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In this blog test, We Blog Any Car will be reviewing the Meguiar’s 12pc Ultimate Polish & Wax Bucket Kit from Euro Car Parts.
As you have probably gathered from reading my blogs, I am clearly a car enthusiast! I think that when you invest in a car you love you should enjoy cleaning and polishing it. When you see the finished, polished result the feeling is gratifying!
With all the salt, grit and muck on the roads this is the time of year to be really looking after your car’s paintwork! I was once told many years ago, during a launch of a new Mercedes Benz, that you really “get to know and appreciate” your car when you wash and clean it. This is something that has stuck in my mind for many years.
So make it a new years resolution to take the time out of your busy day to wash and wax your car yourself using professional cleaning products…I definitely will from now on.
So the Meguiar’s Ultimate Polish and Wash Bucket kit comprises of:
- 4.5 litre bucket with lid
- Grit Guard
- Ultimate Wash And Wax 473ml
- Super Microfiber Wash Mitt
- Water Magnet Drying Towel
- Ultimate Polish 473ml
- Even Coat Microfiber Applicator x2
- Ultimate Liquid Wax
- Supreme Shine Microfiber Towels
- Ultimate “Quik” Detailer
As you can see, from the picture below, I waited until this car was seriously in need of a clean…
The first thing I did was to wash off all the loose dirt, salt, grit etc with water. You do this because you don’t want to scratch the paint with the grime and dirt that is on the car.
Here are a couple of pictures of the car after washing off the loose dirt…
At this point the paint work was dull looking.
I then fitted Meguiar’s Grit Guard in the bottom of the wash bucket. This is an inspired idea. The Grit Guard catches any of the unwanted objects that could scratch the paint when washing the car. When using a regular wash bucket, without a grit guard, the sponge you dip into the bucket can pick up all the loose dirt sediment that has settled in the bottom of the bucket…. you then would transfer this back onto the car resulting in possible scratches to your paintwork.
I then added 2 drops of the Ultimate Wash and Wax. Then topped up with water.
Using the Meguiar’s Microfiber Wash Mitt saved me so much time. It is so much easier to wash the car with this mitt than a regular sponge.
For those many people in life that are short on time and don’t like washing their cars, they should definitely invest in this Mitt. It really makes light work of the soap lathering and washing. It gets in all the nooks and crannies that can be difficult to reach with a sponge. If you are a car nut (like me) you learn to appreciate the bodylines of your car.
After the car was fully lathered I then rinsed off the wash and wax with water.
I then used the Meguiar’s Water Magnet Drying Towel. I was a bit sceptical with the promise printed on the packaging. It reads as follows:
“Super absorbent for spot-free, streak free finish. Saves time-holds more water”.
I had little faith with what was written. How wrong was I?!
It really did soak up the water leaving a dry streak free finish. If you don’t believe me check out the video below. Drying the car was easy and quick.
Here is a video clip on how quick and easy the towel soaked up a lot of the water:
Take a look at the pictures and short video clip to show how shiny the paintwork is with only just one wash.
Meguiar’s Ultimate Polish.
Using the Even Coat Applicator I then applied the polish on a panel at a time. I would wait for the polish to go a cloudy-white and then I used the Supreme Shine Microfibre cloth to remove the polish. This is where abit of “elbow grease” is needed. I like to work in a circular motion to apply the polish, and to rub it in. This part removes the “dead paint” which gives the dull effect. Do not rush this part. Just keep rubbing and then your shiny paint work will start to show.
In the picture you can see that there’s no need to use a lot of polish. A little bit goes a long way.
The Ultimate Liquid Wax, which helps to lock in the polish for more protection and a shine.
In this box was a soft foam applicator pad for applying the Liquid Wax and Meguiar’s Premium Supreme Shine Microfiber Towel for removing the wax.
For this part I thought I might have to use yet more “elbow grease.” Not at all!!
Applying the wax on each panel (with pad) and then removing the wax (with the Microfibre Towel) happened to be the easiest part of the whole cleaning process.
Whilst removing the wax not only could I see how much brighter the paint work had become, I could feel how smooth the paintwork is. I have felt smooth paint work in my time at car shows and launches and I always thought that this type of finish was done by professionals with machines!? I achieved the same results with a cleaning kit in a bucket.. by hand! This is the shiniest this car has ever been! Even a passer by commented on how clean and shiny the car was.
Because this is a blog test, only half of the car bonnet was treated firstly with Meguiar’s Ultimate Polish and followed by the The Ultimate Liquid Wax…… the other half was left untreated.
From the pictures below you can see that I am using this “unscientific” real world test of pouring water on the bonnet. The result is that on the left hand side of the picture/bonnet there are water beads. On the right hand side of picture/bonnet the water does not show the same result and this side of the bonnet isn’t as shiny. The water beads on the left hand side of the picture clearly show that the bonnet has been treated with the Meguiar’s Ultimate Polish and Ultimate Liquid Wax… which is protecting the paintwork.
Treated with Meguiar’s Ultimate Polish and then The Ultimate Liquid Wax .
Not Treated with Meguiar’s The Ultimate Polish and The Ultimate Liquid Wax.
It is worth noting that these results are using only ONE coat of the Meguiar ‘s Ultmate Polish and the Ultimate Liquid Wax. Impressive!!
Take a look at the short video below of water being poured on the bonnet to show you the results.
See below for the finished pictures of the 5 step process:
Look how vibrant and deep the red bodywork looks.
The Ultimate “Quik” Detailer.
Whilst carrying out the process it started to snow so I will write a follow up blog on this at a later date. The Ultimate Detailer is good for improving and protecting the wax on the car. It is also good for removing dust and grease marks on the paintwork of a car.
We Blog Any Car thoughts so far………..
I am extremely impressed with this kit! I have used other brands before and thought they were good. Never have I seen a transformation like this. Yes you have to put abit of time and effort into it, but this is your car paintwork you are dealing with here. If you want to preserve your car paintwork the best you can from the winter grime, the summer rays and everyday life this is the kit for you! If you want a gleaming, clean car that will be commented on this is the kit for you.
I have 2 friends that swear by Meguiar’s product and I always dismissed them as being a bit over the top when it came to washing their cars. Note to self………….their cars always look shiny and clean.
So yes I am definitely converted! It is slightly more pricey than other products out there, but buying it as a kit works out to be better value than buying it separately. You don’t have to use a lot of it. I didn’t! I used just 2 drops of wash and wax, a drop of polish on each panel, so it should last a good while. Also the Microfibre Mitt and Towels are machine washable. You can use them over and over again.
The whole kit fits into the wash bucket and there is a sturdy lid that fits on top. Great for storage purposes.
A final thought:
If you add up all the money you spend on the cheap pop up convenient car washes, some of which use the same sponge and cloths on all the cars they clean, is it really worth letting them do it???
I think not.
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