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110 of 121 people found the following review helpful
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.

Main Pros:
- 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.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2011
My dad's old Toyota Celica's red paint was completely faded. He wanted me to bring the shine back so I popped some of this stuff on my orbital buffer not expecting anything spectacular. I was wrong, this compound brought the paint back to life. I am amazed at how this compound can make a car's paint shiny again. I will recommend this product to anyone with dull paint that's in need of rejuvenation.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2011
It works like magic to remove some small scratch on my car. I tried Quixx first. This one is much better.
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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2012
I have to admit, this is probably the best compound one could purchase as a consumer. It's a little on the milder side but that's a good thing since you want to achieve results using the least aggressive method possible. My other favorite compound besides Meguiar's would probably be by 3M.

I did a complete pain restoration on my neglected paint by first claying it (you will be socked how much crud comes off your paint with clay). I then wet sanded some fine scratches with 2500 grit then followed with 3000 and used UC to buff out the sanded spots individually. UC was able to easily buff out 3000 grit, even by hand (if you feel like getting a workout) but I used the drill mount buffer which worked great. It will probably buff out 2500 grit as well with multiple applications but don't expect it to be very effective buffing out 2000 grit easily. After I fixed the paint defects, I hit the whole car with UC using a terry bonnet. I then followed with Swirl X (I like this because it's a very fine polish) then followed by wax. The paint looks and feels better the new.

You can use this to polish plastic headlights as well. Forget PlastX, save your money and just use this as it works just a well (I tested them both). My headlights were pretty bad so I sanded them with 2000, 2500 and finally 3000 then used a drill mounted buffer to buff them clear. They came out superb!

Keep in mind that this product has abrasives that *do not* break down as you work them into the clear coat. This means that the cutting is more or less consistent as you're buffing. However, I felt the cutting was fairly mild compared to professional products I've used in the past. I think this has partly to do with the oils in the product. Anyway, highly recommended!

Update:
I noticed that Ultimate Compound contains quite a bit of oil. This is good for lubrication and workability but it's a doubled edged sword as it hids scratches that were not removed. Once the oil dries up, he scratches will come back. To look at my work right after buffing, what I did was fill a spray bottle with water with some dishwashing liquid and sprayed and wiped the area. This removes the oils and reveals the true finish. You can then work more into the finish if you find it's not satisfactory.

Another note. I found out that SwirlX was too mild to polish after UC. I used some Meguiar's Fine Cut Cleaner which removed most of the heavier swirls then hit it with SwirlX to remove the very fine swirls. Going from UC to SwirlX is like going from 1000 grit to 4000 grit... It's not going to work that well. You need to step the cutting level to get a good final finish before wax. Again, keep a bottle of water and dish liquid handly to spray down your work to see what the true finish is.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2015
Magic. Follow the instructions and use the right tools, this stuff is gold.
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61 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2011
I want to start off by saying that I purchase well over 100 items off of Amazon every year and have only posted a handfull of reviews. After using this product once I had to place a review. I have always owned black or dark colored vehicles so polishing is a must to keep that show room appearence. I have been detailing for almost 5 years and have done countless hours of research online with some good results. I use the Flex XC3401VRG Orbital Action Polisher with 6.5' Orange Light Cutting Pad- LAKE COUNTRY CCS TECHNOLOGY (6.5"inch). I have used several other DA polishers but I have found that the Flex is by far the best and very user friendly even for the beginner. I know it's expensive but if you plan on owning a black or dark colored vehicle it's a must. No matter how careful you are detailing your auto it is impossible not to get swirl marks and surface scratches in the clear coat. That being said I am absolutly amazed at the preformance of the Meguiar's Ultimate Compound. I have used several other compounds including the Meguiar's M105 and M205 but nothing compairs to the ease of use and results of the Ultimate Compound. I got as good if not better results with one pass of the Ultimate Compound compaired to multiple passes with the M105 followed by the M205. Additionally it only takes a couple minutes to work this in with the Flex set at level 5 compaired to several minutes using other products. It is very important to follow the correct steps when polishing your auto starting with a very thorough hand washing then a clay bar cleaning, followed by polishing, a good sealant SYNTHETIC SEALANT -- 64 OZ.and finally a good carnauba wax P21S Concours Carnauba Wax. The sealant and wax are both a little pricy but well worth it plus the carnauba wax will last you for years (a little goes a long way). There are countless car care products on the market but hopefully this review will help you make your buying decision much easier. Please note I use several different Lake Country pads (white, gray, gold) depending on the product I am applying but the orange is a great all around cutting/polishing pad for this product. Good luck and enjoy the results.

ps I also have used this product on my blue and white fiberglass Larson boat with equally amazing results. Years of oxidation and surface scratches were gone in minutes.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2015
I got this and a da polisher for my cordless drill. Followed the instructions and it really made my paint shine. But pull that black car out in the direct sunlight and see how bad the swirl marks are. I wish I could sue meguiars for what this compound did to my clear coat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2014
This stuff works great. If someone gives it a low rating, it is because they do not know how to use the product. However, if you can feel the scratch with your fingernail, it may be too deep to repair without color sanding.

First of all, you need a hand car buffer in order for this to be effective. Think about it, a buffer can create 3600 revolutions a minuter or greater. This is equilivant to you hand rubbing 3600 times in a circular motion in that same minute. You could do by hand, but it will take forever.

My experience has been that working on a scratch just a few minutes will make it completely go away. It does not create swirl marks or additional scratches. I used it on my Harley fairing after some scratches were left from a rag that had some type of residue. Yikes! The scratches were very noticeable and rather significant.

I spent a couple of hours on the entire fairing, starting out being very careful about how much pressure I used. After a while, and seeing that it was not going to create any more damage, I not only tacked the major scratches, but ended up detailing the entire fairing, leaving it as though it had been custom hand wet sanding. It is extremely slick with a showroom finish.

I tried several other products and nothing compared to this. Also, I do not work for Meguire's. Just trying to pass on information that may save someone else a little frustration searching for the right scratch repair product.
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39 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2009
I cannot tell you how impressed I am with this product. My red 1991 Toyota pickup was badly oxidized and looked pink. This stuff works so fast by hand you really don't need a power buffer. It removed all of the old oxidized paint, and what's left is a brilliant shiny red finish. If your paint is badly neglected and looks dull, I highly recommend this.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2014
I used this product with a high cut foam pad and a 2500 RPM polisher and the result was amazing. The first job was a black Jetta with the hardest water spots I've ever seen. The water spots covered the entire car. The windows and sunroof were by far the hardest to remove but the compound did the trick. The second job was a black Infiniti G35. The G had really bad swirls, but the compound cut right through. There is no way this could have been accomplished by hand. You will need to invest in power tools if you have a really neglected finish. Before and after photos show the proof. The white specs on the after photos are fibers from my cheap microfiber towels. As you can see from the after shots you will need to follow up with a low cut polish. I used Meguiar's 205, then a layer of yellow wax.
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