A smooth, picture-perfect paint surface on a car is desired by everyone. Alas, over time, small scratches by dirt and other contaminants begin to build up, making it increasingly difficult to maintain that mirror-finish. Even worse, unfortunate events can occur that cause deep scratches or discolouration on the paint surface. Luckily, scratches and scrapes can easily be corrected and your paint revived by using compounds. Find out how to restore a car using the compounding process, whether by hand or with a buffer, to achieve professional results right at home.
A polishing compound is used to clean and restore the gleam of your car’s paintwork, as well as removing light imperfections. It can be used to:
Tip: Following up with a car polish or car wax after completing a compound process is important to not only protect the paint, but also to enhance the shine.
If your car has harsher and more extreme damage on its paint surface, it’s recommended that you use a rubbing compound. Examples of these defects include:
Tip: A rubbing compound should never be used on a new car’s paint without first testing a less abrasive product first, like our Scratch Repair & Renew.
Our compounds have been formulated to be user-friendly and simple to apply by hand, keeping you from spending a lot of time on undertaking the restoration process, as well as saving you money by avoiding the auto shop.
For the tougher jobs, such as larger surface areas or a hard paint structure, you may benefit from using a dual-action (DA) polisher. First time users of this tool are advised to practice on an old vehicle, getting familiar to the feel and flow of the machine before tackling the job on your car.
Tip: To avoid damaging the paint, keep the polishing pad moist with plenty of product during the application.
Before attempting the process on your own, assess the extent of the damage prior to the restoration process. The more aggressive the formula, the more care will have to be taken to ensure the paint doesn’t take on additional damage. Always test the compound formula on a small, inconspicuous spot before moving on to larger surface areas.
Check out our other how-to guides in our Solutions section, for common car surface imperfections. Related articles are linked at the bottom of this article.
1. Why should a compound never be left to dry?
Compounds contain water and oils, the key to lubrication in their cleaning ingredients. Some compounds will harden like cement if left to dry out, making the task of removing them exceptionally difficult. Always use a moistened applicator or cloth to remove it as soon as possible.
2. Is it safe to use a rubbing compound for scratches my new car?
Rubbing compounds are far too abrasive for a new car’s paint finish. The only time a rubbing compound application can be attempted is if something less aggressive has already been tried first, like our Scratch Repair and Renew.
3. How do I repair deep scratches?
Our Scratch Repair and Renew is formulated for repairing damage and sealing scratches, without masking them.
4. When should I use a scratch and swirl remover?
Anytime you find scratches and blemishes on your car’s paint surface, Scratch Repair and Renew uses platelet technology and polishing agents to repair light to heavy scratches, leaving behind a protective clear coat resin. Finish up with a car wax and your car will be looking gorgeous and shiny again.
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