Towel Cheat Sheet Terry Cloth Used for: Drying after washing Cleaning glass Cleaning convertible tops Applying interior cleaner and protectant Applying tire dressing Microfiber Used for: Removing compound, polish, and wax (use separate towels for each step) Applying quick detailer Applicator care: Buffer pads and terry cloth and microfiber towels can be machine washed with regular detergent. Wash them separately from your clothes (the waxes and cleaning products can stain your clothes, not that we would know or anything), do not use bleach, fabric softener, or dryer sheets—these contaminate the towels and they will not work as efficiently. The Paint Buffer’s Cheat Sheet Compound What it is: A mild abrasive designed to remove a small amount of paint from the surface of the car What it does: Removes swirl marks, oxidation, and light scratches Use it with: A random orbital polisher with a compounding foam pad (usually yellow) High speed setting, slow travel time Fifty percent overlap on each pass Work in small sections Remove with a microfiber towel Polish What it is: A gloss enhancer* What it does: Adds depth, brightness, and clarity to the finish Use it with: With a random orbital polisher and a polishing pad (usually gray or black) Medium speed setting, fast travel time Work in larger sections Fifty percent overlap on each pass Remove with a microfiber towel *Polish is a vague term. Some polishes contain small amounts of abrasives that “clean” the paint, but pure polishes contain no abrasives, they are a chemical formulation that adds depth to the finish. Wax What it is: Sunscreen for your paint What it does: Offers UV protection, prevents oxidation, and seals paint from the environment Use it with: Applied in a thin layer by hand with a foam pad* If machine application is OK, use a low speed, fast travel time Apply over the entire car Let dry to a light haze and remove with a microfiber towel *Some waxes aren’t meant to be applied by machine—the high speeds (relative to hand application) cause the wax to gum up. “The Ultimate products are derived from our pro line but are sold in the consumer line. They are easy to use and take a lot of the variables out.” Meguiar’s Michael Pennington Parts List Description PN Source Price Gold Class car wash shampoo, 16-oz. MEG GOLD 16 Meguiar’s $7.49 Professional Grit Guard MEG X3003 Meguiar’s 9.99 Microfiber wash mitt MEG X3002 Meguiar’s 4.99 Water Magnet microfiber drying towel MEG X2000 Meguiar’s 8.99 Gold Class all wheel cleaner MEG G11332 Meguiar’s 7.99 Smooth Surface clay kit MEG G1016 Meguiar’s 19.99 Quik Detailer, 16-oz. bottle MEG QUIK16 Meguiar’s 6.99 Professional dual action polisher MEG G110V2 Meguiar’s 176.99 SoftBuff 2.0 polishing pad MEG W8207 Meguiar’s 13.99 SoftBuff 2.0 finishing pad MEG W9207 Meguiar’s 13.99 Ultimate Compound MEG G17216 Meguiar’s 9.99 Ultimate Polish MEG G19216 Meguiar’s 9.99 Ultimate Liquid Wax MEG G18216 Meguiar’s 22.99 Foam applicator pad MEG X3070 Meguiar’s 1.99 Supreme Shine microfiber towel, three-pack MEG X2020 Meguiar’s 6.99 Convertible top cleaner MEG G2016 Meguiar’s 7.99 Soft Buff terry towels MEG X2050 Meguiar’s 8.99 Gold Class leather and vinyl cleaner MEG G18516 Meguiar’s 7.99 Gold Class leather conditioner MEG G18616 Meguiar’s 7.99 Quik Interior Detailer MEG G13616 Meguiar’s 6.99 Odor eliminator MEG G2316 Meguiar’s 5.99 Ultimate Black plastic restorer MEG G15812 Meguiar’s 9.99 NXT Generation glass cleaner MEG G13324 Meguiar’s 5.99 Hot Shine tire gel kit MEG G12412 Meguiar’s 9.99 Ultimate Quik Wax MEG G17516 Meguiar’s 9.99 Total $405.25 « | 1 | 2 | View Full Article By John McGann Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!