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I've been reading through all posts in this forum and have to say am a little overwhelmed at the variety of different polishes that people use.

So a simple question (I hope!): What is the best polish between 10 - 30? Ive got one brand new car which I want to keep in top condition, and one 11 year old car I want to get looking as good as possible so I can sell it.

I currently use Autoglym, the main reason being that I can pick a litre of the stuff up for a tenner at car shows, but is there anything better? I see Meguiars mentioned a lot.

Another question: What is clay? Again, mentioned a lot but Ive never heard of it before.

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I've been reading through all posts in this forum and have to say am a little overwhelmed at the variety of different polishes that people use.

So a simple question (I hope!): What is the best polish between £10 - £30? I’ve got one brand new car which I want to keep in top condition, and one 11 year old car I want to get looking as good as possible so I can sell it.

I currently use Autoglym, the main reason being that I can pick a litre of the stuff up for a tenner at car shows, but is there anything better? I see Meguiars mentioned a lot….

Another question: What is clay? Again, mentioned a lot but I’ve never heard of it before.

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Clay can be got from Halfrauds....Meguires do it.

It is what it says - clay, it comes in small bars of various grades...and is used to rub over the paint work - it removes imperfections in paint finnish and dug in marks and stain like salt crystals - tar and other contaminants...

Very good stuff although it is a labour of love - took over 2 hours to clay my car


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Zlov, unfortunately there is no easy answer to this.Some manufacturers confuse the issue by branding polish and wax as the same thing but they're not. Polish will not protect paint and will wash away pretty quickly if not covered by a wax or a sealant.
Also most polish will contain abrasive microbeads to cut into the topcoat therefore increasing shine although this is almost impossible to do by hand. If you want to put a shine on the car and not do any paint rectification then a pure polish (non-abrasive) is what you need (Megs no 7 Glaze is pretty good stuff)
As Chris says the clay is awesome stuff.Run your hand over the bonnet of your cars when clean and if you feel any bumps or slight roughness (or a lot of roughness)then you need to clay it.Very easy to do and you'll be amazed at the difference in the paint quality,even if you can't see the imperfections believe may they are there.
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Run your hand over the bonnet of your cars when clean and if you feel any bumps or slight roughness (or a lot of roughness)then you need to clay it.Very easy to do and you'll be amazed at the difference in the paint quality,even if you can't see the imperfections believe may they are there.
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What he said about the clay.

One of the best kept secrets of the detailing world. It's really not difficult and makes a huge difference to the condition of your paintwork. You can buy kits that comprise a block or two of clay and a bottle of spray lubricant.

Quite simply you gently rub the clay over a well washed car, using the spray lubricant to ........well.......lubricate the surface, and the clay picks up all the bonded contaminants which are stuck to the paint.

Afterwards you wax your car and stand back and smile.
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i use meguiars 4 in one polish, here's the result:








very quick and easy to use but gives a brilliant finish

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Thanks very much for the advice, not long winded at all I'll pop down to the local Halfords on the way home tonight and have a look at what they've got. Im intrigued by the clay. Sounds just the thing for my girl friends MX5 (the one were going to sell). The paint is rough to the touch.
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Just to throw a stone in the works don't forget Carlack 68 nanotec polish. It removes contaminents that are left on the car (yes even after claying), not only does it clean it also bonds the polish to the cars paintwork making a lovely surface which will not only repel water but is ready for your wax. I cannot recommend the carlack 68 stuff enough it really is the very best cleaner and polish I believe is on the market today (but obviously its only my opinion).
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I thought this was a post about speaking
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Claying is very therapeutic I find.
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Good results astraman,especially on a light car!
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Thanks very much for the advice, not long winded at all I'll pop down to the local Halfords on the way home tonight and have a look at what they've got. Im intrigued by the clay. Sounds just the thing for my girl friends MX5 (the one were going to sell). The paint is rough to the touch.
Try some clay, you won't regret it. I'm not one for caring to much about paintwork, but the time spent claying a car makes so much difference. Best of all once a cars paint is really clean (after claying) the polish is five times easier to apply. It really is a miracle product
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i use meguiars 4 in one polish,
very quick and easy to use but gives a brilliant finish
I am fairly familiar with all the Meguiars products but can't say I have heard of "4 in one polish". Does it have a part number or can you post a pic of the bottle? Consumer or Professional range?

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I'm in the process of claying my bonnet as it currently has the texture of 80 grade sand paper! I am starting to think it was pranged and replaced sometime in its life - but with a terrible spray job. I'm using the meguiars clay kit and I also have a sonus clay bar (green) that is supposed to be gentler that I plan to use on the rest of the car as its fairly smooth already.

Its making a world of difference to the bonnet! Its taking forever though - probably 3 hours so far. But then this is really really bad paint!

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******n ell!! 3 hours on the bonnet alone????

It must be seriously in a bad way.

I can clay the whole car in 45 minutes.
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******n ell!! 3 hours on the bonnet alone????

It must be seriously in a bad way.

I can clay the whole car in 45 minutes.
Put it this way.. if you tried and polish it as it was, bits of the polishing cloth would get caught a tear off all over it...
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Put it this way.. if you tried and polish it as it was, bits of the polishing cloth would get caught a tear off all over it...
Then it sounds like you need to invest in a paint cleaner as well. You apply this with a pad and remove with a cloth. It "safely removes road grime, surface contamination, light oxidation, swirls and light scratches to restore damaged and dull finishes. Prepares all paint finishes for polishing and waxing." Quote from Meguiars Product Information.
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Good results astraman,especially on a light car!

Thank you. The secret on light colour cars is good paint work prep not the wax.

You can get different types of clay from aggressive to very light. But be warned the agressive stuff is like kicking Mr T in the nads, whilst calling his sister a prozie and chatting about how his argos jewelry was so last season. In other words take very very good care if you go aggressive. I only break out my aggressive clay on hard alloy wheels IF all other attempts have failed.
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