OK COMPOUND BUT DOESN'T LIVE UP TO THE HYPE
October 5, 2015
I read all the reviews of M101, saw the videos posted on YouTube and read all the praises on the forums. I figured if some of these guys were going to the trouble to get this stuff from Europe it really has to be something special. Now that it's available here I figured I had to have it and add it to my arsenal. I've been using it for about 6 months and I have to say that I personally think it's overhyped and isn't really any better than others that have been available here for years. I've used this with my rotary, my Griots DA, my Flex 3401 and my Rupes 21 with foam, microfiber and wool pads. So I've tested it just about every way you can think of and put it through its paces. Following is what my experience has been.
In its favor it cuts very well and finishes down like a polish leaving very little haze to deal with on all but the darkest colors. So on this level it performs very well. The 2 biggest negatives are that it's very dusty. It makes a mess! It also doesn't have a very long working time. It dries quickly, making the dusting problem worse.
I would have to say that Meguiars M100 cuts and finishes just as well, but doesn't dust up nearly as much. I prefer the M100 to M101 and it is less expensive too. My personal favorite is still Menzerna FG400. It's far superior to M101, cuts better, finishes better and doesn't dust. The working time is much longer and it's easier to wipe off the residue. I've been detailing for 27 years and I've tried just about everything out there and Menzerna FG400 is still the best compound out there that I've found. The M101 is a good compound, but it has its flaws and in my opinion doesn't live up to the hype.
Pros:Cuts well and finishes down like a polish leaving little haze to remove with a finer polish.
Cons:Very dusty and short working time. As long as you don't mind cleaning up a lot of dust it's a good product. I would recommend with reservations.