I had been using ULW but at the suggestion of my friend Shawn T. I decided to give the paste version of this fine product.
The first thing I noticed upon opening the container was the smell. Usually, odor doesn't matter to me at all but this was just so pleasant I couldn't help but notice it. To me, it smells like a light vanilla smell. I had to be careful how many whiffs of it I took or I'd be spreading it on toast pretty soon.
Next, as soon as I touched the applicator pad to the surface, I could tell how easily this was going to be to use. It really is like spreading warm butter across the paint surface. The ease of use reminded me a lot of M16 which is one of my personal favorites. I tried on purpose to apply it overly thick in a few sections to test the ease of removal. It didn't matter though, the thick parts buffed off just as effortlessly as the normally applied areas. This is a huge benefit, in my opinion, due to the fact that some consumers may not be familiar with the "thin film" technology yet.
Now, I had been using ULW, and I was used to using a little bit more effort to remove the residue but with the paste version there was none of that at all (Please note, I am not saying the liquid version is not as good as the paste. They are just a little different). Just a crisp and crystal clear finish that really accentuated the metallic flake in the base coat. It was right on par with Wolfgang DGS 3.0 so that says a lot!
Now, if you were to ask me whether I were to prefer the paste or liquid I would have to choose the paste because of it's ease of use. But, the liquid has its advantage in the area of compatibilty with plastic trim whereas the paste could stain. For the average joe I would recommend the liquid because of that fact but, for the enthusiast or detailer the paste is what I would go with.
I think the most amazing thing about this line, though, is the price point and availability. Ultimate Wax is right up there with the performance of sealants costing $40 or more but is half the price and is readily accessible at any auto parts store, Walmart, K Mart etc. As the container states, Meguiars has once again raised the bar in car care and they will continue to do so. There's a reason they've been around since 1901. Try this out and you'll understand why.