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    The Aggressiveness Order of SMAT Products - This might surprise you!

    The Aggressiveness Order of SMAT Products - This might surprise you!



    Super Micro Abrasive Technology = SMAT
    From left to right, the most aggressive to the least aggressive SMAT products


    From the most to the least aggressive...

    M105 Ultra-Cut Compound/M95 Speed Cut Compound = The same in abrading power
    Ultimate Compound
    ScratchX 2.0
    M86 Solo Cut & Polish Cream
    D151 Paint Reconditioning Cream
    SwirlX
    M205 Ultra Finishing Polish


    Now instead of SCANNING... (like we're all prone to do on discussion forums), read the below very carefully.

    The order shown here is relative, to the idea that if all things were equal, if all influencing factors could be controlled and be identical when using these products.

    That of course is impossible because some of these products are only recommended for use with a rotary buffer while some of these products are only recommended for use by hand or with a dual action polisher. So if we were to follow the manufactures recommendations then we wouldn't be able to compare all of these products side-by-side because in some examples they cannot be used in an equal manner.

    Does that make sense?

    This article is just to give you a GENERAL idea for the aggressiveness of these products when relatively compared to one another. The way a product is applied, (by hand or machine and if by machine the type of machine), and the application material used to apply the products, (foam, wool, wool/acrylic blend, cotton, microfiber), are both HUGE factors that will and do affect how aggressive a product is or isn't.

    So keep this in mind when considering which product to choose and use for your detailing project.

    Also keep in mind this is a very diverse group of products, all of these products except the D151 PRC are products with the dedicated purpose of removing below surface defects like swirls, scratches and other etchings and blemishes.

    The D151 is a one-step cleaner/wax that has the ability to remove below surface defects, polish the paint to a high gloss and then leave behind a coating of protection.

    Any questions?

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    Re: The Aggressiveness Order of SMAT Products - This might surprise you!

    I have one - how have you been Mike? We miss you!

    Thanks for the post - this should be a great tool for future use. Michael Stoops also posted THIS THREAD which covered the concept of total cut as you alluded to in your post.

    The product that really comes to mind for that is SOLO Cut and Polish Cream - I find this product to be incredibly versatile and offer an extremely wide range of cutting and finishing potential based on the means of application.
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    Re: The Aggressiveness Order of SMAT Products - This might surprise you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post

    The order shown here is relative, to the idea that if all things were equal, if all influencing factors could be controlled and be identical when using these products.

    That of course is impossible because some of these products are only recommended for use with a rotary buffer while some of these products are only recommended for use by hand or with a dual action polisher. So if we were to follow the manufactures recommendations then we wouldn't be able to compare all of these products side-by-side because in some examples they cannot be used in an equal manner.

    Does that make sense?

    This article is just to give you a GENERAL idea for the aggressiveness of these products when relatively compared to one another. The way a product is applied, (by hand or machine and if by machine the type of machine), and the application material used to apply the products, (foam, wool, wool/acrylic blend, cotton, microfiber), are both HUGE factors that will and do affect how aggressive a product is or isn't.

    So keep this in mind when considering which product to choose and use for your detailing project.


    It is critically important to keep the above in mind, and it bears repeating: in many cases, you can not simply and directly compare the aggressiveness of two different products because they are intended to be used in different ways.

    A perfect example of this is shown in one isolated product: M86 So1o Cut & Polish Cream. Is it a heavy cutting compound? Well, when used with the WWHC7 burgundy wool cutting pad on a rotary buffer at 1800 rpm it can pull out 1200 grit sanding marks. Or is it a finishing polish? Well, when used with a WDFF7 diamond cut foam finishing pad on a rotary at 1000 rpm it can beautifully refine a finish to a hologram free, deep, wet shine. How M86 is used makes all the difference in the world.

    Taking this example one step further, Mike lists ScratchX 2.0 as being more aggressive than M86, but you would never select ScratchX 2.0 to use on a wool pad at 1800 rpm on a rotary to pull out sanding marks. It is simply not designed for that purpose.

    The nature of the abrasives used in a given product (and not all SMAT abrasives are 100% identical, by the way) and the other ingredients used in the "carrier liquid" determine whether a product can even survive being used with an aggressive rotary application, or if they'll be effective at all when used by hand.

    Just as so often people tend to over think certain things, we don't want you to over simplify either. Mike Phillips has long referred to the "Art of Paint Polishing" and he's absolutely right; there are an awful lot of variables to consider. Chief among those is the paint itself. But that's a whole 'nother discussion!!
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    Re: The Aggressiveness Order of SMAT Products - This might surprise you!

    M95 can use with G110 DA soft Buff 2.0 W8207?

    about UC and M95, M95 is 12 on scale and UC is arround 6 ?

    Thanks!

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    Re: The Aggressiveness Order of SMAT Products - This might surprise you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Akustic View Post
    M95 can use with G110 DA soft Buff 2.0 W8207?

    about UC and M95, M95 is 12 on scale and UC is arround 6 ?

    Thanks!
    M95 is a rotary only product, do not use it with a D/A. If you really need that level of cut and you're using a D/A, stay with M105. As for Ultimate Compound, it would fall higher than 6 on our pro cut scale as it is more aggressive than M83, which is a 6. In fact, it's quite a bit higher as it is derived from M105.
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    Re: The Aggressiveness Order of SMAT Products - This might surprise you!

    This is such a great post. Thanks for taking the time to make it.
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    Re: The Aggressiveness Order of SMAT Products - This might surprise you!

    Thanks for sharing
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    Re: The Aggressiveness Order of SMAT Products - This might surprise you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Stoops View Post

    It is critically important to keep the above in mind, and it bears repeating: in many cases, you can not simply and directly compare the aggressiveness of two different products because they are intended to be used in different ways.

    Mike Stoops point is dead on that it's difficult at best to try to compare all of these product with one another directly as they are formulated for very diverse procedures and diverse markets with a very wide spectrum of user skill levels taken into consideration.

    That said, as long as I've been posting to forums, it seems like serious online enthusiasts always want a a list of least to most aggressive products, so this is just general indicator, not a hard and fast last word on the topic set in concrete.

    I'm working on a couple other articles and in the process of writing them I found I needed to somehow reference the new SMAT collection and try to gingerly give the reader some idea of where they would fall into line assuming all other factors could be kept close to the same. But as I wrote in the original article,

    The order shown here is relative, to the idea that if all things were equal, if all influencing factors could be controlled and be identical when using these products.

    That of course is impossible because some of these products are only recommended for use with a rotary buffer while some of these products are only recommended for use by hand or with a dual action polisher. So if we were to follow the manufactures recommendations then we wouldn't be able to compare all of these products side-by-side because in some examples they cannot be used in an equal manner.

    Does that make sense?

    This article is just to give you a GENERAL idea for the aggressiveness of these products when relatively compared to one another. The way a product is applied, (by hand or machine and if by machine the type of machine), and the application material used to apply the products, (foam, wool, wool/acrylic blend, cotton, microfiber), are both HUGE factors that will and do affect how aggressive a product is or isn't.

    So keep this in mind when considering which product to choose and use for your detailing project.
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    Re: The Aggressiveness Order of SMAT Products - This might surprise you!

    Absolutely continue to remind folks that the actual cutting effect much more than just the product but is also dependent on hand vs machine (and DA vs rotary), speed, pressure, time, pad material, SMAT vs DAT, etc.

    But when all is said-and-done, is it is still extremely useful to know the relative aggressiveness of individual products when other factors are the same. Similarly it is great to know what elements are present (cleaner? glaze? wax? polymers?) since the marketing descriptions often leave you guessing.

    I understand the concern that Meguiars has that the other factors will be forgotten by many, but I appreciate the willingness of Meguiars to go out on a limb and provide this relative information (along with ongoing reminders to also factor in the other variables)- especially to the folks studying these forums

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    Re: The Aggressiveness Order of SMAT Products - This might surprise you!

    Still need a bit of a baseline to start comparing things, nice to see Solo and PRC added in.
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