Have you ever tried doing buffing job on your car yourself? Well, it’s high time you did!
Although it might seem challenging for a newcomer, the key thing is to be attentive during each
step. In this blog, we will give you some tips and techniques for a smooth and even buffing job
that might come in handy.
- Swirl can be minimized if you maintain buffing pads clean by spurring them frequently and washing and drying them from time to time. However, do not put them in a dryer.
- Cross contamination is one of the main causes of swirling. So, keep polishing and finishing pads separately from compound ones.
- Match the right buffing pad to the right polishing material. Remember that not all paint surfaces are the same, so always try spot buffing a small. Star it with the least aggressive composition and work up to the most aggressive.
- As for RPM, try to stay between 1750-2400 RPM when compounding and between 1200-1750 RPM when finishing.
- Always remove the excess compound grit with soap and water. When you finish with a polish or glaze, do not buff dry. Leave a little material on the car, otherwise, you create friction.
- Paint preparation is crucial as it makes the process smoother and gives a better result. Wash the car and prepare the surface with a clay preparation bar.
- Work buffer right to left over bead of polish and/or compound. Start on edge and then finish flat. Try to keep your pace uniform and in rhythm.
- Let the weight of the buffer do the job. Keep the buffer in motion to avoid burning the paint.
- Approach antennas, windshield wipers and emblems with caution as they can grab the pad.
- Avoid rubberized body side moldings, you can burn or stain them.