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Comparison/Review - Adam's Rinseless VS Pinnacle Rinseless


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I picked up some Adam's Rinseless Wash at the Toys for Tots detail clinic last weekend. It finally warmed up outside enough for me to give it a go today.

 

Both of these products are very solid. They both have a bit of wax in them, and can be diluted as a waterless wash/detail spray, more on this later.

 

I also picked up some of the border-less blue towels as well while I was at HQ. I REALLY like these towels for rinseless washing, and keeps them visually separate from my single soft towels. I will be picking up more of these for sure.

 

The test car is my 09' VW CC 4motion. The car currently only has a coat of QS on it. I took it to a spray wash to knock off all of the bigger stuff that was still on it from the snow/mag-chloride on the roads before washing.

Half of the car was done with Adam's Rinseless and the other half was done with Pinnacle. Different wash media for each half so there was no cross contamination for the review.

 

Smell:

The Pinnacle Rinseless has a light mango smell to it and is nice to work with. Adam's has a berry/lemonish scent to it, and is a bit over powering for me, especially at a waterless wash ratio. I am giving Pinnacle the edge on this one. Big time.

 

Lubricity:

Adam's is the winner on this one. In the bucket Adam's Rinseless was noticeably slicker (This isn't to say that the Pinnacle isn't slick. It is.).

 

Streaking:

Both products performed very well and didn't have streaking issues, even in 45 degree weather. The remaining product after drying flashed off quickly and left nothing behind.

 

Surface Slickness:

This is a close one. They both leave a very slick finish with no need to follow up with a dedicated detail spray to take care of streaking. I feel like the Pinnacle Rinseless was just a touch slicker on the finish.

 

Concentration:

Pinnacle's dilution ratios are 1oz per 2 Gallons of water for a rinseless wash and 3oz per 32oz of water for a Detail Spray/Clay Lube.

Adam's is 2oz for a rinseless wash. I assume most people don't fill their buckets to the 5 gallon mark. I usually fill mine to 3-3.5. It is probably safe to assume the Adam's is a bit more concentrated. Waterless Wash dilution was 1oz per 16oz of water. Again probably indicating that it is more concentrated.

 

Color:

Adam's is a blue, Pinnacle is a yellow color.

 

Side notes:

Since Adam's Rinseless can be mixed up into a bottle for waterless wash I gave that a try on a small section of a friend's car the other night. It tends to stick to vertical surfaces really well and soaked into the mag chloride pretty quickly. I tried the Pinnacle as a waterless as well just to try it out (hey, it isn't my car, right?). It soaked into the mag chloride the same, but tends to run a bit more. I mentioned earlier about the smell of both products. Adam's at a waterless wash dilution was unbearable for me. My friend wasn't too keen on it either.

 

Conclusion:

Both products are great. I feel like the Adam's wash a bit safer to wash with due to the higher lubricity, but the smell is something I can barely stand. It isn't so much the scent itself, but how strong it is. Makes my nose twinge a bit. Maybe you guys can tone it down on the next batch? Both products leave a streak free shine and a slick finish. You really can't go wrong with either of them.

 

I will keep using the Pinnacle for now. Mostly because I don't want the half gallon I have left to go to waste. I will probably alternate between the two every time I wash. Hopefully I get used to the smell of Adam's Rinseless.

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Thanks guys. I tried to be as fair as possible with this review.

 

 

The Adams smell hasn't bothered me yet though although it is noticeably stronger than most rinseless washes that I have tried.

 

I think if the smell was toned down it would be much more bearable.

 

I gave some of the Pinnacle to a buddy of mine and he said both Adam's and Pinnacle felt the same to work with, but the Pinnacle smelled better.

 

First time I've ever been disappointed in a smell coming from Adam's

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I CAN say this about the scent of the product...if you leave a towel or two in the solution bucket with solution in it, even with the lid not all the way closed...THEN FORGET you left it there for a few days...I can't even describe the lunch losing scent!

 

I think it's rather pleasant, when using it normally, other than that.

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Complaints about the smell would certainly be unique... it has a sweet watermellon candy type smell to it. Now if you leave it in some skanky water for awhile, then yep - I can see how that would be offensive, but right out of the bottle it might be my new favorite product smell to be honest.

 

 

Hard to be the new Liquid Sealant scent buddy!  hahahahahahahaha

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I personally like the smell!  When I smell an Adam's product I know i'm using enough for it to work LOL!

 

Nice comparison review though, I like to use some Rinseless at a Waterless dilution in a spray bottle as a pre-soak, works great!

 

I've been doing something similar. Not at waterless dilution ratio though.

 

I CAN say this about the scent of the product...if you leave a towel or two in the solution bucket with solution in it, even with the lid not all the way closed...THEN FORGET you left it there for a few days...I can't even describe the lunch losing scent!

 

I think it's rather pleasant, when using it normally, other than that.

 

I haven't had the urge to leave some in for a few days. I will avoid  that now lol

 

 

Complaints about the smell would certainly be unique... it has a sweet watermellon candy type smell to it. Now if you leave it in some skanky water for awhile, then yep - I can see how that would be offensive, but right out of the bottle it might be my new favorite product smell to be honest.

 

It isn't a bad smell, just too strong for my nose I think. One of those things where a good smell that is overly strong can make it smell bad. If that makes sense.  (and the overly strong is probably my perception of it)

 

Hard to be the new Liquid Sealant scent buddy!  hahahahahahahaha

 

I have yet to take a good whiff of that stuff. I need to pick some up.

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