FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS and CAR CARE TIPS
We get asked many of the same questions regularly, so we've listed some of them below in the hope that you'll find the answer that you've been looking for.
"What's the difference between a Polish and a Wax?"
A pure Meguiar's polish such as the Deep Crystal Step 2 Polish is a blend of oils that are absorbed by the paint in the same way your skin would absorb a moisturiser. The polishing oils will create a deep wet-look gloss but will offer no protection. This gloss can be sealed and your paint protected with the application of a wax such as the Deep Crystal Step 3 Wax. Alternatively you could use either Gold Class Wax or NXT Generation Tech Wax which combines polish and wax in one easy application.
"What's the difference between our consumer and professional product?"
Our professional products have been formulated for use by paint and body shop professionals, typically with a high speed rotary buffer. Untrained use could lead to more damage than improvement. Our consumer line has been developed for simple straightforward use by hand or with an orbital buffer and application is completely safe in all situations.
"How long should I leave it before wiping off?"
Wax Products: All of our wax products need to dry before removal. When you can make a clean swipe with your finger (typically up to 10 minutes depending on weather and ambient temperature) the product is ready for the final wipe down. There is no maximum time that the wax can be left on the paintwork, so it is usually good practice to apply wax to the whole vehicle before starting to wipe off. Polish and Paint Cleaners: These products all need to before removed before they fully dry. They should be applied to relatively small areas e.g. a door or half a bonnet, and removed before moving on to the next panel to be treated.
"How long will my wax protection last?"
This will be different for each user and will be determined by numerous factors. Such as, the age of the car, the weather, mileage covered, how often the car is washed and whether it is kept under cover, are just a few of these factors. For more help on this subject why not produce your
own personalised paint care prescription? Take a look at the Instant Car Care Clinic.
"What should I use to apply and remove Meguiar's products?"
Ideally we would recommend applying our products with a foam applicator pad or an even coat applicator pad and removal with a 100% cotton terry towel or a Supreme Shine Microfibre.
"What's the difference between Quik Detailer and Final Inspection?"
Final Inspection is paintable. This is of no direct benefit to most consumer enthusiasts.
"How can I remove white stains from my vinyl trim?"
Apply some Trim Detailer, Natural Shine Vinyl Protectant or NXT Tech Protect, leave to dry, and then wipe of any excess with a 100% Cotton Terry Towel, or a Supreme Shine Microfibre.
"What should I use to clean my wheels?"
Our "Hot Rims" wheel cleaner is safe to use on all wheel types. This includes polished alloys, split rims and chrome finishes (i.e. all the types that other wheel cleaners tell you to avoid) Remember that wheels should be cool during application and rinsed thoroughly. The product may need to be agitated with a brush to remove stubborn stains and ground in brake dust.
"What's the difference between Scratch X and Deep Crystal Step 1 Paint Cleaner?"
Scratch X has been specifically formulated for the removal of swirls and fine scratches. Although Paint Cleaner will also help remove fine scratches its real strength is in the removal of paintwork stains and oxidation
"Should I re-wax after every wash?"
Not if you use a good quality car wash shampoo. All Meguia'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.
"Can I use Meguiar's products on top of my dealer applied protective coating?"
You can use our products safe in the knowledge that they are compatible with all current dealer applied paint protection systems.
"What are the benefits of using a Wash Mitt?"
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.
""How much product should I use?"
When applying a cleaner, polish or wax, 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.
"Are dusters and cloths ok for removing residue?"
All Meguiar's formulations recommend the use of a 100% Cotton Terry Towel or better still 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. Toweling or Microfibre will also reduce the risk of scratches from particulate matter that may be deposited on the paint surface.
"What is clay?"
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 1/3rd 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.
"Will ScratchX remove my scratch?"
ScratchX 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.
"How often should I use a paint cleaner?"
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 Paint Cleaner followed by a polish and wax, your paint colour will be richer and its gloss deeper.
CAR CARE TIPS
Paint Surface Evaluation Test
Wash and dry both your car and your hands. Now run your finger- tips across the paint surfaces, which should feel as smooth as glass. If not, you are feeling bonded contaminants That can be safely and quickly removed using our Quick Clay Detailing System G1116 and Oxidation be removed with a mild, clear coat safe, abrasive cleaner like Meguiar's Clear Coat Body Scrub A1016 before applying polish or wax.
To determine if your paint has enough wax protection, wad a clean, dry towel and rub it against the TOP surfaces of your car after it has been washed and dried. If you hear squeaking, it needs to be waxed.
Important Car Washing Tips
Do not use dish-washing detergents or cheap car wash shampoos because they can strip off paint protection and accelerate oxidation. Only wash your car when it's cool and in the shade to avoid water spotting. Start at the top and work down. Soft water is best.
Tree Sap Mist
During Spring and Summer, trees release tree sap mist. Unlike droplets of sap, tree sap mist can travel for long distances before landing on parked cars or cars passing by. It's impossible to avoid, yet easy to remove when it first lands, by maintaining with Quik Detailer. Hardened deposits of tree sap are best removed with the Quick Clay Detailing System.
Tyre Care Tips
Avoid ordinary silicone emulsion protectants that cover surface contamination with a shiny synthetic coating. These cause tyre discolouration and decay. Clean your tyres while you dress them with a complex formula like Meguiar's Endurance Protectant that cleans, beautifies and protects in one easy step, leaving tyres looking like new, and free of that "plastic" look.
Wheel Care Tips
Most wheels now come with clear coat finishes that require special care. Do not use abrasives or scouring pads on these wheels. One of the safest, most effective wheel cleaners is Meguiar's Hot Rims. It contains no acid, toxins or abrasives yet effectively removes stubborn road grime and brake dust and leaves the surface bright and shiny. It is the product recommended by BBS, the world- renowned wheel maker.
Common silicone emulsion protectants cover over surface contamination, create glare on the dashboard, and leave seats and steering wheels dangerously slippery. Use non-silicone vinyl cleaners and onestep cleaner conditioners such as Meguiar's Natural Shine G4116. Only use specialised leather care products (like Gold Class Leather Cleaner & Conditioner G17914) on leather surfaces. Use safe, specialised cleaners such as Meguiar's Carpet & Interior Cleaner G9416 on carpets and fabric upholstery.
Clear Plastic & Window tinting
Maintaining clear plastics and window tinting is a delicate matter. These materials can easily scratch and lose their original clarity. We highly recommend the use of Plast-RX G12310 to safely remove surface contaminants and gently restore optical clarity. Use it on window tinting, convertible rear windows, instrument panel lenses, helmet face shields, sun glasses and hundreds of other clear plastic surfaces.
Special Detailing Tips
Use 100% cotton terry cloth towelling on your paint finish. The nap protects the finish from particles caught between the surface and the towel. Synthetic blends may scratch your surface. If your polishing cloth pulls colour your finish is probably not a clear coat. Avoid turning your application cloth over to its other side to apply a different product, because some ingredients may penetrate through and change the chemical balance of the product. Avoid putting pressure on tops of ridges where your car's paint is the thinnest. Use Meguiar's Quik Detailer and a soft 100 % cotton terry towel cloth to remove wax residue from emblems, lettering, etc.