At Sunset North Car Wash our Detailing Specialists are often asked about the special treatment of vehicles with black finishes. Our favorite product that has made our customers with black vehicles very happy is from the Chemical Guys and it’s called, BLACK – WAC_307. The wax is actually black in color and any little nicks and scratches will be filled with black instead of the white residue of standard waxes/polishes.
But we wanted to check to see what other solutions detail professionals may have discovered.
In this series, I am going to take some time to highlight some of the most popular detailing questions I encounter on a daily basis as a customer service representative here at DI. These questions can range from washing, drying, and polishing, to almost any other step in the detailing process. With the help of Ask-a-Pro Author James Melfi, check out our answers and some helpful detailing resources covering the topic at hand.
I have a black car and I am looking for the best polish and protection products to use on it. What are your suggestions?
When it comes to detailing, I tend to recommend “forgetting” about the color you are working on. Yes, most black paint will show imperfections easier than white, however, I have found that polishes and protection products are much less color dependent than one might think. Instead, I highly recommend focusing on performing a test spot with some of your favorite products to find what works best with the specific paint you are working on. As James mentions before, are you looking for perfection or just a nice refresh? Either way, below are some of my favorite combinations that work on various paint types and colors.
AIO: Rupes UNO Protect (Rupes Yellow Pad)
Single Step: Menzerna Medium Cut Polish MC 2500 (Lake Country White Pad)
Two Step: Griot’s Garage BOSS Fast Correcting Cream (Buff and Shine Uro-Fiber) followed up by Menzerna Medium Cut Polish MC 2500 (Lake Country White Pad)
Protection: Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light and/or Gtechniq C2V3
That’s a tough one. There are so many variables from what type of black paint you have, to where the vehicle is driven, how often it’s driven, how it’s maintained, etc. Also, consider what your expectation is? Are you going for perfect paint or are you just trying to make an improvement? The answer to those questions will help you refine your polish choices.
AIO: Rupes UNO Protect (Pair with a Meguiars Microfiber Finishing Pad or Rupes Yellow Pad)
Ultra Fine Polish: Menzerna 3800 (Pair with Lake Country Black HDO Pad)
Single Step Polish: Sonax Perfect Finish (Can make a big improvement paired with a Yellow Rupes Pad)