Car Polishing Tips

author image Wednesday 08 April 2015, 13:26 PM Tips And Advice

For people not in the know, a car polish kit doesn’t cost more than the money one pays to a car detailing professionals. Polishing removes scratches, paint defects, water spots, swirls, bird dropping damage, oxidation, acid rain etching and other imperfections on your car. It also enhances the surface luster with wax protection. Car polishing is an easy and safe process. However, a few basic things need to be considered while polishing your car such as paint condition, paint hardness and thickness, products and tools, weather condition etc. By following few basic polishing car tips, you can easily learn to polish your car with a car polish kit.

Car polishing tips
Car polishing tips

Car polishing tips and car care advice

  • Before polishing the entire car, you need to perform a test spot. If it goes well, you are good to go.

  • Use quality products, proper pad and polish.

  • Polish in overlapping motions, and move the polisher over paint at slow speed.

  • First remove serious defects, then swirl and minor defects. Afterward, you can apply pre-wax cleaning and gloss enhancement.

  • Make sure that pad level remains on the paint surface throughout the polishing.

  • Always begin with gentle movements, then step up only if required.

  • Don’t move the machine too fast over the paint.

  • Polish on small (2’ by 2’) area at a time so that you can focus on work and get the best results.

  • More polish doesn’t make it better. It’s advised to use 3 to 4 pea size dabs only. Add more, if required.

  • If your polish is thin, add more to it, but don’t dry buff.

  • Never polish in direct sunshine or on a hot or warm surface.

  • Don’t use multiple type of polish on the buffing or polish pad.

  • Keep polish pads away from sharp edges and trim. To avoid staining trim or crevices and cracks on polish, tape-off the trim with a tape.

  • Never lift the polish pad over the paint when the machine is on.

  • Keep the polisher cord on your shoulder and away from the paint.

  • To keep the polisher cord plugged-in the extension, tie a loose knot around the connection.

  • Polish on a bright day and an area with good lighting.

  • Apply moderate pressure while removing defects.

  • Keep checking the polish to make sure that your technique is working.

These polishing car tips will certainly ease your process. Although, choosing a right type of polish and products is equally important as its application technique. There are three types of polishes - heavy cut polish, medium cut polish and light cut polish. The heavy cut polish is used for removing deeper scratches, swirls or imperfections. Medium cut polish and light cut polish are used for normal wear & tear and light scratches, imperfections and swirls respectively. The paint cleansers are chemical abrasives that are used for removing oxidation, clean the surface and protect the finish at the same time.

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