How to Buff Your Car, The Right Way

Washing and waxing your vehicle on a regular basis is the key to maintaining a car’s elegance and beauty. In fact, a high-quality protectant is one of the most important features to enhance your car’s look. 

 Buffing and polishing your vehicle allows you to remove a number of defects. This may include small scratches, oxidation, and etching. Follow these steps by the experts at Tommy Terrific’s Car Wash, to boost your car’s shine and prepare it for protection. Stop by the best car wash in Plano, Texas today! 

 A Beginner’s Guide to Buffing

 Quality Buffers and Polish 

 A high-quality buffer removes minor flaws from your car’s paint and exterior, making it look smoother and more attractive! When used properly, buffers work on a microscopic level and won’t damage your paint’s quality. The amount of paint a buffer removes can be contributed to the cutting capability of the buffer you choose. 

 Polishes, on the other hand, provide a deep, wet-looking shine. However, it’s important to know that polishes of lower quality can cloud your paint’s surface. Polishes are crafted precisely for certain surfaces and applications. 

 When you select a great buffer and polish, consider the type of shine and finish you would like to see in the desired outcome. You should also keep in mind your paint’s condition, thickness, and hardness. Make sure to read all of the information and labels on the tools you use. The time spent working, weather conditions, and air temperature is also a factor in the overall outcome of your vehicle. 

Buffer Speed Settings

In order to achieve an excellent finish, it is critical to use the least abrasive polish possible. Despite faulty advertising, there is no single polish that will work on all surfaces. Here’s what you should use on your vehicle:  

  • Moderate to severe damages: Use a high-quality foam pad and swirl remover for paint damages, scratches, and substantial swirls. Set the speed of your buffer at five or size. 

  • Light and normal damages: Use a foam pad and finishing glaze to remove moderate to light oxidation, regular swirls, or water etching. Set the speed of your buffer at three to five, depending on the depth of your scratches. 

  • Minimal to no damages: In the rare case that your car’s paint has little to no damage, it’s still a good idea to enrich the gloss and create a clean surface for the protectant. You will need a high-quality foam pad and a pre-wax polish enhancer. Set the speed of your buffer between one and three. 

Polishing Technique 

 Before you start on your entire vehicle, it's best to sample your product and technique on a test area. Choose a piece of scrap metal or the most affected area of your vehicle to test your technique and product. 

 Always begin with a less aggressive and less potent product. If you’re not happy with the end product, it’s move up to something stronger and more aggressive. Keep doing this until you’re happy with the way it looks. 

 Once you achieve your desired results in your test area, you can move onto your entire vehicle. The process is trial-and-error. If you don’t get the outcome you were hoping for, it may be time to try a different approach. 

Professional Assistance: Let us buff your car!

If you’re not sure the best polish and wax to use on your vehicle, don’t be afraid to ask the experts! The professionals at Tommy Terrific’s Car Wash can help you choose the best products for your car. Or let us take care of your buffing and wax needs for you. Come see us at the best car wash in Plano, Texas today!

Liz Thorp