Car Detailing – Polish/Clean

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    A car detailing expert goes over the materials and steps needed to deep clean and rejuvenate the look of you vehicle’s paint.

    John Crothers: Hi! My name is John Crothers with Stoner Incorporated. Today, we are going to show you how to detail your entire car. The first step in this is cleaning and polishing your exterior paint surfaces.

    For this, you're going to need a polish or a cleaning wax and lots of microfiber towels. You can also use cotton towels if you prefer that as well. You are going to want to start with a clean, washed and dried car, preferably out of direct sunlight as this will help prevent water spots, and polishes, and waxes from drying on your paint. Cleaner waxes and polishes can be found at any local automotive parts store or even supermarkets.

    To perform this, all you do is put a little bit in your rag or on the paint itself and gently work it around letting the cleaners and then the polishes do the work. You're going to want to avoid getting on your trim pieces or your glass as it's very hard to remove. Cleaner waxes use cleaners and mild abrasives to lift dirt, contaminants, pollution, oxidation, even light swirl marks and scratches to brand the vibrance and depth and color of your paint. You're only going to want to do this once or twice a year as it might do excess damage with the abrasives.

    Some people may prefer to use an orbital buffer to do their polishing. There are a few things you want to know about that before you're going to do it. The advantages and disadvantages; an orbital buffer will do your car in less than half the time if you do it by hand. Disadvantage is the cost. It can range anywhere from $25 to a few $100. This model right here which is pretty nice costs about $150. If you are going to detail a lot of vehicles, you might want to look at investing in one of these. If you're going to do this once or twice a year on your vehicle, probably easy is to do by hand.

    They are simple to use. Apply a little bit of polish to the pad, plug it in, and let the weight of the orbital buffer do all the work. It will take out swirl marks, scratches. They are great tools, but you also want to remember they are power tool, so you're going to want to remember your safety equipment, safety goggles, ear protection if you are doing it for a while, and always keep it out of the water, out of damp areas. Okay, and that's how you clean and polish your paint. Up next, we'll show you how to wax and seal it.