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I'm a Vintage and Classic car buff and, although not a Concours fan I do like to present the car as smartly as possible. After a thorough wash and dry, an application of Autoglym Super Resin Polish is easily done. It's simple to see where you've been and the polish spreads without effort.
A clean dry cloth removes the polish haze without too much elbow grease to reveal a satisfying deep shine. The secret is to keep turning the cloth and use more than one if necessary.
Subsequent washes are much easier as the polis protection keeps the car much cleaner and nasties such as bird droppings are much less likely to damage the paintwork.
I have used several different car polishes - some very much more expensive than Autoglym, but I have not come across a more effective or easily used product at any price.
What's more, it smells nice too.
My preferred car polish is Auto Glym Super Resin Polish. In my opinion Auto Glym products are from the more expensive end of the car care range, but they are worth the money as they consistently give excellent results.
The bottle I usually buy is the 325ml bottle and it usually costs around £10.00 from Halfords, but as it seems to last a very long time it still works out cost wise. I have just ordered a 1 litre bottle of this polish from Amazon.co.uk for £10.00 including delivery, which I think is excellent value.
The packaging of this polish is very smart and minimal; the label is mostly black and white with big red square for the Auto Glym logo. We are told on the front of this bottle that it is Super Resin Polish, a long term beauty treatment for all paint types including metallic. The polish is also by appointment to the Queen and the Prince of Wales, which to me is a sign of quality, I also like to think the Queen and Charles are out on a Sunday morning polishing there Rolls Royce.
The back of the bottle is packed with lots of information telling us that the polish gently cleans and conditions paintwork and gives exceptional protection. It is ideal for new or moderately deteriorated car paintwork, caravans, trucks, motor bikes, planes, boats, fibre glass and chrome. There are the usual warnings to keep out of reach of children, avoid contact with eyes and not to swallow.
The instructions are as follows, wash vehicle with Auto Glym Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner, not that I do, I use Triplewax Car Shampoo and that gives me a good clean base to start on. I then dry the car off thoroughly. I give the bottle a good shake and then apply the polish to a soft clean cotton cloth, I use old cotton cot sheets as these are really soft, and then using a circular motion apply the polish to the car, I do this a panel at a time, making sure I give a good even coating. When the polish has dried I lightly buff with a clean cotton cloth till all traces of the polish are removed and the body work of my car has a clean bright finish.
It is amazing the difference polishing what I consider to be a clean car makes, the polish lifts off ground in dirt and adds a new depth of colour to the paintwork. When you have finished a panel run your hand over the paintwork and it will feel smooth and soft, then run your hand over an unpolished panel and it will feel rough. A well polished car will repel water, rain will bead up on the paintwork and run away, on an unpolished surface rain will settle.
It is advised to avoid glass and plastic trim with this polish, I have not noticed any adverse effects from getting the polish on glass of plastic, but it is advised to use Auto Glym products to remove it. I don't, I just rub it off with a damp cloth.
In conclusion I feel that Auto Glym Super Resin Polish does have a high price tag but the finish is excellent and a small bottle lasts a long time as I only polish my car a few times a year to maintain a good shine and protect the paintwork. It works out cheaper than taking a car through a car wash every couple of weeks or paying for a hand wash and polish, and when the weather is good it's a nice way to spend a Sunday morning.
Thank you for reading.
I'm not a big car fanatic and would much rather pay someone to clean it! However, my boyfriend likes to spend more time with his car than me and spends hours lovingly polishing his car. I decided to give my car a polish using his autoglym. He gave some strict directions to follow and used autoglym shampoo before the polish.
The super resin comes in two sizes. 350ml or 500ml. The bottle is easy to squeeze with a cap on the top with an easy to dispense hole.
The liquid is cream and thinner than I thought it was going to be. It has petroleum dissilate base.
*Price and availability*
The two sized bottles are priced very similar so it would be more of an investment to buy the larger bottle. You can buy the 350ml for around £9.99 and the 500ml for £10.99. It is available from Halfords and other garage shops and online.
*How it works*
The super resin polish is a mild abrasive; which sounds quite scary when you are going to rub it on your beloved car! It removes the very top layer of paint and also takes away the dirt and grime.
As an abrasive, it can be used as an alternative to T-cut, if you use the product in a concentrated area you can remove and buff out the small scratches and scuffs to your paint work.
After the top layer of paint has been removed the polish forms a protective layer on top to protect the paint from damage from UV rays and pollutants. It also creates a rich deep shine.
Using a good quality clean cloth apply a thin layer of the product to the vehicle using large circular arm movements. It goes on leaving a chalky White residue.
Using a new clean cloth and using circular motions buff the polish, taking the White residue off and leaving a deep shine. You don't need to really push on, gentle motions will ensure an even shine.
The over use of this product can damage your car as it will keep stripping the top layer off making it weak and more susceptible to attack.
Autoglym recommend the product is applied every weeks to ensure the paintwork isn't stripped too much.
They advise that their products work best when used together but you can use the polish on it's own.
On applying the liquid, I used a soft micro fibre cloth to apply it straight to the dry clean car. As I applied it, liquid dried chalky which concerned me at first but as soon as I started buffing it up, it came off easily.
It did take a good hour and a half of polishing and buffing to get the shine I wanted.
I kept finding bits that I had missed and when I stood at different angles, sometimes the bits I thought were done still looked a bit smeary so I had to go over it again.
I had a couple of scratches in my car around the door handle and attempted to buff these out using the polish but I wasn't making much improvement so gave up! If you had the time I would imagine you could have some success with the product.
I could have spent longer in perfecting it but I was happy with the results I had.
It looked like a new car after I had finished and as it protects the paintwork from further damage it was worth it. However I do not have the time to be doing it every 6 weeks and it'll be lucky if it gets done every 6 months!
This a good, reliable product that has been going for many years. It is designed to protect the paintwork along with providing a good shine.
It is no quick fix though, you really do need to put the time and effort in.
My boyfriend can spend hours doing it and his results are ten times better than mine. I would recommend this product, it's just a shame it doesn't come with someone to do the work!
My father absolutely swears by the Autoglym range of products as being the best car polish on the market and while they are not the cheapest certainly the results are worth the expense. In Halfords recently theyu had a buy one get one free offer ruinning so I was able to buy two 500ml bottles of polish for a tenner which was an absolute bargain as these will keep both of our cars nice and well cared for for at least a year or more I reckon.
The polish is best applied after you have washed the car and the paintwork is dry then simply poor the thick liquid onto a clean cloth and apply it evenly in a circular motion being very careful to only apply it to the paintwork, you do not want this stuff getting onto any of the body trim as it will mark it and is a pain to get out.
You should then buff it off with some active rubbing again in a circular motion with a different clean cloth. It does take a bit of effort but the results are worth it as the paint work will have a great shine and it will refresh the colours, plus it is suitable for metallic paints as well as conventional.
You can tell when you have applied this because when it rains the drops will form on the body work and then run off easily as they slide across the wax finish. I can really tell the difference when this has been applied and it really brings out a good clean shine to the outside of the car.
A great product and well worth the price tag in my opinion, it is available in a number of different sizes.
Being a bit of a petrol head, I love my car and like to look after it. I discovered the wonderful world of "detailing" about a year ago and since have spent far more time cleaning my car than before. Just this weekend I spent about 5 hours on it. Which to the average person sounds bonkers. But it's not just about keeping a clean shiny car. Doing the right thing with detailing can actually protect your cars paintwork from the vicious elements, stop swirls and fading and keep the paint looking fresh, even years after it rolls out of the factory.
I'd heard rave reviews about autoglym and their copious car cleaning and detailing products. Many detailing nuts will recommend "super resin polish" as an essential bit of kit. It's meant to be a rather abrasive polish that will keep the car shiny. I was rather pleased then to receive a bottle from my brother in law for Crimbo. The other week I thought I'd give it a try. So I washed the car and dried it off in the normal manner, applied the polish as directed using autoglyms "perfect polishing cloth". So far, so good. The nightmare came when I tried to get the polish off again. It was quite a lot of hard work and the polish flaked and turned to dust, covering the car in white flake powder. I wasn't too pleased. Now, it might well have been my fault, it was a little nippy outside, perhaps it needs to be applied on a warmer day, but I can't imagine it would make that much difference. I usually use DODO Juice wax and a glaze from an American company called "Pour Boys". They are much easier to put on and take off. Sure, they aren't a polish, so it's essentially a different kettle of chips, but for a brilliant, deep, long lasting shine, they apparently can't be beaten by Autoglym. I will try again soon though, it might be my technique. However, the benefit of these other products is they are colour specific - so the ones I use are specifically for black cars, where autoglym is an all in one solution.
The point is, if you want a good shine, you need to put in the work!
Autoglym Super Resin Polish is a polish for the exterior of your car. It used to only available to people in the car trade, but is now available for the public too. It can be bought in many supermarkets, as well as places like Wilkinsons, Motormania and Halfords. Prices vary between shops, but a 325ml bottle cost me £4.99 in Wilkinsons.
*What does Autoglym Super Resin Polish do?*
It gives a high gloss shine to your car (you can also use it on motorbikes) and cleans and conditions the paintwork. It also protects your car from UV light and other weather conditions and is a combination cleaner, polisher and sealant in one bottle. It can be used safely on all finishes whether metallic, or water-based.
Before using Autoglym Super Resin Polish, you need to wash and thoroughly dry your car. Once dry, put some polish onto a clean cloth and apply using a light circular motion, ending up in straight lines to give even coverage. You can increase your pressure to remove any scratches. You can do the whole vehicle at once, or a panel at a time, and once finished lightly buff your car with a clean cloth.
Always apply Autoglym polish to the cloth, not directly to the vehicle.
Make sure you go over the paintwork in straight lines before the polish dries.
Be careful not to get the polish on trims or glass, and if you do wipe away quickly, as it may mark. If it won't come off trims easily, use a small brush to lightly scrub it off.
Autoglym Polish repels water. If after a while you notice this isn't happening, it's time to re-apply it.
Also available is Car Glass Polish, Bumper Care, Extra Gloss Protector, Instant Show-Shine, Intensive Tar Remover, Active Insect Remover and Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner.
For a full list of exterior-use and interior-use products go to: www.autoglym.co.uk
This was recommended to me by a friend who works in the motor trade - he's tried many polishes and said this was easily the best. Having tried many products myself and having had really good results with some of them, I didn't expect to be that impressed. However, out of everything I've tried (so far), this has to be my favourite.
Unlike the wax that I've tried and other gloss polishes, I found this very easy to apply. It has a very thin consistency, which I think is what makes the difference. It still needs a bit of 'elbow grease' putting in when buffing, but nowhere near as much as when using wax.
It doesn't have a strong smell, and reminds me of other car product's smells. It is slightly more expensive than other car polishes, but in my opinion, it's worth it - although I haven't tried them all yet.
Personally I find it easier to do a section of the car at a time, rather than doing the whole thing in one go. This also makes it easier on your arms when buffing, as you get a break in between each section.
I also recommend having several soft clean cloths handy, rather than just using one to buff the whole car, as this helps to prevent smears.
Autoglym Super Resin Polish is more expensive than most other polishes. However, I've only had to re-apply it once every 4-6 weeks so far, which means I'll get almost 6 months use out of the bottle I bought. Obviously if you have a larger car (I have a Micra) it will take more polish and won't last you as long.
I recommend this simply because it gives an excellent shine and genuinely protects your car. Best of all though, it's much easier to make your car shine using this than with other products I've used.
From my previous reviews, it is clear to see I am a great lover of Auto Glym products and firmly believe that in the car care department, you get what you pay for. The price of the polish is usually more expensive that other brands, but costs less than the Meguiars polish, and is in my opinion much better.
The polish works extremely well when used after Auto Glym car shampoo, and is so easy to apply and buff off. The pollutants in the air, road dust/dirt, stones, UV light etc all remove the shiny appearance of a cars paintwork over time and this can be hard to restore, however the Auto Glym polish makes easy work of reversing the effects or preventing them.
There are micro beads in the polish which can remove small swirls and scratches to the cars paintwork, keeping it looking like its just come out of a showroom.
After a house, a car is probably one of the most expensive things you own, so keep it looking clean.
Most of us live in areas where the air quality, although better than it used to be, is not perfect. Pollutants in the air, as well as being harmful to us, can attack our car's exterior finish causing ageing and dulling of the paint. Ultraviolet light, from the sun, can also have a seriously detrimental effect on the car's paintwork.
Dust and dirt can also become ingrained in the paint's surface, again dulling the finish and making the car, even straight after washing, look tired.
If your car is in this state, then what's needed is something to restore the paintwork, and something to protect the paint from future damage.
Fortunately, Autoglym's Super Resin Polish has been designed to perform both of these tasks in one handy bottle!
The polish works to remove the surface layer of paint and grime to reveal the pristine paint below. The low molecular weight resins in the polish then bond to the paint, forming a hard protective layer. This layer prevents attack by UV light and pollutants, as well as resisting airborne particles adhering to the paintwork. The most obvious effect, however, is that the resins impart a deep, lustrous, shine to the paintwork.
Super Resin Polish is supplied in 325ml or 500ml bottles. The product is a thin white cream, with a petroleum distillate base. Before polishing, the car should be clean and dry. The polish is applied to a good quality cleaning cloth (these are now reasonably cheap; there's no point in using an 'old rag' due to the chance of scratching what you're trying to protect).
The cleaning cloth is then used to polish the paintwork in large circular sweeping motions. The Super Resin Polish will dry to a white powder in seconds so it's easy to see which parts have been covered.
Once the car (or an area of the car if doing the polishing in sections) has been covered with polish, it can be removed with another cleaning cloth to reveal the deep shine underneath.
Don't be tempted to polish your car on a hot, sunny day. The petroleum base will evaporate very quickly and the polish will be baked onto the paint. This is removable, but it takes a lot more effort to do.
Autoglym Super Resin Polish is a superb product. It has been on the market for many years and remains unchanged, and to a large extent unchallenged. It must, however, be used with caution.
Super Resin Polish is a mild abrasive (this is necessary in order to remove the upper layer of paint ingrained with dirt to give a fresh paint layer). Frequent use of this product will, however, remove the complete upper layer of paint (the strongest) leaving the rest of the paint vulnerable to damage.
For this reason, Super Resin Polish should be reserved for a six monthly valeting, with a milder polish used, if required, between these times.
As a mild abrasive, Super Resin Polish can also be used in place of 'T-Cut', to remove small scratches from the car's paintwork. A lot of elbow grease is needed to use it for this purpose, but it is safer than using T-Cut itself as you're less likely to take off too much paint.
In summary then, if your car's paintwork is looking a little old and tired, a good application of Autoglym Super Resin Polish will have it looking fresh and new in no time. Just don't be tempted to use it too frequently. Highly recommended.
The 500ml bottle is available from Halfords for £10.99.