airbrushdoc.com http://airbrushdoc.com/tipstricks/how-to-polish-the-car/Is Your Car Properly Polished?How To Polish The Car?Have you ever heard term “polished car“? Do you know what exactly does it mean? Could you describesome of the steps involved in polishing process?I have mentioned polishing before (how to paint car), so today I decided to fill this gap and write someadvices on this topic. I will go as deep as I can and will try to write everything I know. It is not that easy as itlooks. You will find out why it does cost so much money and I hope after reading this some of you will be ableto do it yourself. It is not the same thing as polishing your shoes.What is Car Polishing?The professionals will tell you about two types of polishing for: Reconstruction ProtectionReconstruction PolishThis type of polishing makes use of abrasive paste. After fine abrasive work on clear coat you will get rid ofa thin layer of the top clear coat. I assume that after some time the coat has been exposed to all theexternal environmental conditions the coat has lost its first look. It surely has some scratches. As a result ofpolishing you’ll get glaze, fresh new and beautiful look of your car.Protection PolishUsually done after reconstruction polish. It has to be applied right away on renewed clear coated surface.This applies not only for clear coat but for enamel coats too. Apart from great gloss this polish will protectthe body of your car from any further acidifying and corrosion processes. Unfortunately this protection isnot for life. It has to be repeated at least once in two months.Polishing TechniqueFirst thing, as in any preparation, is cleaning. Wash the car to lose all dirt, dust and any grains. Then wipe itdry. With new clean wipe and white spirit get rid of all the rest dirt that could not be washed with water.If you want to get perfect result check how to clean the car before polishing with abrasive clay bars.This is all about preparation. Now start the polishing. I can promise that if you follow this process exactly youwill get almost ideal result with high gloss (called wet gloss). The car will look better than before.When you are selling your car give it a polish, sometimes it can raise the value of the car up to 15%What do you need for polishing?The essential tool isa Polisher and of coursespecial foam bonnets. Setof polishing pastes and alittle of persistence anddiligence. If you work withtwo hands you will manageto accomplish that in one
day. Too much? How muchwould it cost in the shop?Don’t worry, the result thatyou’re going to get will bestunning and worth everyminute.I use polishing paste from3M. Rough abrasive sate74, fine abrasive paste 75and protection paste 76.They sell in 1Kg tubes. These are professional pastes and one tube is enough for 3 up to 7 cars. You canuse any paste you prefer but it has to be at least 3 (with rough abrasive, fine abrasive and non abrasive).Polishing – Step 1We start with rough paste #74. Squeeze it directly from the tube ontopart you’re going to polish. Don’t squeeze too much, 10-20 grams isfine (a tea spoon) because the area you’re going to deal with right nowis only 40×40 cm, otherwise the paste is going to dry before you use it.Put polishing foam (for rough polishing usually of light-orange color) onpolisher and without turning it on spread the paste on the surface.Then turn it on and rub the paste evenly onto surface with polisher setto lowest possible speed. The polisher should be moved crosswise(first horizontal and then vertical). The area of 40×40 cm should bedone this way at least twice. Then turn the speed up and go over twiceagain. After you’ve done this small part wipe it with napkin or any softand dry cloth. Do this for every smaller part until you do the wholebody of the car.Polishing – Step 2When you’re done go with paste #75. Here you need to repeat all we done above.Polishing foam should be washed in warm water after every three polished parts. When washed, dry it on thepolisher turned on maximum speed.Polishing – Step 3After you’re finished with #75 move to #76. This part here is theeasiest. Replace rough foam on the polisher with fine polishingfoam (usually light-gray and very soft).Take clean and soft cloth and squeeze some of the paste on itand rub it on the polishing element in circles. Here take your timeand try to rub it very well. After few minutes of drying the pastebecomes white. Turn the polisher on the average speed (fourthspeed level in my case) and start polishing. Do this until youfinish the whole car.This is actually practically finished car but let’s give it somethingmore.
Polishing – Step 4 – ProtectionI think you got that here we’re going to give it a protection polish. All the work here is identical with “step #3″.What paste to use? Well here it depends on your taste. The possibilities are limitless. You can find so manyprotection polishes on the market from one with Teflon up to Carnauba wax that it is very difficult for me torecommend any to you.Most important thing is to apply protection polish at least once a month. Then your car body will be alwaysprotected and beautiful.Now your car should look better than new. Believe me this is the proper process for polishing car. Do notskip any step otherwise the final result won’t be that impressive.Cheers.