Geek On The Hill

Dawn Patrol Black Car-Polishing Mission

I’ve been touching up and detailing one of my cars lately, trying to work around the weather. Today’s forecast doesn’t call for rain until 9:00 p.m., so I did a Dawn Patrol mission to give the polish a time to cure.

I started by touching up the stone nicks with a KIA Color 9H touch-up paint pen. I let that cure, then compounded the car using Turtle Wax T-241A compound and an orbital buffer.

For the final step, I used Turtle Wax Color Magic T-374KTR Jet Black Polish. This is a pigmented product that I actually consider more of a cleaner wax than a polish, per se. It’s designed to hide swirl marks and minor scratches. It seems to do the job pretty well, and leaves a decent shine.

Right front corner view of a shiny black KIA Soul after polishing

Left front corner view of a shiny black KIA Soul after polishing

Left rear corner view of a shiny black KIA Soul after polishing

It started to rain after my first attempt to apply the polish, which required that I do it again (hence my Dawn Patrol mission this morning). But it did give me the chance to observe that the water does bead on the polished surface of the car.

Drops of water beading on the hood of a freshly polished black car

It’s still too soon for me to say anything about the durability of the polish. If it wears quickly, I’ll probably try a top coat of Meguiar’s G6207 Black Wax, which I’ve used before with great success. Either that, or I’ll try Turtle Wax 53223 ICE Seal N Shine, which a friend recommended to me; or maybe Turtle Wax T-11 Black Spray Wax, which also gets good reviews.

Richard

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