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How To Polish Car Paint - Car Polishing Basics

  CAR POLISHING - POLISH TO PERFECTION THE EASY WAY

  • Why dual-action car polishers and auto buffers are best.

  • Why car polishing is a must

  • Why polishing your car by hand is a waste of time.

  • What car polish to use for different polishing jobs.

  • What makes the Ultimate Detailing Machine XP by Porter Cable the best car polisher.

 



In a perfect world, you wouldn't need to polish your car's paint.  Washing and waxing your car is all that's really necessary to protect and beautify your car's exterior finish.

Most of us don't live in a perfect world so car polishing is essential.  Your car's paint is radiated by the sun, bombarded by pollution, acid rain, salt and other contaminants, and assaulted by foreign objects.  It happens little by little every single day.

If you want to keep your car, truck, boat or RV looking nice or if you want to put a shine back on your car... take 3-5 minutes and read this article on proper car polishing!  




LOOKING FOR THE BEST CAR POLISHER AND PADS?



If you already know you want a car polisher, let me get out of your way so you can shop!



Porter Cable 7424XP Dual Action Polisher Porter Cable 7424XP Car Polisher

DAS Pad Bundle & Bonnet

Lake Country' s Hydro-Tech Foam Pads are designed specifically for the application of water-based polishes and compounds. With Lake Country Hydro-Tech 6.5 Inch Foam Pads, water-based polishes work longer and you use less polish. You'll save time and polish


Sonus SFX Foam Pad Kit

Lake Country CCS Dual Action 6.5 Inch Foam Pads

  • 6.5 inch pads work with all 6 inch dual action polishers.
  • CCS Technology reduces product waste.
  • Hook and loop fasteners make pad changes quick and easy

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CAR POLISHING 101 - WHY DO YOU NEED TO POLISH YOUR CAR WITH A DUAL-ACTION CAR POLISHER?



Polishing your car's paint fixes the damage caused by the sun, contamination, foreign objects, and washing and drying with poor quality wash mitts and towels.

It is no longer possible to effectively polish and wax your car by hand.   The simple reason is that modern car paint finishes, since about year 2000, are very hard and durable.

The solution is car polishing with the Porter Cable 7424XP Car Polisher, a pro-consumer car polisher. The Porter Cable  professional grade polisher has the power  to properly maintain your car's paint and correct common paint problems (swirl marks, water spots, oxidation, scratches, etc.).

Porter Cable 7424XP & CCS Pad Kit Choose Your Pads!

This complete Porter Cable Polisher & Pad Kit includes  four grades of foam polishing pads of your choice, and a 5" flexible backing plate.



The Porter Cable 7424XP Car Polisher is a dual-action car polisher. That simply means that the polishing head both orbits and rotates at the same time.

A dual-action car polisher offers the best "polishing action" for car polishing by the professional or the serious car care enthusiast. It is 100% safe for the do-it-yourselfer who wants an automotive polisher that is safe to use and provides awesome results.

If you have never used an electric car polisher on your car before, but want professional results that are simply not possible by hand, the Porter Cable 7424XP Car Polisher is the right machine.

This diagram shows the working action of the Ultimate Detailing Machine car polisher.  It both orbits (small circle action) and rotates for superior car polishing.

There is no way the human hand can achieve the results that are obtainable with a Porter Cable Car Polisher. Modern clear coat paint is simply too hard to polish by hand.

If you want the finest results possible, with ease and safety, you need a Porter Cable 7424XP Car Polisher car polisher. It's the safe and effective tool for polishing your car's paint to perfection.  Plus, it easily applies and buffs off all liquid car waxes and paint sealants.

Even if you have never used an automobile buffer or car polisher before you, can use a Porter Cable Car Polisher to achieve awesome, swirl-free results.

 

WHAT MAKES THE PORTER CABLE BETTER?

Most consumer grade car polishers are oscillating devices that perform well as electric waxing machines, but perform very poorly as "polishers".  All modern cars, which have a clear coat finish, require a powerful  car polisher, not a waxer.

What's the difference between a polisher and a waxer?

A car polisher has the ability to apply polish (any abrasive compound) with enough energy to correct paint defects (surface scratches, swirl marks, water spots, etc.).  On the other hand, an electric waxing machine, often called a "car polisher", generates enough energy to distribute wax, but won't make corrections. 

If you want to maintain the shine on your car, or remove common paint defects, including oxidation, water spots, insect damage, swirl marks and scratches, you need the Porter Cable 7424XP Car Polisher.

 

HOW EASY IS IT TO USE THE PORTER CABLE... CAN I HURT MY CAR'S PAINT?

It's really easy, honest!

The polishers have a bit of weight to them; they weight about 6 pounds.  However, you don't apply much pressure unless you're doing paint correction.

There's a little bit of technique involved, but most people get it in about 5-10 minutes.  The technique is to use overlapping motions and run the polisher over your paint at a nice and slow speed.

Proper machine car polishing is as easy as following this simple pattern.  Master this and you're on your way!


WHAT KIND OF CAR POLISH DO I NEED?

Some great car polishing suggestions for the doityourself-er!

Pinnacle Advanced Swirl Remover

Pinnacle Advanced Swirl Remover

This is a fantastic Swirl Mark Remover, another term for a car polish designed to remove swirl marks.

Ultima Paint Prep Plus

Ultima Paint Prep Plus is the finest clear coat finish polish available.  It is super concentrated, making polishing easier and more economical.  A single 12 oz. bottle will polish up to ten full-size cars.  For best results, apply by machine.


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