Chipex, it’s a name synonymous with road rash and chip repair, their unique paint system is second to none on the market, but they’ve just launched a car care product line-up, but is it any good?
Usually, when a ‘brand’ comes out with self-titled car cleaning products, they’re just a cheap product rebranded from a reseller. This is what I thought would be the case with the Chipex car care products; I was wrong.
Their products cover all your car cleaning needs from start to finish:
- Seeing Red Wheel Cleaner
- Super Concentrate Car Shampoo
- Triple Action Bugs Away
- Factory Finish Interior & Dashboard Cleaner
- Waterless Wash & Wax With Carnauba
- Miracle Detailer
- Stain & Odour Buster
- Aquaphobic Rain-Repelling Screenwash
Now it clearly took us a while to use all of this, so apologies to the peeps at Chipex, but we got there in-between the temperamental British weather.
To wash your car correctly, you need to use the two-bucket method, so getting set up, we hosed down the 207 and got to work with the first product.
Seeing Red Wheel Cleaner
Removing brake dust can be a nightmare, you never want to use an acidic wheel cleaner (like they use in hand car washes) or you can say goodbye to the lacquer on your alloys pretty quickly.
The next best thing is a type of cleaner known as a fallout remover, the ones that turn from clear to red as they remove iron deposits, like the Chipex Seeing Red Wheel Cleaner.
Spray it on, leave for 2-5 minutes (don’t let it dry) then wash off with a hose. Whenever you’re using expensive products, it’s always a good idea to use less but work it in with a brush. We did just that, making sure to get into all the sharp nooks and crannies on the wheels.
Foaming up pretty quickly Seeing Red got the job done in no time, hosing off was straightforward and didn’t require going over with a wash mitt – which most wheel cleaners need to remove stuck product.
If your alloys are particularly unloved, you may need to re-apply.
Rating – 9/10
Super Concentrate Car Shampoo
Top tip – Always buy a concentrate car shampoo, you’ll get far more mileage out of the product compared to a ready-mixed item.
Chipex Super Concentrate Car Shampoo is pH neutral and chloride salt-free. You dilute it to 1:400, now maths isn’t a particularly strong point of mine, and I’m not about to start measuring out one cap of product to 400 caps of water. So, I just bunged a capful into a bucket then filled with hot water. A way to easily measure would be helpful Chipex.
Foaming up nicely under the running water, the shampoo has a fresh fragrance to it, and in with its magic formula it helps to soften the water which prevents salt chalking and watermarks after drying—all while being biodegradable. Win-win.
Cleaning the 207 with wash mitt in hand the shampoo removed the lightest of bug marks with ease; it also seemed to grab the dust that had clung to the car over a few weeks of being sat.
Hosing the whole thing down and the car was looking pretty damn spotless already.
Rating – 9/10
Triple Action Bugs Away
For the more stubborn bug bums that didn’t want to shift we used the Triple Action Bugs Away, now this I’d typically use to remove bird poop leaving the bottle in the boot just in case. But for the purpose of testing, I used it after the washing process.
Reading the label and it’s actually meant to be used as part of the wash, which makes sense as many people don’t wax or protect their car after washing. If you don’t protect your hard work you end up with a surface that’s almost naked, anything and everything will stick to it easily then be incredibly difficult to remove.
Adding a wax or sealant will give a protective barrier, allowing bird droppings, bugs etc to be removed with ease. But more on that later…
Based on three biodegradable components to rehydrate any stuck detritus, it allows you to remove stuck remnants easier without damaging lacquer.
Spraying it on I left it to soak for a minute before wiping away with a microfibre towel – as instructed.
It’s pretty runny so getting it to stick on the actual part you’re trying to remove can be tricky on surfaces that aren’t flat.
Wiping away and it didn’t eradicate the bug bum, two more applications got there in the end. On another, harder scrubbing got it off easier, but the point in the product is not to have to scrub, potentially scratching your paint.
Supagard Bird & Bug Remover is probably the best product like this we’ve used. It’s foamy and stays in place, pretty much fully rehydrating whatever the dried-on thing may be.
Rating – 7/10
Factory Finish Interior & Dashboard Cleaner
Now I must admit I never really use an interior or dash cleaner; a wet microfibre towel suffices unless we’re trying to win a show and shine competition, but I may have been convinced otherwise.
You can end up pushing dust around when cleaning your interior, but spraying on the Factory Finish Interior & Dashboard Cleaner gave a sort of antistatic nature to wiping everything down. Just like the shampoo, it caught everything where it sat, allowing me to wipe away the dust in one swoop, instead of numerous passes.
Unlike many other dash and interior cleaners, this leaves a nice matte finish; there’s no fake, oily, glossy look. It also smells damn good too.
Rating – 10/10
Waterless Wash & Wax With Carnauba
As I mentioned earlier, there’s no point in washing your car, drying it off then leaving it as is.
Your hard work will be undone as soon as dust or rain hits your car. Protecting it with a sealant gives an invisible layer of protection to your freshly cleaned car. Dirt will then sit on this coating, a quick wash or even rain will remove anything with ease.
Personally, I’d never use a waterless wash. Too much risk of scratching your paintwork, you always need a two-bucket method and a hose when things are really dirty.
But for a quick wipe down when the car’s coming out of the garage, sure.
Using the waterless wash & wax with carnauba on the RCZ to remove dust was a breeze. Apparently, it has the power to remove ‘dirt, grime, road film, tar, tree sap, bird droppings and paint oxidation from metal, glass, plastic, fibreglass, gel coat, or any non-porous painted surface’.
While I can’t vouch for that, it left the R perfectly clean with just a microfibre, while also topping up its protection, which gave the Peugeot a nice bead as it was sat in the rain the next day.
As with all the chipex car care range, it also smelt incredibly good while in use.
Rating – 8/10
A decent detailer can help spruce up your car, giving it that extra pop and shine when needed. Chipex Miracle Detailer is no different, adding protection as it goes, it will help add that super sexy beading in the rain, making sure dirt slides right off.
Not all can be used on any type of surface though; some will create a horrible film over glass, making it a nightmare to see in the rain, others will leave a residue on matte plastic. Miracle Detailer does neither, meaning you can coat your whole car in it without worry.
It gave a superb glossy finish all over the 207; I also gave the rear bumper of the 208 a quick wipe, it removed the dirt and left a nice gloss sheen.
Rating – 10/10
Stain & Odour Buster
Now, none of my cars have stains anywhere on the fabric, naturally. So, I couldn’t try the stain removing aspect of this. It’s also a bit ambiguous with the instructions, saying, and I quote:
‘Dampen area thoroughly with clean water. Apply the product to the stain or spillage area by spraying. Agitate with a microfibre cloth or upholstery brush. Do not let the area dry out and leave it overnight for the bacteria to grow and work their magic.’
So, am I not leaving it to dry out overnight? Because keep running to my car to make sure it’s not drying out throughout the night sounds like a lot of effort…
Clarity please Chipex.
I did, however lightly spray the floor mats with it to give everything a refresh; it left the 207 smelling rather manly and clean.
Rating – 6/10
Aquaphobic Rain-Repelling Screenwash
Due to being a competent motorist, the screenwash in any of the fleet gets topped up whenever I clean the car. To test this last item your screenwash needs to be empty, so therefore it’s not been tested as of yet.
It should, however, give a finish very similar to that of RainX when in use. So, coating your windscreen with an aquaphobic film allowing the rain to fly off with just the wind as your drive. It might sound gimmicky, but it can really aid visibility in wet weather, both are high causes of accidents.
It’s also meant to help stop your wiper blades squeak as well as having a built-in anti-freeze for temperature down to -2. Again, it’s biodegradable.
A 1-litre bottle allows for seven refills, so it will probably last you at least a year for the average driver. There’s also a handy measure printed on the bottle, so, first of all, you add 250ml of screen wash to your 5-litre tank. Then you top up 125ml each time.
We’ll update this when we get to use it, but AutoExpress recommended it as a Best Buy in 2019, so take their word for now.
Rating – ?
Chipex Car Care Product Review Conclusion
I take it all back; it seems the Chipex car care products are far from a generic reseller rebranding exercise. All of the products are of super high quality, easily on par with that offered by the likes of Supagard and Autoglym.
The bottles are all 500ml or above and come with a microfibre towel. You can also buy bundles of their products which helps bring the price down by a fair chunk.
Price-wise they’re all comparable to the brands you can buy off the shelf in Halfords; shipping is £2.95 no matter how much your order, big win.
Would I use my own money to buy the Chipex range?
Yes, without a doubt I’ll be adding some of the Chipex car care range to my repertoire once this little lot runs out.