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Old 17-01-2018, 06:10 AM   #1
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Recommend a polish- applying by hand

Good morning all,

Iíd like to potentially start giving a few different polishes a try on my car. I have an 02 VW polo in a colour I can only describe as solid blue. I suppose itís a midrange blue, itís a standard colour but Iíve no idea what itís called.

Anyway, I currently use AG SRP which is fine. Iím not looking to correct any paintwork to be totally honest, so I donít want to go too aggressive on the abrasiveness, but something fairly similar to SRP to help remove light swirls.

I had looked at Koch Chemie P2.02 which looks like it may fit the bill. But are there any others which are worth looking into? Can Koch Chemie be used by hand with good results?

Iím ashamed to say I only have the one polish at the moment, and am interested in using something new, just not sure what! I do not have any kind of machine so it would need to be something I can apply and remove by hand. Iím using megs foam applicators at the moment, removing with farecla finishing cloths.

Iím on a fairly tight budget so ideally something not too expensive, but any suggestions give me something to look at for now. Thanks in advance.

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Old 17-01-2018, 07:00 AM   #2
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Polishing by hand, it is very difficult to get any significant paint correction with abrasive polishes. So I would go with something like Bilt Hamber Cleanser Polish or Britemax Blackmax.
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Old 17-01-2018, 07:29 AM   #3
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I used Bilt Hamber cleanser polish on SG's recommendation and it was a really good product. I did a full decontamination and with the polish the paint really looked fantastic and felt so smooth. Very easy to use with good results as long as you don't expect too much in correction I am sure you would be very happy with the results.
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Old 17-01-2018, 07:47 AM   #4
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Correcting the entire car is very hard and a long lasting work. For best results with little effort I suggest you choose a filler heavy glaze or AIO product.

Ive had satisfying results with AF Tripple and BH cleanser polish.

You can do some correction by hand but the result will be very un-even. Not to mention its very hard work to complete even one side panel let alone the entire car.

However it is possible and good results can be achieved by hand. Here is a test panel where I used Megs Ultimate compound and a tri-foam applicator.


Before


During (polished twice for about 2min on that little spot)


After


50/50 comparison


You can see the increase of gloss on the right side where I polished

But still...use a filler heavy AIO...it will make your life much easyer

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Old 17-01-2018, 07:52 AM   #5
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I have used Bilt Hamber polish by hand and it's very good. I found it best by hand using the white Farecla hand polishing pad as it has more cut.

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Old 17-01-2018, 08:14 AM   #6
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I would suggest AutoGlanz AIO polish. Just did a test panel last weekend and it looks very good.


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Old 17-01-2018, 08:17 AM   #7
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Thanks for the responses.

I’m not looking at a lot of correction, if I can adjust slight swirls then great but I’m really looking for something to do a good job before I wax.

That looks really good that test panel. The megs stuff and BH will be added to the wish list. BH stuff all seems to get really good reviews!
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Old 17-01-2018, 08:24 AM   #8
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I haven't tried too many but I'm happy with Autosmarts Topaz.
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Old 20-01-2018, 02:30 PM   #9
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i like prima amigo.
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Old 20-01-2018, 03:15 PM   #10
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I would suggest you could try using the megs compound which will give you a bit more bite, then Autoglym srp which you have already .
I use this aftyer the winter on our 2 white cars and it makes a big difference .
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