Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

How To: Hand Polishing

Collapse
This is a sticky topic.
X
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • How To: Hand Polishing

    How To: Hand Polishing

    If your car doesn't need machine polishing to remove swirls or imperfections or you simply do not have the skill to use a machine polisher and would rather do it yourself then hand polishing will remove minor marks, scuffs and imperfections but it will take much longer then a machine and will not be as effective if you are trying to remove swirl marks or deeper imperfections.

    Many people and product manufacturers suggest using a terry cloth towel or terry cloth applicator to apply car polish.

    This is no longer accurate advice.Today, the best method for hand polishing is a Foam Applicator Pad to work the polish and break it down and a quality Microfiber Towel for removing the residue, this is far superior and less abrasive than a cotton terry cloth towel.

    There are also hand polishing pads on the market today that are specifically for cutting, polishing and finishing which will give you even better results.
    As a result of not doing it the correct way, many are left dissatisfied with the appearance of their paint, another problem is that people get confused between a polish and a wax and don't understand the differences between products.

    When it actually comes to polishing by hand, the first thing you should do is ensure the paint is clean and dry – wash your car first and then clay it to remove any surface contaminants.A common myth about polishing by hand is that you should only work back and forth and side to side, rather than in circles. We recommend that you try to work in all directions, because this will help to ensure that the edges of defects are rounded off evenly. Working in circles will not create new swirl marks unless you finish too quickly and do not allow sufficient time for the abrasives to break down. A good indication of this is a change in the appearance of the polish – many appear to become more transparent when they have been properly worked. Some polish residues are often quite stiff, and removal requires firm buffing with a suitable microfibre towel. Plush towels with a short nap are ideal for this, as they are kind to the finish yet have sufficient bite to lift residues with ease.

    Polishing by machine opens up more possibilities in comparison to polishing by hand.
    Last edited by Scott; 11-05-2012, 09:53 PM.

  • #2
    i find using a polishing pal and a 4" pad much easier when hand polishing door jams, tight spots etc

    the polishing pal allows you to put more pressure on the paint without having to bend those fingers back with a foam pad

    i also use it when applying waxes




    for getting in under door handles or paint cleaning/sealing wheels i use the finger pockets




    for even tighter spots i just wrap my finger tip around a short nap mf towel and apply polish direct on paint
    Last edited by domino; 09-03-2012, 12:46 AM.
    - 2016 Jaguar F-Type R - Storm Grey w/ Kamikaze Enrei
    - 2016 BMW M3 Competition - Alpine White w/ Kamikaze Enrei

    Comment


    • #3
      I use the finger tip gloves aswell for tight spots, they seem to work fairly well although they do require a bit of effort at times. Furthermore, I'm always conscious that with a finger tip glove, unlike a polishing pal, the pressure I'm placing on the panel may not be uniform.
      "MLITE" - 2015 BMW M135i in Valencia Orange

      Comment


      • #4
        Are there any recommendations on which polish/polishes to use when doing by hand?

        Comment


        • #5
          Originally posted by bandgeekmafia20 View Post
          Are there any recommendations on which polish/polishes to use when doing by hand?
          I like Meguiars Ultimate Compound and HD Cut


          Specialising in high-end detailing for enthusiasts

          E: dansgaragedetailing@gmail.com
          M: 0417 587 004
          W: www.dansgaragedetailing.com
          F: http://www.facebook.com/DansGarageDetailing

          Comment


          • #6
            Originally posted by Caffeine_Fiend View Post
            I like Meguiars Ultimate Compound and HD Cut

            Does a less abrasive polish need to be used?

            Comment


            • #7
              Not for hand polishing modern clear coats


              Specialising in high-end detailing for enthusiasts

              E: dansgaragedetailing@gmail.com
              M: 0417 587 004
              W: www.dansgaragedetailing.com
              F: http://www.facebook.com/DansGarageDetailing

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by Caffeine_Fiend View Post
                Not for hand polishing modern clear coats
                Due to the lack of friction /heat generation when polishing by hand you will need a more agressive compound and pad to correct your paint...Hence the products Dan has suggested. .
                "The bitterness of poor quality remains
                long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten." -Benjamin Franklin

                Relax......... I'm from the internet!

                Comment


                • #9
                  Yes I should have elaborated. Thanks Tony


                  Specialising in high-end detailing for enthusiasts

                  E: dansgaragedetailing@gmail.com
                  M: 0417 587 004
                  W: www.dansgaragedetailing.com
                  F: http://www.facebook.com/DansGarageDetailing

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Great post for hand polishing. thank you

                    Comment

                    Working...
                    X