I want to polish my car– where do I start??
an evergreen among many newcomer questions is the subject of paint polishing and the minimum equipment required for it. We try to answer the most urgent questions at this point.
I have washed my car and I want to apply wax, is that ok??
Unfortunately, it is not optimal in any case. If the paint surface is freshly prepared and has an intact wax protection, would be a maximum refreshing with a good quick-detailer advisable.
If the paint has not been pretreated and possibly never polished, you should not apply wax as a direct follow-up step. You run the risk of getting a severe reduction in service life and the glossy appearance would be far below the possibilities, depending on the condition of the paint.
Ok, but if I treat the varnish after the Wäsche with cleaning clay, that should still be enough?
It’s better, because a paint cleaning knead removes almost all dirt from the paint and the surface feels much smoother.
BUT, depending on the condition of the paint clay can leave swirls / clouds / holograms. This is very often the case, especially with soft coatings from the Japanese / Korean manufacturers. You don’t necessarily see this directly, but in the bright sun or with the help of an LED paint control light, the "problems" are visible recognizable.
Therefore we recommend to polish with a high gloss or antihologram polish with the help of a soft sponge or polishing pad.
Hört like a little more work. I want to do everything right, what do I need??
Most users polish in the so-called. 2-step procedure. In the first pass is a sanding paste (compound) to use. This has the task of quickly and effectively polish the paint surface, possibly. to sand down paint damage, such as scratches and paint weathering. There are also special products in this segment that not only reliably clean the paint surface, but also leave it with a very attractive high-gloss finish.
Before polishing you should mask the unpainted plastic and rubber surfaces with a masking tape (also called tapes). This is absolutely necessary, because polishes roughen these surfaces microscopically when they are first wiped over and leave the polishing particles in the microfurrows. Visually, the whole thing looks like a light stain, which you either do not get out or only with a lot of effort again.
Polishing step 1– compounding
For the application of sanding paste / compounds you need a sponge / polishing pad made of slightly harder foam material. This is the first rule in polishing: the sharper the polish, the firmer/harder the associated polishing medium can, may and should be. The firm sponges support the cutting effect considerably and bring enough stiffness to move the relatively immobile polish consistency.
The compounds dry really fast during polishing and at the first signs of drying out, the polishing grains continue to break down into smaller polishing grains, so that the sanding performance drops rapidly. For this reason, we recommend in this step the use of a pad primer, which keeps the polishing sponge wet. You can also use water to wet the polishing sponge again and again but unfortunately the water evaporates too quickly depending on the ambient temperatures and the polishing process shows the first moments of stress.
By the way, with heavy cut compounds, when polishing by hand or with an excenter polisher, there is no need to worry that the polish will be too worn. Here, the polishing effect is smaller by factors compared to rotary polishing machines. Even the polishing process itself should not be used with compounds on(!) case be done on level 6, but at most on 3-4.
Example products für this work step:
Abrasive pastes / compounds
outstanding one-step high performance polish from the house of menzerna. Polishes and creates shine in just one operation with absolute high gloss.
High-performance sanding paste of the latest generation for the permanent removal of deep scratches, paint mist and sanding up to 1200 grit.
Innovative,ergonomic and high quality polishing aid made of premium PUR for passionate hand polishers.
Matching pad for APS polishing pal. The dark blue polishing sponge with the highest removal rate of the basic series. Ideal for processing sanding pastes and strong lacquer polishes.
purple compounding pad with high abrasiveness for use with mild and coarse fine abrasive pastes for efficient correction of severe paint defects and deep swirls
The dark gray polishing sponge with the highest removal rate of the slim series. Ideal for processing sanding pastes and strong lacquer polishes.
High quality temperature resistant polishing sponge moistening for machine polishing work- keeps the polishing sponge moist longer for more effective polishing results.
Rimless, tightly woven special microfiber cloth to remove polish residue with universal applications for interior and exterior use.
High-quality masking tape with strong adhesive power to protect the sensitive areas from polish and care products- removable without leaving any residue!
Polishing step 2– high gloss finish
after the first polishing step the rests should be removed/polished out with a polish removal cloth and if the paint appearance is so far pleasing the final finishing step can begin.
For this you need a high gloss or antihologram polish and a medium soft or soft sponge. The same also applies to polishing machine pads. Under no circumstances should the uncleaned polishing sponges from step 1 be used in this step. Also should be added to the "fresh" grab microfiber cloth. Basically, you should assemble your equipment in such a way that only the specified products are used for each polishing step.
At this point we have not mentioned the IPA cleaners with a single word. IPA cleaners are alcohol-based paint cleaners that are used for very thorough removal of grease/oil and polish residues (fillers, silicone residues, etc). You could make a short wipe with IPA between each polishing step to better examine the polishing results. After the 2nd polishing step with antihologram polish and BEFORE the application of the wax or. Each(!) other sealing, the IPA cleaning step is almost a sacred duty. Beware of polishes and glazes with fillers, as well as adhesion promoters. Here IPA should really be very economical respectively. Apply more diluted so as not to compromise the functional result of the products.
Example products für this working step:
high gloss / antihologram polishes
Professional anti-hologram high gloss polish from menzerna. Guaranteed the perfect mirror shine.
Abrasion optimized variant of the popular M2.01 high gloss polish to remove holograms, fine scratches, paint mists and sanding up to 3000 grit.
The yellow polishing sponge with the third highest removal rate of the pro series. Matching pad for finish polishes with the APS polishing pal. the pads are intentionally chosen one step firmer
The blue pad of the vertex series with low abrasiveness for use with high gloss and antihologram polishes to achieve a perfect high gloss finish.
the yellow polishing sponge with the medium removal rate of the slim series. ideal for the application of mild abrasive pastes and high gloss polishes on forced rotation machines.
pre-cleaning and quick control of polishing spots on lacquer and plastic- perfect for paint cleaning before wax application.
The high-quality, rimless microfiber cloth in extra size with two functional sides for effective polish removal in professional paint care.
High quality handy paint image control lamp for revealing the holograms, swirls and other paint defects during the polishing process.
Professional battery-powered LED work light with ALL DAYLIGHT function and high CRI+ value- with 2 brightness levels and spot function!
Most high-gloss polishes do not contain sealants to preserve the paint after polishing. Many manufacturers offer special polishes with wax components, but their effectiveness and service life are not comparable with a full wax application or a full wax application. Comparable to the protection of a ceramic sealant. For this reason, we recommend that you seal the paint directly after the two polishing steps. How to seal your varnish with wax you can read here: wax and synthetic sealers– things to know& application tips
A very nice video on the subject of "which polishing pads for eccentrics" and polishing machines in general you can here view"
We wish you a lot of fun with polishing and trying it out
One thought on " how do i polish my car properly "
For the tips to the high gloss thank you! I should have my classic car painted because of scratches. Sealing with wax would be one idea to give the car a valuable appearance!