Which is the best car polish on the market? We deliver the answer in our biggest-ever test of 50 leading products...
After a long winter, your car not only deserves a good waxing - it needs one. Paintwork exposed to rain, snow and grit during the cold months has to be revived.
Now's the time to put the sparkle back into your motor. But waxing it is hard work, and you want all that effort to last, which is why we have put together this 50-polish mega test. Which are the shining stars?
the last thing you want to see is all the hard graft of polishing vanish with the first rain shower, so at the heart of our test is stamina.
We tested all types of product, including polishes, waxes, sealants, synthetics and the latest offerings which you apply straight after rinsing your motor. Two bonnets were used, and we left control areas to ensure equal conditions. Our samples were checked regularly over eight weeks to see which were still beading water and offering protection. The test was two weeks longer than previous assessments, really stretching each product.
We also took into account ease of application and, of course, cost. The figures quoted are pack prices, and do not include delivery charges from online sources.
It was very close at the top, with Turtle Wax's Extra Gloss narrowly taking the title from fellow non-abrasive sealant and stablemate Gloss Guard, and Comma's champ from last year.
However, the third-placed Top Gloss is our favourite conventional polish. It's ahead by a clear margin from the Simoniz Original Wax and CarPlan's Nanomeric Sealant.
Top five car polishes
1. Turtle Wax Platinum Extra Gloss 2. Turtle Wax Gloss Guard 3. Comma Car Polish 4. Simoniz Original Wax 5. CarPlan Nanomeric Paintwork Seal & Protect
In this review
- 1Introduction - currently readingWhich is the best car polish on the market? We deliver the answer in our biggest-ever test of 50 leading products...
- 2Meguiar’s Gold Class Liquid Car WaxPrice: £12.99 Size: 473ml
- 3CarPlan T-Cut WaxPrice: £5.99 Size: 500ml
- 4Turtle Wax Platinum Extra GlossPrice: £9.99 Size: 500ml
- 5Turtle Wax Gloss GuardPrice: £6.99 Size: 500ml
- 6Comma Car PolishPrice: £4.99 Size: 400ml
- 7Simoniz Original WaxPrice: £5.99 Size: 500ml
- 8CarPlan Nanomeric Paintwork Seal & ProtectPrice: £12.99 Size: 500ml
- 9Mothers California GoldPrice: £13.49 Size: 473ml
- 10S100Price: £14.99 Size: 175g
- 11Pinnacle Liquid SouveranPrice: £15.99 Size: 473ml
- 12Pinnacle Signature Series IIPrice: £24.95 Size: 170ml
- 13Armor All Protectant WaxPrice: £6.99 Size: 500ml
- 14Poorboy’s World Natty’s Paste WaxPrice: £14.99 Size: 227g
- 15Croftgate Hi Gloss ProtectorPrice: £9.95 Size: 350ml
- 16Armor All Car Wax GelPrice: £5.99 Size: 590ml
- 17Poorboy’s World PolishPrice: £12.98 Size: 473ml
- 18Turtle Wax Extreme Nano-Tech Polishing WaxPrice: £6.99 Size: 398g
- 19Poorboy’s World Professional PolishPrice: £12.98 Size: 473ml
- 20Mothers Reflections Car WaxPrice: £16.99 Size: 473ml
- 21Armor All Polish & WaxPrice: £6.99 Size: 500ml
- 22Turtle Wax Extreme Nano-Tech Polishing WaxPrice: £6.99 Size: 500ml
- 23Sonax Super Liquid WaxPrice: £7.30 Size: 500ml
- 24Turtle Wax Wax It WetPrice: £5.99 Size: 500ml
- 25Mothers FX SynWaxPrice: £12.98 Size: 473ml
- 26Turtle Wax Platinum Car WaxPrice: £9.99 Size: 500ml
- 27Autoglym Ultra Deep ShinePrice: £11.99 Size: 500ml
- 28Turtle Wax OriginalPrice: £5.49 Size: 500ml
- 29SmartWaxPrice: £14.95 Size: 473ml
- 30Farécla Hi Gloss WaxPrice: £8.99 Size: 300ml
- 31VXR WaxPrice: £9.99 Size: 250ml
- 32Sonax Xtreme 1 Full ProtectPrice: £10.35 Size: 150ml
- 33Halfords Colour PolishPrice: £7.99 Size: 500ml
- 34CarPlan T-Cut Color FastPrice: £6.99 Size: 500ml
- 35Williams F1 Team Carnauba Enriched PolishPrice: £7.99 Size: 500ml
- 36CarPlan Demon ShinePrice: £4.99 Size: 1,000ml
- 37Simoniz Max WaxPrice: £5.19 Size: 500ml
- 38Autoglym Extra Gloss ProtectionPrice: £11.99 Size: 500ml
- 39Simoniz Quick ShinePrice: £5.99 Size: 500ml
- 40MerPrice: £8.99 Size: 500ml
- 41Croftgate Sheen on ShinePrice: £9.95 Size: 500ml
- 42Farécla Hi Gloss Spray WaxPrice: £8.99 Size: 400ml
- 43Autoglym Super Resin PolishPrice: £14.99 Size: 1,000ml
- 44Meguiar’s NXT Generation Tech WaxPrice: £14.99 Size: 532ml
- 45IxtarPrice: £3.98 Size: 500ml
- 46Zymöl Cleaner WaxPrice: £10.99 Size: 500ml
- 47Turtle Wax Color Magic PlusPrice: £8.99 Size: 500ml
- 48Muc-Off Miracle ShinePrice: £11.99 Size: 500ml
- 49Sonax Car PolishPrice: £7.30 Size: 500ml
- 50Turtle Wax IcePrice: £14.99 Size: 473ml
- 51Williams F1 Team Instant Showcar FinishPrice: £4.99 Size: 500ml