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Meguiar's 5 Step Paint Care Cycle

Taking care of your paint has never been this easy. Just follow the 5 Simple steps laid out by Meguiar’s to achieve the perfect show car paint.

Click on the steps to learn more about each

step 1: Wash

Automotive Paint, especially modern clear coats paints, are sensitive to scratching, especially during the washing step. When washing, it is important to use clean quality accessories, a pH balanced car wash solution, and proper technique, to help minimize the chance of inflicting swirls and/or scratches

Recommended Meguiar’s Products: Wash and Wax Shampoo, Microfiber Wash Mitt, Water Magnet Microfiber Drying Towel

Image of Meguiar's PH Neutral Shampoo, Meguiar's Wash and Wax

step 2: CLEAN/ PREP

After cleaning and drying the car’s paint, the next step is to evaluate the paint. There are two levels of defects that need to be taken car of:

  • Above-Surface Contaminants: these include dirt, dust, road grime, tree sap mist, industrial fallout, and paint over-spray. Over time, these environmental contaminants can bond to the paint finish, and washing the car alone do not remove them. Detailing Clay or a “Clay Bar” removes above surface contaminants from the paint finish.
  • Below-Surface Contaminants: these include Swirls, scratches, stains, water spots, & oxidation. Meguiar’s Paint Cleaner or Compound Product can be used with either a foam pad or a DA Machine to remove the below surface contaminants. 

Recommended Meguiar’s Products: Smooth Surface Clay Kit, Ultimate Compound.

Image of Meguiar's Clay Kit. Comes with bars of clay along with Quick Detailer and Microfiber
Image of Meguiar's Ultimate Compound.

step 3: POLISH

The use of a polish helps to create a brilliant gloss & depth to your paint finish. They also have the ability to remove light to moderate defects because they contain mild abrasives. Polishes also work to perfectly prepare the paint surface after a paint cleaning or compound step.

Note: Polish also does not offer protection, so it is not a substitute for a wax.

Recommended Meguiar’s Products: Ultimate Polish

Image of Meguiar's Ultimate Polish

step 4: Wax/ Protect

At this stage your vehicle should feel smooth, have a deep, high gloss appearance, and be nearly defect free. Now it’s time to preserve this high gloss finish by applying a wax. Wax serves as your protection against the sun, your sacrificially barrier against elements of the environment, and works to preserves your high gloss paint finish

Recommended Meguiar’s Products: Ultimate Wax Paste, Hybrid Ceramic Wax

step 5: Maintain

Now that you have your vehicle looking the way you want it, and it’s well protected, you will want a proper maintenance routine to keep it looking it’s best. We refer to maintaining as the frequent removal of fresh contaminants before they have a chance to bond or etch into the paint finish.

Recommended Meguiar’s Products: Ultimate Quick Detailer, Hybrid Ceramic Detailer

Images of Meguiar's Hybrid Ceramic Detailer

More Amazing car care products

By following the Meguiar’s 5-Step Paint Care Cycle you can achieve an immaculate paint finish, but it does not end there. Meguiar’s offers a wide range of products that cover every aspect of car care, products like: