best car polish to restore shine

Bring back a showroom shine quickly and easily with our top 5 best car polish; get a glossy shine in no time.

Quick Polish Explanation

Our list of the best car polish are mostly all-in-one style car polishes. They use a fine abrasive to reduce scratches, a glaze to enhance shine and a wax or synthetic sealant to protect the paint, all in one bottle (hence the name).

However, a ‘polish’ is defined as a product designed to restore lustre to a polished surface. Therefore you can buy dedicated polishes which will polish the surface but not contain any wax.

These are mostly used when you would like to put your own choice of wax or sealant after polishing. And mostly what we use in our car detailing services.

But as most people are looking for a convenient product we have concentrated on all-in-one products.

Best Car Polish 2018

So, which polish have we tested and found to be effective, nice to use, leave a good finish and last?

5. Meguiars Ultimate Compound

Meguiars Best Car Polish Ultimate CompoundBest For: Removing Light Scratches/Imperfections

Overall Rating: 7/10

Whilst all the other best car polish reviewed on this list are ‘all-in-one’ solutions, as most people require, this polish from Meguiars is purely an abrasive polish.

This means it contains no wax or sealant and therefore requires a further application to protect your clean, bare paint after polishing.

However, the polish itself is fantastic and unlike most polishes which utilise traditional ‘gritty’ texture in order to remove scratches, the latest Meguiars range use SMAT innovation.

Super Micro Abrasive Technology allows scratches to be removed using lots of very fine but sharp aluminium oxide particles. So unlike old school versions which will remove scratches but also leave a hazy, micro-scratched surface.

Ultimate Compound however, removes fine defects whilst leaving a very sharp finish which would look like new paint once finished with a paste wax. Highly recommended for spot repair or all over with a machine.

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4. Mer Ultimate Polish – Best Car Polish On Budget

Mer Best Car PolishBest For: Polishing On A Budget

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

Mer polish for cars has been another long standing contender in the car polish world.

Similar to Autoglym but their new version in the black bottle offers an improved polish with less dusting which makes it quicker to use as it involves less clean up post-polishing.

Like with most all-in-one products this also has conditioning agents which act like paint glaze to improve dull, dry paint and restore a deep shine by filling in fine scratches and creating a smooth, glossy surface.

Much better than their last version but not quite enough to get onto the podium.

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3. Dodo Juice Need For Speed – Best Polish For Warm Colour Paint

Best For: Great Shine In Minimal Time

Overall Rating: 8/10

Like all these polishes for your car we have tested and reviewed, they are designed to save you time by doing without a multi-step process to polish your car.

Dodo Juice have taken note of this and developed their car polish to clean, polish & protect in one-step saving time & effort.

This polish is very good, but if you like extra shine or want to extend the time between polishing, we recommend you top this polish off with one of their quality car waxes.

This will add extra shine and protect it against weathering from several months.

This Dodo Juice best polish for cars does take a little more effort than the Autoglym polish which just knocks it down a position but still on the podium.

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2. Auto Finesse Tripple – Best Premium Car Polish

Best For: Reviving High Gloss On All Paintwork

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

The Auto Finesse range is only a couple of years old now but has quickly made its name as providing quality products at reasonable prices.

Their Tripple car polish is a fantastic all-in-one which means it cleans, polishes & protects your paint at the same time.

Unlike other polishes however, it polishes better, cleans stubborn dirt off your paint and leaves a layer of premium carnauba wax that protects your paint better than most other car polishes on the market.

It does all this while being very easy to use and leaves a very glossy finish on nearly all paint types.

To further enhance gloss and protection we recommend using one of the Auto Finesse car wax range, the best gets better! It wins our Best Car Polish of 2014 for all these reasons and remained unbeaten all year.

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1. Autoglym Super Resin Car Polish – Best Car Polish Overall

Best For: Overall Performance & Value For Money

Overall Rating: 9/10

Autoglym Super Resin car polish is another great product that is made as an ‘all-in-one’ making it easy to clean, polish & protect your paint using one product.

Super Resin has been around for years but was updated in 2015 with a much needed and vastly improved product offering zero dust and improved protection.

Unsurprisingly it’s Amazons number 1 car polish seller! The difference between this car polish and the Auto Finesse Tripple is the use of man-made polymer instead of the natural Carnauba wax.

Is wax better than man-made protection? That’s a whole over topic but in short, it doesn’t matter too much so use what you like, and use it often for the best finish.

We feel that Tripple has a slight edge in polishing, but this is great value and very easy to get a good finish.

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  • August 28, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Car polish brands do vary in effectiveness greatly so this is a very useful article thanks.

  • November 21, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Learned a lot to clean my car . Now I can buy some brands as recommended by this article to do it by myself . So easy ! Thanks for this good article

  • April 19, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    I just think its interesting that the majority of car manufacturers use 3M and Menzerna products and they never seem to appear articles like this.

  • June 18, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Andrew, yes 3M and Menzerna are very good machine polishes but they aren’t included in this as it relates to all-in-one style polishes that cleanse, glaze and wax at the same time. Machine polish wise then 3M, Koch Chemie, Scholl Concepts and Menzerna are very popular but also not readily available to consumers as they don’t make retail products. All the best, Tom

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