Auto Paint Repair

4 Tips for Buffing Auto Paint


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Buffing auto paint seems easy, but it's not. If you are one of those car owners who have tried to buff their cars endlessly with mediocre results, then you do need to read these few tips. You might be missing these few simple steps that could eventually get you a professional looking buffing job. Before you actually start the process, you have to park your car out of the sun, preferably in temperatures of 50 degrees Fahrenheit or less. A covered garage is the best place to work.

1. Simple Techniques

Start with the furthest section of the car like the roof and then work your way down to get the best results. This means you don't have to lean on the recently buffed area to reach higher areas. Always make sure that you keep the buffer moving and apply even pressure on it to prevent scratches on the paint.

2. Practice Makes Perfect

Before you actually start off, make sure that you practice on an old car panel with the compound that you have chosen. Rinse and dust off the car regularly to make sure that the compound is washed off. Do not work near the corners of the car with an automatic buffer or you could end up rubbing off all the paint. Use hand buffing near corners to get the best results.

3. Use the Correct Rotary Equipment

Start by selecting a professional buffing compound that is specially formulated for home use or with the use of professional buffers. Get fine cut automotive rubbing compound that can be found at professional auto stores. Start with the finest grit possible instead of using coarse grit, and then work down to a fine grade. This way superficial scratches are removed with the least bit of effort. Get a professional power buffer if you can afford it or do it by hand; both work well, so long as you use the right technique. Make sure that you start with the lowest speed to get the best results. Remember that high speed buffers can actually melt the paint and remove scratches that much faster.

4. Use the Correct Hand Buffing Equipment

If you are buffing by hand, make sure that you clean the buffing pads regularly and soak foam pads regularly to remove any old grit. Protect the car with a wax polish after your buffing is complete. Don't forget the swirl remover on the car before you finish. Clean your car pads regularly to get the best finish.

If you're not sure of how to do the process, practice on an old car before you start. Get in touch with a professional buffing company to do the job if you're not sure of how to do it.

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