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Thread: Meguiars ultimate compound leaves swirls/marring

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    Meguiars ultimate compound leaves swirls/marring

    Hello,

    I've been lurking for a few months and I had a question about the Meguiars ultimate compound. I saw Mike recommend a number of times so I thought I would use on some scratches on my car. My car is a 2017 black subaru WRX. I used the UC with the meguiars foam applicator pad. When I used it to remove some light scratches, it seemed to leave some marring/haze/a ton of micro swirls. The car was cleaned immediately before. Is this normal? I have seen that people recommend ultimate polish to follow up. However, I still think the amount of marring is excessive. I will upload a picture when I can, I am travelling for work.

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    Re: Meguiars ultimate compound leaves swirls/marring

    Subaru is known for soft paint...so it is totally possible you have marring and haze...try Jescar Micropolish with Lc white pad...may have better luck...Jescar Micropolish works usually on soft paints.
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    Re: Meguiars ultimate compound leaves swirls/marring

    Quote Originally Posted by antti@561detailing View Post
    Subaru is known for soft paint...so it is totally possible you have marring and haze...try Jescar Micropolish with Lc white pad...may have better luck...Jescar Micropolish works usually on soft paints.
    Sounds like this is being done by hand and not by machine.

    Op check out Mike's thread on working by hand. Pay attention on how he has his hand on the yellow foam applicator to apply even pressure on the applicator.

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    Re: Meguiars ultimate compound leaves swirls/marring

    hand or machine? by hand you'll never get good results, maybe after 75 hrs of labor but not worth it....
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    Re: Meguiars ultimate compound leaves swirls/marring

    I haven't used Ultimate Compound in awhile. However, I would plan on following up with Ultimate Polish as a rule of thumb.
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    Re: Meguiars ultimate compound leaves swirls/marring

    Quote Originally Posted by cleanmycorolla View Post
    hand or machine? by hand you'll never get good results, maybe after 75 hrs of labor but not worth it....
    Even with that, the results may still be sub-par.

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    Re: Meguiars ultimate compound leaves swirls/marring

    After using UC...I often
    follow up with M205.

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    Re: Meguiars ultimate compound leaves swirls/marring

    On soft paint you can take a couple approaches, but it all depends on the condition of the paint and your goals.

    - If the paint has serious issues, continue with the UC and then once done move up to a less aggressive pad and UP to remove compound haze and really bring out the shine.
    - If the paint is in good shape, start with UP or other polish to remove the minor defects and produce the gloss you're after.

    On really soft Toyota paint, I've never had to use a compound while the car is in good shape. A polish will correct quite a bit and I don't have to deal with the compound haze. The one time I worked on a Subaru the paint was in really bad shape. Compound was in order to fix the paint, but it was the polish afterwards that really made the car look good.
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    Re: Meguiars ultimate compound leaves swirls/marring

    Ive used UC by hand before and have had this problem. Just follow up with meguiars polishing compound or ultimate polish. If you can afford to spend the money grab a random orbital polisher. Ive never looked back and your arms will thank you.

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    Re: Meguiars ultimate compound leaves swirls/marring

    My wife's 2015 WRX is the softest paint I have experienced. It scratches if you look at it sideways. Having said that, I have corrected/polished with M105/M205 before and have not seen any issues with hazing or fine scratches. Like most others have suggested, use a DA orbital and good pads, and you will get great results.
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