This article will review a simple trick for calculating dilution ratios for detailing chemicals. Dilution ratios are important in the detailing industry because they determine the cleaning solution’s strength. This trick will help you determine the number of ounces needed for a specific dilution ratio, whether you’re using a gallon, a 32-ounce bottle, a 16-ounce bottle, or even a 12-ounce one.
Dilution Ratios Explained
Before we get into the trick, let’s quickly define dilution ratios. A dilution ratio is a part-to-part ratio, such as 10 to 1. In this case, that is 10 parts water and 1 part chemical that are combined. The greater number always represents water, while the smaller number always represents chemicals. It makes no difference whether the chemical or the water is added first, as long as the correct ratio is maintained.
The Dilution Ratio Calculation Formula
Let us now look at the formula for calculating dilution ratios. The procedure is straightforward: add the two numbers together and divide the total volume by that sum.
For example, if your dilution ratio is 10 to 1 and you want to fill a 12-ounce bottle, you would add 10 and 1 to get 11. Then, divide 12 by 11 to calculate the number of ounces required for the dilution.
In this example, we are using Art De Shine Organic Cleaner, which should be diluted 10 to 1. We have a 12-ounce bottle. How much cleaner should we add? Using the formula, we will add 10 and 1 to get 11, then divide 12 by 11. The result is approximately 1.09 ounces, which we will round down to one ounce. Then fill the bottle to the 12-ounce mark, which is just under the top of the bottle I’m using, and thoroughly mix it.
The Value of Exact Ratios
While dilution ratio accuracy is important, small variations will not significantly affect the cleaning process. When detailing chemicals, a few milliliters or even a tenth of an ounce won’t make a difference. So don’t worry about getting the ratios exactly right. Keep it simple and focused on the cleaning solution’s overall effectiveness.
Making Use of the Diluted Solution
Once the solution has been mixed, it can be used for various purposes, including an all-purpose cleaner (APC), interior cleaning, and spot cleaning. This alkaline cleaner from Art De Shine is especially effective at removing road film, grime, and oil. It has a pH of 12, which can be slightly reduced when mixed with water. This solution is suitable for use on a variety of surfaces.
Another option is the Art De Shine Citrus Cleaner, which is pH neutral and can be used as an APC rinse for maintenance. This cleaner is less prone to removing waxes and sealants.
Calculating dilution ratios for detailing chemicals can be simplified using a simple formula. You can calculate the number of ounces required for the dilution by adding the two numbers in the ratio and dividing the total volume by that sum. Lastly, while accuracy is important, minor variations will not significantly impact the cleaning process, so don’t get too worked up about it.
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