Saturday, December 27, 2008

How to Make Paint Shine

So, you've always wanted super shiny paint that looks better-than new. Of course, this is somewhat hard to achieve using regular techniques. To get the perfect showroom shine, you need to employ techniques that professional detailers use. Though this may seem like a complicated process at first, it can be broken down into several simple steps.

1. Clean the paint. This is done by a thorough hand washing of the car using soap, water, and then clean towels to dry the paint.

2. Decontaminate the paint using a claybar. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for this process.

3. Polish the paint using a random orbital (Porter Cable) or rotary buffer and an abrasive polish.

4. Top the paint off with a high quality wax. Natural carnubas give the paint a rich, warm glow, but synthetics provide better protection and a more "wet" look.

5. Don't forget the finishing touches. Dress the tires, clean the glass, scrub the wheels, and dress the trim for a finished look.

There you go, you've got a showroom perfect paint job! Now, just touch it up in between details with a hand wash or a simple spray-and-wipe quick detailer, and you're good to go!

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