AUTOGLYM SUPER RESIN POLISH
There can be few auto accessory brands that are as respected as Autoglym is. The company’s range of car-care products are renowned but, for me, there is one product that has been overtaken by its competitors and has not lived up to its repute in recent years. I refer to the company’s mainstay product, Super Resin Polish.
When introduced in 1986, Super Resin Polish was a capable product and developed a large fan-base. I started using it in 1995 but, as the years passed, I found that similarly-priced polishes and waxes not only gave a superior finish but also were easier to use. My main gripes with Autoglym’s product were that, when a thin layer was buffed off, a white powdery dust remained. Additionally, its watery consistency made it easy to apply accidentally to black plastic trim, which would leave a hard-to-remove stain. Although it gave a good shine, its ability to protect the paint from water droplets was very short-lived.
Despite my opinions of Super Resin Polish’s shortcomings, I was surprised that Detailing World (www.detailingworld.co.uk), supposedly home to Europe’s largest community of vehicle detailing professionals and enthusiasts, voted it as Polish of the Year in its 2011 awards. Yet, it appeared that Autoglym was just as aware of the aging product’s failings as I was and an improved product was introduced at the beginning of the year. I received a sample and applied half of it to a car, the rest of which I polished with the previous-generation Super Resin Polish as a comparison.
The first impression is that the new product is significantly creamier than its predecessor, a consistent layer of which is easier to apply to the panel. Buffing the polish from the paint presents fewer issues than before and, more importantly, hardly any white residue remains. In terms of usability, Super Resin Polish is a significant improvement. I also applied some polish to a section of the car’s plastic trim intentionally; not only were the marks less severe but the residue was removed readily with warm water.
It is more difficult to evaluate the longevity of the paintwork protection provided by the new Autoglym polish. The treated car had been left outside in all weather conditions for a fortnight prior to being washed. The only conclusion I can deduce is that the side of the car that was polished in the latest product repelled the water slightly better, although the difference was not especially marked.
Understandably, you get what you pay for and even the new blend of Super Resin Polish is not as good as some more expensive products, even from within Autoglym‘s range. Yet, when compared to similar waxes in its price range, which starts at £10.50 for 325ml, I feel that I can recommend it as a product that now justifies wearing the Autoglym name.
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