FAQ

All the answers to your frequently asked questions

  • Q: How do I clean the car without water?

    A:

    Ultimate Waterless Wash & Wax is a great product if you have restricted water access. Use 2 x microfibre towels, the first to safely remove product and grim and the second to buff the panel dry and clean

  • Q: What to use to remove swirls?

    A:

    Our ‘go to’ product for swirl removal is Ultimate Compound, this will safely remove swirls and imperfections. This can be applied by hand or with the MT320 Dual Action Machine Polisher and a cutting pad (DFC5).

  • Q: What shampoo is best to use in hard water areas?

    A:

    NXT Generation Shampoo contains water softeners and will help to reduce white water marking from hard water.  A Detailer is also a great product to use as a drying aid in the drying process.  Simply mist over a panel as you dry the panel.

  • Q: What can I use to remove stains from my paint?

    A:

    Our Ultimate Compound is the perfect product to remove stains from the paints surface.  NB. Occasionally, a stain can be so deeply embedded into the paint, it cannot be removed.  For faster and better results, we suggest using the Ultimate Compound in combination with the MT320 Dual Action Polisher and a cutting pad (DFC5).

  • Q: Can I wash all the accessories?

    A:

    Yes. You can wash all our accessories, except the Lambswool Wash Mitt & Premium Natural Chamois. We would suggest a 40-60 degrees wash with normal detergents but NO softeners or conditioners.

  • Q: What pads do I use for Ultimate Compound, Polish and Wax?

    A:

    By Hand: You can use any of our hand applicator pads for each process, but Even Coat Applicator Pads really get the best results for a compound.

    By machine: The Finishing Disc (black) is designed for applying your last step product, like a wax. The Polishing Disc* (yellow) is designed for applying a polish and the Cutting Discs (red) are designed to apply a compound.

    *You can also use the Polishing Disc to apply a compound if you need a lighter cut.

  • Q: What is the difference between Hybrid Ceramic Spray Wax and a normal wax?

    A:

    Hybrid Ceramic Spray Wax has been designed to use DURING the wash process. Simple spray it on when the car has been rinsed and still wet then rinse the product away, although for the best results, we advise applying a base coat, then applying a second coat on initial application, as per the products instructions.

    Easy as that.

    Traditional spray waxes are applied like a quick detailer, spray on and wipe off but lack the durability of the Hybrid Ceramic Spray Wax.

  • Q: What is ceramic or SiO2?

    A:

    Ceramic coatings or “nano coatings” are durable and harder than waxes and sealants.  They can deliver intense water beading action and depending on the chemistry, the coating may also make cleaning easier and keep the paint surface cleaner for longer. Commonly used ceramic materials for coatings include SiC (silicon carbide), SiO2 (silicon dioxide) and Si3N4 (silicon nitride).  Hybrid Ceramic Wax isn’t a coating, but it has SiO2 infused in a polymer matrix that delivers some of the qualities you find in coatings. Essentially it combines polymer molecules with an SiO2 core making it a hybrid between a polymer sealant and a ceramic coating. You end up with some of the characteristics of a ceramic coating like increased protection, durability, and an extreme water beading action. It doesn’t last as long as a ceramic coating, but it’s also a product that is much easier to apply and is less expensive.

  • Q: What is the two-bucket method and why?

    A:

    Most swirl marks are inflicted in the washing process. 2 buckets allow you to split dirty water and shampoo solution.

    Bucket 1: Water & shampoo solution. Bucket 2: Grit Guard Insert and half filled with lukewarm water. Using bucket 1 to prime your wash mitt, wash an area of the car, then rinse your wash mitt in bucket 2 making sure to rub against the Grit Guard to dislodge any grit from your mitt. Then you are taking a clean mitt back into bucket 1 and repeating the cycle until the car is clean.  NB. Work from top to bottom.

  • Q: Will the Waterless Wash & Wax scratch the paintwork?

    A:

    Firstly, if the car is muddy and/or gritty, you cannot substitute a bucket, wash mitt and shampoo car wash. If you have heavy dust, tree fall out, bugs and dirty water, then the Ultimate Waterless Wash & Wax is ideal. Using 2 towels you collect the contaminants into the first towel then buff to a shine with the second towel.

  • Q: What is your best wax?

    A:

    Ultimate Wax is our most advanced wax we have produced with built in polishing oils.  This will give you the best gloss, depth of colour and protection in a ‘combined’ product. If protection is what you after, Hybrid Ceramic Liquid Wax is our longest lasting protection product lasting up to 7 months from a single application.

  • Q: Is machine polishing dangerous?

    A:

    Using a dual action (DA) polisher like our MT320, no. These machines are designed for an enthusiast to get near perfect paintwork at home. Dual action machines distribute heat evenly across the pad so that you do not have isolated, extreme heat that you can get with a rotary polisher.

  • Q: How often should I use a paint cleaner?

    A:

    It is important to deep cleanse your paintwork at least once a year. This will remove light oxidation, minor staining and the inevitable build up or waxes and silicones. After an application of Deep Crystal System Step 1 Paint Cleaner followed by a polish and wax, your paint colour will be richer and its gloss deeper. Search the MeguiarsUK YouTube channel for video demonstrations.

  • Q: Will Scratch-X 2.0 remove my scratch?

    A:

    Scratch-X 2.0 uses diminishing abrasive technology to give you the best chance of removing light scratches and swirls by hand without scouring your paint finish. If a scratch is deep enough that it can be felt with your fingernail then it is likely that it will need to be removed by a professional. Search the MeguiarsUK YouTube channel for video demonstrations.

  • Q: What is clay?

    A:

    After you’ve washed and dried your paintwork run your fingertips over the surface. It is likely that you will feel small imperfections. These are contaminants bonded to the paint that cannot be removed with washing alone. Typically these would be tree sap, remnants of bird lime, industrial fallout or even paint overspray. Clay is a fast and safe way to remove contaminants that have bonded to your paintwork which can’t be shifted by washing alone. Meguiar’s recommend that you tear about half of the clay bar off and work it in your hands until soft. Mould the clay to a 5cm disc, spray the Quik Detailer onto clean, dry paintwork and glide the clay through the lubricant using finger tip pressure. It will remove all of the bonded contaminant, giving you a finish as smooth as glass. Search the MeguiarsUK YouTube channel for video demonstrations.

  • Q: Are dusters and cloths ok for removing residue?

    A:

    All Meguiar’s formulations recommend the use of a deep pile Microfibre for removing product residues. These are far more absorbent than cloth and will therefore deliver a streak-free finish much quicker. Microfibre will also reduce the risk of scratches from particulate matter that may be deposited on the paint surface. Search the MeguiarsUK YouTube channel for video demonstrations.

  • Q: How much product should I use?

    A:

    When applying a paint cleaner or polish: Imagine you’re rubbing lotion onto your skin. Like hand lotion, you should only apply as much as the surface can absorb at one time. Any more will dry as excess residue, which in essence is just waste. Most users have found Meguiar’s products to be much richer than those they have used before. Typically a £1 coin size blob will cover half an averaged sized bonnet.

    When applying a compound: These products need to be worked and require a little more, roughly a £2 coin size blob for half a bonnet area at a time. Any more will dry as excess residue, which in essence is just waste. Most users have found Meguiar’s products to be much richer than those they have used before.

    When applying a wax: Most users have found Meguiar’s products to be much richer than those they have used before. Typically a £1 coin size blob will cover half an averaged sized bonnet.

    Search the MeguiarsUK YouTube channel for video demonstrations.

  • Q: What are the benefits of using a Wash Mitt?

    A:

    It’s the washing process that inflicts most ‘swirls’ or light circular scratches to your paint. This is because tiny particles can get trapped between the face of a sponge and the paint surface. By hosing down the paint work first and using a wash mitt with a deep pile, these particles will be absorbed into the pile and will consequently do a lot less damage to your paint. Also using a grit guard in the bottom of your bucket to remove any loose dirt from the mitt will help. Search the MeguiarsUK YouTube channel for video demonstrations.

  • Q: “Can I use Meguiar’s products on top of my dealer applied protective coating?

    A:

    You can use all of shampoo products, except Wash Plus+, along with quik detailers and wax products safe in the knowledge that they are compatible with all current dealer applied paint protection systems. Clay, compounds and Wash Plus+ are designed to remove these products so we would suggest to avoid them. Search the MeguiarsUK YouTube channel for video demonstrations.

  • Q: Should I re-wax after every wash?

    A:

    Not if you use a good quality, pH neutral, car wash shampoo. All Meguiar’s shampoos will safely remove traffic film and contaminants without damaging the protective wax coating*. Harsher detergents will strip polish and wax from the paint and significantly reduce the life of the wax protection.  Search the MeguiarsUK YouTube channel for video demonstrations.

    *Wash Plus+ is not pH neutral and is designed as a deep scrub.