June 12, 2006Many detailers' overlook polishing due to the extra time involved, but if you want to perform a true detail this step is recommended. Polish is similar to compound, but contains a much more refined form of micro-abrasive that will help to maximize gloss.
For best results I recommend using a rotary buffer. If you use a rotary buffer, I recommend using a foam polishing pad. These foam pads are available at Automotive Paint Supply Stores, and are specifically engineered to maximize the gloss on your PT.
For this segment, I will be using Meguire's #9 Swirl Remover. This is a good polish, that is inexpensive ($10.00), is available at most PEP BOYS, NAPA, and is simple to use.
For this segment, I am using a Dewalt 849 and a white cool foam polishing pad. As an extra step, I spray a light mist of Meguire's Final Detailer directly yo the pad to help lubricate during the polishing process.
Start by applying a ring of swirl remover to the foam pad. Begin at the top of the vehicle, and work your way down. Like the compound segment, spread the chemical across the panal you are working on, to minimize splatter. Use either the cross hatch pattern, or the figure eight pattern discussed in part 3 of this segment. Proceed over each panal until the exterior is polished, and good gloss is achieved. Be sure to wipe off any left over residue with a clean microfiber towel folded into four and misted with Meguire's Final Inspection, or Meguire's Quick Detailer.
Now your PT should start looking better, but your only half way to finishing the detail process. In part 5 We will discuss Glaze. Till then, Happy Detailing!