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There are absolutely tonnes of different paint correction options out there so to simplify things, I’ve chosen my favourite compounds and polishes, glaze, microfiber pads and foam pads that can be combined to combat any neglected clear coat.
- Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound and Polish (beginner’s paint correction)
- Poorboy’s Black Hole (glaze)
- Koch Chemie H8 Heavy Cut 8.02 (heavy cut compound)
- Scholl Concepts S40 Anti-Swirl Compound (finishing polish)
- Meguiar’s Microfiber Cutting Disks (microfiber pads)
- Chemical Guys Hexlogic Pads (foam pads)
Options for Complete Beginners
Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound and Polish
This is a great beginner’s option if you’re trying polishing for the first time. You can use it either my hand or machine, but you’ll get far better results using a machine.
Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound has a pretty good level of cut to it, but it’s still a pretty safe option when paired with a dual-action polisher. These means you’ll be able to remove swirls marks with ease. However, it won’t cut out more severe clear coat scratches.
Meguiar’s Ultimate Polish is a cross between a glaze and polish. It doesn’t have a lot of cut to it, and has plenty of fillers. It creates a high level of gloss without removing much clear coat at all.
Poorboys Black Hole Glaze
If you want a mirror finish, but don’t want to remove any clear coat, then you can use a glaze for a temporary fix. My favourite glaze is called Blackhole by a brand called PoorBoy’s. It’s incredibly easy to apply and remove and does an excellent job of filling in clear coat scratches and swirls. Plus it smells pretty nice too!
Check out Poorboys Black Hole on Amazon.
Heavy Cut Compound
Koch Chemie H8 Heavy Cut 8.02
This is a compound geared towards detailers who have had a bit more experience of machine polishing. It’s more aggressive so cuts more paint, hence, it’s not the safest option for a complete beginner.
I found it to be really easy to work with, low-levels of dust, easy to buff off and spread. I was also super happy with the finish it left behind when combined with a microfiber pad and just a DA polisher. It removed some pretty ugly looking swirls and scratches left by the dealer and left a very glossy finish despite behind a fairly aggressive product.
SCHOLL Concepts S40 Anti-Swirl Compound
This is my favourite polish to help refine the paintwork after claying or compounding. It really creates a mirror shine and brings out the gloss. Plus it’s really easy to work with, it doesn’t produce much dust and it applies and buffs off well.
Check out Scholl Concepts S40 Anti-Swirl Compound.
Machine Polishing Pads
Meguiar’s Microfiber Cutting Disks
These are what I use on paintwork that needs a bit more attention. Microfiber has a higher level of cut to it than foam, so I like to use it on heavily swirled clear coats. The Microfiber Cutting Disks come in packs of two, and are really great value. I’ve polished quite a few cars with them now and they’re showing very few signs of wear.
Check out Meguiar’s Cutting Disks on Amazon.
Chemical Guys Hex-Logic Pads
These are a great alternative to microfiber pads. Again, they’re very durable and excellent quality. They come in a variety of sizes and colour, which have different cutting abilities.
Personally, I have 4 types. The blue finishing pad, white polish pad, orange medium-heavy cutting pad, and the yellow for heavy cutting.
Check them out on Amazon.