If you’re serious about hand-washing your car, you actually measure the amount of soap you mix into your two- or three-bucket setup, even when the little voice in your head wants you to dump half the jug of soap into the bucket for an extra-sudsy mix. After all, most car wash formulas do provide specific mixing instructions for a reason—to minimize dilution and waste.
The first of its kind, Turtle Wax’s new car wash formula is the only car wash that increases its pH-cleaning power based on how much of the soap you pour into your wash bucket (with a maximum ratio, of course). It sounds logical—more soap, more power. But, scientifically speaking, more soap doesn’t change the actual pH balance of a soap. This product does (or claims to), with three levels of cleaning power…
- 3 oz. Moderate strength – Removes dirt & grime
- 6 oz. Aggressive strength – Removed bugs, mud and salt
- 9 oz. Xtreme strength – Removes brake dust and sap
While we’re not scientists, Turtle Wax M.A.X.-Power Car Wash has a [maximum] pH of 10.2, according to the product’s SDS. That’s a bit higher than the ~7 pH found in pH-neutral formulas that won’t strip wax. What we don’t know is what the pH is given the different recommend product-to-water ratio measurements with the Turtle Wax product. Presumably, a 3 oz mix should have a much lower pH than the 9 oz mixture, which should be the max 10.2. But we can’t prove any of it.
Okay, enough pseudo-science. It seems like a cool product for the typical maintenance wash, and it’s cheap. That could be good; it could be bad. The reviews are solid so far. We’ll get some and try it on the Jeep soon.