Do you wash your car regularly but find yourself not satisfied with the results? Everybody has experienced this – a good car wash can definitely make your car cleaner, but when you look closely, the paint will not be as shiny as it once was.
This is a sign that your car needs polishing, which is a way of deep cleaning the paint of your car so that it shines like new again. A lot of body shops and professional detailers already offer machine polishing that will make your vehicle look better, but they are usually very expensive. It’s much cheaper to do this by yourself, and it’s not that difficult — you just need some time.
There are a lot of available polishing kits online, and instead of sorting through hundreds of options, we’ve picked out some of the best ones whether you want to use an orbital machine or you just want to do it by hand. We have ones for all budgets, needs, and skill levels, so you’re sure to find a paint polishing kit that suits you here.
Table of contents
- 1. Editor's Pick: TriNova Car Wash Kit Complete Detailing Bundle
- 2. Meguiar's G55048 Ultimate Car Care Kit
- 3. Chemical Guys BUF Porter Cable Complete Detailing Kit
- 4. CarGuys Liquid Wax
- 5. TriNova Scratch Swirl Remover
- 6. Turtle Wax 50733 Complete ICE Premium Car Care Kit
- 7. Griot's Garage 11620Z Orbital Correcting and Wax Kit
- 8. Armor All Complete Car Care Kit
- 9. Chemical Guys HOL401 Eco-Friendly Drought-Buster
- 10. Adam's Essentials Complete Car Detailing Upgraded Kit
- Why Do I Need to Polish My Car's Paint?
1. Editor's Pick: TriNova Car Wash Kit Complete Detailing Bundle
If you want the best possible results at an affordable price and don’t plan on using a machine polisher, the TriNova bundle is the best option. It includes everything you need for cleaning, polishing and waxing the paint of your car, as well as a clay bar and cleaners and detailers for the wheels, tires, windows and the interior of your car. With this kit, you will have great results on every surface and your car will look shiny and flawless from every angle.
TriNova’s products are known for their high quality – you can expect great results from any of the detergents in the package and from the included microfiber towels, mitt, cleaning cloth, high-power rags and drying towels. As a whole, the kit may seem a bit overpriced, but you get a lot for the money – all of the products together may last you several years.
With all of that said, this kit is really meant for people who are new to car care and detailing and want an easy solution. A machine polisher will definitely yield better results, even though most people (except the pros) will not be able to notice the difference.
2. Meguiar's G55048 Ultimate Car Care Kit
Meguiar’s products are on top on any list when it comes to taking care of your car, and this kit is no exception. It contains everything you need for cleaning, polishing and waxing the paint of your car, as well as cleaning other parts, like the wheels, tires, and interior. Every product that comes in this kit yields great results – expect your car to look flawless.
The kit also contains microfiber towels of a very high-quality, wash mitt, foam applicator and water magnet drying towel that is fantastic at removing water spots. The reason it’s not on the first spot is that it doesn’t include a clay bar, which is best for removing dirt that is stuck in the paint’s micro abrasions and restoring its mirror-like finish.
On the other hand, we really like the Ultimate Black plastic restorer that can make the black plastic, vinyl, and rubber trims appear as new again after the treatment. A well-polished paint is nothing with plastic and rubber parts look greyish and faded.
All these great products come in a kit that doesn’t cost too much, especially given the fact that these are from a brand as reputable as Meguiar’s, which is known for their high quality. You really can’t go wrong with this kit, either.
3. Chemical Guys BUF Porter Cable Complete Detailing Kit
If you are serious about keeping the paint of your car fresh and shiny, you’ll definitely need machine polishing. This kit includes the Porter Cable 7424XP Variable Speed Polisher that is fully adjustable from 2,500 to 6,800 oscillations per minute (OPM) and that can be used for applying the wax as well. The polisher is easy to work with, even though we suggest getting familiar with machine polishing and how to use the polisher before trying it on your car. Carefully read the instructions or even talk to someone who has used one before.
This kit comes with everything you need for polishing the paint and all of the products are from Chemical Guys, a reputable name in the car care sphere. We can definitely recommend those for amateur use but don’t expect professional grade machine-polishing results. Still, for most people, we think that these products will be good enough – you’ll not get the professional shiny finish, but it will be hard to notice the difference.
4. CarGuys Liquid Wax
Other products on this list may include everything you need to clean, polish and wax your car, but none will provide you with the finish that the CarGuys Liquid Wax will. It has a special formula that will polish the paint of your car and then seal it to prevent more damage. This product should be used 1-2 times a year and comes from a very reputable company, so we can forgive the higher-than-usual price.
And when you see the results, it’s definitely worth the money. It leaves a mirror-like finish on the car that is very close to what you’ll get after machine polishing, with the added bonus that this product can be used even by amateurs without fear of scratching or damaging the paint. On top of that, it’s very easy to use – just wash your car first, dry it, then apply from the liquid wax on the provided mitt and polish your car with circular motions. In the end, remove the remaining wax with the provided microfiber towel.
The best thing about the CarGuys Liquid Wax is that it can be used for polishing other metal surfaces on your car, like chrome details, the rims, and even the windows. It’s an amazing formula that will really get the best out of your car’s paint.
5. TriNova Scratch Swirl Remover
This kit doesn’t include a car wash shampoo, interior detailer, or even mitts or towels, but is great at restoring the finish of your car. It’s a specialty product meant for real paint polishing. It can remove small scratches and swirls, something that can’t be said for a lot of other kits. Use it twice a year together with a wax or sealant and possibly a clay bar, and you’ll get a mirror finish on the paint.
Considering the quality of polishing you get with the TriNova product, the price is very low, especially given the quantity you get. We also like that it can be used on all paint finishes, even matte ones, and that it’s good for use with a machine polisher. That said, this is an abrasive compound and should be used with care – don’t use it too long in the same area or you can damage the paint of your car. Be gentle and pay close attention to what you’re doing.
It would have been great if TriNova included a microfiber towel for cleaning the residue of the product in this kit. A foam applicator is included, but other kids include microfiber cloths for removal too.
6. Turtle Wax 50733 Complete ICE Premium Car Care Kit
If you don’t plan to spend a fortune for cleaning and polishing your car, but you still want it to look cool and shiny, the Turtle Wax ICE Premium Car Care Kit may be a great solution for you. It includes everything you need for keeping the paint of your car fresh and shiny while costing much less than other kits on the market.
Probably the most important product in this kit is the Speed Compound, that is used for polishing the paint of your car, or in other words, removing scratches and leaving a flawless finish. All of that sounds good on paper, but in reality, you’ll not get a finish that’s on the level of the best polishing products on the market. Still, for the money you pay, you will definitely get satisfactory results – the paint will look shinier and cleaner than before, which for most people is good enough.
On top of that, you even get a spray detailer and wax for even cleaner and better-protected paint and interior cleaner that will also protect the surfaces. The provided mitts and microfiber towels are of a good quality as well, especially for the price.
7. Griot's Garage 11620Z Orbital Correcting and Wax Kit
For the best care of the paint of your car, you definitely need a machine polisher. In the case of Griot’s Garage 1162OZ kit, you get a clay bar and speed shine, as well as a wax. Thanks to this, you can expect a very high-quality mirror finish after the treatment – your car will look as good as new.
The included machine polisher has a power of 850 Watts and 6-inch hook-and-loop backing plate, which is enough for quick polishing of your car. The included variable speed indexing with 6 different settings helps you to polish the paint if it’s heavily or lightly damaged. The included clay bar can be used after the polishing for a best possible mirror finish.
Griot’s complete compound and wax are also of a very high quality and greatly complement the whole process. Suffice to say, with this kit you’ll get paint that others will admire and that will make you proud of your car.
That said, the price is higher than Chemical Guys machine polishing kit and the performance will be only marginally better. If you are very serious about polishing this may be a great choice, but you may get almost the same results for less money.
8. Armor All Complete Car Care Kit
Another suitable option for those on a budget – this one is the cheapest here. This kit includes Ultra Shine Wash & Wax that lifts away dirt, a tire protectant, original protectant for long-lasting shiny finish and glass wipes that can keep the windows of your car clean. For the price, you really get a lot of products in one package, but there are not mitts or microfiber towels – you’ll need to purchase them on the side.
As for the quality of polishing and cleaning, don’t expect results like the best polishers and cleaners out there – the finish will definitely not be mirror-like. However, it’s good enough for regular maintaining of a shiny finish of the paint. The glass wipes can definitely keep your windows clean, but they’re only good if the glass is not very dirty. In other words, use them only on the inner side of the windows and for the mirrors, as otherwise, they will only smear the dirt and not remove it.
We may have been very critical of the Armor All products, but for the price you get them, they really do a good job of maintaining the finish of your paint. Just don’t expect miracles.
9. Chemical Guys HOL401 Eco-Friendly Drought-Buster
The Chemical Guys waterless solution is a great product for those that want to polish and detail their cars easily and quickly. This kit doesn’t even require a hose or a water source nearby. Just mix the solution with water in the provided sprayer and you are good to go or use the concentrated solution for a very dirty car.
It’s very simple to use as well. Just spray over an area of the car and use the provided microfiber cloth to detail your car. Don’t expect professional polishing results, but for most users, this product can give the shine they want. The best thing is, it protects the paint from further damage thanks to the built-in wax.
All of this sounds very good, but don’t expect the best polishing results. Scratches and blemishes will definitely not be removed – this is more of a product for using after every car wash, and not once or twice a year like a real car polisher. That doesn’t mean that it won’t provide you with the shiny finish – it’s just that it won’t be on the level of some other products.
Still, for ease of use and people that don’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning their cars, this is a very good product. Just be prepared to splurge the cash.
10. Adam's Essentials Complete Car Detailing Upgraded Kit
If you are very serious about maintaining every possible material on your car, Adam’s kit will definitely do the job. It doesn’t just include a high-quality detailer, but it also includes professional car wash shampoo, interior detailer, wheel cleaner, clay bar, VRT Vinyl, Rubber & Tire dressing, H2O Guard & Gloss and a lot of microfiber towels, mitts, and brushes of a very high quality. It even comes with a bucket inside. A real all-in-one solution.
We can safely say that all of the products do their job as advertised. After using all of them on the respective finishes, you can expect to have a shiny new car. And we are not talking only about the paint, but the plastic, vinyl and rubber parts, windows, tires, wheels, interior etc. It even has a built-in clay bar that will give you that shiny, mirror-like finish.
With all of this said, Adam’s kit is really meant for people that are serious about maintaining their vehicle. The price of the whole kit is very high – several times higher than other products on this list. That’s the only reason it sits low on the list – for most people, cheaper kits higher on our list can do an almost similar job.
Why Do I Need to Polish My Car's Paint?
The body and paint of your car are abused all day long and are constantly exposed to things that are trying to damage it. Everything from stones, UV rays from the sun, acid rain, bird droppings, sand, mud, ice, rampaging shopping carts, car washes, etc.
All of this abuse and wear and tear can make your car look dull and old. You will see micro scratches, swirling, water spots, and stone chips on the paint. These imperfections not only ruin the look of your car but can ruin the paint in the long run. For example, micro scratches can accumulate even more dirt and grime inside, water spots comprised of calcium carbonate can get harder to remove, and the acid from rain or bird droppings can fade the paint away.
A good car polishing, done at least once a year, can help greatly to reduce the damage on the paint and help protect it from further damage. After polishing and waxing, the paint of your car will look shiny, almost like new. Combine all of that with a clay bar detailing and you’ll have a car that looks brand new. And the best thing is, taking care of your car is not that hard – all you need is few hours of your time, preferably on the weekend and a good car polishing kit. You take care of the former, and we’ll take care of the latter.
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