The paint on your car can be dull, scratched, or weathered. These tips can help you restore its shine.
Choosing the correct polish
You have to decide what type of polish to use before you can start polishing your car.
Ensure that the polish you buy can be used with all exterior surfaces first. Some car polishes, which have not been tested on rubber or plastic parts, leave unsightly stains.
You may not be able to tell whether your vehicle paint is made of synthetic resin or water-based if you are a beginner. It is therefore safer to use care products that are suitable for both types. Detailed information about the product can be found in the instructions.
The paint condition is your second most important criterion: the duller it is, the higher the proportion of abrasives in the polish. Usually products are classified in these ways : “new”, “slightly weathered”, “medium or heavily weathered”. The heavily weathered paint is almost invisible, since an oxidised layer buries the color beneath it.
Polishing means removing
Paint on a car has a thickness of a few micrometers. When it comes to a new paint, you need to seal it with a gloss. The polish used here does not contain any abrasive additives. No material is removed. With abrasive polishes, you can quickly thin the paint if you rub vigorously.
Particular attention must be given to protruding areas and edges. Stop if the gloss can’t be improved any further. This is especially important for beginners with polishing machines. It is important to know how deep a scratch is in order to remove it. You can avoid sanding the primer if you first repair the scratch with a colored paint pen or spray.
The right method for car polishing
On hot days, polishing is best done in the morning or evening. You may wish to use a small stepladder to reach the roof surface. You should wear gloves when using polish if you have sensitive skin.
- The paintwork of your car must be clean before you polish. Dirt is not a suitable polishing agent.
- Be sure to check application recommendations in the container. You can read whether the paint needs to be dry and whether it needs to be used in sunlight or shade.
- Distribute the polish by applying small amounts onto a clean cloth in the manner specified in the instructions for use. Don’t treat sections twice. Get the best effect by using circular movements and appropriate pressure. Larger areas can be polished by machines.
- You should start with the roof and work your way down one piece at a time. Avoid streaks by working as evenly as possible.
- To remove the coating, wipe the polish off with a soft cloth when it is dry. High gloss is achieved through a light pressure. The lacquer must not have any residues of the polish. Rinsing is not necessary.
- Polishes from a good manufacturer can deliver protection lasting up to six months. In order to isolate harmful road salt residues, you should coat the paint before winter with wax or sealant. Paint that is properly cared for repels water.
- Polishing agents come in so many varieties that we almost can’t keep up. Make your choice based on the long-term effect and the ease of application. You don’t always have to buy the most expensive product.
- Rims should not be polished with car polish. This can be accomplished through special variants.
Old-timers are better left to the professionals
Getting your vehicle professionally polished will offer the best result. In general, this is a good practice when the vehicle is valuable, such as a classic car. Professionals can assess whether car paint can still be salvaged. The last available option is repainting, which is very expensive.
Additionally, you can also find a workshop or a reconditioning shop of your choice if you are not confident in the process or don’t want to invest the time.
Decide the process of application
Furthermore, there are polish products that are specifically made to be used with polishing machines, in addition to hand polishing. It is difficult to generalize over which polish is the best. It is crucial to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. While the machine is quick, it is difficult to work with.
Consider the choice of color
While most car polishes are suitable for almost all paint colors, there are car polishes that are colored-coded. A separate paint finish is also available for black, red or other colored paintwork. This makes it easier to disguise nasty scratches or grooves. You have to be careful when polishing here too. To avoid discoloration, we should leave the decorative trim or chrome strips out. If the polish is still wet, small accidents can be eliminated quickly. However, if the polish has dried up, it is more difficult to remove.
This is important when polishing
Even the most expensive car polish won’t work if you don’t apply it consistently. So when polishing, keep these things in mind:
- A thorough cleaning of the car is essential. We can do it either in a car wash or by hand.
- Once the vehicle exterior is dry, shake the dry car polish into a homogeneous liquid, mixing all ingredients to give a well-mixed liquid.
- A slightly damp sponge is usually used to apply the polish in circular movements to the paintwork. The instructions on the packaging must be followed for this purpose.
- The circular movements should be accompanied by a slight pressure when polishing to ensure the product penetrates the lacquer.
- One or two layers of polish may be necessary depending on the problem areas.
- It is necessary to apply the polish evenly, without gaps, then allow it to dry.