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    Meguiar's Fast Finish ... First Impressions & Updates

    Yesterday was beautiful, in the 70*s, light breeze and the wife slept until noon.

    I figured that now was the time to try out the Meg`s FF that I picked up last week (I know I`ve got the McKee`s 37 Coating coming, but I`ll just polish the car before applying it).

    I wanted to see how well the FF handled on its own, no base layers, no D115 drying aid after the wash, just FF and FF alone. Now you`d think that after not being touched all winter, my car would be full of swirls from the salt & grime, but just the opposite. Just goes to prove my theory: "If you can`t wash it correctly, wait until you can."

    So I did a two-bucket with Meguiar`s Deep Crystal car wash, hosed off the car and watched the water kind of bead, but mostly not from using the D115 as a drying aid on the last wash. On to drying the car, just a simple microfiber cloth, wrung out as it got loaded with water.

    With the car dried, it was time for the FF.

    The can was smaller than I originally thought it would be, but that turned out to be a complete non-issue. I used a microfiber covered applicator sponge instead of a MF cloth for better control to apply the FF and kept a clean/dry microfiber in the other hand to buff off the FF, once I completed a panel.

    One thing for sure, a little DOES go a LOOOOOONG way - a 1/2 second burst onto the sponge and it covered the whole fender (or door, quarter, half the hood etc). The atomization of the spray is excellent, no drips or splatters, just an ultra fine mist.

    I`m trying to find the words to describe how it looks once applied to the paint`s surface. In some places, there is nothing there (even though I know it was covered when I made my application pass). In others, well ... do you know the "film" on a soap bubble, multicolored & seeming to flow? That`s the best description I can give. It looks like that only a touch heavier. Or even how some oily waxes leave a "smear pattern" that requires additional buffing to remove?

    One thing`s for sure, there is NOTHING difficult about applying or removing the Fast Finish. I did notice the microfiber I used for the removal felt a little grabby and didn`t always want to slide around easily and it didn`t seem like the slickness was there ... UNTIL I took a second clean microfiber and did what Mike Phillips calls a "Final Wipe," to make sure I didn`t miss any spots. Then it was VERY slick and my paint was a deep, rich black, like I`d polished it out first. Depending on how well it holds up, this could very well be my `Go To` wax for customer`s car (inexpensive, and fast & easy to use).

    I know, it didn`t happen without pics, so here they are:





    Forgive the finger in this pic








    PS. When I got to work, a couple of the guys pulled me back outside. They know I keep my car immaculate, but they wanted to know what I did different this time, because it really stood out
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    Re: Meguiar's Fast Finish ... First Impressions

    **Beading Update**

    It started raining today on the way to work and after I had been here a while it down poured. The water is running off the car like crazy, the dust gathered on it since Sunday is gone and the beads that remain on the car look almost like they are floating just above the surface and that the car is actually dry. Interesting optical illusion.
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    Re: Meguiar's Fast Finish ... First Impressions

    Great write up with great information. We are happy to hear you are enjoying Ultimate Fast Finish!

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    Re: Meguiar's Fast Finish ... First Impressions

    Dusty car after sitting through a downpour ... where did the dust go?











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    Re: Meguiar's Fast Finish ... First Impressions

    Nice! Keep us updated! We are happy to hear your experience with the product.
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    Re: Meguiar's Fast Finish ... First Impressions

    The first wash, 5 days after application.

    Since applied, the car has had 5 days of construction dust and road construction dust accumulated and then was rained on which 'stuck' the dust to the paint. I probably could have just as easily used a waterless wash to clean the car, but I still like doing the full thing, so a two-bucket wash it was.

    Starting with a good rinse, I noted that the dirt which was on the paint seemed to simply rinse off. Water beading was just as good as when it rained two days after application and there were no 'dead spots' where the water just pooled.

    I only used about 3 oz of Deep Crystal wash in 5 gallons of water, so the wash water wasn't overly strong. Here I noticed that when I spread the soapy water over the surface of the car, even it beaded up where on many waxes/sealants, the soapy water just lays flat until rinsed. On the FF it beaded and ran off just like the initial rinse. I did notice that the paint seemed extremely smooth under the microfiber wash mitt.

    Just like everything else so far, rinsing off the soap was anticlimactic, the soapy solution rinsed off, the water beading just as strong as before. Drying with a microfiber cloth and no drying aid was easy and straightforward and any "spotting" where the water dried before I could get to it, was easily wiped off with a light pass of the dampened microfiber.

    I wanted to post video of the beading action, but I don't know how to do that and pics are pointless because it was dark when I finished and the car looks just as good as it did in my original post immediately after application.

    I know it's been less than a week, but so far so good.
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    Re: Meguiar's Fast Finish ... First Impressions & Updates

    Thanks for the update Don. Its on my list to try soon, mostly cause it looks so easy.
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    Re: Meguiar's Fast Finish ... First Impressions & Updates

    Great review Don, looking forward to using this product on my cars soon!
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    Re: Meguiar's Fast Finish ... First Impressions & Updates

    Quote Originally Posted by exploreco View Post
    Thanks for the update Don. Its on my list to try soon, mostly cause it looks so easy.
    'Easy' is too tough of a word to describe it ... a breeze or a dream would be better. MOST of the FF flashes off BEFORE you can wipe it off.
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    Re: Meguiar's Fast Finish ... First Impressions & Updates

    Well, I couldn't stand it any longer, after getting dusted by pollen, then rained on, *IT* (my OCD) made me put another application of Meguiar's Fast Finish on the car. This time, it went on and removed even easier than the first time and the look deepened just a little bit. I think I now have complete coverage and being that I applied the coats a week apart, I don't think the 2nd application compromised the 1st at all. NOW let's see how things progress.
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