Car Care Detailing Guide
                      Interior Care \ Engine Cleaning \ Exterior Washing \ Using Detailing Clay \ Dressing \ Compounding \ Polishing \ Waxing

 

POLISHING THE PAINT

Many people assume that polishing and waxing are the same. But, the two are different processes. Properly cleaning and polishing makes a world of difference to the outcome and gloss duration of the paint. Waxing over surfaces that need polishing or compounding will only create a temporary gloss. Polishing actually deep cleans the paint by removing oxidation, scratches, spotting, old wax, swirl marks, and other minor paint defects. Polishes work with abrasives and/or chemical cleaners to flatten, or level, the surface. Waxing with waxes, polymers, and/or paint sealants provide an extra level of paint protection while yielding a high gloss finish.
 

  Recommended Polishing Procedures: 

STEP 1: CLAY THE SURFACE, "PAINT CLEANING"
After properly washing your vehicle, spray Auto Magic« #49-Body Shine«  or Clay Magic« Clay Lube onto a 3' X 3' section of the vehicle's painted surface. Clay the surface with #CM-2200 Clay Magic«. For more info on claying, see Using Detailing Clay.

DETERMINE THE PAINTED CONDITION
Each vehicle may require a different process for compounding, polishing, and waxing. This process depends upon the condition of the paint. Some vehicles may only need a protective layer of wax while others may require compounding and polishing. Use the Paint Condition Chart to help determine your paint condition. 


FOLLOW THE PAINT CONDITION CHART PROCESS
After you choose your paint condition, follow the recommended repair with the product choices listed on the Paint Condition Chart. Refer to each product technical bulletin for additional usage and helpful tips.

STEP 2: POLISH (For Hand Application) For machine application, see below
If you have a Type B Paint Condition, polish the area by hand. Follow the recommended steps below for proper polishing procedures.

STEP 2A: APPLY POLISH
Apply a thin, straight line of polish directly to the paint to be corrected. Refer to the Paint Condition Chart for help in determining the correct product for application. Do not polish in direct sunlight. If you can't get indoors, get into the shade.

STEP 2B: HAND BUFF
Use a micro fiber towel or applicator pad to polish the paint. Hand buff in small sections at a time, body panel by body panel. Rub the polish into the paint using circular, overlapping motions. Let dry, then remove with a clean, soft micro fiber or terry towel.


STEP 2C: WAX (optional)
If you want further surface protection and ultra long gloss, wax your polished finish with a premium Auto Magic wax, polymer, or paint sealant. For more info on waxing procedures and waxes, see Waxing.
 


STEP 2: POLISH (For Machine Application) For hand application, see above
If you have a Type B Paint Condition, polish the area by hand. Follow the recommended steps below for proper polishing procedures.

STEP 2A: CENTER THE PAD
Properly center the pad with a #1002C pad centering tool. Keep compounding pads separate from polishing or waxing pads. Inside the pad, write a C for compounding pads, and a P for polishing or waxing pads.

STEP 2B: "SPUR" THE PAD
"Spur" the pad with a #1002 pad cleaning tool. Spur it often to keep it clean. A good practice to remember is after each panel, hood, or deck lid, spur the pad.


STEP 3: POLISH
Check the abrasive level on the product. Typically, the lower the abrasive content, the more wax the product has. Some higher wax content products may not require the next step 4 wax process. Apply a thin line of polish directly to the paint. Buff the product immediately at low rpms. Keep the surface "wet" and cool while buffing. Wipe with a clean soft terry or microfiber towel.

STEP 4: WAX (optional)
If you want further surface protection and ultra long gloss, wax your polished finish with a premium Auto Magic wax, polymer, or paint sealant. For more info on waxing procedures and waxes, see Waxing.

 

 

For more thorough detailing training & tips,
buy the new Auto Magic
6 Stages of Reconditioning Training Manual!
Click here for more info

 

Know Your Product's Abrasive
Content Before You Polish

The Auto Magic« Abrasive Meter is an exclusive quick reference guide to the aggressive nature of products in the Waxes, Glazes & Compounds category. Products listed in the green area are mostly waxes or sealants and are not aggressive. Products in the yellow area contain mild abrasives. Compounds are the most abrasive and are located in the red zone.

 Recommended Auto Magic Polishes:
 

GS-1 Polish
#76 GS-1 Polish
Buy It 
Technical Info
BC-1 Car Polish
#77 BC-1 Polish
Buy It 
Technical Info
 

    

Contact your local Auto Magic« Distributor for sizes larger than 16 Ounce and additional products. Click here to find your local Auto Magic« distributor.
 


Copyrightę 2006 All Rights Reserved. Auto Wax Company, 1275 Round Table Dr. Dallas, TX  75247
(800) 826-0828 toll free    (214) 631-4000    (214) 634-1342 fax   info@autowaxcompany.com