If you are buffing your car, you are removing a thin layer of the paint from the finish of your vehicle. This will uncover a new layer of the paint. Not only does this restore the car’s appearance but it can also help protect the vehicle. If some of the scratches go without being treated, they can begin to rust and cause permanent damage to your car. It is recommended that you buff your car approximately every 2 to 3 months to help the finish on the car to remain maintained.
Wash your car Before you Buff
The first step to buffing your car is finding the appropriate parking spot. You should look for an area that is the shady area. You will need to wash the vehicle thoroughly before buffing, and this will help reduce the chances of getting any soap or scum stains. When washing the car, you should put the soap and water in a bucket and use circular motions when washing the car. You want to make sure that you look for areas that may allow dirt to get trapped and give those areas a little-added attention. You should work from the top of the car and finish at the bottom. Once the car has been cleaned, you should hose the vehicle down to rinse it off.
Next, you can determine if you want to use a buffer or buff by hand. If you want to use a buffer, you will need to make sure that you have some training. A buffer can remove the paint from your vehicle and cause permanent damage to your finish leaving different swirls and scratches in your paint. An orbital buffer is recommended if you do not have any training since it is easy to use. They may not remove any of the damage that you have, but the car will have a better shine at the end. They’re also a lot cheaper which can be a big bonus. Manual buffing can be the safest and the most cost effective but it is manual and will take more time. Additionally, the finished product won’t last as long as the other options so you may find that you are buffing more regularly.
Purchase the polish or the product that you need to get the desired result. There are different types of compounds or products that can be used based on the end goal. For example, if you are looking to remove some of the scratches you will need to make sure that you get the compound. If your car is in great shape and you just want to make it shine then, you will need to purchase a polish.
For the actual buffing process, you will need to make sure the car is completely dry. You can do this with a clean, soft towel. Next, you should add a generous amount of the product that you are using on the vehicle. You should start with the hood when adding the product. This will allow you to easily see the results of the buffing and the product that you are using. Regardless of if you are doing this manual or through a buffer, you should make sure that you are moving in small circular motions. If you are doing the manual process, make sure you are applying a right amount of pressure to the towel. Once you’ve added the product, then you will want to wipe it off with a wet wrap to remove the excess product. Review the section that you did first to ensure you get the desired results. If everything looks OK, do the entire surface of the car until you get the results that you wanted.