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First Thoughts: Meguiar’s DA Microfiber Paint Correction System

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Since there has been a lot of hype surrounding Meguiar’s DA Microfiber Correction System, I couldn’t help but be interested in finding out if it does what Meguiar’s was claiming it did or not. I ordered the starter kit and anxiously awaited it’s arrival. I also ordered the Porter Cable 7424XP Random Orbital Buffer since I had never used one up until this point. (I basically skipped right from using a Cyclo Dual Action Polisher right to a rotary, so for those of you driveway detailers out there who have never used a random orbital buffer, I am right there with you.)

When I received the kit in the mail, it could not have come at a more perfect time to test. My city had flooded from a rain storm and a month’s worth of snow melting in one day, about 10 days prior to getting the kit in the mail. One of the local used car lots had lost their entire inventory aside from two cars. One of those cars was a white 2004 Audi s4. Since I have a reputation for dealing with interiors that other places won’t touch, they dropped off to me to deal with the mold that was starting to form on the inside.

I decided that this would be a great car to see what this system could offer, especially since Meguiar’s was claiming that it would knock down the time to achieve good results without having to use a high speed rotary. I re-read the articles (Article 1, Article 2, Article 3, Article 4) that those involved in testing and refining the new system had written and went to work.

The results were pretty much spot on as to what Meguiar’s claims about the system are.  The end result was very high quality versus the amount of time it took to achieve it. Meguiar’s claims that you don’t need to spend the time taping up the plastic and rubber trim, so I intentionally hit some of the plastic and rubber trim, and there were no marks left behind by the compound or the polish wax that couldn’t be wiped right off with Chemical Guys Clear Seal.

The thing that I liked the most was that I did not need to go and re-wash the car after compounding it, which I normally would do to remove all the dust created during the compounding process.

In the end, the two step Compound and Polish/Wax process achieved an end result that I was very surprised with. I pulled the white Audi into the sun and it glowed, and I knocked about two hours off the time it would have taken me had I followed my normal process on a vehicle that needed to be compounded.

I have been asked by a few people if I am going to be switching over to this system all the time. Of course not. While the results were very good, I certainly would not use this system on one of my regular customer’s cars that are in need of real paint correction. What I am enthusiastic about is the time it cuts off if someone such as a dealer comes in asking me to clean up a car for them, or if I have a customer who is into haggling price with me. To truly compound, I will stick with my Makita 9227C-X3 Rotary Buffer and Meguiar’s Ultra-Cut Compound M105. However, as a detail shop owner who still gets the general population’s daily drivers, this system does help cut down the time and effort to achieve a great final product for them.

What I like about the Meguiar’s DA Microfiber Correction System

  • Very short learning curve and ease of use
  • Huge time saver for everyday customers
  • I feel that the Meguiar’s DA Microfiber Correction Compound and Meguiar’s DA Microfiber Cutting Disc Buffing Pad can be added into higher level paint correction to help achieve great results

What I don’t like about the Meguiar’s DA Microfiber Correction System

  • Although the Meguiar’s DA Microfiber Finishing Wax is a great AIO, I have to question the durability of it compared to true waxes or sealant. However, please keep in mind this is not what it was made for.
  • The process creates A LOT of dust from using an air compressor to clean the pads     while in use.
  • I seemed to use up a lot of the compound pretty quickly.

*Please note that this article was written based on my initial use of this system on one car. For more in depth reviews, please read the articles listed at the start of this article and check back to Detailed Image regularly for updates.

1 comment on First Thoughts: Meguiar’s DA Microfiber Paint Correction System

  1. Tomato says:

    Nice write up! I too have played with Megs MF System. I do agree with this review that no way is the MF system my only cutting/compounding tool but definitely comes in very handy on some projects. What I love about the Megs MF Cutting Disc and the D300 is very little to no dusting. Another plus is that it finishes really really well with almost no second stage correction needed. This is how this MF system is able to cut down on overall time spent correcting. Only downside I experienced is that the MF fibers seem to “lay down” and need to be brushed up after every panel. A little time consuming in my opinion??
    On a side note I’ve used the D300 with orange pads and have achieved remarkable results as well without having to stop after every panel to fluff up the fibers.

    As for the 2nd part of this the Finishing Pad and the AIO wax I didn’t really care for. I tried on several cars and wasn’t too impressed with the results not to say they were negative just seen better with less time involved.

    Tomato

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