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How to Buff a Car
Buffing a car is a process that literally removes a small layer of paint from a car's finish, exposing a fresher layer of paint underneath. This process restores the car's original luster and will improve the car's overall appearance. If little nicks and scratches are ignored, rust can form and this will lessen the vehicle's beauty and reduce the car's value. By buffing a car every 2 to 3 months, the car will be more aesthetically pleasing, and will maintain its finish longer.
Wash the Car Thoroughly
Park the car in a shady spot.Make sure the surface of the car is cool. This will help prevent soap stains from appearing on the car's surface.
Place the soap in a gallon-sized bucket.Add water until the bucket is filled and the water is sudsy. Use only car wash-specific soaps. Read the soap packaging for the amount of soap to dispense.
Take a large sponge and submerge it into the soapy water.Remove the sponge, squeeze out about half of the water, place the sponge on the car and begin washing.
Move the sponge in circular motions across the body of the car, paying special attention to crevices and cracks that may have dirt trapped.
- Start at the top of the car and work downward. Once the car has been completely cleaned, hose off all of the soap.
Choose a Buffer
Use a high speed buffer to achieve the finest results.High speed buffers will eliminate surface scratches and blemishes completely, leaving behind a brilliant shine. However, training is recommended to master a high speed buffer. Improper use of a high speed buffer can strip the paint and damage the finish permanently by leaving swirls and scratches.
Select a random orbital buffer for great results and a nice sheen with minor effort.No training is required and the random orbital buffer is easy to use. Not all damage will be eliminated but the end result will be a great shine. Random orbital buffers also use significantly less compound than a high speed buffer, therefore a more cost-effective solution. The results will not last as long as with a high speed buffer.
Choose manual buffing if cost is an issue.However, manual buffing is the most labor intensive option that will give the least effective results. Manual buffing takes much longer than high speed and random orbital buffing and the finish will not last as long with manual buffing. Manual buffing requires the least amount of equipment, but requires the most of amount of product and time. The results are usually an uneven finish that will not last as long as alternative buffing means.
Purchase a polishing or compound product that will achieve the desired results with your car.Compound is needed if there are deep scratches in the finish. Polisher is used if the body paint is in great shape already and just needs an increased shine. Product needs will also vary based on the car model, the car year, and the overall condition of the car. Both products can be used with the buffer. Get product recommendations from friends or reputable car aficionados.
Dry the car with a chamois or clean, soft towel.Work around the entire car to ensure the car is completely dry.
Apply a generous amount of polisher or compound directly to the body of the car.Begin with the hood to examine results easily.
Place the buffer on the polishing product and move the buffer around to spread the product evenly.Use small, circular motions to effectively buff each portion of the car.
- If using a powered buffer, turn the buffer on and move the buffer in firm, circular motions to work the entire product into the finish and reveal the shine.
- If manual buffing, apply extreme pressure while employing circular motions to work in the product.
Continue buffing the product into the car's surface until it develops a sheen.
Repeat the process over the entire surface of the car until the desired result is achieved.
QuestionWhy do I need a buffer?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe results are far superior with a buffer than buffing a car by hand.Thanks!
QuestionIs there an angle I should hold the buffer or just put it flat onto the surface?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAlways try to buff flat using the center of the pad; this ensures that the pressure and speed are divided around the pad evenly. This decreases the chance of burning your paint.Thanks!
QuestionCan you wash your car normally after buffing your car?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. Just make sure the stuff you are using has no dirt or grime on it.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I eliminate product splatter?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerApply the product to panel. Before staring the buffer, spread the product with the buffing pad evenly and begin.Thanks!
QuestionIs applying a liquid wax with an orbital buffer the same thing as polishing a car, or do I need a different product for the actual polishing?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPolish and wax are different products. Polish is used after buffing with compound to remove swirls and light scratches. It can also be used to bring back shine. Applying wax would be the last step. Polish is used more for removing light scratches and bringing back shine while wax is more of a protective coating for paint that may remove light/fine scratches.Thanks!
QuestionHow soon do I need to buff my car after a complete repaint?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt's best to wait at least 6 months for the paint to cure and harden before any outside products are used.Thanks!
QuestionWill compound give the car a nice shiny look, or do I need to do a compound with a polish? I have a 2012 Silver Altima that has some minor scratches.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUse compound with polish.Thanks!
QuestionBuff or clear coat first?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerClear coat first; buffing is intended to only remove a small layer of the clear coat. It shouldn't touch the base coat at all.Thanks!
To buff a car, start by washing the car and then drying it thoroughly with a soft towel. Once the car is dry, apply a fair amount of polisher or compound to the car, starting with the hood. You can rent or purchase a high speed buffer to buff your car if you want even and long-lasting results, but you could also use a soft towel and do it by hand, if cost is an issue. Either way, use small, circular motions to spread the product around evenly and keep going until it has a nice sheen and you are happy with the results.
- In order to keep compound and polisher out of the cracks and crevices in doors and in the car hood, apply masking tape over the joints
- Buffing can take up to 3 hours, so schedule your time accordingly.
- Be sure to go over the surface you intend to buff with specified car clay before buffing to remove contaminants and particles that are clinging to the paint's surface.
- Do not use household detergent to wash a car. The ingredients are too abrasive and will strip the finish of the car.
- Before using the buffer, check the buffer and the car's surface for bits of sand or dirt. Any trace of grit can permanently scratch the car's finish if buffed into the car.
Things You'll Need
Random orbital, high speed or manual buffer
Gallon sized bucket
Car wash soap
Chamois or clean, soft towel
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