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    Meguiar's Ultimate Compound History

    Meguiar's Ultimate Compound History


    Meguiar's Ultimate Compound and SwirlX




    Notes

    The 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL on the label of Ultimate Compound was detailed at a Thursday Night Open Garage or TNOG class taught by me.

    The 1991 e34 BMW M5 on the label of SwirlX was personally detailed by me for the 2002 Bimmerfest in Santa Barbara.




    The backstory....

    When it comes to Meguiar's and other large companies that offer multiple lines for multiple markets, i.e.

    Professional Line for the refinishing industry
    Detailer Line for the reconditioning industry
    Consumer Line for the enthusiast market
    Marine Line for the boat detailing world


    The products are formulated more specifically for their intended use and their intended user.

    It's assumed that anyone working in a body shop has a higher skill level when it comes to machine polishing paint than the person first starting out washing and waxing their Ford Focus.

    As such, the Consumer Line, Ultimate Compound, is formulated for ease of use by the masses while still accomplishing the task the name on the bottle says it will tackle.

    I find UC much more user-friendly for the average person than M105 and most important, if UC doesn't remove the defects you're trying to remove then chances are very good they're too deep to safely remove using any compound and as a follow-up it's time to start looking at how the deeper defects are being inflicted into the paint and stop the problem at the root cause.

    Just to note... the car on the label of Ultimate Compound is one of the many Extreme Makeovers I head up while working for Meguiar's and in charge of the TNOG's also known as The Thursday Night Open Garage classes. Most people don't know that when I started the Thursday Night Open Garage classes they were actually on Wednesday nights and then I moved them to Thursday nights. It is also the TNOGs that I first met Michael Stoops as before he worked for Meguiar's he attended many of the TNOG's.


    Here's some pictures showing the Mercedes-Benz on the label of Ultimate Compound.











    Meguiar's Ultimate Compound

    Note: The graphic artist at Meguiar's removed the Mercedes-Benz emblem off the hood to make the car appear more generic.







    Here's that Mercedes-Benz looked like when it first arrived to the shop...



    After....







    My Thursday night guys did the Mercedes, I personally did the BMW





    Before



    I compounded the entire finish before starting the below process to remove the shallow scratches and expose the deep scratches.


    Process

























    Meguiar's SwirlX

    Note the graphic artist at Meguiar's actually toned-down the horrendous swirls you see in the before pictures. They also removed the BMW emblem off the hood to make the car appear more generic.





    Kind of cool to have two cars, one I was in charge of and one I detailed end up on millions of bottles of Meguiar's products.


    There's a little car detailing history for the Car Detailing Coffee Table Book.


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    Re: Meguiar's Ultimate Compound History

    Be proud, Mike, be very proud! I love hearing the history of some of the detailing world's products, processes, tools, people etc.

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    Re: Meguiar's Ultimate Compound History

    Thanks Mike, what do you put those little pieces of sand paper ON? Did you guys use anything after the ultimate compound on the red car?

    Was the red car single stage paint?

    I'mean thinking of going over my car on the drivers side doors with ultimate compound 1 more time to ease up on some of the Orange peel. I know everyone says you have to wet sand it to get rid of it but I know for a fact I cleared it from my 2 favorite panels. The strongest thinget I used was m101 on a griotz finishing microfiber pad. And I didn't even have my flex or G15 back then.


    I'm pretty confident that I can do it. I'll take some pics to prove it. Is it safe to assume that the clear coat is thick if the panel has orange peel on IT? Orange peel is globs of clearcoat right?

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    Re: Meguiar's Ultimate Compound History

    SWEEEET. Thanks.

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    Re: Meguiar's Ultimate Compound History

    Thank you, Mike!!

    Love the historic aspect of the industry.

    By any chance would you know when the original Porter Cable 7424, and the Flex 3401 VRG were introduced to market?

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    Re: Meguiar's Ultimate Compound History

    Thanks for sharing, Mike!
    A year from now, you'll wish you started today.

    @utopiandetailing on Instagram.

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    Re: Meguiar's Ultimate Compound History

    Those Ultimate Compound and Swirl-X bottles must be the pride of your Meguiar's collection.

    Never thought of compounding/polishing the light scratches to expose the deeper RIDS. Only makes sense. Leaves that much more clear/paint for the next RIDS to be compounded. Great advice/article as usual.

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    Re: Meguiar's Ultimate Compound History

    AWESOME!!!

    Huh, so those cars on the bottles are the real deal and not some photoshopped examples!!!! Coolness.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Mike, for real. Get a book written on the "history" of detailing, or paint correction, etc. I'd buy the first book off the press.

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    Re: Meguiar's Ultimate Compound History

    Quote Originally Posted by JustJesus View Post
    AWESOME!!!

    Huh, so those cars on the bottles are the real deal and not some photoshopped examples!!!! Coolness.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Mike, for real. Get a book written on the "history" of detailing, or paint correction, etc. I'd buy the first book off the press.
    Me too!

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    Re: Meguiar's Ultimate Compound History

    UC has been a proven product and i will always have a bottle in my arsenal, even if some knock it because it's a consumer product...

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