Many people vear away from reconditioning the paint on their vehicle; it is a somewhat difficult job to do for the inexperienced individual. However, I've decided to post this "how to" for those of you who are "do-it-yourselfer's" and would like to take the risk. Buffing your car correctly will make your paint shine like it has just come off of the showroom floor. It's much more than a wax job. Before beginning this process, I would suggest reading this ENTIRE page. Please also read the caution's below and view the useful links I've provided below. After you have done that, follow these steps:
- Place towels over the bottom portion of your windshield that will cover your vehicles wipers. This will protect staining from the compound.
- If you wish, use masking tape to cover all areas you do not want buffed, but may be in the way (i.e. rubber moldings around windows).
- Apply the liquid compound to a panel. Put enough of the liquid compound on a panel of the car that will allow you to cover a 2x2 area (I prefer to begin with the hood).
- Begin buffing slowly using the cutting pad on the buffer and gradually increase your speed to 1600-1800 rpm's.
NOTE: FOLLOW STEPS 3 AND 4 UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE ENTIRE CAR.
- Once the compounding is completed, take a soft cloth/towel and remove all residual compound from the vehicle.
- Change the pad on your buffer to the polishing pad.
- Follow steps 3 and 4 once again, only this time using liquid polish.
- Once the polishing is completed, take a soft cloth/towel and remove all residual polish from the vehicle.
- Remove the towels covering the wipers and remove any masking tape you may have used. Do this only once steps 1-8 are fully completed.
- Wash the vehicle with a very mild soap (preferably one which contains car wax) and a very soft mit (NOT the one you used to prep the vehicle!).
- Dry with a clean, damp chamois.
You did it! You may now proceed to the next step in detailing your vehicle.
Because this can be a risky process for the inexperienced, you may want to also do a web search for video instruction on buffing a car. I've provided one for you here.
I hope this information was helpful for you to get started. Please do additional research if you are a first time user with a buffer. You can damage your vehicle if you do not know what you are doing!