There has been a large number of new car polishes on the market in recent years. So here is a short guide on what they are for and how to use them effectively.
As any car enthusiast will know that maintaining the quality and finish of your car’s paintwork is vital, the smallest of scrapes can drive you nuts., and don’t even start with the door dings. Car polish an essential tool to anyone who is seeking to maintain their vehicle in its best condition. Which can help preserve the cars value and owners sanity. So when you are polishing your car, you need to make sure you do the job correctly.
Here we have an all you need to know about car polish from how it works too when it should and shouldn’t be used.
What many people fail to realise is that polish is abrasive and its purpose is to remove defects. Now with modern cars, you are not touching the pain at all, but the polishing process removes a small amount of clear coat as it is the clear coat that gets damaged. The polish is designed to eliminate that damage this could be anything from water marks, fine scratches, acid rain or swirl marks.
The vehicle should be clinically clean. So, this means decontamination to remove road tar, bug squash, and any brake-dust build up. Then degreasing and a pre-wash. This process will aid polishing and enhance the finish.
Polishing up your car is not the final process. We would not recommend leaving it there either as the paint remains unprotected. The polishing stage is usually a preparation stage before applying either a ceramic-type sealant or carnauba wax.
That is the typical phrase. So, the polish is abrasive and shouldn’t be used on a regular basis. It should only be used when you want to remove imperfections and improve the clarity of the paint.
Wax adds protection to the paint and maintains that gloss which prevents the likes of UVC and natural contaminants from causing damage.
Well, this depends on which a protective coating is used. With carnauba wax, you are probably looking around two to three months depending on the environmental conditions. If you go with the expense of a ceramic sealant, then the timeframe will be increased.
We would advise against using the lower end of the market as some polishers can contain fillers or chalk based which is filling the problem and not correcting it.
Machine polishers are good, but you do not need them for certain defects. It adds on to the process, but you will receive better results and much faster.
A lot more of the average and high-end polishes can be used with a machine. Although certain polishes specifically required for a tool to be used as it breaks down the abrasive a lot finer. Moreover, these polishes would not be suitable for hand polishing.
With any other classic cars, you should be more careful as they may not have a clear coat. The paint will be a lot softer, so extra caution is critical. Watch out for any SMART repairs. If they have not been carried out to a good standard, then the polishing could damage the paint. You should also be aware of polishing limitations. If the damage has gone through the clear coat and the paint you will have to get it resprayed.