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ChrisM75

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If the paint is already near perfect then Meguiar's Ultimate fast finish is super easy. You clean the car and dry then spray it on the provided microfibre cloth and wipe it over the car. Thats it. No buffing, no residue and its extremely hydrophobic. Lasts ages as well. Its not cheap, but a can lasts several years.
 

ChrisM75

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Years ago Turtle Wax launched an 'Ice' range that was clear, but it didnt sell well and was withdrawn.
 

Invertigo

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Pretty happy with this outcome, Sonax 04-06 Polish followed by Carpro UK 3.0 sealant, all done at home and in 1 day (albeit a long one)
 

Invertigo

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It was in a clear bottle but it was years ago so the packing could be different. Have you used that stuff?
Afraid not, just the name Diamondbrite immediately came to mind when you mentioned diamond something
 

BigJase88

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Diamondbrite is like a sealant, its what dealers offer or used to offer for like £300 to protect your car for forever. It is usually a 2 stage product, 1st stage it like liquid / water / clear and then the 2nd stage reacts with it which produces a haze.

(it doesn’t last for forever)
 

KernelOkey

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I prefer Scholl when it comes to compund and polish. Scratches should be removed, not hidden. PolishAngel mastersealant is amazing when it comes to protection and really easy to use
 

Mr Pig

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Years ago Turtle Wax launched an 'Ice' range that was clear, but it didnt sell well and was withdrawn.
That rings a bell actually! I googled pictures and I think that could be it.

When I was younger I remember there was a kid who lived around the corner who worshiped his car. Bog standard Ford Escort in a crappy light blue but he was out at that car every day. I have no idea how many layers of polish he put on it but it was the deepest, wettest looking shine you've ever seen.

I reckon it's not so much about the exact product but more about the effort you put in using it.
 

CalJames

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Tbh, instead of recommending different things we should be asking the condition of your paintwork, age of the vehicle and how it's been maintained/washed?
My Leon is a 2014 with 48,000 miles and the paintwork wasn't in great condition due to improper wash techniques carried out by the previous owner and dealership.
It's really easy to buy a decent product and slap it on, however if your paintwork isn't perfect you won't get the best results and could be disappointed with the product.
 
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SRGTD

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Tbh, instead of recommending different things we should be asking the condition of your paintwork, age of the vehicle and how it's been maintained/washed?
My Leon is a 2014 with 48,000 miles and the paintwork wasn't in great condition due to improper wash techniques carried out by the previous owner and dealership.
It's really easy to buy a decent product and slap it on, however if your paintwork isn't perfect you won't get the best results and could be disappointed with the product.
That’s spot on!

Durability of the product will be compromised if it’s applied to a ‘dirty’ car. By dirty I don’t mean caked in dirt, but a car where there are embedded contaminants in the paintwork that should be removed by claying, the use of a fall out remover and a tar spot remover to ensure the paintwork is completely clean and feels slick before applying a wax or sealant of choice. Doing a full decontamination will prolong the durability of the wax or sealant - I’ve learned this from experience.

The results I get now are very different from what they were some years ago in the days when I belonged to the single bucket, sponge and wash leather brigade, and also used to apply wax to contaminated paintwork. Things are different now though; when I last waxed my car (October last year) it was after I’d carried out a full decontamination and machine polish, and eight months later, water still beads up on the car when it rains. And using a safe wash technique helps to keep the paintwork swirl free.

As for the OP’s original question - what’s the best polish? Everyone will have their own favourites and views on which products are best - be it a polish, wax or sealant - as the posts in this thread shows. I have no doubt there are better products than the ones I use, but for me the main considerations are good durability, ease of application and removal, high gloss and good value for money. If it ticks those boxes, then it’ll be on my shortlist as one to buy. :yes:
 
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ChrisM75

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Exactly right. If the paint is good almost anything will look great on top. Some products give a slightly different look, some last longer than others, some are easier than others, but pretty much anything will protect the paint and make it shine.

Terminology is a problem though. The OP asked about the best 'polish', but is that what he meant? A polish isnt a top coat, its a refining stage. SRP isnt a final coat, its hardly even a polish, its a glaze with mild polishing abilities. It doesnt help that the manufacturers use the wrong names for their products all the time.
 
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