After removing bonded contaminants that you can feel, examine the finish from different angles and light sources to detect below-surface defects like oxidation (dullness), stains/blemishes and fine scratches. Small below-surface imperfections such as oxidation, stains, small marks and scratches can be safely removed using e.g. Meguiar’s® ScratchX™ 2.0 or Ultimate Compound, giving a flawless finish prior to polishing and waxing.
Polishing is an optional step, and is different from waxing. While some modern-day marketers have caused confusion by naively misusing the terms, the definitions are clear. As in polishing a diamond, the sole purpose of polishing is to create brilliant high gloss. For car show
enthusiasts who are obsessed with having perfectly clear reflections, Meguiar’s® Ultimate Polish is the perfect choice. Others may be
looking to remove the last hints of swirl marks while maximizing the gloss. In this case, a Cleaner/Polish like Meguiar’s® Clear Coat Safe
Polishing Compound is a good solution.