The best car polishing kits

Get everything at once. We round up the best car polishing kits for both hand and tool application.

The best car polishing kits

by Chris Williams |

First of all, let's get one thing straight: car polish and wax are not the same thing. Polish is abrasive, it removes scratches from paintwork and creates a gloss. Wax is a non-glossy protectant that you add to paintwork after a polish.

This article is therefore all about the best car polishing kits – both by hand and for polishing tools. For the best car wax, consult our guide to the best car wax; for an in-depth guide to car polish, head to our article on that.

Buying a car polishing kit is both a money-saving exercise and practical way to get your polishing gear. What we have below is a roundup of quality car polishing kits – some for hand application, some for polishing tools, plus a couple a useful single products.

Let's begin with polishing kits for hand application:

Auto Glym Super Resin Polish Complete Kit

Popular choice
Auto Glym Super Resin Polish Complete Kit
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An incredibly popular hand polishing kit. Autoglymu2019s polish produces a great glossy finish and can remove little marks and scratches too. Included in this kit are a microfibre cloth and polish applicator. Itu2019s a good price for a great kit. Just make sure to coat it with a protectant afterwards.

Meguiars Brilliant Solutions Paint Restoration Kit

Editor's pick
Meguiars Brilliant Solutions Paint Restoration Kit

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Think of Meguiaru2019s kit as a more comprehensive version of the Autoglym set above. Complete with wash, detailer, and a clay for cleaning; compound for scratch removal and colour restoration, and shine; and wax for protection. Your caru2019s paint will never see better days than when you attend to it with this set. It comes with microfibre pads and an applicator.

Meguiar's is well-known and highly respected for its car care products. Its compound, polish, and wax in this kit are all extremely effective at their intended purpose, provided you apply them properly.

Turtle Wax Hybrid Solutions Ceramic Acrylic Polish & Wax

Best for dark colours
Turtle Wax Hybrid Solutions Ceramic Acrylic Polish & Wax
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Black paintwork is the hardest to keep looking magnificent, but this set is specifically for black and dark grey paint. In this twin set you get synthetic polish and synthetic spray wax, both specifically for black paint. The polish will help restore colour but also remove light scratches and swirls. The Hybrid wax, meanwhile, is very easy to apply in spray form and adds a long-lasting hydrophobic protective layer.

To find out all about ceramic car coatings, read our guide.

Autoglym Metal Polish

Best for metal
Autoglym Metal Polish
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To be honest, we'd normally recommend the Quixx Metal Restoration Kit, but it has been rather hard to come by lately. Our runner-up recommendation is from Autoglym and is suitable for any metal that can be polished. Like regular polish, it removes scratches and restores shine. Use it on your car's chromed exhaust tips, for example. You can also use this on stainless steel, copper, brass, and aluminium.

But to protect your good work, make sure to follow it with a protectant.

Now for polishing tools:

Sealey Pro Polishing Compounding Kit

Best all in one
Sealey Pro Polishing Compounding Kit

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A polishing tool makes for fast and comprehensive application of polishes and sealants to bodywork. Read our full guide to car polishing tools, but in a nutshell, an oscillating dual action polisher is great for amateurs and enthusiasts alike.

For a complete kit including a polishing tool, you can’t miss this. The polisher included is a 600W Sealey 150mm dual action unit. It oscillates rather than spins, making it easier for DIY users to complete a quality polish without running the risk of burning the paintwork as you do with a rotary polisher. You also get fine cutting compound for restoring your paintwork and polish for giving it a glossy finish.

As an added bonus, there's a trio of polishing pads: one dense for the cutting compound; one medium for polishing; and one ultra soft for buffing, plus a microfibre finishing mitt.

3M Perfect-it 150mm Polishing Pads

Best quality pads for 150mm polishers
3M Perfect-it 150mm Polishing Pads
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Everyone knows the 3M name, and this 2-pack of 150mm foam polishing pads are for polishing tools like the Sealey above. You get good longevity out of these pads, which is why they're a bit pricier than other, cheaper pads. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a quality job done. Easily fixed to the backing plate with the classic hook and loop system.

Kent Car Care 8-Piece Clean, Buff & Polish Pad Set

Best value kit for 10-inch buffers
Kent Car Care 8-Piece Clean, Buff & Polish Pad Set
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For those of you who have a 225mm to 255mm (9 to 10-inch) polisher, Kent Car Care has a great eight-piece polishing pad set for you. Included are four applicator pads; a pair of terry cloth cleaning pads; a woollen buffing pad; and a microfibre pad.

Polishing with random orbital sanders

Bosch PEX 300 AE Random Orbit Sander

Bosch PEX 300 AE Universal Random Orbit Sander
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Some of you may use a random orbital sander like this Bosch unit for polishing, and that is absolutely fine. They are great for it. If you want polishing pads for your random orbital sander or need replacements, the ones below are excellent for use with a 125mm random orbital sander.

Silverline Polishing Pad

Silverline Polishing Pad
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Hook and loop attachment - 125 x 38mm

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