Updated October 28, 2019 by Rafael Perez

The 10 Best Car Detailing Kits

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This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in March of 2018. Whether you have a brand new sports car or a 20-year-old hand-me-down, there’s something satisfying about driving around in a freshly washed, waxed, and polished vehicle, and it helps to preserves its value. From basic, no-frills sets to extensive options with all the bells and whistles, these detailing kits will have your ride looking squeaky clean from grille to tailpipe. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best car detailing kit on Amazon.

10. Chemical Guys BUF-209X

9. Mothers California Gold System

8. Turtle Wax 50821

7. Armor All Complete Care

6. Chemical Guys Drought-Buster

5. TriNova 33906

4. Adam's Arsenal Builder

3. Chemical Guys Wash Bucket

2. Meguiar's Ultimate

1. Griot's Garage Starter

Editor's Notes

October 17, 2019:

Added Adam's Arsenal Builder. It comes with almost everything you need to detail your car and a high-quality foam gun that helps apply foamed soap without making contact with a sponge. This allows the soap to lift the particles before wiping, which may help avoid causing scratches or swirl marks.

Griot's Garage Starter takes the top spot because, along with having most of what other detailing kits have, it comes with a clay system, which helps substantially when preparing the car's paint for waxing and polishing. You can achieve good results without claying your paint, but using it produces a show-quality polish with less imperfections than alternatives. Meguiar's Ultimate is still an excellent kit and includes buffing compound and a pre-wax glaze that has also been shown to have great results.


Rafael Perez
Last updated on October 28, 2019 by Rafael Perez

Rafael Perez is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Rochester. His primary focus is the metaphysics of time and the philosophy of mind, with a particular interest in artificial intelligence and antirepresentational models of the mind. He has extensive experience as a mechanic, a construction worker, and a general repairman. This has allowed him to gather a wealth of knowledge on automobile repair, auto parts, carpentry, masonry, welding, and the tools used in those trades. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, woodworking, and fishing.


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