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In a class by itself (as far as consumer polishing compounds go)
on January 14, 2011
I purchased this product after a former professional detailer highly recommended it to restore paint. I am extremely satisfied with the results obtained from proper use of this true polish (contains abrasives). The first car I applied it to was a 2005 prius with 60,000 miles on the clock. This car's finish was neglected (not often waxed), but only had very fine swirl marks across most panels from machine washing. I applied the product fairly liberally, about a quarter sized blob for every 3-4 square feet. I DID NOT let the product dry before buffing. After evening spreading the product across the panel (or half panel) I was working on, I immediately started buffing it with light pressure from a 10" random orbital low speed buffer. I used microfiber bonnets over the foam to do the buffing (I find this to be a gentle approach that captures and contains a lot of the contaminants present in the paint; of course, a proper clay bar job would be even better as far as preparation). I buffed the area until the polish was essentially gone and changed microfiber bonnets often (the polish removed embedded contaminants in the paint). The resulting smoothness and clarity was better than new. This was too easy! The polishing session took about 45 minutes to cover all surfaces. After wiping any remaining residue off the surfaces, I sealed and coated the paint with 3 layers of Ultima Paint Guard Plus, and the customer was extremely satisfied with the depth of the shine and mirror reflections never before seen on this toyota. I've also used the product with a high speed radial buffer on a 17 year old GMC paint job. This required a much more aggressive approach, but the results were just as pleasing. Whether your car is almost new or has 200,000 miles behind it, this stuff is fantastic. Oh, it does a beautiful job on painted or cleared alloys as well.
- Economical (can't beat the price for a good quality polish)
- Efficient abrasives (fast minor cutting)
- Relatively mild polish (abrasives breakdown quickly to limit the depth of polish)
- Nice formulation is very nicely lubricated (makes working it easy by hand)
- This is a dual purpose mechanical (abrasive) AND chemical polish that cuts right through oxidation while resurfacing the top of your clear coat at the same time
Honestly, I normally have a recommendation section, but these are the only things I can think of:
- If you need to remove really deep swirls or scratches, you might want to order something more aggressive from a professional detail supply
- Although this products can produce very nice results by hand, you will generally only remove oxidation without a buffer (not truly polish the clear-coat)
- If you don't use decent buffer, you probably won't be satisfied with the products claim to remove swirls (no products can effectively remove swirls by hand, only cover them up)
I've used several off-the-shelf car polishes (with abrasives) over the years, but nothing has been this effective and nice to use.