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i thinking of giving my cars a nice polish and move them into a display cabinet but what polish can i use? could i use proper 1/1 car polish? or does it have to a special model polish? sorry for the silly question.

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the Meguiars detial kit is good for polishing

some 1:1 poloshed work well on diecast

Even Mr Sheen does the job :cheers
 
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It all depends on the brand of model. The budget brands (Hot Wheels) need a lot of elbow grease to get a good shine.
 

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TifosiF1 said:
It all depends on the brand of model. The budget brands (Hot Wheels) need a lot of elbow grease to get a good shine.
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The budget brands also respond very well to being polished :danbanna

I use a 3 part Meguiars process.
Medallion Premium Paint Cleaner which acts like a mild rubbing compound
(it also takes off the sticker residue from AUTOart)

Proffesional Show Car Glaze that gives you your shine

Medallion Premium Paint Protection which adds to the shine and works as a wax to help keep the surface clean.

I have had some great results from this :cheers
 

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If you don't have access to a Megiar's kit, you could use car polish. I use a good brand, with silicone, and it works fine. Just avoid decals and chromed parts. For the tires a little silicon (again, avoid decals and chrome) does wonders.
 
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I've been using Meguiars as well for some time now. I have tried a few other brands from the local auto parts store with limited results when compared to Meguiars.
 
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Ive used Meguiars and it looks lovely. Jutst be careful not to use too much. Good luck HK. :cheers
 

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There's really no reason why you can't use a 1:1 auto polish. Just remember that auto polish is generally abrasive. It's designed to remove surface imperfections, swirl marks, contaminants, old wax buildup, oxidation, etc. And since it's an abrasive (either physically or chemically), it will also remove paint. Not sure if the clear coat on scale models is thinner than 1:1 car clear coat in any meaningful way. I noticed that Meguiar's Gold Class liquid wax removed some paint from my Mattel Enzo, though. :( Most models kept indoors won't experience anywhere near the harshness of real cars, so polishing shouldn't really be necessary. Waxing is a good idea though. Makes dusting much easier, aside from making the models look great.
I use the Zymol Screen kit, which is ostensibly designed for 1:1 polycarbonate headlights and convertible top windows, but is actually nothing more than their mild polish and carnauba paste wax (which has zero polishing/abrasive qualities, so is safe for all finishes, even bare paint). Mequiar's Quick Detail spray and other in-between-waxing sprays also provide a nice shine without potentially harming your paint; seems to be mostly made up of water and not the solvents found in polishes and liquid waxes. None of these come with the cool accessories and packaging of the Meguiar's model-specific kit though.
 
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I think the Meguiars Detailing Kit contents is the same or very close to that of the Meguairs 1:1 products.

I have been using them both and the differences in smell and texture is very close. There is no ingredients on the bottle of the kit, so I cannot confirm this.
 
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As I just mentioned in another post, I used the Mother's cleaner wax on a car with slightly scratched paint, and it came out perfect. Obviously the key when using products designed for 1:1s is that you don't use the amount of pressure you would use on your 1:1. I would think that most waxes/polishes would be safe since we're only using rather mild pressure while applying/removing the wax.

Just don't go using some heavy duty rubbing compound and you'll be safe!
 
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