Without proper maintenance, a car’s paint can become dull and lose its original finish. Throughout the covid-19 closures, many people have become more attentive to the condition of their cars and have discovered the wonders that polishing can do for the appearance of their paintwork.
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When buying polish, you need to take into account the condition of the car’s paint. Significantly dirty and deteriorated paint will require a more abrasive polish with a higher grain index. However, always check before you buy that you have the correct product, as too coarse a product can damage your paint more than it improves it.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular and top rated polishes on the market and put them to the test. For this, we have chosen the lightest level of abrasiveness as this is usually the one most people use. We then divided our car hood into six, one for each varnish used, which allowed us to compare. To maintain a uniform application, we used a tampon. We also factored in the price when making our final verdicts.
1. Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound
Price: Around £ 16
Cut: 450 ml
Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound tops our list for the exceptional finish it gives and great value. Although it costs less than the Autoglym Ultra High Definition Polishing Compound, the Meguiar still created a brilliant shine in the test area. It is by far the choice of the group, but it is worth using a cloth and pads for the best results.
2. Autobrite Direct Cherry Glaze
Price: Around £ 10
Cut: 500 ml
Evaluation: 4.5 / 5
The Autobrite is inferior to the Meguiar in terms of price while providing excellent results. While most all-in-one products tend to perform below average, Autobrite Direct acts as a better polish than many dedicated options on the market. While he couldn’t quite match our winner, he still left a smooth finish and masked many of the fine marks he had to contend with.
3. Perfect Angelwax polishing
Price: Around £ 9
Cut: 500 ml
While not quite the “perfect” varnish, Angelwax is still a great product that can bring out the beauty of your car’s paint in minutes. While many of the offerings on this list can be applied via a polisher, Angelwax must be applied by hand. Although satisfactory, the results proved the big difference a machine polisher has on the overall finish.
4. Autoglym Super Resin Polish
Price: Around £ 14
Cut: 1 litre
Autoglym holds a Royal Warrant and with the Super Resin Polish it’s easy to see why. Like Angelwax, it is a varnish designed for hand application. While it couldn’t outperform the cheaper Angelwax, the Autoglym still left a nice shine and was one step ahead of our next competitor.
5. Simoniz diamond waxing and polishing
Price: About £ 5
Cut: 500 ml
By far the cheapest polish on this list, the Simoniz Diamond Wax doesn’t quite leave the same crystal finish as the top contenders. However, for the price, the Simoniz does remarkably well and even works as a wax to help repel other grime. If you are looking to spruce up your car on a tight budget, look no further.
6. Autoglym Ultra High Definition Polishing Compound
Price: Around £ 55
Cut: 500 ml, plus two polishing pads and a microfiber cloth
Evaluation: 3.5 / 5
While this Autoglym product is our winner in terms of overall finish, this “high definition” result comes at a very steep price. If you really feel like going the extra mile, this kit includes all the items you could possibly need for a perfect finish – without the polisher, of course. However, for most people, Autoglym’s high price tag doesn’t really make sense compared to what its competitors offer.
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