The Ultimate Shine Requires Paint Polishing

Before And After Swirl Removal By CP Car Detailing

A collection of dramatic photos by CP Car Detailing before and after paint polishing to permanently remove fine scratches, swirling and other paint defects in fine and exotic automobiles.

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The ultimate shine requires polishing in some form to your paint. No wax in the world will improve the appearance of a paint surface as well as one level of polishing. Polishing is a process where an extremely fine layer of clearcoat is removed using specific machines and polishes to flatten the surface of the paint to permanently remove those pesky fine swirls and scratches in your paint that appear when looking at your paint in direct sunlight or a halogen light source, which are most visible on darker colored cars. A properly polished paint surface will result in show-car levels of shine, depth of reflectivity, and gloss. Once your vehicle’s paint has been prepped for polishing through a thorough wash and clay barring treatment, CP Car Detailing can focus on polishing your car’s paint surfaces to remove fine scratches, swirls, oxidation, and water spots from your paint to perfect the appearance of your vehicle.

Polishing paint requires a process that is very similar to sanding a block of wood. On a typical block of wood the surface is slightly uneven. A swirled paint surface is also uneven because the swirls themselves are actually indentations in the clearcoat, resulting in a bumpy, uneven surface. This uneven surface prohibits perfect optical clarity and reflectivity because the millions of edges produced by the uneven surfaces in the clearcoat throw off light in many different directions, resulting in a distorted reflection. Proper paint polishing is similar to sanding a block of wood in that multiple steps, from aggressive to fine, are used to restore the flatness of the surface. After sanding the block of wood the surface is extremely smooth and even. After polishing your paint, the surface is extremely smooth and even. An extremely smooth and even surface will result in light reflections bouncing off in one direction. When light bounces off in one direction, you get perfect optical clarity and deep, accurate reflectivity of the paint surface.

Polishing most paint surfaces requires at least a two-step process, the defect-removing step, and the finishing step. Many import vehicles have softer clearcoats, which make them easier to remove defects, requiring less aggressive methods to perfect. Many European car manufacturers, especially Mercedes Benz and Ferrari, have added ceramic particles into their clearcoats to make them scratch-resistant. These ceramic clearcoats require very specific polishes to effectively correct these extremely hard surfaces. Luckily CP Car Detailing has the right polishes for these vehicles.

How Detail Shops Improperly Polish Your Car

As mentioned before, most car detail shops cannot take the necessary amount of time required to properly care for your vehicle, especially the polishing process. They will go ahead and use an aggressive compound (a cutting liquid designed to flatten a paint surface quickly) and an aggressive wool pad at dangerously high speeds on a very powerful rotary buffer, which can easily remove the clearcoat of your vehicles paint in seconds in the wrong hands. Machine buffing requires experience and patience, or mishaps can easily occur.

Going back to sanding a block of wood metaphor, you always start with an aggressive sandpaper to level the surface quickly. After this step you ALWAYS follow with a finer, less aggressive sandpaper to refine the smoothness of the wood. Then, you use an even finer sandpaper to create a perfectly smooth surface. This is CP Car Detailing’s process when polishing a car’s paint surface.

Unfortunately most car detail shops will skip the crucial refining steps. This will result in a surface that is not perfectly even, which will leave a new set of swirls in the paint. INSTEAD, after the compounding steps using dangerously high speeds on the rotary buffer, the detailing shop will GLAZE the paint. A glaze is an oil-rich liquid that will temporarily hide and fill-in most of the defects in your paint, especially swirls and fine scratches. After a few rain showers, the glaze will rinse away, resulting in a paint surface that looks worse than it was prior to the detail.

My new or slightly used car is in great condition. Does my paint need to be polished?

Yes, even new cars that are close to 100% defect free can benefit from a very fine polishing of the paint surface. After prepping the paint for polishing, a fine machine polish will burnish the paint like a diamond to microscopically refine the surface to an extreme flatness, resulting in the most optical clarity and reflectivity. Polishing the paint with a fine polish will significantly improve the gloss and wet-look of a painted surface, and that’s before any wax has been applied to the paint surface! For the fanatical car enthusiast, performing the ultra-fine polishing step multiple times will result in finish that is truly show worthy. With each and every pass of our ultra-fine polishing process, the finish will get wetter, and the reflections will get deeper.

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