Before using any rubbing or polishing compound, remove all old wax, dirt, and
grime by washing the vehicle in a shaded area if possible. If not, be sure to
at least park the vehicle in a shaded area before drying it and applying any
rubbing or polishing compound. It's crucial that you never use rubbing or
polishing compounds in direct sunlight the product can quickly bake itself
into hot painted surfaces. Work in small overlapping areas so you can stay
ahead of the product, and the process. You'll soon be seeing your smiling
reflection looking back at you from your shiny, preserved paint.
|Step 1 - Clean and dry the vehicle, preferably in the shade. Test all
products on an inconspicuous part of the vehicle to get a feel for how they
|Step 2 - Apply compound by hand, or with a buffer turned OFF, to work
material evenly into the buffing pad and the work area. Buff in lengthwise
strokes with the bodylines of the vehicle. Do not work in circles as this can
show up as "swirls."
|Step 3 - If available, use a random-orbital buffer. If using a circular
buffer, be extremely careful not to burn through the paint or clearcoat. Let
the product do the work. Lengthwise even strokes with light pressure are key.
|Step 4 - Make sure to remove all of the rubbing compound before moving
on to polishing. Polishing compound is applied in the same way as rubbing
compound. In general, use the most aggressive product first, followed in
sequence by less aggressive product or products.
|Step 5 - The results speak for themselves. Regardless of which type of
product you use, always apply a good coat of wax as a final step and on a
regular basis thereafter to protect the paint, and prevent oxidation from
starting up again.