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Pinnacle Paintwork Cleansing Lotion

Think of this as an anti-aging cream for your car's paint!

Automotive paint loses its luster due to the effects of dirt, rain, and environmental pollution. Wax certainly helps lessen the impact of these assailants, but even wax can build-up and reduce the shine. Pinnacle Paintwork Cleansing Lotion is designed to turn back the clock on your paint by undoing the build-up, the swirls, and the haze to reveal the clean, vibrant paint that lies beneath!

Pinnacle Paintwork Cleansing Lotion will restore and preserve your car's original beauty. Paintwork Cleansing Lotion uses a combination of gloss-enhancing oils and micro-fine fillers to polish your car without abrasives. The VOC compliant formula is safe and gentle on all finishes. Simply wipe it on, allow a haze to form, and buff gently. Minor swirls and surface imperfections disappear like magic. Your car's finish will emerge bright and clean, ready for your favorite wax or protectant.Pinnacle Paintwork Cleansing Lotion is a fine polish used to clean and perfect the paint before wax application.

This is a mild polish best suited for newer vehicles or vehicles with good paint condition. It is designed to safely take off old wax, embedded road grime and pollution that washing will not remove. It prepares the surface for waxing by creating a clean, smooth, highly-reflective surface. This insures a uniform shine and maximum wax bonding.

Tech Note: Paintwork Cleansing Lotion will not remove paint or clear coat finishes. Likewise, it will not remove swirls. It makes swirls less noticeable or invisible by rounding over the top edge of the swirl, robbing sunlight of a sharp edge to cause a reflection. Micro-fine fillers (1.4 micron) in the lotion then fill in the swirl. When you wax over these fillers, most swirls will disappear. These swirls may re-appear as the wax ages and may be revealed under some light conditions (Fluorescent lamps are ruthless, revealing flaws and swirls that will not show under normal sunlight.).


The Pinnacle Polishin' Pal with a white pad enhances the cleaning ability of Paintwork Cleansing Lotion. Hand Application:
  1. Wash the vehicle with Pinnacle Bodywork Shampoo and towel dry with a Cobra Microfiber Waffle Weave Towel.
  2. Apply a nickel-size amount of Paintwork Cleansing Lotion to a foam or microfiber applicator pad. Spread it over a 2 sq. ft. section using light pressure.
  3. Working in a back and forth motion will    lessen the likelihood of producing swirls if a piece of dirt becomes trapped in the applicator pad.
  4. The lotion will dry to a haze. Buff lightly with a soft, clean microfiber towel.

You can also use the Pinnacle Polishin' Pal to apply Paintwork Cleansing Lotion. A 4 inch white pad will enhance the cleaning properties of the lotion and keep your hands clean during application.

Machine Application
(For easy application for novices or pros, use a Porter Cable 7424XP dual action polisher.)
Buff away Paintwork Cleansing Lotion with a soft Cobra Microfiber Towel. Flip the towel often as you buff.
  1. Wash the vehicle and towel dry.
  2. Mist a white polishing pad with Crystal Mist Detail Spray to allow easier application. Pour a circle of Paintwork Cleansing Lotion on the pad.
  3. With the machine turned off, spread the lotion over a small area.
  4. Set the max speed at 4.5 or 5 and turn the machine on.
  5. Polish in a figure-eight pattern until the lotion begins to dry or disappear.
  6. Buff with a clean microfiber towel.
  7. Continue to the next section until you’ve polished the entire vehicle.
  8. Always follow Paintwork Cleansing Lotion with a coat of wax. Souverän™ or Signature Series II will give your vehicle a glossy, wet-looking shine.

Note: For best results, apply Paintwork Cleansing Lotion out of direct sunlight. Do not apply to hot body panels.

Paintwork Cleansing Lotion is not designed for use with high speed rotary polishers.

We suggest these money saving kits that contain Paintwork Cleansing Lotion. Each kit is thoughtfully assembled by our expert car care professionals. Purchasing in kit form insures you have all the products and tools needed to successfully acomplish your goal.

Signature Series Wax Kit
Souverän™ Sizzling Shine Kit
The Total Interior/Exterior Detailing Kit
The Complete Detailing, Wax & Cleaning Kit

16 oz.

This product (Liquid Souveran™) is incredible. I have been using Pinnacle products for about a year and, in my opinion, the entire line is of the very best quality and yields results far superior to others. Souveran™ Paste Wax, PCL, Crystal Mist, and the leather conditioner are my favorites. Last weekend, I clayed my ML 55 AMG (cognac), polished with 3M Swirl Remover, then used Pinnacle PCL, and completed the detailing with Souveran™ Paste Wax. Today, after washing, I applied Liquid Souveran™ and the finish is spectacular. The Liquid Souveran™ seems to have increased the reflectivity; the vehicle has never looked better. I also tried the new leather cleaner and conditioner; it too is exceptional. This coming weekend I plan to follow the above protocol with my magma red SKL32 AMG. The Liquid Souveran™ is underpriced; at $50, it would be a bargain.
Tom Zinn
University of Cincinnati
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Pinnacle Paintwork Cleansing Lotion

Our Price: $29.99
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64% Recommend this product (16 of 25 responses)
By Bill B.
June 2, 2016
Outstanding Product
Came across this product while reading reviews for Collinite's Insulator Wax (which i've used for 25 years). I have a 2005 Pilot that has been parked on the street for the last three years and it's been looking dull and faded so figured id give it a try before using on a darker colored car. Can't tell you how impressed I am. I used my new Porter Cable RO polisher to apply it on setting of 6 with a white pad and it stripped off all old wax, rain spots, stains....and swirl marks as billed. I then applied the Insulator Wax on a setting of 3 and buffed off. The vehicle looks great. I keep up with my cars fairly well (washing and waxing) but sitting outside under trees takes it's toll so i'm thrilled.
ProsEase of use and results
By Carl Knaub
Fort Lauderdale
May 14, 2016
Top of the line product.
Autogeek gets your order in your hands quick. The Pinnacle liquid Sovereign is fantastic, very easy to remove and left a super slick glossy finish on my 75 Buick Lesabre.
ProsEasy on easy off
By Nathan
March 27, 2016
Works Fantastic!
I used this to clean the oxidation off of a couple cars and it works fantastic without cutting paint! I will use this on a lot of cars and trucks!
ProsEasy to use
ConsTop has two snaps, first wont seal and the second does. Can get you messy if you shake it on the first snap.
By Matthew
Harrisburg PA
March 2, 2016
great stuff
great stuff
By Chuck
Houston, Tx
December 30, 2015
Takes some elbow grease
Works as advertised but I found it more difficult to remove than the other reviewers. My paint was in good shape and probably not worth the effort just to remove old wax. I think the rotary buffers are the way to go with this.
ProsWorks well.
ConsHard to remove by hand.
By John
Idaho Falls, Idaho
May 22, 2015
Product works better than expected. Has removed the grime that was embedded in the existing was build up and restored the shine to my RV.
ProsEasy to apply and remove
By Logan
San Rafael, California
March 19, 2015
This is a great product to remove surface paint transfer.
Springfield, VA
January 11, 2015
EZ, cleans, smoother than glass
No regrets with this product, it works as marketed. Used the product on my 2013 Cadillac X TS white pearl and it did a fabulous job. Very easy to apply very easy to remove and it did a fantastic job when prepping the pain for waxing.
ProsEasy on easy off does good job.
ConsPrice point may be considered high.
By Robert Romano
December 4, 2014
Pinnacle Cleansing Lotion fast and easy to use
I was very impressed with the Pinnacle Paintwork Cleansing Lotion. It wasn't harsh smelling as the previous product I had been using to remove wax buildup. I applied to an area that I need to re-apply wax to and it thoroughly cleaned the surface prior to applying the pinnacle liquid wax. I rate this product very highly.
By amk
October 29, 2014
even harsh car wash stains removed
harsh soap stains from car wash came off with little effort
Prosgreat prep for the pinnacle wax to follow, especially for those hard to remove stains.
By Daniel
September 20, 2014
This is a very good pre-cleaner prior to the wax
I have always used a good pre cleaner prior to waxing with carnauba. This product allows the wax to be applied effortless!
Prossaves on the usage of carnauba by allowing the wax to be applied effortlessly with a brilliant shine
By Kyle
Hilton Head, SC
September 11, 2014
Amazing Cleaning Ability
I bought this product because my paint was in fairly good condition or at least appeared to be as a white car that shows very few defects. I decided on this product to use before a wax instead of a polish and the way that it stripped my car down to the clear coat was incredible! This stuff removed stains and marks that I have never been able to in the past such as stains from tree sap and soiled areas that my clay bar didn't want to remove. I was left with the whitest car you could imagine! You have to squint now when you look at my car!
ProsGoes on and comes off just as easy as a carnauba wax, has no abrasives so just use a clean microfiber applicator and there is no need to worry about fine scratches, removes years of layers of very fine build up you probably didn't even know was there until after you are done and your paint looks more vibrant, and it removes old unwanted wax from previous detail jobs before some new wax.
By solman1
August 6, 2014
This works. Does what it says it does. Works fast and easy. I tried this on my late model Jetta and it cleaned it up nice and easy. Don't forget to apply a coat of wax or sealant when you are done to protect your paint.
By Allen
New York, NY
July 31, 2014
Gave "pop" to paint finish!
I purchased this product based on some reviews. Although my car is 4 years old, but parked outside, I thought I'd try this product before adding wax. Wow! I definitely noticed a "pop" to the paint finish even though the paint is silver grey. It definitely adds more work to detailing but it was worth it. I don't know if I would use this the next time in the detailing process. I could save myself at least 3 hours of work.
ProsWent on very easily and buffed a nice shine onto the car.
ConsNone. Perhaps the price.
By Marty
May 29, 2014
Great product
The cleansing lotion done an excellent job of removing lite stains from the paint. Rain and dirt from the trees left streaking stains on the car that wouldn't wash off. The cleansing lotion along with a porter cable rotary buffer and white pad removed everything with little effort. The purchase of all the equipment to do the job was less than one detail bill and I can do it anytime at my convenience.
ProsApplies and removes easy, removes stains and conditions paint to a beautiful finish.
By Marty Feldheim
South Florida
May 23, 2014
Perfect before waxing.
I use this on my white Mustang GT, I do a little section at a time applying a little to a terry cloth pad, then I wipe it away with a microfiber towel. This sets my car up perfect for the next step, waxing. If I'm too lazy to use the real wax (Signature Series) afterwards, I'll just use some Crystal Mist, sometimes I'll go over it a second time with Crystal Mist for a deeper almost mirrorlike shine!
Proseasy to apply, easy to remove.
By Anddre53
August 12, 2013
I have a white infiniti that gets time black and yellow stains in the paint that have always been extremely difficult to remove. Used the Cleansing Lotion and the spots disappeared almost immediately without any effort. Simply amazing.
By Myles
January 25, 2013
Great product
You can get a better appearance out of a "True" Glaze, but this is still the one I end up buying every time. What it lacks in this area, it makes up for else where. It does a great job at cleaning up the paint and leaving a smooth finish behind. It also does an excellent job at hiding swirl marks and other minor imperfections. This stuff keeps my customers happy, and that's what I'm looking for. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
By Drew
August 24, 2012
Great Product!
After not washing my vehicle for 4 months I had major water spots so I bought this product and a pad with slight cutting (White). It removed the water spots and made for a nice clean smooth slate to put the wax on. I used very little product, the bottle should last a long time.
By Mike
June 19, 2012
Excellent cleaner, a bit expensive but for sure the best
By Corey
November 11, 2011
Best in Class Paint Cleaner
This may be my favorite paint cleaner of all and I've used a lot! It does it's job very well by removing old layers of wax and filling minute swirls to give a leave an ultra glossy finish. The price is too high or I would give it 6 stars!
November 9, 2011
A must for White
If you have ever plan on making a white car shine and look extremely clean, this is your friend. Using the cleaner is very easy, and it is extremely effective. I have seen some nasty pads after "polishing" a vehicle with stuff. It really does give you a great surface to lay down some Souveran or other good wax on.
By Wolfpacker92
May 27, 2007
The Paint cleansing lotion gives me a clean, slick canvas for applying my favorite Pinnacle wax. The Paint cleansing lotion gets all the old contaminants off and does some minor filling of light swirl marks.
By Bambo2888
April 27, 2007
Did exactly what I needed it to, remove old wax and clean my paint for a fresh coat of protection. Easy to use.
By andrew
August 31, 2006
the best thing for your car
i have i 1977 ferrari 308 gtb i used pait cleansing lotion on my car wow what a differrance. It took of all the old wax, minral deposits, in beded dirt and road grime from roof and hood with out hurting the clear coat. i give paint cleansing lotion two thumbs up.