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Eagle One
By Larry Edsall

Eagle One Eagle One let's you wash and wax your vehicle without a bucket

Sure, it's so easy to simply drive into one of those automatic car wash places, pay your $10-$20 and let the water jets and power washers and big drying fans do all the work. But there’s a special satisfaction that comes from washing and polishing your vehicle by hand, a pride of ownership, a connection between car and driver that comes when your fingers go over every square inch of sheetmetal and chrome and glass.

And so, after a nearly 6000-mile roundtrip drive we put a couple car cleaning products to the test.

Eagle One had sent out samples of its Bucket-Free Car Wash and Wax As-U-Dry products. To say the least, we were skeptical. Car washing without a bucket? Wax and dry in a single step?

Eagle One was created in 1978 by car and motorcycle enthusiast Bernard Li. His first product was a wire wheel cleaner. Since 1998, Eagle One has been owned by Lexington, Ky.-based Valvoline.

Well, nearly 6000-miles of dirt and grime, bug remains and red dirt – not all of those miles were done on paved roads – we figured our pickup truck should provide a tough test for any car-cleaning products.

With Bucket Free, you hose down the car, then squirt the cleaning solution on a section, scrub with a wet sponge and rinse. It even cleaned the grimy wheels. In fact, it got everything but the stickiest of the dead bugs (we'll probably need some tar remover to get them erased).

Car cleaned and rinsed, we tried Wax As-U-Dry. Again, we were skeptical. Again, we were pleasantly surprised. Shake the plastic bottle to thoroughly mix the polymers and waxes inside, spray on and wipe down with a chamois or towel.

Bucket-Free Car Wash comes in a 25 fluid ounce spray bottle – good, it says, for 60 washings -- and for just $4.99. Wax As-U-Dry comes in a 16 fluid ounce spray bottle – enough, says Eagle One, to polish 12 vehicles -- and retails for $5.99. Eagle One products are available through the company's website or at various auto parts and big box retailers.

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