It is often the person polishing the car that makes a difference to the overall result of your finished paintwork of your car and I think the best way you can be when polishing your car is patient and set some time aside. You can have the best car polish in the world but it is no good if you are planning to slap it on and rub it briefly down. Knowing how to polish a car the right way can mean the difference between a dull and lifeless finish and a “WOW look at that finish”
You are going to get nibs and imperfections and old flaky paint over most cars when you start off so make sure you, first of all, that you use a good car wash to wash off all the grime, dust, dirt and some of the old skin paintwork. Some car washes are better than others so I would suggest not to use the cheapest on the market as it is going to be harder work, getting off all the “sticky bits” and dead flies etc. More expensive car washes simply peel away all this grime away with little effort – X1 Wash & Gloss is one such product.
Then make sure the car paintwork is totally dry before you start the next procedure. The next procedure is generally done in one step but keep in mind, you can get a 2 step car polishing procedure (the first step is a sealant) and the second step is a polisher. We are going to focus on the one step procedure for this article and are going to learn how to polish a car the right way with the one step method.
In my opinion there is no point again going for a cheap nasty car polish. These days, you can get ultimate car polishes that not only shine but protect your cars paintwork for a very long time.
You think you may be saving money opting for a cheap car polish on the market but if you want my advice on how to polish a car the right way, it would be to opt for a more expensive and supreme car polish that has a sealant and a polish built in. (preferably PTFE). You will find you will not have to continually fork out on polishes and waxes as these type of car polishes protect and shine for a long time so your money initially spent spreads further.
You can either use an orbital polisher to polish your car and we all know, you have to gain be careful which polisher you opt for as some models out there can actually dig into your paintwork causing damage OR you can simply use a microfibre soft cloth and do the whole job by hand.
If you are using an orbital polisher, the recommended speed should be set at around 1200 – 1700 rpm to ensure the very best results. It is also so important to make sure that you are using the right type of pad before you begin to polish your car so always check the product data sheets and they will point you in the right direction.
Before you start to polish, make sure you have prepared and cleaned your car properly; it is like applying wallpaper to a wall that already has the old wallpaper underneath. Remember that some polishes have cutting agents in and will take off a miniscule top layer of paint before you buffer it up for a real shine.
When you use your professional microfibre cloth, use swirling actions at quite a high speed and try to make sure that the polish does not dry completely before buffering off. It can be hard work! Also a good tip is to work in sections, polishing up one section thoroughly through to a gleaming shine before you move onto the next section.
I hope this has helped a little in your quest to achieve the shiniest car possible out there today. If you are really serious about getting such an ultimate glean without swirl marks, consider using an orbital polisher – get the right one and the results are unbelievable!