How to Polish a Car

It is a lengthy of work to polish a car but it will surely yield gleaming results. There are different types of polishes and are available in pastes, liquids and mixture of two or more than two products to be used successively. Polishing the car will enhance its shine to a great extent while removing light scratches, swirl marks and other imperfections present on the surface.

Here is what can be used and how it can be used.

Things Needed

  • Car Polish
  • Liquid Fabric Softeners
  • Terry Cloth Towels


Step 1:

The first step is to wash the car away from direct sunlight.

Car Polish

Step 2:

The car polish label should be read carefully. There are a number of products that will stain plastic trim while others must be applied within a particular range of temperature.

Step 3:

One section has to be worked at a time.

Step 4:

A one inch circle of polish has to be applied polish to a damp and clean 100 percent cotton terry cloth towel.

Step 5:

Use circular motions for rubbing the polish onto the car body.

Step 6:

Give some time to the polish to dry to a haze.

Step 7:

A different towel of the same type has to be used for buffing the polish. The towel should be dry.

Step 8:

When once section of the car has been done, move to the next section.

Tips and Precautions

  • Swirl marks should be avoided by washing off all the dirt from the car. Use a 100 percent cotton terry cloth towel for applying and removing the polish. The doze will attract grit into the towel instead of rubbing onto the finish.
  • Before doing the whole thing, try some small spots on your car to practice.
  • Use liquid fabric softener for washing the towels. This will keep the towels fluffy and yield best results.
  • Too much elbow grease should be avoided on the corners and ridges. The paint of the car is thinner at those areas.
  • More abrasive polishes will remove surface defects and swirl marks but will leave marring. A less abrasive polish can be used to smooth out the surface of the paint.
  • All the plastic pieces should be covered with blue painter’s tape. It can be difficult to clean the polish from the plastic.
  • A dual-action orbital buffer is safe for use and will not burn the paint. Do not try to use a rotary buffer without instructions because it can seriously damage the paint.

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