Meguiar's just released its new series of polishes and waxes and of course, I had to try them... the Meguiar's products were both on sale at the local Murray's/O'Reilly's so I figured why not?? I refuse to patronize AutoZone, but I imagine these products are also available there.
Before discovering Turtle Wax Platinum I was a Meguiar's Gold Class and Zymol user for years.
I used both products exactly as instructed doing one side of my hood with Meguiar's the other with Turtle Wax.
For those interested here are the links of both products.
I used the paste wax as I have always had better results with paste vs. liquid. I couldn't find a site with a lot of information about the paste wax anywhere.
Unfotunately there is little if any information about Turtle Wax Platinum Series on the company's website, apparantly they are pushing their ICE series heavily as I see it EVERYWHERE... I used the ICE paste polish and ICE spray detailer last summer, was not impressed, unless you have a lot of black trim and are worried about residue, there is no reason to use ICE..
Before using these products I washed the hood and clay-barred the surface..
There was a noticeable difference in the gloss, depth of color reflectiveness, lubricity (slickness of the paint), and the the surfaces ability to repel water (called hydrophobic by the people at Meguiar's) between the 2 sides.
I was expecting the Meguiar's to be the same as their old line, but the new line-up is made of completely different polymers. It was appreciably better than both Turtle Wax and its Gold Class series in all the categories listed above.
This is the first car I've owned that I've painteed using a clear coat, and perhaps this newer formulation is made to enhance the properties of the clear.
Unfortunately, I was not able to do a similiar comparison on the laquer portions of the car, but I will most certainly be using Meguiar's Ultimate Detailing Spray on the rest of the car as well, and most likely just sticking with the Turtle Wax Platinum on the laquer as it has worked so well.
This morning it rained and I noticed a considerable difference between the size of the of the water beads.. The Meguiar's side had smaller beads than the Turtle Wax side... not exactly sure why as the surface tension should be less on the Meguiar's side causing larger beads, but as described by Meguiar's the water did sheet off better than the Turtle Wax side.
I was not impressed with either company's compound/polish. However, both waxes and spray detailers are as good as anything on the market in their respective price ranges.
If you have stains or swirl marks go with 3M's rubbing compound (formerly Known as Perfect-IT II (fine cut)). http://www.autogeek.net/3mperllrubco.html
I used to use 3M's orange pad with a Porter Cable orbital.. but I've since switched to a Microfiber pad and a 3000 RPM Random Orbital that you can buy at any autoparts store. It is easier and yields the same result. I then use Meguiar's Show Car Glaze to fill in any minor swirl marks and to enhance the shine.. it also prepares the surface to be waxed. http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/product_detail.asp?T1=MEG+SHOW+16
Either system will work fine. If you are on a budget the Turtle Wax Platinum series is fantastic especially on laquer or original finishes... With the prospect of it being discontinued I have been searching for a replacement and it looks like I will be using Meguiar's NXT paste wax and Ultimate Detailing Spray from now on. I will still be using Turtle Wax Ultimate on the lower portions of my car that still has the original laquer paint...
The newer generations of Meguiar's products are superior to the previous Gold Class series and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who has a clear coat finish.
For those with the factory laquer paint, I still recommend nothing but zymol, especially those with darker colors. Had I not found the Turtle Wax Platinum I would be still using it on my laquer paint.