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Car paint correction by hand is a meticulous and rewarding process, allowing automotive enthusiasts and detailers to restore their vehicle's paintwork to a stunning, showroom-like shine. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a novice looking to enhance your car's appearance, this guide below will walk you through the essential products available on our site and techniques needed to achieve exceptional results. So if you are looking for the classic Autoglym Super Resin Polish, the American made Meguiars Polish or something new like Auto Finesse Renew we should have you covered.

Remember that once you have chosen the polishing steps for your car you also need the correct applicators and microfibres to complete the job.


Is it better to wax or polish a car?

  • Very simply – both, as they are two different steps. Polish – depending on the type selected (more info below) is to tackle the swirls, scratches, and overall shine of the paintwork. Wax – does also increase gloss levels, but its main objective is to great a hydrophobic layer for easier washing and a protective layer for a longer lasting shine. Think Polish – Prepare and Wax – Protect.

Should you wax or polish your car first?

  • Polish will always come first if you are doing both steps but remember polish is only required if you are trying to remove/cover swirl marks. Wax is there to protect and enhance gloss further, so this can be repeated as many times as you would like.

Does car polish remove scratches?

  • Some yes, some no. We have more on the types of car polish below but essentially car polishes that have micro abrasives will remove scratches, those without (normally known as fillers) will fill in the scratches and hide them from view.

To achieve a flawless finish with the best car polish and scratch removers check out a small guide and descriptions on each type. Not every polish is created to do the same job as some users will have more time to polish their car and some may require a little more tender loving care to begin with.

Scratch Removers

  • Not all swirls and scratches require a machine polisher to be removed. Start the hand paint correction journey by addressing those pesky scratches and swirl marks that mar your car's paint. The best scratch removers, such as Meguiar's Ultimate Compound and Stjarnagloss Skara Gloss Polish, contain advanced abrasives that effectively diminish the appearance of light to moderate scratches. These remarkable products work like magic, gently erasing imperfections and leaving your paint looking revitalized. Most know this process as needing a bit of T-Cut, this is just a brand like Hoover, but technology has moved on a lot since the original T-Cut was released.

Car Polish

  • The standardised name for all car polishes, but tend to have less aggressive abrasives than “scratch removers” and maybe even a little filler to hide the slightly deeper scratches. It is best to tend to the scratches first with a scratch remover and then use a general car polish to bring out the shine and depth in your car's paint. Using a high-quality car polish, like Autoglym Super Resin Polish or Meguiar's Ultimate Polish, will help achieve that glossy, mirror-like finish you desire. The best car polishes not only enhance the paint's lustre, but many will create a thin layer which can protect against UV fade and light contamination. For best results, always follow up with a dedicated paint protective layer.

Filler Polish

  • That classic, dry to a haze buff to a high shine product. Consider incorporating filler polish, also known as glaze polish, into your routine. Autoglym Super Resin Polish is the most known, with others such as Dodo Juice Fillet Bang and Meguiars Ultimate Polish offer fantastic options in this category. Filler polish contains special fillers that temporarily mask minor imperfections, such as swirl marks, fine scratches, and hazing, effectively evening out the paint surface and providing a smoother appearance. Most commonly used before a car wax to create a smooth surface for easier application.

All-In-One Glazes

  • To streamline your hand paint correction process, all-in-one glazes are the go-to solution. These versatile products, including Poorboy's Black Hole Show Glaze and Auto Finesse Ultra Glaze Polish, combining the benefits of cutting, polishing, and filling in one convenient package. Perfect for enthusiasts seeking efficiency without compromising on results, all-in-one glazes save time and effort while delivering remarkable outcomes. Some of these glazes may even contain a wax giving you a car wax polish all in one step.

Incorporating the best car polish, scratch remover, filler polish, and all-in-one glazes into your car paint correction arsenal is the key to achieving a flawless finish. Take pride in your meticulous efforts as you watch your car's paint transform from lacklustre to brilliant, capturing admiring glances wherever you go.

Meguiar's #105 Ultra Cut Compound (236ml) #105 Ultra Cut Compound by Meguiar's from £17.95 Menzerna One Step Polish 3-in-1 (250ml & 1L) One Step Polish 3 in 1 by Menzerna from £13.95 Meguiar's #205 Ultra Finishing Polish (236ml) #205 Ultra Finishing Polish by Meguiar's from £17.95 Bilt Hamber Cleanser-Polish (500ml) Cleanser Polish by Bilt Hamber £16.95 Poorboys Black Hole Show Glaze Black Hole Show Glaze by Poorboys from £16.95 Autoglym Super Resin Polish (New Formulation) Super Resin Polish (New Formulation) by Autoglym from £14.45 Meguiar's Meguiars Ultimate Paint Care Kit Ultimate Paint Care Kit by Meguiar's £60.00 Swissvax Cleaner Fluid Regular Cleaner Fluid Regular by Swissvax from £44.00 Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection Extra Gloss Protection by Autoglym from £14.95 Poorboys White Diamond Show Glaze (473ml White Diamond Show Glaze by Poorboys from £16.95 Dodo Juice Lime Prime Lite (500ml) Lime Prime Lite by Dodo Juice from £13.45 PolishAngel ESCLATE LOTION | THE ORIGINAL Esclate Lotion The Original by PolishAngel from £13.95 PolishAngel MASTER FINAL POLISH II Master Final Polish II by PolishAngel from £19.95 PolishAngel MASTER COMPOUND POLISH I Master Compound Polish I by PolishAngel from £13.95 PolishAngel Glasscoat Invincible Primer Spritz Glasscoat Invincible Primer Spritz by PolishAngel from £60.45 Stjarnagloss Skära Gloss Polish (500ml) Skära Gloss Polish by Stjarnagloss £14.00 Meguiar's Ultimate Polish (473ml) Ultimate Polish by Meguiar's £17.95 Angelwax Perfect Polish (500ml) Perfect Polish by Angelwax £9.45 Dodo Juice Critical Finish (500ml) Critical Finish by Dodo Juice £18.00 Dodo Juice Depth Charge (500ml) Depth Charge by Dodo Juice £18.00 Chemical Guys VSS Scratch & Swirl Remover (473ml) VSS Scratch & Swirl Remover by Chemical Guys £24.95 ValetPRO Valet Pro Advance Compound (500ml) Advance Compound by ValetPRO £18.95 Cartec Essentials Easy Wax Car Paint Polish (500ml) Essentials Easy Wax Polish by Cartec £10.45 Nanolex SiOne One Car Cut and Polish (100ml & 750ml) SiOne by Nanolex from £9.90 Stjarnagloss Glasyr Protective Glaze (500ml) Glasyr Protective Glaze by Stjarnagloss £24.00 Autoglym UHD Machine Polishing Compound Kit Ultra High Definition Polishing Compound Kit by Autoglym £65.95 Auto Finesse Renew (500ml) Renew by Auto Finesse £24.95 Koch Chemie Shine Speed Polish (500ml) Shine Speed Polish by Koch Chemie £19.25 Meguiar's Meguiars Hybrid Ceramic Pre-Wax Prep (473ml) Hybrid Ceramic Pre-Wax Prep by Meguiar's £19.25 Autoglym Scratch Removal Complete Kit Scratch Removal Complete Kit by Autoglym £29.95 Swissvax Discovery Kit Discovery Kit by Swissvax £115.00 Herrenfahrt Polish (250ml) Polish by Herrenfahrt £24.38 Herrenfahrt Cleansing Extract Cleansing Extract by Herrenfahrt £16.50 PolishAngel Carnaubaflockencreme | CONTOUR Carnaubaflockencreme™ (Contour) by PolishAngel from £22.45 Autoglym Super Resin Polish Complete Kit Super Resin Polish Complete Kit by Autoglym £31.00 Auto Finesse Ultra Glaze Polish (500ml) Ultra Glaze Polish by Auto Finesse £12.95 Auto Finesse Tripple All In One Polish & Protect (500ml) Tripple All In One by Auto Finesse from £13.95 Dodo Juice Need For Speed AIO Cleaner Wax (500ml) Need For Speed by Dodo Juice £14.95 Meguiar's Ultimate Compound (450ml) Ultimate Compound by Meguiar's £17.95 Swissvax Pre-Cleaner Opaque Pre-Cleaner Opaque by Swissvax from £38.50 PolishAngel Glasscoat Invincible 9H Primer Glasscoat Invincible 9H Primer by PolishAngel from £28.95 Dodo Juice Lime Prime (500ml) Lime Prime by Dodo Juice from £11.16 Swissvax Cleaner Fluid Strong (250ml) Cleaner Fluid Strong by Swissvax £57.50 Swissvax Cleaner Fluid Medium - 250ml Cleaner Fluid Medium by Swissvax £57.50 Meguiar's ScratchX 2.0 (207ml) ScratchX 2.0 by Meguiar's £15.45 Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine (500ml) Ultra Deep Shine by Autoglym £21.95