Real Review: Jet Renu’s Dri Wash MX

The dirt used at most SoCal motocross tracks has the tendency to bond with the motorcycle’s aluminum parts after a week or so, and can be tricky to get off during normal washing.

So there you stand in your garage, marveling at the dizzying assortment of cleaning products lurking in the dusty cabinets. There are automotive waxes, protectants, polishes and washes galore, but their use is specific and definite. “Do not use on plastics or fiberglass,” “Not safe for use on clear coats,” and other terrifying warning labels that keep your watercraft cleaning options limited.

A true benefit lies in a product’s versatility. Fortunately, Jet Renu’s Dri Wash MX has made no such claim of exclusivity. Sure it’ll keep your PWC and boat looking good, but feel free to use it on your other beloved toys, as well.

Dri Wash is a non-toxic, biodegradable cleaner and polish that was developed to clean, maintain and protect most surfaces – without the need for water. The ability to spot clean certain areas of any vehicle between washes is a great time saver, and comes in handy to remove not only mud and dirt, but other contaminants like bird droppings and road grime when the watercraft, car, or motorcycle is otherwise relatively clean.

The spray foam was light enough to cling to the vertical surface of the swingarm. Just be sure to keep it away from the brake rotor. After a couple of minutes, the foam had done a great job of dissolving the crusted mud.

We look forward to seeing what else we can get clean without water in the coming weeks, but this product already looks like it has the versatility to keep at the front of our garage’s cleaning kit.

For this evaluation, we wanted to see how well Jet Renu’s Dri Wash MX (12oz. aerosol can, $12.95) could cut through the dried, baked-on motocross mud and dirt that had collected on our Kawasaki KX250F’s aluminum swingarm for the last few weeks. The mud specks had used that time to really bond to the aluminum, which typically makes it more difficult to remove during a normal wash. We know, conducting a test on a motorcycle is a little off topic for a PWC magazine, but it does have “MX” in the name after all.

Since the directions lacked specific usage details, we opted to saturate the swingarm with Dri Wash spray and let the foam do its thing for about three minutes. As soon as the suds melted away, we took a clean terry cloth towel (microfiber would’ve been great, too) and wiped away the mess. Folding to a clean section of towel, we wiped down the area one more time to remove any residue, and we were done. Simple as that. The mud had dissolved in the solution and we were looking at a clean, shiny swingarm – no stubborn specks of dirt or unsightly streaking. Impressive.

Wipe the surface with a clean cloth, preferably microfiber, then turn to a clean section and buff to shine.

As good as new! No stubborn spots or streaking.

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Justin Stannard

A Southern California native, Justin strives to take full advantage of the local mountains, lakes, deserts and Pacific Ocean whenever possible. You can usually find him riding single track on his mountain bike, running a buoy course on an SX-R, or roosting a motocross track on his KX250F.

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