How To Use Car Polish

What is Car Polish?

For starters, the polish is abrasive. It has the main purpose, and that is to remove minor defects. Modern cars have a clear coat, which means that the polish doesn't even touch the paint at all. As a matter of fact, polishing your car will remove a little bit of the clear coat. This is actually not a bad thing, as it is the clear coat that is normally damaged and not the paint. Polish works to remove those damages, regardless of the source (water marks, fine scratches, swirl marks, and/or acid rain etch). Once you have cut the clear coat down you will be left with a nice finish. That being said, let's move on to how you should use polish on your car.

 How You Polish A Car

When you polish your car, you are doing a lot more than making it look cleaner and new. It works to prolong the longevity of your paint. Believe it or not, though it takes off a very little amount of the clear coat, when paired with wax it protects it at the same time. This will prevent the paint from getting scratched or fading. Below is a short guide on polishing your car. You will learn the right way to apply polish.


The First Step Of The Process

 Before you apply the polish to your car, you need to hand wash it (See Our Complete Guide To Washing Your Car). Make sure you are washing it in the shade to prevent the sun from leaving behind water marks as it dries. You don't have to necessarily dry the vehicle before you polish it, but if you want a smoother process overall, keep it out of the sun. It is also recommended to use a clay bar before you start if you are able, as this will provide you with the best base to work with.

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It should be noted that if you are using an electric polisher  you may want to cover up surrounding surfaces. Doing so will prevent the polish from flinging onto them, making a mess.

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The Next Step

The next step of this car detailing is to apply a moderate amount of automotive polish to the body of the vehicle. Don't apply it all over the hood right off the bat. Instead, finish small sections at a time 2-4 square feet. You don't want the polish to dry while you are buffing it, so smaller sections are recommended. 

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Now you want to use a damp, soft rag on the polishing wheel. Make sure your speed setting is medium, then spread the polish parallel with the surface of the vehicle. This will allow for even pressure throughout. If you are doing this by hand, cover your hand with the rag. While you apply moderate pressure, you want to move in a swirling motion, spreading the compound in a circle. The results will be the same as if you used a electric polisher, but will take longer and is more exhausting.

You want to move over every section in a smooth motion. Make sure you are moving back and forth a few times. You will learn pretty quickly the right amount of the polishing compound you should be using for the size you are working on. If done correctly, you will see the minor scratches in the clear coat fade, and the surface will begin to smooth out and shine like new. Lastly finish off with a microfiber towel and remove any residue that might have been left behind.

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Now that you have polished your car you must remember you have taken off some of the protective layer on your vehicle and in order to combat that you must apply a wax coat or protective nano coating. Some people believe waxing and polishing is the same but this is not true. Polishing is removing a surface coat and blending, while waxing is adding a protective layer to your vehicle. For information on waxing your car see: The Best Way To Wax A Car

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