Detailing – How To Detail A Car

How To Detail A Car! – You Can See The Results!

How to detail a car can take a little bit of time to learn. Here is my own car that I detailed. Although you can’t see it in the pictures of the trunk, the paint was really hazy, and faded. I thought it was almost gone, and I would have to re-clear the trunk, but after spending a little bit of time working the buffer, it detailed out pretty nicely.

Detailed Trunk Half Detailed
How To Detail A Car Detailed Reflection

One of the fist things you learn about detailing a car, is that you will have to stick with 1 line of products. As far as getting a line of products, I am told that the top 2 are Meguiar’s, and 3M. I personally have only used 3M, and have been very happy with the results. As you can see from my pictures they have done an excellent job for me, and didn’t leave any swirl marks. I used a rotating buffer, not orbital, but one that just spins in a circle less then 3,000 RPM.

Usually the different products lines will have different compounds and pad that go though multiple steps, with multiple pads. Each pad will take off some of the clear coat, and you want to be sure to not take off to much! They will be in order from most abrasive, to least abrasive. it’s the combination of the compound and pad that will give you the best results.

The key to a good buffer, and compound mix, is that you are actually heating up the clear coat on your car just enough to make it re-flow, and fill in those small scratches. If you can feel a scratch with your fingernail, it is too deep to be removed, but the detailing process will make it less noticeable, and hide it better.

Once you have detailed your car, the last step is to protect it with a nice glaze, or finish. You do not want to put wax on your car! Wax is usually an abrasive material, and will take off even more of your protective clear coat, and could lead to you putting swirl marks in your new finish all over again. Finish glaze is a non abrasive material that will protect your car just like wax, and keep the refinished clear coat nice and shiny!

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