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February 9, 2018
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February 9, 2018

Putting your Car Polishing Kit to Work

Once you’ve stowed away your car wash equipment and your vehicle is free from dirt and impurities, it’s time to break out the polish. Where soap and clay is used to rid your vehicle of all foreign matter, car polish is used to smooth the freshly cleaned surface. The process of polishing involves tackling surface-depth scratches, flattening the edges to reduce their prominence. Minor blemishes, imprints left by water, any crinkling or flaws in the paint gets levelled. The goal with polishing is to create the smoothest possible finish to the surface of the paint. Invest in a mild, good quality car polish, like Mothers® California Gold Pure Polish, and commit to regular polishing.

Dealing with Scratches


The top coat of paint is susceptible to surface scratches, which can spoil the look of your vehicle. Luckily, these light scratches can be polished away. When smoothing out scratches, keep in mind that the aim is to reduce visibility – not eliminate them – so don’t be hard and rough about it. For more stubborn scratches, a stronger polish, like Mothers® California Gold Scratch Remover will do the trick. Areas of high traffic are where you’ll find these types of scratches, namely keyholes, door edges, and the hood.

Detail Tip
When working scratches with stronger compounds, don’t use too much pressure or you might risk damaging the paint. Let the polish do the hard work.

The Application

Your car polishing kit should include a good quality polish, a clean microfiber cloth, a cotton towel, and an applicator or foam wax pad. The only other thing you’ll need to achieve a perfect finish is to follow the method of application our experts have graciously agreed to share:

Add polish to the applicator and not directly to the paint in order to prevent stains and streaks.

Lightly apply polish evenly to one panel at a time, working in a circular overlapping motion. Watch the product work, and repeat as necessary. Resist the temptation to overuse or overwork the polish in the case of tough scratches. It’s better to repeat lightly than risk ruining the paint with too much product.

Detail Tip
Protect plastics with Mothers® Protectant to prevent them being stained by car polish.

Once the polish has dried to a light haze, it’s time for buffing. Timing is important here – buff too soon and the polish will smudge and streak, wait too long and it will cling to the paint. Use a clean microfiber cloth for the job, rotating to a clean section regularly.
When you’ve finished, take a soft-bristled brush to nooks and crannies that may have caught some polish. Leaving it there will cause unsightly build-up, so best to clear it away as soon as possible.