After washing and drying your car, applying a polish adds that final touch to leave your vehicle gleaming. But there are a confusing number of products out there so how do you get the best result?
Many people are confused by car wax and car polish, and the products do have different purposes. Car polish uses a light abrasive action to flatten the surface of the top coat of paint so it reflects the light evenly and gives a high gloss appearance. Some polishes also contain oils that enhance the gloss finish to give a deeper shine.
After your polish is applied, it will be degraded by dirt, weather, other contaminants and even washing so that the car polish shine is reduced. To prolong the effect of the polish, you can apply wax that will provide an additional layer of protection. Good quality wax will withstand high temperatures without melting, be virtually insoluble so it isn’t washed away and will produce a durable and glossy finish.
Many modern products now combine polish and wax so you can create in one operation a high gloss finish that’s extremely durable. These products come in paste or liquid form and are easy to apply
Once you’ve thoroughly washed and dried the car, and ensured it’s completely clean, the next stage is to enhance the shine. Apply a small amount of polish to each area of the bodywork using a cloth or pad and spread it around, working it into the surface. Don’t use too much polish because that will achieve no benefit but will make it harder to work it in until it’s almost clear.
Always read the instructions before you start and, if necessary, leave the polish for a period until cured. Then use a clean cloth (microfiber ones are best) to buff the surface, removing any polish residue and creating a gloss finish.
You can do all this by hand or can use an electric car polisher to apply the polish and, in particular, to buff the paintwork. This reduces the amount of effort involved and is likely to produce a better shine.
If you do use a polisher, keep at a low speed when applying and spreading the polish, and then increase this when buffing the paintwork. Some polishers can allegedly damage paintwork but, if you choose the best car polisher and use it carefully and attentively, a brilliant finish is assured.
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