Construction Equipment Before & After Image Using Uppercut a Polish Safe Truck Wash Acid Soap

STEP 1 Uppercut

Uppercut is a more cost friendly, polish safe, low pH, first step detergent. Formulated with a blend of acids, it is very versatile and can be used on polished aluminum as well as other metals and painted surfaces.

  • Reduces the need for brushing
  • Helps removes paint oxidation
  • Ships non-hazardous
  • Safe on glass
  • Formulated without phosphate salts
  • Safe on polished aluminum


Low pH 1st Step for Polished Aluminum Vehicles
Cleaning Bare Polished Aluminum
Removing Oxidation & Minerals
Pairs well with Pro-Wash or Panda

Size Options

275 Gallon Tote
55 Gallon Drum
5 Gallon Pail
Bulk or Kit Form


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–Scott Schumacher

“We were nervous at first, but after our first dump truck we cleaned my shoulders, body, and the scrub brush were grateful we took the time to call these guys. We have never been happier or more profitable.”

–Ruben Paredes

“Excellent customer service! Their chemicals and 2-step gun are the perfect combination for fleet washing. We couldn’t be happier with their products.”

–Ron Mccain

“Hydro-Chem has been very helpful since the first day we walked through their door. They are very knowledgeable about soap and seem to have whatever we need. I look forward to a long-term working relationship.”



Step 1: Low pH Pre-soak

Apply Step 1 Uppercut to vehicle, bottom to top. The acidic mixture will neutralize minerals and help unbind road film from the surface.

Step 2: High pH Soap

Cover the vehicle with an alkaline soap (Step 2), directly on top of the Uppercut, bottom to top. For polished aluminum, choose a polish safe alkaline such as Panda. For heavier duty application, choose a stronger Step 2, such as Grizzly or Dynaclean.


Rinse the truck, top to bottom.

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