By Blake Slade
Having your cars’ finish looking as good as new does not require a lot of money. The polish you use on your car will remove the imperfections and scratches. It all depends on the quality of polish that you use.
According to Car Care Ninja, to prevent damaging the paint do not polish your car regularly. Do it twice in a year but you can wax it every month. You can decide to polish your car using hand or machine.
Below are the steps you should follow when polishing your car by hand:
Clean your car thoroughly before you start the polishing process. After that, dry it using a microfiber towel.
- Apply polish to your pad or cloth – make sure you do not apply a lot of polish.
- Spread your polish – spread it around the area you want to shine. Spread the polish around gently and concentrate on small areas at a time.
- Starts rubbing the polish in – there are different ways of working the polish. Others go from right to left, up and down or in a circular motion. The important thing is to follow your cars contours.
- Continue rubbing – do not stop until you feel the polish is clearing.
- Leave it to dry up – after polishing the car give it a few hours so that it dries up
- Rinse the polish off – after it dries out, get a clean dry cloth, and remove the polish left on the car.
Important tips when polishing your car
- In order to get the best results you do not need a lot of polish.
- Remove the entire polish residue around the seals, badges, and gaps on the vehicle.
- Read the cleaning manual on your polish before embarking on this process. Different polishes are diverse in ways you use them.
Steps to follow when polishing your car using a machine:
1. Step one:
Wash the car using your hand, rinse it but ensure you it is not dry.
Wheeling can become quite messy. Cover the important things, such as nearby walls, pets, and other cars. Use soft polishing compounds and pads on cars that have dark colors. Cars with dark colors are sensitive especially to the swirl marks.
When you are polishing a car with a light color, you can use the aggressive compounds.
2. Step two:
Use a damp, clean pad on your polishing wheel. Put small amounts of the polishing chemical on the body panel. Spread it around the wheel, using moderate speed. Make sure the spinning pad is parallel to your cars surface so that you do not get swirl marks.
Ensure the pressure is constant and work on the entire surface of your car. Scratches will disappear on the surface once it starts to warm up.
When the foam pad absorbs the water and compound, the paint becomes more visible. When done with one part moves to other panels and do the same.
Ensure that the area you want to polish is wet and do not use a lot of polish on a single panel.
3. Step three
As is required, rinse the foam off using a power washer so that it does not gum up with the polishing agent or become saturated.
The centre does not move at the same speed as the outer edges. The outer edges are fast and create more friction. The centre will carry less polish and this means the finish will not be as is required.
Be careful around the trim areas including mirrors, nozzles, bumper contour, and emblems. Polish these areas using the outer edge only.
4. Step four
When you finish, wash your car again using your hand. Rinse it and do not forget the trunk, doors, and the hood jambs. Ensure it is dry.
5. Step five
Apply wax to hide the swirl marks that may be on the surface. Mix the finishing polish and paste wax in the ratio of 40:60. Use a sander to spread this wax on the body of your vehicle. Use moderate speed to get the best results.
6. Step six
Clean other car areas like the interior and windows as the wax dries up. Use a microfiber towel to remove the wax. Place the car into sunlight to get the shine you want.
Clearly, you can rectify your cars dullness by polishing it. This will leave your car looking as good as new.