For years now Menzerna of Germany has set the standards in the detailing industry for producing high quality polishes that perform exceptionally well. The fact that they supply polish to Mercedes-Benz for their OEM finishes is a true testament to their commitment to produce some of the finest automotive polishes in the business.
One of the most popular combinations for multi-stage polishing has been Menzerna’s PO83 Super Intensive Polish for the removal of moderate paint defects, and then followed by PO106FA Nano Polish (Super Finish) to restore a high level of gloss.
Although this is a tremendous combination, sometimes we have the need for a one-step polish depending on the condition of the paint and/or the amount of time we have to work within. Menzerna saw the need for such a one-step polish that would provide a medium level cut, yet would finish out like a final polish, and thus created PO203S Power Finish.
Power Finish has a cut level just below that of PO83 Super Intensive Polish, with a finish that will rival that of the PO106FA Nano Polish. It will cut through fine swirls, water spots, and light scratches on any type of clear coat. It is a body shop safe, low-dusting formula and is silicone-free.
I have used Power Finish on a lot of cars since it was introduced, and I am always impressed with its versatility. You can change up the pad that you use with it depending on your needs. If you’ve got heavier defects, then use a Green LC light cutting pad. If you’ve got lighter defects, then use a White LC polishing pad or a Black LC finishing pad. For darker colors (especially on soft clear coats, or ones with heavier defects), you may need to follow it up either with a finishing pad and Power Finish, or step down to a finer polish like PO85RD. Some black cars in particular have very soft and finicky paint that will not finish down properly without a finishing polish and pad (Menzerna PO85RD or Finish Polish II and a Blue LC pad). Black vehicles like Acura, Jet Black BMW, Infiniti and Porsche come to mind!
Most of the time I will use a White LC polishing pad with Power Finish because it provides a decent amount of cutting ability, yet finishes down very nicely on all but the softest of clear coats. I will lightly spray some water onto the pad so it’s not a completely dry surface on the first pass. Then I will add 3 or 4 pea sized drops of polish directly onto the pad surface (spread them out evenly on the pad).
For a rotary polisher, the speed range I use is typically between 1000~1800 RPM’s, start slow, work your way up to a higher speed after a few passes, and then back down to a slow speed to burnish the finish. After the polish has changed to a more clear color, then it has completely broken down and is ready for removal. Wipe down the area with a soft microfiber towel and inspect your work. You should also make it a habit of wiping down the surface afterwards with Isopropyl Alcohol to remove all of the polishing oils to make sure that the surface has been fully corrected. For a Dual Action polisher, I would work it at speed 6, and then back it down to 4 at the end for a nice finish!
If you’re looking for a versatile one-step polish that can remove medium/light level defects yet finish down very fine, then you should give PO203S Power Finish serious consideration.
Here is an example of the correction capabilities that PO203S Power Finish can provide. This was on a 2008 Lexus LS460L:
Just after polishing with PO203S/White LC pad: (On a side note, see the laundry basket in the reflection? That is used strictly for my soiled microfiber towels and polishing pads while I am detailing. You want to be sure that you keep your dirty and clean items separated, and the last thing you want is for your MF or pads to hit the floor!)
All finished then sealed with OPT Opti-Seal:
And here’s a 2006 Mercedes SL500 after being polished with PO203S, sealed with Optimum Opti-seal, and then topped with P21S 100% wax:
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