Has anybody used this as a polish? It says it is non abrasive so I figured it would be about the same thing as a polish.
....I use it, along with their M105 and M205 from their Professional line. I'm not sure what you read or heard, but UC is abrasive. It is more abrasive than its Scratch-X and Swirl-X cousins.Has anybody used this as a polish? It says it is non abrasive so I figured it would be about the same thing as a polish.
My paint is in good condition just a few swirls that you can only see in direct sunlight. I may just clay it and wax it.What is the current condition of your finish and what is your expectation of the outcome? Also, what tools (if any) do you have to work with (i.e. DA polisher, pads, etc.) or will you be doing this all by hand?
Swirl-X may be a good choice for very light correction that you can follow up with a wax/sealant after application. ….Scratch-X is a little more abrasive followed by Ultimate Compound (which is even more). There is also a new polish out called “Ultimate Polish” (IIRC) you could also try out (somewhere between Swirl-X and Scratch-X in abrasiveness IIRC).
Another option is using a paint cleanser prior to waxing or an AIO (all in one) product. These will typically help remove some contaminants, light oxidation, stains, etc. and some will even help fill and/or correct light blemishes. Glazes can also help fill minor blemishes and depending on some finishes (and the product), may add some depth, wetness, etc.
IMO/IME, most of your dramatic differences in the final result will come from actually correcting blemishes and “jewelling” the finish (if you’re so inclined) with a fine polish prior to the application of your wax/sealant. This will also provide longer lasting results since there are no temporary fillers that will wear away after a couple of washes. However, if you’re doing this all by hand and the paint is already in relatively good condition, you may just want to stick with a wax/sealant and call it a day.
….another thing you can do is clay the car and then tape off a small (~1’x1’) area on a panel (with low tack painters tape) to try to see how the paint will look with just the wax you select. ….or you can just go ahead and purchase the UC and Swirl-X (since they would be handy to have on hand anyhow) and use those on the test area to see how you like the results (starting with the Swirl-X first, then the UC if you need something more aggressive. I would follow up with the Swirl-X if you use the UC).My paint is in good condition just a few swirls that you can only see in direct sunlight. I may just clay it and wax it.
....Zaino used to be more about their flagship sealant Z-2 as well as Z-5 (coupled with Z-1 before the introduction of Zfx). They later began introducing more products and Z-PC was really their first one that was actually a corrective polish (albeit light). It has no fillers and no protective properties (essentially just a polish). Further down the road they then introduced Z-AIO. Like other all-in-ones, it has chemical cleaners and light abrasives coupled with protectants. I would say it has more corrective action than other AIO’s I have tried (like Klasse).I can't remember which one but I know one of the Zainos is supposed to get rid of swirl marks. Is it abrasive or does it just have fillers?