- Posted by Sanderson Lincoln
- On September 14, 2016
At Sanderson Lincoln, we’re always happy to complete a full detail and polish on your vehicle, but we know that some customers prefer to take care of their vehicles themselves. We’ve come up with some simple tips to ensure you’re properly polishing your car paint. Without the right materials and technique, you could end up doing more damage than good!
Polish and Pads
While we can’t recommend a specific type of polish or pad because every vehicle is different, we always recommend doing a test spot on the worst looking area of your car. Start with the product that’s the least aggressive and make sure it’s doing the job. If not, move up to a more aggressive pad and product. Keep going up until you’ve found the right combination that meets your needs.
Only Do a Little Bit at a Time
You shouldn’t try to polish your entire car at once. Instead, work with an area around 2ft by 2ft. This allows you to concentrate on your work and see where you need add a bit more elbow grease. One of the biggest mistakes people make when polishing for the first time is to work too quickly. This doesn’t allow the polish to really do its job. Your movements should be slow, overlapping, up and down and side to side.
Don’t Focus on the Paint – Focus on the Pad
You may be tempted to look at the paint to see how it’s changing as you’re polishing. What you actually want to be looking at is the pad. The main focus should be keeping the pad level, but you do want to glance at the paint from time to time so you’ll know when you’re done.
Don’t Dry Buff
Don’t ever buff the paint when it’s dry. Instead, work the polish to ensure you get the results you need. Stop when the polish becomes clear, this is a sign that it’s about to be totally dry. Also be sure to keep the polisher’s cord over your shoulder and not on your car as it may scratch the paint.
Polish Isn’t a Protectant
Finally, remember that polish is there to improve the look of your vehicle – not to protect it! When you work with our Phoenix Lincoln dealership, we’ll always complete the job by adding a layer of coating that will keep your vehicle looking fresh and new until the next time! Best of luck!