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Car Advisor Tamotsu Todoroki

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How To Polish My Car To A High Gloss - Vol.227

Nothing breathes new life into an old car like a car wash and quality polish to achieve a high gloss. Polishing your car to a high gloss can help to reduce?and sometimes even eliminate?the appearance of scratches and dents that you might have collected over the years. It can also help to extend the life of your cars exterior and make it so that your coat of payment lasts longer. You don't even need to go to a auto shop to get professional results. Polishing a car can be incredibly easy and can be achieved at the comfort of your own home for just a fraction of the cost of what you may pay at detailing shops. Here are some step-by-step instructions to help you polish your car to a high gloss and make your car shine like new.

Step #1: Wash The Vehicle
First things first, grab a bucket, some soap, and a hose and make sure that you thoroughly wash the car to remove dirt and grime. Don't forget to get all the hard to reach places like underneath the windshield wipers using a microfiber towel so that you don't leave scratches in the paint. If you don't get all the dirt off from the vehicle, when you begin the polishing process the dirt granules could cause scratches to the exterior from rubbing around. Then let the vehicle completely dry before you begin the next step.

Step #2: Apply The Polish
Once the vehicle has completely dry, you may begin to apply the polish. Some people prefer to polish the car by hand; others elect for a faster method by using an electric polisher. Both will work just fine, but polishing your vehicle by hand will allow you to achieve more detailed results.

Begin by pouring a small amount of polish onto your sponge and gently applying it to the vehicle. Start with one small section at a time and then move on once you've finished up with that spot. Don't try to rub polish across the entire car and then come back to it later on; this could cause a streaked appearance. Another thing that could cause streaked final results is not applying the substance parallel to the vehicle. Whether you are using a electric polisher or a hand-held sponge, make sure to apply the polish parallel to the surface of the car.

Rub the polish in using a circular motion of the hand. Overlap the results for the best results so that you won't see gaps or separations between the different sections that you polished. For areas heavy laden with scratches, apply additional pressure and give that area a little extra effort. Continue to buff each section until the polish has dissolved. Upon completion, rinse off the car once more and dry the car off using a microfiber towel. Once the car has dried, you may continue on to the final step.

Step #3: Wax The Car
After polishing the car, in order to achieve high gloss and really make it shine is to apply a thin coat of wax.

Clean off your electric polish or hand sponge, mix together a combination of about 60:40 wax to polish, and begin to apply the wax mix in a back and forth motion. Apply just enough to achieve shine while keeping the outer layer of wax thin.

You're Finished!

There you have it. Now you should have a freshly polished car with high shine that looks like new again. Most of the scratches and cosmetic should be less noticeable and your car will be good to go for the next several months.