4 Paint Care Tips To Keep Your Car Looking Good (CARSmetology Series Pt. 3 The Polishing Process)

I know the ladies will get this and the fellas can appreciate the analogy since we all want our ladies (bikes and rods for some of us..lol) to have radiant, healthy looking and beautiful skin (paint), therefore consider this. The same process it takes to keep your skin looking young, vibrant and healthy, is very similar to the attention and care required to maintain the smooth, deep and lustrous shine of your car’s exterior. 

Paint, like skin, covers and protects the body of your automobile. It keep’s the elements from getting to the metal underneath and causing damage, like rust and corrosion. Paint also adds to the car’s aesthetics and when it’s well kept, it enhances the appeal and protects the value of your investment.
As with the 4 basic skincare needs that include; cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and protect, paint-care needs are similar.  The steps include; wash, clay, polish and protect.

STEP 3: Polishing
Polishing is the step in the detailing process that yields the most dramatic difference in your paint.  The objective of polishing is to remove imperfections in the paint, such as swirls, scratches, water spots, etchings, and oxidation.  Having these imperfections in your paint means that light that passes through gets refracted, ultimately dulling the finish, yielding less gloss and depth, less reflections, and can turn into an eye sore.  When these imperfections are removed, your paint will have the highest level of gloss and reflections are mirror like, with sharp accurate detail.

The tool used in the polishing process can either be a rotary or orbital polisher. The rotary polisher should only be used by a professional! In the hands of a novice or inexperienced user, you can very easily burn through the paint and end up causing more damage than good.

If you are a novice or weekend detail warrior, the orbital polisher will better suit your needs.  Do your research to determine needs and your budget, there are several brands and models to chose from.

Next we will discuss the final step 4: Protection (Wax and Sealant)

Until next time,

D. Smith aka TheGlossBoss.Com

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