Valet PRO Wash and Protect Shampoo Review

Leaves a decent shine behind, can be used as a wheel cleaner, well priced

No beading abilities, shine not as deep as some other shampoos

Valet PRO Wash and Protect 1 Litre bottleCar Shampoo Review: Valet PRO Wash and Protect Shampoo 1 Litre – £8.40 / 5 Litres – £21.95

Valet PRO’s new products have been impressive and innovative, coming on in leaps and bounds. Like many manufacturers they review and update their own current range too, and their latest for this is Wash and Protect Shampoo.
Having tried their old Wash and Protect we can safely say that this is a huge improvement. For a car shampoo its viscosity is surprisingly thin. We’d liken the consistency to a Robinsons juice drink. Talking of that, the Wash and Protect also smells great, with a cherry marzipan scent to it – just make sure you don’t drink this product!

According to the instructions, between 10 – 30ml of product is needed per 5 litres of water. For the test on the VW Golf (see pics below), we tried the thinnest mix, using 20ml with 10 litres of warm water. The product foamed really very well and a slippery feel was left behind on our skin when we’d given the water a good stir by hand.

As the product is kind of aimed at (according to the blurb on the bottle) maintaining cars at dealerships – that actually makes sense. 20ml per bucket of water is good economy, especially when you take into account the price. The 5 litre bottle is a total bargain! The Wash and Protect Shampoo includes ‘rust inhibitors’ for paintwork, so that 1993 Ford Fiesta sat on your lot which you can’t seem to sell, will at least be protected in the meantime. It’s a quick and easy product to use too, and that’s a big bonus if you’ve got 20 vehicles to wash in the space of a few hours.

The results we got were fine, and the Golf we washed went from un-maintained (no wax or polish applied since, well, ever) dirty rep-mobile to squeaky-clean in only a few minutes with no hassle. There’s actually something else this product does – you can use it as a maintenance wheel cleaner. As the viscosity is thin, simply pour it neat into a spray bottle, spray onto wheels, agitate with a wheel brush and leave for 5 minutes or so.

It actually worked fairly well like this too! Although some very ingrained and stubborn dirt refused to budge, it still cut through thick and baked-on brake and road grime – we didn’t even use a power washer on the wheels, just a common garden hose with a sprayer attachment. That, in our opinion, is a big plus if you’re in a hurry to get your vehicle clean.

We also used it for detailing around the badges and locks etc, and it performed well in these areas. Again, spray it on neat then use a soft brush to get into all the areas around the badges etc, leave to soak for a couple of minutes and then rinse the product off.

The finish on the bodywork was good, and bought back the metallic ‘pop’ in the paint. It also left behind a just-waxed feel. Although there was no water beading afterwards, it did help to sheet the water off more efficiently.

8/10 A quick and easy car shampoo which smells fantastic, and doubles as a maintenance wheel cleaner too

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Dirty car about to be washed with Valet PRO wash and protect.

Take one dirty VW Golf…

Dirty wheel arch on a VW Golf before washing.

VW Golf about to be washed with Valet PRO Wash and Protect

Valet PRO Wash and Protect Shampoo being measured out for dilution.

Valet PRO Wash and Protect car shampoo bubbles on car door

Wash it with Valet PRO Wash and Protect Shampoo…

A car after being washed with Valet PRO wash and protect.

…and see some good results quick-time.

A car after being washed with Valet PRO wash and protect.

Car paintwork after being washed with Valet PRO Wash and Protect car shampoo. Finished result.

Dirty Honda Accord wheel ready for a wash with Valet PRO Wash and Protect Shampoo

Dirty Honda Accord wheel ready for a wash with Valet PRO Wash and Protect Shampoo

Applying Valet PRO Wash and Protect Shampoo to Honda Accord wheel

For use as a wheel cleaner, spray the Wash and Protect on neat…

Applying Valet PRO Wash and Protect Shampoo to Honda Accord wheel

leave to soak for around 5 minutes…

50/50 shot after using Valet PRO Wash and Protect Shampoo to Honda Accord wheel

…rinse off, and you have one decently clean wheel (Left side: Before / Right side: After)

After using Valet PRO Wash and Protect Shampoo to Honda Accord wheel

As a wheel cleaner – it removed most dirt, but not the more ingrained grime

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