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2 It was over 100 years ago that my grandfather made that first bottle of furniture polish in the family garage. His interest quickly turned to making cars look showcar perfect and look where we are today. Meguiar s is now the top brand of car wax products worldwide for car guys who want showcar perfect cars. As a company, we started supporting car shows in the late 40 s. I began working car shows in the 1960 s with small 10 booths and a lot of passion for what our products could do for cool cars. Today, on any given weekend, our men in black are at almost every major car show in the world from here in the UK to all of Europe, South Africa, the Middle East, Russia, China, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia and throughout America. We re often asked why we are enjoying such amazing brand loyalty during the current economic meltdown. The answer is simple: Even in tough times, people will continue to spend money on those things that define who they are. We re car guys and we love helping car guys make the things that define who they are look their best. With the products we make and the more than 11,000 car shows we support around the world, we are doing everything we can to keep the car hobby strong and your car forever looking its showcar perfect best. Barry Meguiar, President of Meguiar s OVER A CENTURY OF EXCELLENCE What began in 1901 as a simple furniture polish laboratory and plant in the garage of founder Frank Meguiar, Jr., now spans four generations of Meguiar family stewardship. From his first bottle of furniture polish, Frank Meguiar Jr. was steadfastly determined never to sell a product unless he was convinced it was the very best of its kind on the market. To this day, the family follows that dictate and, as a result, has generated millions of enthusiastic users around the world. For example, at the 50th Anniversary of the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance, the most famous car show in the world, 21 of the 25 Best of Class winners and the Best of Show winner all used Meguiar s products to achieve their flawless perfection.

3 WORKING WITH CAR MANUFACTURERS Meguiar s technicians work closely with the world s leading automotive paint manufacturers, car manufacturers, car dealers, bodyshops and detailers to ensure our products are state-of-the-art and user-friendly. Meguiar s serves as a consultant to many car makers around the world on paint quality and paint correction issues in their assembly plants and at the dealership level. BMW DAIMLER CHRYSLER MEGUIAR S NEW ZEALAND New Zealand has more car clubs per capita than any country in the world, proving Kiwis really are just a little Car Crazy. Over the years Meguiar s has enjoyed being involved in Car Shows of all types and sizes throughout New Zealand and meeting car lovers from all walks of life. Whenever I walk through a show, be it a car club event, the classic car weekend at Ellerslie, Americarna, Beach Hop or simply an open night in our training centre, the one thing that strikes me is how strong, upbeat & community focused the car fraternity really is, may that never change. I look forward to catching up with you at an event soon! Darlene Smits Managing Director Meguiar s New Zealand - a SMITS GROUP company

4 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Product Questions General Questions Auto Detailing Clay Paint Care Swirl Marks Waxing & Polishing Wheels & Tyres Machine Polishers i iv vi viii xiv xv xxiv xxvi S Wash & Maintain 1 Surface Preparation 11 Polish & Protect 21 Interior & Glass 31 Tyres, Wheels & Trim 47 Accessories & Tools 67 Motorcycle Range 93

5 PRODUCT QUESTIONS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What is the difference between Non-Acid Wheel Cleaner (AA6416) and Hot Rims All Wheel Cleaner (G9524)? Non-Acid Wheel Cleaner (AA6416) is ideal on all alloy wheels and dress rims including clearcoats, painted rims, chrome and plastic. Safe and effective for loosening brake dust and grime buildup. Non-Acid Wheel Cleaner can also be used dry as part of our waterless wash program. Hot Rims All Wheel Cleaner (G9524) is ideal for all factorycoated wheels which are clearcoated. It removes tough road grime/ brake dust on wheel surfaces. Note: this product is not suitable for application to aftermarket wheels, motorcycle wheels, aftermarket brake components, anodized, magnesium, un-coated and powder coated wheels. Always check manufacturer s guidelines on cleaning and maintaining your wheels. What s the difference between Quik Detailer, (A-33) and Final Inspection, (M-34)? Final Inspection is a bodyshop safe, paintable product Quik Detailer is not bodyshop safe and is not paintable The terms bodyshop safe, and paintable, are terms Meguiar s uses to describe products that do not contain any wax, silicones or other ingredients that will negatively affect surface adhesion in a fresh paint environment. Final Inspection is specifically formulated for use in bodyshop environments. Quik Detailer contains ingredients that could affect surface adhesion in a bodyshop environment and should not be used in these areas. Both of these products are designed to maintain that just detailed look between washes. Both of these products are high lubricity mist and wipe gloss enhancers that are excellent for use as spray lubricants when claying. Both of these products are excellent for maintaining your car s finish in-between regular washing and waxing. The primary difference is small, very small. Final Inspection was formulated specifically for use in fresh paint environments. Final Inspection is available in both 473ml spray bottles and 3.78L containers. Quik Detailer is available in both 473ml, 710ml spray bottles. Quik Detailer, a favorite among people who show and display their cars, can be found in just about any auto parts retail store. To find a store near you that carries Meguiar s Consumer line of products, contact us on or check out our stockist list at Does Final Inspection, Ultimate Quik Detailer or Quik Detailer remove wax? No. All are designed to add gloss and to prolong the life of your wax by safely removing fresh contaminants before they can bond to your finish or corrode your coating of wax. Do either Final Inspection, Quik Detailer or Ultimate Quik Detailer contain wax? No. Both products are designed to remove contaminants from the surface and restore the shine and gloss of a freshly waxed finish. There are no wax type ingredients in neither of these formulas. We highly recommend following our Quik Detailer or our Final Inspection in combination with either Ultimate Quik Wax or Meguiar s Quik Wax because these products contain protective waxes, and more importantly, they make your paint darker and more clear while filling in and reducing fine cobweb scratches. Meguiar s Ultimate Quik Wax and Meguiar s Quik Wax instantly restore that just detailed look, even more so than any of our quick detailers alone. They are not replacements for regular application of a dedicated wax. They are companion products to our quick detailers, which will take your results to an even higher level. These products are the type of products that until you try them for yourself, you won t know what you re missing. After you ve tried it, as is the case with any of our quick detailers Quik Detailer Final Inspection Ultimate Quik Detailer you won t be able to do without one! i

6 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Does NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0 contain any abrasives? No, NXT is a unique formula that helps to minimise fine swirls without damaging the paint surface. The product is designed to safely remove stubborn stains and fine scratches and swirls, and is suited to all paint finishes including clearcoat. For surface prep, what s the difference between Deep Crystal Paint Cleaner (A3016) and ScratchX 2.0 (G10307)? Deep Crystal Paint Cleaner safely removes minor surface contaminates, mild water spots, light swirls, oxidation, minor stains and scuffmarks. ScratchX 2.0 is our most effective way to remove fine scratches and swirls by hand and won t dull off the paint finish. It s great for removing swirl marks and etched in water stains. Also ideal to revive entire paintwork even on the most sensitive of clearcoat finishes. Are Meguiar s glass cleaners safe to use on tinted windows? Meguiar s No Smear Glass Cleaner and NXT Generation Glass Cleaner are both tint window safe. They do not contain ammonia and are fast cleaning with a crystal clear result. Always test on small area of tint if not sure. What product should I use to clean and protect interior trim? Meguiar s Dash & Trim Foam Protectant eliminates messy overspray while cleaning, protecting and conditioning the surface without looking greasy. It contains UV sunscreen to prevent fading and premature ageing. Alternatively if you prefer a spray, Supreme Shine cleans, conditions and protects all vinyl and rubber surfaces. It restores colour/shine providing cleaning agents to remove dirt and grime adding lasting UV protection. For a fast interior trim touch up and also the cleaning of audio/visual equipment use Quik Interior Detailer. How do I remove polish/wax from exterior rubber and plastic trim? Meguiar s Gold Class Trim Detailer or Cloth & Trim Cleaner are ideal products for removal of polish/ wax residue from rubbers. They also restore colour and richness to discoloured trim/mouldings and are suitable for use on all porous and non-porous black trim. Is PlastX okay to use on painted plastic surfaces? PlastX is not suited and we do not recommend it for use on painted plastic surfaces. Meguiar s Plastic Polish (M1008) and NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0 are both non-abrasive and dry clear leaving no white residue. They each have a non-abrasive formula, which is safe to use on smooth painted plastic. Do you have a product for the large areas of exterior trim often used on 4 wheel drives? Our Exterior Trim Detailer (G13415) is perfect for this application. After washing and drying the vehicle, apply a thin even coat to shine and protect all non-painted plastic surfaces. What temperature ranges are best for applying cleaners, polishes, and waxes? When we talk about surface temperatures, we need to consider three factors: Surface temperature Ambient temperature Relative humidity Surface temperature (actual surface temperature of the vehicle) The best surface temperature range for applying cleaners, polishes, and protectants is approximately 15 C to 26 C. More importantly, the surface does not feel warm or hot to the touch. Basically, when you re working within this temperature range, it s not too cold, and it s not too warm to realize exceptional results from just about any Meguiar s product. Meguiar s products will work easily within a much broader temperature range, such as, 10 C to 32 C, but guaranteed best results will be achieved in the 15 C to 26 C range. ii

7 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Ambient Temperature (outside temperature) Ambient temperature is the room temperature or the temperature of the surrounding environment. It s easily possible to have a 5 to 10 difference in ambient temperature compared to surface temperature. This can make the difference between a product that s easy to work with, or hard to work with. Keep in mind, the hotter the ambient temperature, the quicker products will dry. Humidity (moisture in the air) Simply put, humidity is moisture in the air. Technically there is Relative Humidity and Absolute Humidity, but as it relates to: Applying... Working with... Curing, drying, hazing... Wipe-off or removal......of car care products. The simple explanation of moisture in the air, or more specifically, the amount of moisture in the air is the major factor, which will affect how easily or potentially difficult a product will be to work with, or a procedure will be to perform. Low humidity, in warm to hot temperatures, will act to cause liquids to evaporate and dry more quickly. This can make a product difficult to work with or decrease the amount of time the product remains easily workable on the surface. High humidity in cold temperatures can make products hard to work because it can dramatically increase the amount of time necessary for the product to cure, dry or haze (depending on which product your using). Low humidity in low temperatures tends not to be a factor in working with, cure times, and when applying and in the removal of cleaners, polishes, and protectants (Low temperatures are a factor, but not low humidity in low temperatures). High humidity in high temperatures tends not to be a factor in working with, cure times, and when applying and in the removal of cleaners, polishes, and protectants (High temperatures are a factor, but not high humidity in high temperatures) Extreme temperatures, both cold and hot will make any product more difficult to work with. Direct sunlight Direct sunlight will dramatically increase the surface temperature compared to ambient temperatures and make cleaners, polishes and protectants extremely more difficult to apply, work and remove. Air current/wind Air current/air flow, or windy conditions will act to increase the evaporation speed and potentially making some products more difficult to apply, work, or remove. In some cases this can be a bonus, helping a wax to cure/dry more quickly. Summary: The best conditions for using cleaners, polishes and protectants on automotive paints would be in a cool place, out of direct sunlight, in a surface temperature range between 15 C and 26 C, with comfortable to low humidity, with a light breeze to create the perfect conditions for detailing your car s finish. Common sense and a good rule-of-thumb is to avoid applying any product if the surface is too warm to touch with the palm of your hand comfortably. Does a polish need to dry before removing it? Unlike wax, a Meguiar s polish does not need to dry before removing it. This includes our pure polishes and our cleaner/ polishes. The way to properly use a Meguiar s polish, is to thoroughly work these products into the surface one section at a time, then immediately remove the excess before beginning the next section. Apply a Meguiar s polish as if you were applying a skin lotion to your skin. The more you work a Meguiar s polish into your car s finish the better. Do not apply too much at once however, because only a certain amount of polish can penetrate the surface at any one time. The excess polish will simply be removed when you re wiping off the excess product, thus wasting time and product. Remember, thick, sloppy coatings of any company s products are more difficult to remove than thin, even coatings. iii

8 GENERAL QUESTIONS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Which Meguiar s product should I use on my car? The best combination of surface care products for your car depends on a number of factors such as: Your vehicle s condition Environmental exposure (For example, is your car garage kept, parked undercover or exposed 24/7) Local climate conditions Proximity to airports, high traffic regions, and other contributors of transportation related fallout Proximity to active industrial manufacturing companies and their related emissions Your personal car care and appearance goals Type of paint and colour, age of car etc. Because Meguiar s manufactures a wide variety of products, chances are very good we have the exact products for your particular situation. To help you determine which Meguiar s product will best suit your needs you can call us on or to speak with one of our experienced and highly trained Meguiar s Surface Care Specialists. What is gloss? Gloss is an optical term that describes a surface s ability to reflect light. A high-gloss paint surface is one that directly reflects light with minimum hazing or diffusion. Dirt, grime, and other bonded contaminants on the surface of a car s paint absorb and diffuse light, reducing gloss, and making the finish look dull and lifeless. No paint will remain glossy if it is neglected and exposed to environmental contamination for even a short period of time. At one time, Meguiar s R & D used specialized instruments called Gloss Meters to try to test, measure and determine the amount of gloss created by polishes and waxes. What Meguiar s discovered is that a machine can never fully measure all of the visual dimensions produced by car care products on automotive finishes. The best test or measure of gloss, shine, depth of colour, reflectivity, and overall beauty, is the test you perform when you look at your car s finish with your own two eyes. Is washing and surface prep the same thing? Washing is the process of removing loose dirt and grime from the surface. Surface prep or cleaning is a separate process designed to safely remove swirls, scratches, acid rain etchings, pore-imbedding stains, tree sap, dead - oxidized paint, as well as stubborn surface contaminants that regular washing will not remove. Paint that has been neglected or that has undergone severe environmental contamination should first be washed. After washing, you should evaluate the surface to see if you have bonded contaminants. If you do, then we recommend using Meguiar s Smooth Surface Clay Kit to remove them safely. After claying, it s time to remove any remaining defects with a safe but effective paint cleaner like, ScratchX 2.0. ScratchX 2.0 contains mild diminishing abrasives and are safe to apply by hand or with Meguiar s G220 dual-action polisher on all paint finishes. After your finish has been thoroughly clayed and cleaned to your satisfaction, you should then protect it (and all your hard work) with a coat or two of a premium quality wax. Should I use a non-silicone product to maintain my car s finish? If you always want to insure your finish is wax and silicone free, just in case you decide to repaint it, or in case you are in an accident and you want to do everything possible to make repainting your car as easy as it can be for your painter, then yes, you could use non-silicone products to maintain your finish. If however, you are like the 99.9% of the population, and are more concerned with protecting your car s finish with a long lasting durable coating of wax, or a synthetic protectant, then the use iv

9 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS of products that contain silicone will pose no problems to your finish, and in fact will improve both application and removal of products as well as help increase shine and protection. What is the shelf life of Meguiar s products? You can typically expect Meguiar s surface care formulations to retain their full effectiveness for three to five years, as long as the container has been sealed tightly, and has not been frozen. Always shake Meguiar s liquid products well before using, especially if they have been sitting for an extended period of time. I own a convertible, what should I use to clean and maintain the convertible top? Vinyl Convertible Tops The frequency in which you treat your vinyl top will depend on how your car is used. A car that is driven daily is exposed to greater wear and tear than a car that is only driven occasionally on sunny days with the top folded down and away from exposure to UV rays, dirt and dust, air-airborne pollution and fallout, etc. If your car is driven daily, then you ll want to use a vinyl protectant that contains a mild cleaner to clean the surface so that dirt isn t trapped and sealed into the vinyl material like a pure protectant product tends to do. For best results, follow the directions below: Clean the surface using safe but effect mild cleaners Condition the vinyl material with our trade secret conditioning oils, which keep your vinyl soft and flexible Protect by leaving behind a synthetic polymer protectant as well as UV inhibitors Suggested products: Supreme Shine Protectant Natural Shine Vinyl and Rubber Protectant M-40 Vinyl & Rubber Cleaner/Conditioner Convertible & Cabriolet Cleaner Follow on with Convertible & Cabriolet Weatherproofer Tip: For extremely dirty or neglected vinyl tops, Meguiar s recommends using a dedicated vinyl cleaner like M-39 Heavy-Duty Vinyl Cleaner to thoroughly clean the vinyl at the beginning of the process. Canvas Convertible Tops Traditionally, canvas was a heavy woven cotton fabric also called duck. Canvas tops have always been a little harder to maintain because in its base form, cotton is quite absorbent. This is a negative characteristic of simple cotton canvas materials because when cotton gets wet and stays wet, the moisture tends to harbour mould and mildew as well as accelerate deterioration. Modern canvas material incorporates polyester and other synthetic fibres as well as specialty coatings to improve dirt, water, mould and mildew resistance. This is where you have to be careful - using the wrong cleaner can potentially remove or degrade the performance of some of the features of modern canvas requiring professional restoration work or re-application of special coatings. Meguiar s recommends seeking out the manufacturer s recommendations for the care and maintenance of your particular canvas top. Suggested products: Convertible & Cabriolet Cleaner Follow on with Convertible & Cabriolet Weatherproofer v

10 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS How can I get help choosing the right products for my car or boat? Whether you re on the road or on the high seas, Meguiar s Surface Care Specialists can recommend the ideal combination of products for your specific needs. Call or Which Meguiar s products can I use for the vinyl and trim components? Meguiar s vinyl and rubber protectants are superior to common protectants when it comes to preserving and beautifying both vinyl and rubber components. Unlike most generic protectants on the market that coat-over, and seal dirt and stains into the surface, Meguiar s protectants are complex formulas that do more than merely leave behind a shiny, artificial looking, slick surface with simple silicones. Meguiar s understands that before you add protection, you must first remove unwanted dirt and other contaminants that actively work to deteriorate the surface. That s why many of Meguiar s vinyl & rubber protectants contain special cleaning agents that loosen, emulsify and remove dirt from the surface and deep into the pores and microscopic surface imperfections so that they are not trapped into the surface. Next, Meguiar s trade secret conditioning agents penetrate into the surface to revitalize colour and vibrancy. These conditioning agents also help to beautify and promote a long service life by maintaining maximum flexibility. For extended protection, Meguiar s adds powerful UV blockers help to prevent fading and cracking from exposure to the sun while state-of-the-art polymers and costly silicones add protection against environmental hazards and normal wear and tear. Any Meguiar s brand vinyl and rubber protectant can be trusted to professionally maintain your investment and include the following, Supreme Shine Protectant Natural Shine Vinyl & Rubber Protectant Ultimate Protectant AUTO DETAILING CLAY How do I know when I need to clay? After you wash and dry your car, run the palm and fingertips of your clean hand across the top surfaces. Don t be surprised if what you feel is rough and bumpy. The roughness you feel is the presence of harmful environmental bonded contaminants such as overspray, fallout, brake dust, tree sap mist and more that have bonded to your paint finish. Most of these contaminants will wash right off if immediately addressed, however, others bond to the finish and week by week, if not dealt with, will gradually mask and blur the reflection. To remove these bonded contaminants and bring back that smooth-as-glass finish, this will require an extra step, prior to polishing and waxing, commonly referred to as claying. By utilizing Meguiar s Smooth Surface Clay Kit, you can, in less than 30 minutes, clay an entire vehicle, giving it back that smooth-as-glass feel and properly preparing that surface for a quality coat of wax. By doing this, your car will not only feel incredible, it will ensure the wax that you apply is able to function properly. How often should I clay? Many factors play into how often claying is recommended for your vehicle (where your car is stored, how often you wash it, what environmental elements are in your area, etc). However, you can easily determine for yourself how often to clay by performing a simple test. Every time you wash, use Quik Detailer or Ultimate Quik Detailer on your vehicle, run the palm and fingertips of your clean hand across the top surfaces. If you feel a rough, bumpy surface, it is time for you to clay. Depending on the mix of factors that affect your vehicle, you could benefit from claying as often as weekly to as rarely as once a year. vi

11 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS How many uses can I get out of each clay bar? The life cycle of clay is limited. The best way to tell when it is time to get a new piece of clay is to check the colour and texture of the piece you are working with. As you rub the clay bar across the surface of your paint, you are picking up bonded contaminants. After some time, you fill up the clay with these particulates. You can tell when the clay is full because it will have a darkish colour and the clay might begin to feel rough to the touch. Another time to switch to a new piece of clay is if you accidentally drop the piece you are working with. When clay hits the garage floor, it will pick up large dirt particles from the floor, which can in turn scratch your vehicle if you continue using the clay. When your clay bar is full or has been dropped, we recommend you throw away that piece and utilize a new piece of clay to avoid scratching the surface of your paint. Do I clay before waxing? Bonded contaminants prevent a freshly waxed surface from reflecting light and shining to its full potential and also repel the adhesion of car wax. If you determine that your finish is not smooth-as-glass by feeling the surface after a wash, you should consider claying prior to polishing or waxing. By prepping the surface properly, with clay your paint cleaners, polishes and waxes will perform at a higher level. What is the best lubricant to use for claying? For best results, Meguiar s Quik Detailer is the recommended lubricant to use while claying a vehicle. Quik Detailer contains lubricating agents that safely enable the clay bar to glide across the surface of your paint, removing bonding contaminants with the least elbow grease. Some might advocate the use of water as a lubricant, but water alone does not have the lubrication agents that a spray detailer product will have, and will therefore compromise the ease with which your clay moves across the paint surface. We ve packaged a 16 ounce bottle of Quik Detailer in the Smooth Surface Clay Kit to provide you with everything you need to effectively clay your car in one system. Does clay remove wax? Yes, while clay is designed to remove above surface bonded contaminants, clay will also remove some wax protection from the surface. We strongly recommend following the claying process with a coat of wax for maximum gloss and protection. How do I store clay? Clay needs to be stored in a cool, dry place in order to keep it clean and fresh. Between claying sessions, we recommend storing your clay in the plastic case provided in our Smooth Surface Clay Kit. Simply mist the clay with Meguiar s Quik Detailer, place the piece of remaining clay in the storage container, and close the lid tightly. Be sure to keep that container in a cool, dry location. vii

12 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Does clay remove scratches and swirls? No, clay does not remove scratches and swirls. Keep in mind, scratches, swirls, oxidation and stains are all imperfections that are below the surface and require a specialized paint cleaner such as ScratchX 2.0 or Deep Crystal Paint Cleaner. Clay, on the other hand, is designed specifically for above surface bonded contaminants, such as tree sap mist, industrial fallout, over-spray and road tar. It is important to evaluate your surface to determine which method of imperfection correction your paint may require. In some cases your vehicle may require the use of both clay and paint cleaners for optimal results. Above-surface contaminants FRESH BIRD DROPPINGS DUST TREE SAP MIST INDUSTRIAL FALLOUT ROAD FILM OVER SPRAY Below-surface defects ACID RAIN ETCHING SCRATCHES OXIDATION STAINS CLEAR COAT BASE COAT SUBSTRATE/PRIMER BODY PANEL CLEAR COAT BASE COAT SUBSTRATE/PRIMER BODY PANEL PAINT CARE How can I prevent oxidation? For the most part, oxidation can only take place when the surface of your car s finish has deteriorated from abuse or neglect to the point where the once impermeable surface has become permeable and then left unprotected. Deterioration is caused by, neglect, washing with detergent washes (dish soap), the leaching and drying-out effect due to repeated exposure to inclement weather, baking in hot sun, natural wear and tear, and through the natural process of breaking down. (Law of Entropy) The best way to prevent oxidation is to, Always wash your vehicle s finish using a non-detergent, premium car wash specifically formulated for automotive finishes. Add a protective coating of wax, (natural, synthetic, or blended) to your finish a minimum of 3-4 times a year. The most important thing you can do to prevent oxidation besides washing is to protect the paint you presently have with a protective coating. A good protective coating will act as a barrierfilm that will prevent moisture from coming into direct contact with your paint. Remove pore-imbedding stains (contaminants in the paint) by using a premium paint cleaner or cleaner polish at least once a year and more often if needed. Whenever possible, park under cover. Use a car cover to shield against airborne contamination and UV rays. Should I prep my paint before waxing? The way to determine whether or not your car s finish needs any pre-wax prep work is to evaluate the surface, immediately after washing. A thorough surface evaluation will help you to determine whether or not you need to remove above surface defects such as bonded contaminants with a clay bar, or below surface defects such as swirls, scratches, oxidation and poreimbedding stains. Just because your paint has no major scratches or other obvious signs of damage doesn t mean that your finish is as flawlessly smooth as when your car was show room new. There are many kinds of subtle surface defects that if not corrected, can prevent you from restoring that perfect gloss. There are two primary kinds of surface defects to look for, above surface contaminants, and below surface defects. viii

13 Above Surface Contaminants FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Road film Bug splatter Road tar Tree sap mist Dirt and dust Fresh bird droppings Baked on bird dropping Overspray Air-borne pollution Mineral deposits Below Surface Defects Random, isolated scratches Cobweb-effect Buffer Swirl Oxidation Pore imbedding stains Chemical etching Acid rain spots Etching from bird droppings Above surface defects can safely be removed using one of Meguiar s clay bars together with one of Meguiar s spray lubricants like Quik Detailer, or Final Inspection. Below surface defects can take more experience and skill to remove depending on the defect and the thickness of your paint. Removing below surface defects is performed by using Meguiar s highly specialized compounds, paint cleaners, cleaner/polishes, Soft Buff foam buffing pads, and in the case of serious defects, sometimes the use of Meguiar s Nikken Finishing papers are best suited for the job. Before attempting to remove any surface defect, we recommend you first call our Customer Care line on and discuss your specific paint condition with one of our Surface Care Experts who will be more than happy to go over the correct products and procedures to do the job right the first time. How do I perform a surface evaluation? You ll want to inspect the surface both visually, as well as by physically using your sense of touch. Sometimes your sense of touch can reveal defects the eyes cannot see. First, wash and dry your vehicle. Then look along your paint surface at an angle while noting the depth and richness of the colour. Search for: Swirl marks Scratches Etched areas Fading Dulling Oxidation Overspray A photographer s loupe or magnifying glass will make it even easier to identify any problem areas. Ideally, do this in bright sunlight as well as under strong indoor lights because some defects show up best under specific types of lighting conditions. To find bonded contaminants that your eyes may have missed, slowly slide the face of your clean, dry hand along the surface of your car s finish after washing and drying your car. The surface should feel as smooth as glass. Any surface irregularities you do feel are bonded contaminants that must be removed before polishing or waxing. The best way to remove above surface bonded contaminants is to use Meguiar s Smooth Surface Clay Kit. The advanced polyclay technology used to make our clay bar together with the high lubrication characteristics of our Quik Detailer enables you to easily and safely remove even the most tenacious contaminants while gently protecting your paint from harm. ix

14 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS How can I remove fresh stains, water spots, and smears on my car s finish? The best way to get rid of fresh stains, water spots and smears is to remove them as quickly as possible, before they have a chance to bake into the paint or cause permanent damage. This is why Meguiar s recommends keeping Meguiar s Quik Detailer, Ulimate Quik Detailer or Final Inspection and a microfibre polishing cloth like Meguiar s Supreme Shine Microfiber in the trunk or the back of your car, truck or SUV. Having immediate access to the right tools to remove fresh bird droppings and other unwanted contaminants at a moments notice can make the difference between an unsightly permanent stain or a showcar shine. If you have stubborn stains, spots or smears that a quick detailer will not remove, your next best bet is to wash your car and then use one of Meguiar s paint cleaners like ScratchX 2.0 or Ultimate Compound to safely clean the surface and remove the offending contaminants. Does Meguiar s make a product that will fill-in and hide swirls and fine scratches in my car s paint? Yes. However, Meguiar s has historically been known for creating the type of products that remove swirls and scratches, not merely fill them in. Most Meguiar s waxes, paint protectants, spray waxes and pure polishes can be used to successfully fill in and hide fine scratches and swirls. However, the effect is only temporary and the scratches will reappear as the polish or wax wears off. The best way to remove even fine scratches and swirls is to use a Meguiar s paint cleaner like ScratchX 2.0 or Ultimate Compound to actually level the finish and thus remove the scratch. Two products specifically formulated to bring ease and effectiveness to eliminating those difficult to remove swirls, holograms and cobweb scratches are: NXT Generation Tech Wax NXT is unique among synthetic waxes on the market in that it actually accomplishes what others claim their product will do, but in reality don t even come close. One or two thin coats of NXT Tech Wax will eliminate a majority of fine swirls and cobweb scratches. The results are finishes that have a deep, wet-look shine. NOTE: For severe swirls, we recommend pre-cleaning the surface with a Meguiar s paint cleaner. Ultimate Quik Wax - specially formulated to build on the results created by NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0. Ultimate Quik Wax will boost the look and feel of your finish to give it that just waxed appearance. You will be so impressed at how well it works that after you have tried this combination you will never use anything else! The trade secret oils used in all Meguiar s polishes are very important not only for enhancing gloss, depth and overall beauty, but also for maintaining the longevity of your paint by replenishing the resins that all paints are made with but which breakdown and deteriorate over time through a number of different methods: Lost over time as a normal function of breaking down (Law of Entropy) Leached out through frequent exposure to inclement weather and washing with detergent soaps Baked and evaporated out when exposed to extended direct sunlight and high temperatures Leached out when repeatedly exposed to harsh solvents used in poor quality car care products Abraded, scratched and scoured by mechanical abrasives that do not breakdown Meguiar s pure polishes will dramatically help to reduce the optical refraction that makes scratches so much more noticeable in today s modern clearcoats. Meguiar s pure polishes include: Deep Crystal System, Step-2 Polish, (A2116) Show Car Glaze, (M0716) Of these two, Show Car Glaze is extremely popular for traditional non-clearcoat paints such as lacquers and enamels, while Deep Crystal Step-2 Polish is a popular and easy to use pure polish for modern clearcoats. Does Meguiar s make a product that will fill-in and hide deep scratches in my car s paint? No. Deep scratches cannot be filled in and in some cases cannot be removed. If you drag your fingernail over a scratch and it gets caught, or slides into the scratch, then this scratch is too deep to hide and probably too deep to completely remove. Meguiar s believes the best way to approach surface defects like scratches is to remove them, not fill them in. In the case of deeper scratches - for example someone keys your car while it s parked in a parking lot - then sometimes you are better off improving the scratch, not attempting to completely remove the scratch. Removing a deep scratch could mean causing more harm than good if you go through the clear and expose the base coat, or in the case of a single-stage paint, exposing the primer under the colour coat, which can then only be repaired by repainting the affected area. For scratches like these you can often use a Meguiar s paint cleaner to improve the scratch in such a way that is difficult to see unless you know exactly where to look. Often times this is more acceptable than paying to have the panel or section of your vehicle repainted. x

15 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What s the difference between polish and wax? Pure Polish is formulated to give paint a deep brilliant shine. It can be likened to a skin moisturiser. Paint like skin can dry out and a combination of oils are used to condition the paint and produce a deep rich gloss. A pure polish contains no abrasives and provides no protection from the elements. What s the best advice Meguiar s has to offer me for my brand new car, truck or SUV? Brand new cars, trucks, and SUVs are unique in that because they are new, the finish should be in excellent condition right from the start. If you adopt just a few common sense maintenance procedures using a few premium quality car care products, you can keep your car s finish looking show room new for the life of the car. Good common sense maintenance procedures Wash the car yourself using a premium quality car wash and a super thick microfibre wash mitt. Avoid automatic car washes. Store or park your car under cover whenever possible, this includes covered parking, parking in your garage or using a premium quality car cover. Apply a coating of a premium car wax regularly, at least 3-4 times a year. The more frequently you wash and wax your car s finish, the nicer it will look and the longer the Just waxed look will last. Neglecting your car for months upon months without any attention, quickly results in a finish that goes from excellent condition to badly needs help. As soon as you discover any kind of fresh contaminant on the finish, remove it as quickly as possible to prevent it etching into the finish, potentially causing a permanent blemish or stain. As Barry Meguiar is so often heard saying, Frequent car care is easy car care. How do I remove the rough feeling from my paint? Many environmental contaminants adhere to your paint so strongly, that even a high-quality car wash cannot remove them. Some may be visible to your eye. Others you ll detect when you pass your hand across the finish after washing and notice it doesn t feel as smooth as glass. All of these contaminants can reduce your shine and ultimately do permanent damage to your paint. A safe, non-abrasive clay bar and high lubricity quick detailer like those found in Meguiar s Smooth Surface Clay Kit. Removing above surface contaminants and restoring a smooth surface to your paint finish is easily accomplished with Meguiar s Smooth Surface Clay Kit. (Never use sharp, abrasive rubbing and polishing compounds that will scratch your car s finish.) How can I remove below surface defects like chemical etching, swirls, and scratches? Chances are good that if your car s finish needs to be clayed (the removal of above surface bonded contaminants), then it also needs a thorough paint cleaning. Paint cleaning, using a paint cleaner (not to be confused with the washing procedure and a car wash solution) is where you clean and remove below surface defects such as pore-imbedding stains, oxidation, scratches and swirls, road grime and other unsightly blemishes. By cleaning the paint after claying the paint, you will restore the optical clarity of a clearcoat finish so that the underlying colour coat can shine through. In the case of a non-clearcoat finish, a good cleaning will bring out the full colour spectrum and richness of the colour coat. Meguiar s Paint Cleaners that are safe for use by hand on clear coat paints include: SwirlX ScratchX 2.0 Ultimate Compound xi

16 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What is clearcoat paint? Automotive paints are a mixture of ingredients including resins, binders, fillers, additives, and carrying agents (typically solvents, sometimes water). Clearcoat paint is simply paint, or resin without pigment. Non-clearcoat paints (also called singlestage paint) is paint (or resin) with pigment added to give the paint colour. Today, approximately 95% of all cars, trucks, and SUVs coming out of the factory have a clearcoat finish. Clearcoat finishes (also referred to as two-stage paint systems) are simply a layer of clear resin applied over the top of coloured resin. Although a clearcoat does protect the basecoat, just like a single-stage finish, the clearcoat needs to be regularly maintained to keep it in top shape. Why are clearcoat finishes Scratch Sensitive? Clearcoat finishes are incredibly sensitive to scratches and swirl marks. Because the top layer is clear, light reflects through it and bounces back highlighting these scratches from behind. This tends to magnify defects making them easier for your eyes to see. Although most clearcoat finishes are much harder and more resistant to oxidation than traditional lacquers and enamels finishes, they still scratch very easily. For this reason clearcoat paints should never be worked on with old-fashioned, harsh abrasive products like rubbing or polishing compounds. Even professionals in the refinishing and detailing industry can make mistakes if they don t keep up on evolving technologies in surface coatings and car care products. Before allowing a bodyshop or detail shop to work on your car, we recommend you be upfront and ask them if they use Meguiar s. Typically, the sight of Meguiar s bottles and Meguiar s foam buffing pads abundantly displayed throughout a paint or detail shop should be enough to convince you the shop in question is up-to-date and takes pride in their work. How can I tell if I have a clearcoat finish? To determine whether you have a clearcoat or a single-stage finish perform this simple test. 1. Find an inconspicuous area to test, such as the lower rear quarter panel of your car s fender or inside the door jamb. 2. Clean this area first with car wash and water or Meguiar s Quik Detailer or Ultimate Quik Detailer. You don t want any dirt or grime to interfere with your test. 3. Using a small piece of white cotton, such as a piece of terry cloth towel, rub a little paint cleaner or Cleaner/Wax into the paint of this inconspicuous area. After rubbing for a few moments, turn your cloth toward you and look to see if there is any colour from your paint on the cloth. If you have a red car and you now have red paint residue on your cloth, this is a pretty good indicator that you have a single stage finish. If you have a red car and you don t see any red paint residue on your cloth, this is a pretty good indicator that you have a clearcoat. To be 100% sure, you should test in a couple of different areas. Note: If you have a white, or very light coloured car you should use a dark piece of cotton cloth and look for the colour of your car s finish on it after rubbing some paint cleaner or Cleaner/Wax into the finish for a few moments. Can a clearcoat paint oxidize? Yes, however the problem is not as common as it is with traditional paints like lacquers and enamels. The reason for this is because of the molecular structure of modern paints is much tighter, more dense than traditional paints like lacquers and enamels. This in-turn makes the pore structure tighter and denser. A dense molecule structure makes it difficult for water and other detrimental substances to get into the paint through pores and other microscopic surface imperfections where they cause oxidation and corrosion. Most oxidation problems can be avoided with even minimal attention (i.e. regular washing and periodic waxing with a premium wax or paint protectant). Can a clearcoat fade? Technically speaking, since the clearcoat has no colour, it cannot fade or lose its brightness (at least if we use the above definition). It can however become dull, but that s not the same as fading and is more typically a sign of oxidation and the build up of above surface contaminants. Can the colour coat below the clearcoat fade? In short, the answer is yes, however, it depends upon the environment in which the car is exposed. A car parked inside most of its life, far away from the equator will not show much sign of fading. xii

17 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS A car continually parked outside in a desert region close to the equator will fade more quickly and the results will be more apparent over time because of the increased exposure to UV rays. While these answers are technically correct, the non-technical answer to the question, Can a clearcoat fade?, is yes, but very slowly. So slowly that most people cannot perceive any visual change over the course of normal day-to-day living or during the length of the ownership of their car. Can a clearcoat become dull? Yes. Even more than yesterday s paints, today s clearcoat finishes look faded whenever the surface becomes contaminated by above surface contaminants, things like: Airborne pollution Acid rain Industrial fallout Rail Dust Airborne overspray Bug splatter Bird droppings As contaminants build-up on the surface they reduce the reflective quality of the finish by creating a surface with somewhat of a textured-feel to it. This in turn acts to diminish gloss (which is a direct result of how smooth your surface is), thus causing the paint to look dull. The best way to prevent a clearcoat finish from becoming dull is to remove fresh contaminants as quickly as possible with products like Meguiar s Quik Detailer or Ultimate Quik Detailer and wash your car weekly with a premium car wash solution such as: NXT Generation Car Wash Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo & Conditioner Ultimate Wash & Wax Washing your car weekly is especially important if your car is a daily driver and parked outdoors for any length of time. When contaminants build up (you can tell if you have bonded contaminants by drawing the clean face of your palm across the finish after washing and drying the car and feel little bumps that are stuck to the finish), the best, fastest and safest way to remove them and restore a smooth as glass surface is to use Meguiar s Smooth Surface Clay Kit. Which Meguiar s products are clearcoat safe? Meguiar s formulates its entire Consumer line of products for safe hand and machine application on clearcoat finishes. Some of our Professional line of products can also be safely used on clearcoat finishes, such as our cleaner/polishes, pure polishes, and of course, all of our waxes. Most of Meguiar s paint cleaners, and aggressive compounds in the Professional line should only be applied to a clearcoat finish by a professional painter or detailer who is experienced with the use of rotary buffer. Which Meguiar s products are safe for use on fresh paint? Aftermarket / refinish paint jobs continue to cure for two to three months after being sprayed onto the finish. During this curing time paint manufacturers recommend NOT to apply a wax or protectant to the finish. This is because solvents and other volatile paint components are still evaporating out of the paint. However, you can safely use many of Meguiar s washes and polishes during this curing period on fresh paint without fear of causing any damage. Many of Meguiar s polishes are wax and silicone free, and will not seal the surface of the finish. This means the paint can continue to properly cure throughout the recommended curing period. Meguiar s fresh paint safe polishes M-07 Show Car Glaze M-09 Swirl Remover M-80 Speed Glaze M-82 Swirl Free Polish A-21 Deep Crystal Polish xiii

18 SWIRL MARKS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What causes swirl marks? Swirl marks are scratches in the finish. Sometimes these scratches are microscopic in size and only visible in bright light, like direct sunlight or very intense artificial lights. Other swirl marks are very deep and are easily visible in just about any lighting condition. Swirl marks can generally be placed in two categories, which describes the origin of the swirls. Cobweb-effect also called spider web scratches, car wash scratches, towel scratches etc. Buffer Swirl or Holograms Cobweb-effect Cobweb-effect is the term Meguiar s uses to describe the visual appearance of the thousands, and even hundreds of thousands of tiny scratches inflicted into your car s finish through normal, everyday wear and tear. This includes: Such as working from the bottom up potentially dragging dirt that has accumulated on the bottom parts of the car to the cleaner upper section of the car. Using tatty, worn, dirty, or scratchy wash mitts, sponges, drying towels etc. It doesn t take much to inflict a scratch in today s modern clearcoat finishes; every chance you have to prevent inflicting scratches should be utilized. Automatic car washes. Many automatic car washes still rely on spinning nylon bristle brushes to scrub your car clean. While these brushes may clean really well, they also instill many unnecessary scratches. Remember this also: any automatic car wash system that relies on some type of material that comes into direct contact with your car s finish has the potential to instill scratches. You see it doesn t matter how soft, or state-of-the-art their system is, if the car or truck before you was a dirty 4-wheel drive, the dirt removed from their finish can potentially still be in the system (imbedded in the brushes or what have you) whereupon it can be rubbed across your car s finish. Automatic car washes are usually not recommended if you want to keep your finish scratch-free. Hand Car Washes. Hand car washes while generally speaking are much safer as far as quality goes, you still have to insure the employees are doing quality work and have been trained how to best wash a car without instilling scratches. As a standard rule, anytime a wash mitt is dropped to the ground, it should not be returned to use but instead should be either discarded or cleaned. To avoid the cobweb-effect type swirls and scratches, thoroughly wash all dirt particles from your finish before applying polish or wax. Always use a microfibre polishing cloth like the Meguiar s Supreme Shine Microfiber or a 100% cotton, terry cloth towel for removing cleaners, polishes, and waxes. Microfibre polishing cloths and terry cloth towels have a nap (the little cotton loops), which draws and traps abrasive particles or contaminants on the surface up into the towel instead of allowing them to scratch the sensitive paint. Avoid taking your car to car washes if possible and wash your own car using premium quality wash mitts, car wash solutions and follow by drying your car using only a premium quality chamois, 100% cotton towels, or Meguiar s Water Magnet Drying Towel. Buffer Swirls or Holograms Buffer swirl, also referred to as holograms, are circular scratches grooved into the finish through either the improper use of a rotary buffer, or using the wrong pads and chemicals with the rotary buffer. Buffer swirls can either be very deep or very shallow, depending on how forcefully the were created and depending on the products and type of pad used while buffing. xiv

19 How do I remove swirl marks? FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Shallow swirls can be removed using light swirl removers such as ScratchX 2.0 (moderate), SwirlX (fine) or Ultimate Compound (heavy). All of these products will safely remove swirls and fine scratches from your finish without using harsh chemicals or sharp abrasives. Light to moderate swirls can be removed using the Meguiar s Dual-Action polisher, the appropriate Meguiar s foam buffing pad and the correct paint cleaner or cleaner/polish Moderate to deep swirls will require a thorough machine cleaning using a rotary buffer, the appropriate Meguiar s foam buffing pad and the correct paint cleaner and/or cleaner polish. Machine cleaning and polishing paint with a rotary buffer needs to be performed by a skilled and experienced professional. Removing swirls by machine must be followed by an application of a polish and then a protective wax. If you are unsure as to whether or not the swirl in your finish can be safely removed, take your car to a professional painter or detailer and ask them for their opinion. Some swirl marks are too deep to safely remove and attempting to do so may result in buffing through the top layer of paint. WAXING & POLISHING What type of wax is better? A paste wax, or liquid? The difference between paste and liquid wax is primarily one of convenience and personal preference. Meguiar s liquid formulas provide the same protection as paste, and are easier and faster to apply. Are polymer sealants safe/good for my car s finish? A high quality polymer sealant is good for your car s finish, a poor quality polymer sealant may lull you into a false sense of security because you think your car is protected when in reality, it s not. Quality polymer sealants are noted for their ability to offer longer lasting protection than traditional Carnauba-based waxes, but in recent years, there have been many inferior formulations marketed at extremely high prices giving consumers the impression they are superior, thus justifying the exorbitant price. Are polymer sealants better than traditional Carnauba waxes? If you re looking for a highly water-resistant, detergent resistant, long lasting protectant, then a premium quality polymer sealant, like Meguiar s NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0, or our traditional M-20 Polymer Sealant, is better than traditional Carnauba based waxes. Here at Meguiar s we don t make a wax based solely on pure Carnauba. All Meguiar s waxes are blended waxes that combine multiple ingredients for both: Beauty characteristics Protection characteristics By blending key ingredients, like the highest quality Carnauba waxes available, with the right polymers, silicones and other resins, Meguiar s can offer their customers waxes that offer the best of both worlds - Beautiful results with long lasting, durable protection. On the other hand, for our customers looking for a pure synthetic paint protectant, Meguiar s has a wax for you xv

20 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS too. Meguiar s new NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0 is a completely new formula based upon cutting-edge polymer technology. New Hydro-phobic Polymer Technology provides relentless water beading and protection against oxidation, corrosion, UV rays and surface degradation. To accommodate the wide variety of different types of automotive paints on the market, and because no two people are alike, Meguiar s offers a number of waxes that contain Carnauba for its gloss properties, as well as synthetic polymer protectants for their excellent durability and protective properties. If you re looking for depth of colour, high gloss and high shine, then Meguiar s can offer you all of these features plus unbeatable, long lasting protection depending on your preference in formula: Meguiar s synthetic waxes, or our more traditional waxes that include Carnauba. What is Carnauba wax? Carnauba is the hardest natural occurring wax available. Carnauba is primarily harvested from palm trees in Brazil. The wax is melted down and added to Meguiar s formulations to enhance their durability and protection against the environment as well as adding gloss to your car s finish. Meguiar s uses only #1 yellow Carnauba wax, the most costly and highest quality grade. Do coloured waxes really work? First, there are thousands of different colours used every year to coat the millions of cars manufactured every year. Some paint companies offer over one hundred different hues of white alone! There is no way that a limited selection of 8-12 different-coloured waxes can even begin to hope to match the multiple different hues inherent in the particular colour of your car, or anyone s car for that matter. Second, most cars being manufactured today, and in the last 10 years have a clearcoat finish. This top, clear layer of paint does not contain any colour pigments whatsoever. It doesn t make any common sense at all to apply a pigmented or coloured wax on top of a paint that is as clear as the windshield you look through. To do so would be to temporarily cloud, or discolour the original colour coat that is lying underneath your clearcoat. You are creating an unnatural effect that will look even stranger as the pigments in the wax fade. If your goal is to have a great looking finish, then it makes more sense to spend your time and effort up front performing good surface prep. This includes claying the surface to remove bonded contaminants followed with paint cleaners like ScratchX 2.0 to remove defects instead of trying to temporarily fill them in. Good surface prep is key to all great looking finishes, just ask any professional detailer. For those of you looking for a one-step product that will restore the clarity to your clearcoat so that the colour coat underneath can shine through, then instead of wasting your money on gimmicky coloured waxes, try a brand new wax Meguiar s has recently introduced called, ColorX. ColorX is a one-step cleaner wax with extraordinary cleaning power that restores clarity to your clearcoat without using harmful abrasives. Not only will it remove years of neglect, but it will dramatically restore full clarity to the clear layer of paint resulting in an optically clear surface that enables your eyes to fully experience the beautiful colour coat underneath. And best of all, this new wax provides Meguiar s famous long lasting synthetic polymer protection to lock in the beauty for an extended period of time. Do coloured waxes hide scratches? No, Any concealment they do provide is temporary at best. Don t be fooled by claims that colour-matched waxes can remove scratches. Because most modern cars have a clearcoat finish, pigmented or coloured wax will only act to obscure its transparency. This will not only look strange, but in the long run, it just won t work. On a non-clearcoat paint, a coloured wax may fill in and hide the scratch temporarily, but once the wax has worn off, the scratch will reappear. You are better off removing the scratch with the right products then taking the band-aid approach of masking the defect. This is where Meguiar s products shine. Meguiar s is famous for making the products that remove defects, not just fill them in. xvi

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