Best Car Polish
The Expert is here to help!

"Darren, I just want shiny paint! Everyone claims to have the best car polish but I feel like I am chasing my tail from one opinion to the next. I just want products that are simple to use and deliver great results!"

Your quest for the best automotive polish will likely drive most of you mad!

You don't have to be a fanatic to want a show car finish! I think most people appreciate a car that is more shiny, not less shiny.

Chances are you already have a garage shelf full of different car polishes; most of which probably claimed to be "the best car polish" when you bought them. Yet there they sit, collecting dust on your garage shelf, and here you are looking for something different.

The Best Car Polish:
The Best of the Best

"Everyone claims to have the best car polish. The problem is that many of the people telling you what the best car polish is don't even know the difference between a good polish and a superior polish!"

CSI Ceram-X Car Polish 62-203-Quart - Single Product Polish (SPP) Superior Single Polish Replaces The Countless compounds/Polishes You Think You Need

  • The only polish ever needed in 99% of all polishing jobs
  • Can remove 800 grit sanding marks and finish down to a swirl free finish with only one pad change out (wool pad first to remove sanding marks, followed by a foam pad to remove any swirl marks/holograms
  • Developed initially to answer problems of the paint and body/restoration world specifically
  • Now available to the world of professional/DIY detailing

car polishing with best car polish

Darren's Tips: The CSI polishes are truly unique in that the base formulation was designed to be a Single Product Polish system. This means you can have a single product that can go from 800 grit sanding marks down to a swirl free finish all by the use of a single polish (Ceram-X) and the use of only 2 polishing pads (wool pad to do the initial cutting and removing of the sanding marks, and a foam pad to remove any holograms/swirl marks induced by the wool pad).

For people with a hyper critical eye, the D1 Polish Enhancer was then developed for an even higher level of polishing perfection that is ideal for the true perfectionist and when polishing on dark colored paints.

Both polishes share the same basic formulation with the most significant difference between the two polishes being the abrasive size. The D1 Polish Enhancer has abrasives that are 10x smaller than that of the Ceram-X Polish.

See this list as to all the many features/benefits of both products:

  • A true Single Product Polish system. (ability to remove sanding marks and finish to a swirl free finish with a single polish)
  • True waterborne formulation (this has many benefits to it; most notably extremely easy clean-up, ability to work in direct sunlight, and no rock-hard compound residue)
  • Nano-emulsified (this provides size-specific abrasives engineered at the nano-meter level that produces a tighter consistency in formulation, which translates into control over the cutting/polishing process)
  • No heavy solvents (You can literally smell this polish that has no solvent smell of any kind, or traditional compounds/polishes with heavy solvent smell)
  • No fillers (most compounds/polishes are made with "fillers" that hide and conceal micro-abrasions and swirl marks. Using Cerma-X is a "what you see is what you get" moment without any of the fillers found with inferior compounds/polishes)
  • Can be used in direct sunlight (this is also a by-product of true waterborne technology)
  • Can be used by hand or machine (versatility)
  • As professional grade as professional grade can get! (whether you are an absolute beginner to an advanced restoration shop looking for the "best of show" at the Concours d'Elegance level, this product performs)
  • Mil-gauge tested and proved. (a polish that has been proven to remove less material in the process of removing sanding marks down to a swirl free finish. And I can't speak for you but the accepted rule is that we want more material left intact; not less material. This also means that as a beginner, you can go into a polishing process with the added confidence of a proven polish that has a higher level of safety literally engineered into it.)

polishing a car with the best car polish

If you are one of my followers and simply want to know what I use and rely on in my professional world of detailing then look no further. Use the link above to get what I call "the sure thing".  The car polish I know can perform at the highest levels of performance (the polish used by restoration shops that charge 1.5 million dollars and up, just to do the paint and body!)

For those of you new to my site can become an educated consumer and see why I have come to rely on this polish for the past 15 years.

CSI ClearCoat Solutions:
Breaking the rules!

First to Market:

ClearCoat Solutions Inc. (Also known as CSI) was the first company to develop what is called a single-step polish; or more precisely: Single Product Polishing (SPP). This single product system was originally developed over 20 years ago and has gone through various refinement phases.

Evolving with Technology:

Like every other industry, CSI has continued to evolve as better manufacturing processes and more refined raw materials have become available. CSI has continued to refine it's products with all the latest in technology and chemical engineering to maintain its position as the superior choice and what I professionally consider as the best car polish. And in case you have taken note; this means that CSI polishes are not going to be your choice when it comes to cheap. Superior ingredients, cutting edge technology, and superior products are not cheap to produce and are not cheap to sell.

Single Product Polishing (SPP):

CSI breaks the rules with their single product polishing system (SPP). This ultra-simple (KIS: Keep It Simple) approach means a single polish can be used to remove sanding marks, create a blemish free surface, and produce a shine for what the industry considers a deliverable finish to the painted surface. (For the sake of comparison; Ceram-X can remove sanding marks as aggressive as 600 grit sanding marks. No other single product polish on the market can stand up to that claim). This single product polishing system is due to formulating with more refined raw materials that make for a superior polish that maintains a very tight and consistent abrasive formulation.

KIS: Keep It Simple

Unlike every other company producing automotive polishes and compounds, CSI is not trying to bury you with endless grades of polishes and compounds, but keeps it ultra simple with a single product polishing system.

polishing with ceramx best car polish

Back when the formulation for Ceram-X was being originally developed, no other company was attempting to do this. It is only within the last decade that virtually every other company has jumped into this revolutionary methodology of polishing with all their own single-step products in order to compete. And yet all these other companies still want to sell you their 20 different compounds and 20 different polishes. (I can't speak for you, but if you can accomplish deliverable results with a single product polish, then why would a company continue to push multiple polishes and compounds on you? Some companies have as many as 20+ different grades, or levels of polishes and compounds.)

Diminishing Abrasive Technology (DAT)

The car polishing world has been using diminishing abrasives since the beginning of time. As a rule, either aluminum oxide or diatomaceous earth was used as the abrasives in rubbing compounds and polishes. As car enthusiasts, detailers, and body shop owners we accepted diminishing abrasive technology as both the accepted and standardized rule when it came to polishes and compounds. And of course, every company currently has their own version of what they call their best car polish using one of these base abrasives (of course best car polish to all these other companies really means a whole spectrum of best car polishes since they are in the business to sell you more polishes, not less polishes). CSI does not use the standardized rule of diminishing abrasive technology, but formulates using what is now known as Controlled Abrasive Technology (CAT).

Ceram-X uses size-specific, highly-refined abrasives that allows for a controlled scratch pattern instead of the inconsistent use of diminishing abrasives that wear down at a random, and uncontrolled rate during polishing. This now has the entire industry scrambling to not only compete with the leading-edge technology of the CSI product line, but try and explain why they can produce a single-step polish or compound, while simultaneously try to keep you convinced as to why all their other compounds and polishes are still relevant. (can someone say "contradiction")

Virtually every compound/polish manufacturer uses aluminum oxide as their abrasive material that is then suspended in some type of "carrier". The carrier is essentially the liquid part of the car polish that the aluminum oxide particles are "floating" within. Diatomaceous earth was also a common form of abrasive used within car polishes and compounds but has since ceased to be. And like every other area of life; not all things are created equal. Since most of us accept that we get what we pay for; the more you pay for something the more you get. CSI uses a very refined and size-specifc aluminum-oxide abrasive that costs dramatically more than what other inferior polishes do. Which is also why most compounds/polishes must have multiple products in their line up, or formulate their products with fillers to compensate for the use of inferior abrasive technology.

Aluminum oxide for best car polish

Aluminum Oxide

Diatomaceous Earth

Nano Technology:

Despite how cynical you might be as a person, nano technology is very relevant within the world of automotive polishes as well as virtually every other industry. Now science has the ability to create, engineer, and manufacture at the nano scale. What this means to you and me is that when it comes to formulating the best car polish, if the right chemist and formulators have the knowledge, they can produce car polishes that are far superior to polishes of the past.

Nano technology in very simple terms is the ability to work with materials at a much smaller scale than what was possible before (nano-scale is the ability to work at the level of a nano-meter). From finer raw materials to final end products, we as car enthusiasts, professional detailers, or body shop polishers get to enjoy the benefits of better products that are both easier to use and produce better results.

Nano technology also allows for a much tighter, more refined consistency in the final formulated polish. No more separation of chemicals within the container that must be endlessly mixed up as you use. (with that said; any product that is subjected to extreme heat and freezing temperatures will eventually begin to fail. But unlike the many inferior polishes you could spend your money on, you won't find a more refined and tighter blend of car polish than Ceram-X)

Water Based Formulations:

When it comes to suspending the abrasive material within a liquid compound or polish, some form of "carrier" must be used. Before humanity became environmentally aware the industry was using solvents to suspend or use as the carrier for these abrasives to formulate polishes and compounds. Water is now used as the carrier. Despite the industry resisting this major change in formulating their car polishes and compounds, it has produced a few positive benefits that were not predicted. Since CSI polishes are true water based formulations, these benefits are more significant than you can find in other car polishes:

  • The ability to work in direct sunlight on hot paint
  • Easy clean up (no more rock hard white residue left behind after polishing)
  • Friendly to the environment and to humans
  • CSI polishes will not plasticize (this means the polish will not become rock hard when cleaning up residual polish from body panels and seams. Since CSI polishes are water based formulations, clean up is easy with simple tap water)

Best Car Polish:
A Sure Thing

auto fetish polishing with car polish

Due to my YouTube channel and the nature of my business, I am forever testing products and tools of detailing. This means I have, and continue to test more and more car polishes and compounds. But when it comes to my professional world of finicky customers, I need a sure thing. A sure thing to me means a car polish that can perform with what I consider the winning combination of benefits:

  • The ability to perform in virtually any environment (indoors or outdoors)
  • The ability to work in direct sunlight on hot paint
  • Easy clean up
  • Long working times of the polishes themselves (this means the polishes do not dry up overly quick as you are polishing with them)
  • Non-staining
  • Abrasive technology that is a much higher quality and much more consistent throughout the polishing process
  • Can be used by hand
  • Can be used with any polishing pad or any type of buffer
  • Will perform on any type of car paint finish
  • Will perform on all types of clear coats: soft to extremely hard
  • Zero fillers (fillers are used by many manufacturers as a way of concealing unwanted swirl marks, buffer trails, or holograms left in the paint due to inferior car polishes)

"Most of you will become your own worst enemy; seduced by one car polish after another, dressed up in slick packaging and marketing. As guys obsessed with shine, we can't help ourselves. We all find ourselves on what feels like a never ending quest to find the best car polish"

But at the end of the day you gotta make a choice. My goal has to been to make a compelling argument as to why I think the Ceram-X is what I not only consider the best car polish, but my "sure thing"!

The Best Car Polish:
Going from 4K resolution to 8K resolution

The world of paint and body, paint correction, paint polishing is a massive spectrum of skill sets and requirements. The Cerma-X that was first introduced on this page is meant as a single polish product to handle the needs of 99.9% of any job, any situation, with any polishing technician. And the reality is that Ceram-X can produce what can be referred to as truly hi-definition, or 4K resolution in clarity.

extreme shine compound polishes

Due to the vast spectrum of technicians and requirements, the founder/formulator of Ceram-X also knows that there are situations and individuals where enough never is enough no matter how good the best car polish is. He also understood that some people who have been in the industry long enough have a highly developed eye for perfection that can actually appreciate a higher level of gloss and shine and perfection. A level that would be indiscernible by most of the world.

But for the few times, and for the few people who demand an 8K resolution level of performance, CSI also includes the D1 Polish Enhancer. While this highly refined polished can be used independently of the Ceram-X, is was formulated to be used as a follow-up to Ceram-X for the true perfectionists who exist among us.

CSi Polish Enhancer

CSI D1 Polish/Enhancer Quart 62-209-Quart car Polish Developed to take polishing to 4K Results in Clarity, Depth, and Gloss.

  • Polish enhancer goes from hi-definition resolution to 4K clarity
  • Formulated with the same nano-emulsified technology of Ceram-X, but with Controlled Abrasive Technology that is 10x smaller than Ceram-X.
  • True waterborne technology (easy clean-up)
  • While Ceram-X can be used in direct sunlight, on hot paint, the ultra-refined abrasives in the D1 Polish Enhancer will perform more ideally when used on cool, shaded paint.
  • No heavy solvents and no fillers like traditional compounds/polishes of other manufacturer's.
  • For optimum results, it is recommended to use D1 Polish Enhancer with a closed cell foam polishing pad.
  • Part of the best car polish system of the ClearCoat Solutions system!

"You can sit and read endless reviews and still not be any closer to polishing your car than you are now. Understand that if you want your paint to look better than it currently is, polishing is your only option. Now I have shown you my winning combination as well as what I consider the best car polish. Period!"

Best Car Polish Summary

There's not an area of life these days that has not been dramatically improved through the advances of technology, manufacturing, and chemical engineering. Now my choice as the top rated car polish that I can say with complete confidence as the best car polish is as easy as a couple clicks away. Now you can get the performance of Ceram-X delivered right to your door!

The world of surface car care is no exception!


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