Regular car waxing will improve your vehicle’s look and prolong the life span of its paint. Learning how to wax and buff your car properly can save you a bunch of money over time.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
A high-speed angle grinder with a buffing wheel will give you the best result, but be warned: It requires practice to master the technique so you don’t unwittingly damage the paint. An orbital buffer is easier to use for the inexperienced, but it won’t be as effective—the rotational speed of the buffer isn’t able to strip back the paint as quickly. Deeper scratches and oxidation will require working the affected area for longer with an orbital buffer to achieve the same results as with an angle grinder.
Apply a generous amount of buffing compound to any heavily weathered or scratched surface. Buffing works by stripping away a fine layer of paint and exposing the fresh paint underneath, and the compound acts as a paint stripper. Waxing your car immediately after buffing will replace the protective properties of the original clear coat.
Spread the compound out evenly across the area with the buffing pad (while the buffer is not in motion) to ensure that the compound doesn’t splatter onto adjacent surfaces. Avoid getting the compound on chrome, rubber, or glass.Tags: car cleaning, car detailing, car wash