PermaGlass vs. Meguiar’s
These are the type of questions that many who are new to detailing frequently ask. Which brand is better, what wax for my car, which polish is the best. I did a little test to explain why the brand is not *that* important.
I hope this will serve as a reference to those who are new and asking similar questions.
Firstly, the brand is not important. What is, is knowing what you are trying to accomplish and matching that with the right type of products.
If you are trying to remove scratches and watermarks from the paint, using a wax/sealant will not give you results, no matter how expensive it is. Those products are just going to seal the paint and not remove scratches and watermarks. What you need is an abrasive polish, which is meant to cleanse the paint chemically and mechanically abrade a thin layer of paint to level the paintwork, removing the scratches and watermarks (if that doesn’t mean anything to you, fret not, I will be writing a ‘Detailing Simplified’ series on this blog).
To illustrate this, I did a test on a bonnet that is full with water spotting.
I taped it into several sections. The small squares below are for hand application while the larger rectangular squares are for machine application (dual-action).
First up is the cheapest product in the range, Carplan Triplewax Polish, RM16.90. Put some product on the pad and work it in with some passion.
Pretty good results just by hand.
Next was Meguiar’s Cleaner Wax, an all-in-one product that has cleaners, slight abrasives, and wax for protection.
Similar results. Meguiar’s Cleaner Wax costs about three times more than Carplan Triplewax Polish.
Next, Meguiar’s NXT 2.0 Tech Wax. This product is specifically meant to be applied after surface preparation, i.e., after claying and polishing. It does have some cleaning agents but no abrasives whatsoever.
Wow, I wasn’t expecting that, the cleaning agents did their job to drastically reduce the appearance of water spots.
Finally, PermaGlass Polymer Sealant, labelled as a ‘ONE STEP’ product, I’m guessing cleaners, slight abrasives and a sealant.
Pretty good results. All four products managed to ‘remove’ the waterspots, what about scratches?
Let’s take a look again under the camera pop-up flash.
All four still have scratches remaining after working it by hand. NXT 2.0 still had waterspot etchings.
Let’s bring in the heavy weapons, Dodo Juice Das6 Buff Daddy Dual-Action polisher. *Makita would be classified as Artillery*
First up is the Carplan,
Meguiar’s Cleaner Wax,
Meguiar’s NXT 2.0 next.
Not bad, still have some scratches and deeper watermark etching not removed.
I was about to conclude this test until I removed the tape and looked at it again under the porch lights.
The NXT 2.0 side still has plenty of watermark etchings. It did remove the deposits in the etchings, leaving clean paint behind, but the etching were noticeable under the lights. Now we can see that an abrasive polish is needed to remove those etchings.
How did the PermaGlass ‘ONE STEP’ Polymer Sealant fare?
Not that good but MUCH better than Meguiar’s NXT 2.0, BUT before you say PermaGlass wins Meguiar’s, look at the next set of photos.
Better than NXT 2.0 and PermaGlass Polymer Sealant.
And even better,
The best result obtained was actually from the cheapest product of the lot. *Meguiar’s Cleaner Wax can probably get that result too with another pass*. This is because both these products contain abrasives, which was needed to remove the slight scratching and watermark etchings. I did not need any of Meguiar’s NXT 2.0 features such as Engineered Synthetic Polymers or Hydrophobic Polymer Technology. I just needed plain old polish with some cleaning and cutting action.
Know your products!
Know what you are trying to achieve!
Don’t waste your money on Meguiar’s, buy Carplan!
No I’m just kidding about the third point, do remember the first two.
And check out this new Japanese CM for Turtle Wax ice… ice ice ice aishite-aisu~!