint) and enriched with wax. The only downside is you'll need to find your own spray bottle.

Top Tip: Quick detailer can be used as a lubricant for clay bars that aren't water-activated.

Meguiar's G200526EU Hybrid Ceramic Detailer

The best quick detailer for ceramic protection
Meguiar's G200526EU Hybrid Ceramic Detailer
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The current big thing in car care is ceramic coating your car to ensure it remains contaminant free and clean for as long as possible. This now extends to quick detailer as this Meguair's option contains Si02 Hybrid Ceramic protection which ensures a glass smooth finish to paintwork and that all-important water beading. It can also be used to remove some contaminants like finger smudges which makes it a great, if slightly pricy choice.

Autobrite Direct Elegance

The best quick detailer for total coverage
Autobrite Direct Elegance
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While most quick detailers are restricted to external use, this option from Autobrite can be safely used to give a quick visual boost to your car's interior too. It's safe for use on lacquered wood, trim pieces and even leather seats making it great for a last-minute general top-up. It's a good choice and even comes in a luxurious aluminium spray bottle.

G3 Pro 7193 Rapid Detailer

The best quick detailer on a budget
G3 Pro 7193 Rapid Detailer
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While this isn't exactly cheap compared to the other quick detailers we've included here, it is a couple of quid cheaper making it our favourite budget quick detailer. It's effective on paintwork, glass and chrome, and should leave behind a nice, glossy finish.

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