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    Review - Meguiar's Ultimate Fast Finish

    I received the latest product from Meguiar`s the other day. I had pre-ordered it Autogeek during a past sale only to meet the shipping limit criteria.

    Pulled from this thread: Meguiar`s Ultimate Fast Finish

    Features:


    • Meguiar`s most advanced paint protecting formula
    • Technologically advanced, innovative, synthetic polymer coating provides relentless water beading protection wash after wash*
    • Protects for a full year!*
    • Meguiar`s fastest & easiest way to protect a paint finish, simply spray on & wipe off
    • Use by itself or even on top of wax to extend protection.
    • *Lab tested durability over 100 wash cycles using a pH balanced car wash



    Details:


    • Part#: G18309
    • MSRP $17.99 USD
    • Size: 8.5 oz aerosol
    • Includes Microfiber Towel






    For those that are not familiar with this product, it is the latest protection product from Meguiar`s. It was announced at SEMA 2016. Let`s get right into it.

    The product comes is packaged in a nice box. Inside it contains the aerosol can and a black microfiber towel. That is right this is an aerosol application. The black microfiber is the same microfiber towel that is included with ultimate wax and is a black supreme shine microfiber.



    We take a look at the box and see a nice display on one side with all of the features of the product. The other side has a photo of ultimate wash & wax and ultimate compound.



    The claim of 1 year longevity and the statement "Lab tested durability over 100 wash cycles". We all know that durability and longevity in a lab are different than real world situations. I am not going to do a durability test. This was a test to see how this product is applied, the beading and sheeting of it. I do not know if it will live up to the 1 year claim. Again this is going to vary depending on the surrounding environment. Perhaps it will only last 5,6, 7 months etc. I will let someone else report back on that as I will be coating my daily driver within the next few weeks now that the repaint has cured for 90+ days.



    Directions on the box. Pretty straight forward on application. Apply directly to the microfiber, spread it onto the surface, slip the towel for a final wipe. Repeat around the entire car.



    I used my factory hood from my Pontiac Grand Prix as the test area since I have an aftermarket hood on the car. I started off by washing the hood as seen in the Big Blue Drying Towel review I did. After that I polished the hood with M205 to remove the sealants I was playing around with a few months back. I then followed up with CarPro Eraser to remove the polishing oils from M205. This is an optional step. I then proceeded to apply Ultimate Fast Finish.



    These are the application items I used. I opted to use a microfiber applicator rather than the included towel. I used the included towel for the final wipe. This was my preference as the applicator is easier to control versus the towel and it fits in my hand much better. A microfiber towel or two is perfectly fine.



    We move onto the application. The atomization of the nozzle is good. Not a lot of oversrpay. It is a nice tight spray pattern. I would recommend to do this indoors or when there is no wind. The wind could factor in just like most aerosols.






    Once applied to the applicator I applied it and spread it around. With a few sprays I was able to apply to half the hood with relative ease. I actually think 2 sprays to prime would have been enough. 1-2 sprays would probably be all that is needed applying to additional panels. A little product goes a long way.

    It did spread out easily. I had no problems spreading over the surface. The product does flash and it seems to do it very well. It required little to no final wiping. I don`t see an issue if someone missed a spot while doing a final wipe. This is basically a wipe on wipe off product. One could probably walk away after applying it but it`s better to be safer and do a final wipe to level out the product and avoid high spots.

    The product flashing will vary depending on the surrounding environment (temperature & humidity). The flashing of it reminded me of Optimum Opti-Seal and Gloss Coat with the rainbow type of effect.

    I tried to capture the flashing effect of it. It can be seen to the right of this photo.



    It wasn`t sunny in the area I was working at as the house blocked the nice 72 degree sunny weather . But the gloss looked real nice.



    For those Meguiar`s fans this would make a nice 1-2 combo.



    I was curious to see how the water behavior and I used the infamous water bottle test on an area that is slanted as the hood is sitting flat on the display stands and does not mimic how a hood slopes in most real world applications. I did wait somewhere between 12-24 hours before I got it wet with the hose. That is still the recommended time from Meguiar`s. At the time, UFF was on the paint for about 10-15 mins.


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    Re: Review - Meguiar's Ultimate Fast Finish

    The following day I pulled the hood back out and it was time to see how it behaved with water. It sat somewhere between 12-24 hours.

    Set the nozzle on mist setting.



    Various close ups of the beading. Nice and tight water beading.







    See the live video of this entire process in the following posts.

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    Re: Review - Meguiar's Ultimate Fast Finish

    Initial thoughts:

    This is an interesting product. But overall application of it was easy. It spread out effortlessly. The product flashes to the point where little to no buffing is required. There is no wait time like a waxes and some sealants to do a final wipe. It left a slick and glossy finish. Beading and sheeting looks great. Based on my initial assessment, I am impressed with this product.

    As I previously stated this is not going to be a longevity or durability test. It is more to show how it`s applied and how it performs with water. I will let someone else chime in on a durability. The thing with this product is that an enthusiast like myself would end up applying another coat a few months down the line. So for me the longevity is not that important.

    Some will ask if this can be topped or as a topper. It says it can right on the box and on the aerosol can.

    The other question someone will ask is how does it compare to Sonax Polymer Net Shield. Unfortunately I can not answer that as I have never used Sonax PNS. But I will post this.

    Meguiar`s Ultimate Fast Finish


    Quote Originally Posted by KyleGates View Post
    This has me thinking of Sonax Polymer Net Shield and if it performs anything like it, it will be awesome. Definitely going to be trying this one.
    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Stoops View Post
    Great as that product is, Ultimate Fast Finish is far easier to apply and leaves a much slicker finish when you`re done. Durability should be superior with UFF as well.
    Give this product a try. It`s only $17 which is cheaper than ultimate wax. I think most will enjoy using it.


    I will include a couple videos of the entire project.

    Part 1 delves into the product application.



    Part 2 displays the water behavior of UFF. It`s a bit deceiving because the hood is sitting flat on the stands. It doesn`t really mimic how some hoods slope down.


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    Re: Review - Meguiar's Ultimate Fast Finish

    Great write-up Mike!

    Thanx for doing this, answers quit a few questions I had.

    Bill

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    Great review sir.
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    Re: Review - Meguiar's Ultimate Fast Finish

    Excellent review!

    Reminds me of Adam's Quick Sealant with better longevity. Seems much easier to apply than PP365 as well.

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    Re: Review - Meguiar's Ultimate Fast Finish

    Great review - thanks for taking the time to do that! This has certainly been a favorite product around the office - the test cans seemed to grow legs on a regular basis...
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    Re: Review - Meguiar's Ultimate Fast Finish

    Quote Originally Posted by BillE View Post
    Great write-up Mike!

    Thanx for doing this, answers quit a few questions I had.

    Bill
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by gclark26 View Post
    Great review sir.
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by DasBurninator View Post
    Excellent review!

    Reminds me of Adam's Quick Sealant with better longevity. Seems much easier to apply than PP365 as well.
    Thanks. It spreads out nicer and has a longer working time than quick sealant. Definitely much easier to apply than PP365.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kleis View Post
    Great review - thanks for taking the time to do that! This has certainly been a favorite product around the office - the test cans seemed to grow legs on a regular basis...
    Thanks.

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    Re: Review - Meguiar's Ultimate Fast Finish

    Thanks for the review, Guz!

    Two of the DD's in the family fleet have been done with PP365 for the winter. Based on the info I've read so far, they'll be wearing UFF long before next winter's wrath. I like the idea that I can correct, polish and wax before applying UFF.

    Bill

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    Re: Review - Meguiar's Ultimate Fast Finish

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kleis View Post
    Great review - thanks for taking the time to do that! This has certainly been a favorite product around the office - the test cans seemed to grow legs on a regular basis...
    Where'd you come from? Lol. Haven't seen you around in a while! When you say the office, curious minds want to know what office has this floating around? I feel like perhaps I missed some interesting news?
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