In order to learn how to polish a car, we must first distinguish between polishing and waxing. Polishing a car and waxing a car are two very different steps in the detailing process, but often get grouped as one and the same.
Polishing a car is unlike waxing because you must work the polish in, breaking down the abrasives, in order for it to work most effectively. This can be done using friction and/or heat, something much more heavy duty than the power your own two hands and a microfiber cloth.
Whereas with waxing, you are applying a layer of protection on top of the paint, so there is no need to work the wax in. You can view the step by step process for waxing your car here.
Now, here is the complete step by step guide to yield the best results when polishing your car.
Step 1: Wash Your Car
Wash thoroughly to remove all surface dirt and contaminants.
Step 2: Dry
Whether you let your car air dry or wipe it dry, be sure that your car is completely dry before moving on to step 3.
Step 3: Apply Polish
Apply the car polish using a light foam pad, your own hands, or a clean microfiber cloth. Divide the car into sections and complete Steps 3, 4, and 5 in each section separately.
Step 4: Work in the Polish
Use overlapping, varied strokes and ensure that the edges of any defects are evenly rounded. Your polish should become increasingly transparent as it is worked into the vehicle.
Step 5: Buff
Use a buffer machine or buff by hand to completely work the polish into the car.
That's it for our guide on how to polish a car! To yield the best results, we recommend using our polish and buffers made specifically for trucks and cars.
You can check out the entire product line here!