Which one should you select, polishing compound or wax?
As described in the car polishing article, our article is mainly focused on the beginner or enthusiast who loves to do car detailing by themselves, not the professional detailing guys or experienced car painter. A beginner needs to understand about polishing compound and wax, and we hope you did. Chemical polishing makers have a lot of products for your selection. They have both specific products for a specific job and universal product such as compound 100%, compound, and wax mixed or wax only. This would cause the beginner to get confused about how to choose the right one.
Once again, compound polishing is normally done to the car with imperfect paintwork. What is imperfection? it is something like deep scratches on the paintwork. Compound polishing can cure this kind of defect, it is because of high cutting property and the buffing you will select. The finer polishing is needed after the compound process. We will use waxing with this step. This compounding step needs the rotary more than the dual-action polishing machine. It is because of rotary will heat surface and compound which will have a good result of scratch polishing. Dual-action polisher will good a lot for waxing or finer polishing.
In this article, we will talk about some top wax products the beginner should use in their car. There are not the best wax products in the world, but we check and review its properties, good and bad for your consideration. The standard properties which every wax product should have to comprise good shine, provide gloss, cosmetic grade ingredient, repel water from the panel surface, remove oxidation, swirls and scratches.
Here is our recommendation of Polishing Compound and Wax
1. Meguiar's G18220 Ultimate Liquid Wax
We found most of the products in the market provide good quality, as above standard we refer. Meguiar’s G18220 Ultimate Liquid Wax is one of them which has a good shine, gloss, reflectivity. It allows 3-5 minutes of initial cure time before removing the liquid wax can buff off easily, not leave white marks on the surface. Furthermore, this wax can be applied by hand or dual action variable speed polisher.
– Still beading the water and the shine after a few weeks
– Good with plastic also
– Reasonable price
– No discoloration of plastic or rubber trim
– Dry too much if wait too long
– It is slightly gummy
– Need to apply wax more on hood, roof, and trunk to gain more UV protection
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2. Carfidant Scratch and Swirl Remover - Ultimate
Carfidant Scratch and Swirl Remover is one of the most buying wax products. They claim that the light scratches, swirls can fix using this wax and we found it did with many users. The customers buy this wax as they want to remedy the scratches on car paint like key scratches, light marks on paint from accident.
However, you can not fix the paint to 100% new since the wax has a slight to medium cutting grade. It is very good to bring back shine and make noticeable scratch es gone but it is not possible forthe deep marks. You can not fix paint marks if you can feel it with your finger.
The paintwork with the oxidation effect, can fix easily with this wax. You can polish with hand or using a polisher.
However, in some cases, customer report the marks would come back after a few months if you use this with the noticeable marks. It will disappear when you buff it again and again. Nevertheless, it helps you to save cost of repaint your car.
To conclude, this product is a good choice for the mid life to a new car which has some swirls or scratches. You can repair and make it shine again with normal tool like your hand, buffs or normal polisher at your home.
– Good for slight scratches and swirls
– Reasonable price
– Have enough cutting grade for general polishing and waxing
– Dry too quickly, leave streaks on paint and make it hard to wipe off