Top 10: Car polishes 2023

Designed to bring out the shine but also protect your paintwork from the horrors of light, rain and dirt, a good polish will keep your car looking fab for longer. Here are ten of the best.

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Autoglym Super Resin Polish

Available in 325ml, 500ml and 1-litre bottles, plus a twin 1-litre pack with a microfibre cloth thrown in, Autoglym is the original and best for many people - and for good reason. Well-priced, easy to use and delivering excellent results, Autoglym Super Resin Polish goes on easily and is quick to buff off - no wonder it has 4.8 stars out of 5 from over 1200 Amazon customer reviews.

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Autoglym Super Resin Polish, 1L - High Performance Car Polish for Detailing and Maximum Gloss Finish


Meguiar’s Ultimate Polish

Another fine product from those clever people at Meguiar’s, this Ultimate Polish is subtitled ‘Pre-Waxing Glaze’. Similar to the Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine it contains the mildest of abrasives to remove fine swirl marks and imperfections while delivering a deep shine ahead of finishing off with a wax application. Designed to work with dark coloured cars in particular, Ultimate Polish is also safe to use with all gloss finishes and clear coats too.

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Meguiar's G19216EU Ultimate Car Polish Pre-Waxing Glaze 473ml. For deep reflections and maximum gloss


Greased Lightning Showroom Shine

Although the label says car polish, Greased Lightning is a bit more than that. It allows you to skip the car wash altogether - you spray it all over, including glass and metalwork as well as paint - wipe off the dirt with one clean cloth and then buff to a shine with another one. As well as cutting down the amount of water you use.

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Greased Lightning Showroom Shine Waterless Car Wash and Wax, Super Easy and Fast, No Water, Premium Shine, Protects and Cleans, Suitable for Cars, Caravans, Motorbikes - 5 Litre Refill Plus 1 Litre


Poorboys White Diamond

Poorboy's World White Diamond Show Glaze aims to bring that show car shine back to your car. Apply Poorboy's World White Diamond Show Glaze any time to conceal minor blemishes, but it's best used on white, silver, and light coloured vehicles. The polish can be buffed using your hands of a dual action machine. After being allowed to haze over for up to 15 minutes, this film should then be buffed off carefully.

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Sonax Colour Polish and Wax

This offering from Sonax combines two products in one, with a colour polish for high shine results and improving minor paintwork blemishes, while the wax helps to seal in the finish and protect the paintwork over the longer term. It also comes with a colour-matched pencil for stone chips, and is available in silver, white, black, red, and blue.

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SONAX Polish+Wax Color black (500 ml) polish with black color pigments and wax components | Item No. 02961000


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Mer Auto Shine

A popular polish from Germany, Mer might lack a catchy name but the quality of the product is unquestionable. Combining a polishing element with paint restorer, the Mer formula includes a degree of mild abrasives that help to remove minor swirl marks and small scratches. It’s also designed to be the perfect polish to use before vehicle waxing, making it a useful product to keep in the garage.

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MER MASUP5 The Ultimate Polish, 500ml


Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine

This polish from Autoglym’s vast range is specifically designed for modern cars that use water-based paints and those in darker shades. Ideally suited to brand-new cars or those showing the first signs of ageing paintwork, the formula is made of up of waxes and conditioning agents to provide a streak-free finish, a smooth gloss and bring the best out of dark paints. 4.6 stars out of 5 suggests customers like it too.

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Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine, 1L - Specially Designed Car Polish Made Especially For Dark Coloured Cars, Leave Your Paintwork with a Smooth Even Gloss and Enriched Colour


Meguiar’s A3316EU Quik Detailer

Ignore the dodgy spelling and this timesaver from car care experts Meguiar’s could be just what you’re looking for. Designed as a product to use in between washes rather than immediately after one, it just requires a quick spray on and wipe off to remove dirt without damaging paintwork. It also can be used as a lubricant with a Meguiar’s clay bar if you’re going for an ultra-quality finish and because it is pH neutral it won’t remove previous wax applications either.

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Meguiar's A3316EU Quik Spray Detailer 473ml


DetailedOnline 500ml PTFE Car Polish Glaze

Shine and protection is the promise with this polish from DetailedOnline, thanks to its PTFE content. For those that aren’t material scientists, Polytetrafluroetheylene is hydrophobic and so slippery it’s the only surface that a gecko can’t stick to, making it the perfect thing to cover your car with. It’s easy to apply and can be layered up for additional protection, as well as waxed over to leave you with a shiny car you might not have to wash for quite some time.

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DetailedOnline 500ml PTFE Car Polish Glaze High Gloss Shine And Protects Sealant


Demon Shine Spray Gun

Quick, easy and cheap are the keywords with this product from CarPlan. Designed as a post-wash polish, unlike most alternative products Demon Shine just requires you to connect the bottle up to your hosepipe and spray on for a high gloss finish. Either leave the car to dry or buff off with a suitable cloth.

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