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 DRI WASH 'n GUARD ®- FAQ

Q1 Exactly what is DRI WASH 'n GUARD®?

A 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.

Q2 Why is it possible to apply DRI WASH 'n GUARD® over a dirty surface?

A DRI WASH 'n GUARD® 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.

Q3 How do I care for my vehicle between DRI WASH 'n GUARD® applications?

A 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.


Q4 What is the guarantee on DRI WASH 'n GUARD®?

A 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. Enviro-Tech International, however, cannot be held responsible for damage that may occur from improper use of the product.


Q5 How durable is DRI WASH 'n GUARD®?

A 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.


Q6 How dirty is extremely dirty when applying DRI WASH 'n GUARD® directly on dirt?

A 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®.


Q7 What are the benefits of DRI WASH 'n GUARD® on glass, and are there any precautions to its use?


A 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.


Q8 Should DRI WASH 'n GUARD® be applied over paint and sealants?

A 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.*


Q9 Can DRI WASH 'n GUARD® be applied over other waxes and polishes?

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


Q10 If I decide to wash my car before applying DRI WASH 'n GUARD®, must I dry it, to?

A 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.


Q11 What happens if DRI WASH 'n GUARD® freezes?

A 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.


Q12 Does DRI WASH 'n GUARD® contain silicones?

A No.


Q13 Why shake DRI WASH 'n GUARD before each use?

A 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®.


Q14 Can another type of spray bottle be used to apply DRI WASH 'n GUARD®?

A 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


Q15 What is the useful life of the AIRosol bottle?

A 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.


Q16 Is too-frequent use of DRI WASH 'n GUARD® harmful to the paint?

A 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.


Q17 What is "Cold Shock"?

A 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.


Q18 Can DRI WASH 'n GUARD® be applied to vinyl tops?

A 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 independent distributor.


Q19 How about vinyl moldings, and leather or vinyl door trim panels, padded instrument panel covers, tires, etc.?

A See previous 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.


Q20 I've noticed that some of the DRI WASH 'n GUARD® droplets get past door, trunk and hood openings. Is harmful to leave them there?

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


Q21 Is it really impossible to burn paint with a buffer when using DRI WASH 'n GUARD®? What buffer speed is best?

A 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.*


Q22 What other buffing tips do you suggest?

A 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.*


Q23 Can DRI WASH 'n GUARD® with exclusive formula PolyGuard-3® remove swirls left in the paint by other products?

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


Q24 How heavy should the spray be?

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


Q25 Can any other material be used as an applicator cloth when applying DRI WASH 'n GUARD®?

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


Q26 Should DRI WASH 'n GUARD® be removed while still damp, or let it dry completely?

A 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.


Q27 How many waterless wash/polish jobs can I expect from a bottle of DRI WASH 'n GUARD®?

A 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 69-oz. refill about 34.

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!


Q28 Beyond its durability, how often should DRI WASH 'n GUARD® be reapplied to keep a vehicle looking really good?

A 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 2-3 months.


Q29 How economical is DRI WASH 'n GUARD®?

A 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.


Q30 Is DRI WASH 'n GUARD® safe for clear coats?

A Absolutely. DRI WASH 'n GUARD® has been laboratory tested on every type of paint used by the industry, from older acrylic laquers 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.


Q31 How soon can DRI WASH 'n GUARD® be applied to a repainted vehicle?

A 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. Enviro-Tech International endorses that industry standard.


Q32 Are there other uses for DRI WASH 'n GUARD®?

A 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.


Q33 Will DRI WASH 'n GUARD with exclusive formula PolyGuard-3® work on boats and fiberglass? 

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


Q34 Will DRI WASH 'n GUARD® remove hard water spots?

A 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.


Q35 Does DRI WASH 'n GUARD® help to protect against ultraviolet (UV) radiation?

A 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.


Q36 Can DRI WASH 'n GUARD® remove scratches?

A 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.