Eleven Easy Steps to Restore the Paint of your Car
One of the attributes of a particular thing that first impresses us are its physical features. We can't deny that though we look for the best quality and the longevity of something's life, its façade is one primary consideration we also take account of. Like our vehicles at home, we worship its beauty and as much as possible we do a lot of stuff to preserve the splendor it possesses. However, no matter the effort we exert, like everything in this world, the beauty of our vehicle also fades away. As we use them on a day to day basis, its paint and trim will diminish under the vicious UV rays of the sun. Here is the procedure to restore your vehicles paint that is faded because of ordinary wear.
Difficulty Level: EASY
Things you will need:
- Dishwashing liquid
- Clay bar
- Orbital polisher
- Microfiber cloth
- Polishing pad
- Polish (for this, you need to use two grades of polish. First is a cutting polish - sometimes called as “Compound” and second is a finishing polish)
- Scratch remover
- Paint sealant
Step 1: Wash your car thoroughly with dishwashing liquid and dry it.
Step 2: Using your clay bar, remove the bonded contamination and dead paint from the surface of your car.
Step 3:Using a random orbital polisher, mask off molding pieces, decals and any other surfaces that you don't want to damage.
Step 4: Apply polisher attachment as needed. If your polisher has a hook and loop attachment, it is easier since you can start the work. If it has none, fasten attachment pieces that you need to attach first before starting the polishing job.
Step 5: Squeeze a few drops of cutting polish unto your polishing pad and smear the compound on the surface of your car before turning the polisher. By doing this, the compound you are using will not splatter and get messy.
Step 6: Using your microfiber cloth, clean out the compound from your vehicle and check your work.
Step 7:Check your work from visible scratches and haze. If they are still noticeable, you may polish them out again.
Step 8: Use a scratch eraser until the scratch looks better. This is especially applicable to stubborn scratches.
Step 9: Polish again the areas using your scratch remover. You can repeat this step until you are satisfied with it.
Step 10: Repeat Step 5 but instead of using cutting polish, you use your finishing polish.
Step 11: Seal the paint. The primary purpose of a sealant is to protect your car from the elements which destroy your vehicle's surface. It is designed to bond to your paint and according to experts: it provides your vehicle at least 3 to 6 months of protection. This is why the application of sealant to your car is important especially if your car is always exposed to sun. The key is to apply your coat of protection before the previous coats runs out.
Note: This job can be done by hand however it will not be easy and fast. You can use cloth to apply your polishers however it is more troublesome and stressful. To achieve the best outcome of this work, it is recommended that you use a car polisher for this.