There will be occasions when it is necessary to use some metal polishing techniques in the process of maintaining your car. In order to complete the task effectively, it’s good to know the correct procedures to use and the potential result of putting them into practice.
Prior to applying any metal polish to your car, you should take some steps to protect the paintwork and any other areas where you do not intend to apply wax. Masking tape and paper sheeting should be sufficient for this purpose.
Where the vehicle that you are working on also requires some repair work, it is prudent to take care of this first. If it is necessary to apply rust remover, check the instructions to determine whether it is compatible with the polish. It may be necessary to leave a certain length of time between completion of the rectification and beginning of the metal polishing process.
Make sure that the surface that you’re working on is clean before beginning any metal polishing. This will ensure that you achieve the desired result. If you’re using a cleaning substance, such as paint thinner, take extra care to avoid allowing it to come into contact with the paintwork or any other part of the vehicle.
Use the correct polish type for the job by checking what type of metal that you’re working with. Aluminum polish is available on the market and should be used where this is the metal being polished.
Make sure that the tools that you use for metal polishing are suitable for the job and do not result in defects forming on the surface. A felt or microfiber cloth are suitable for the process and you should ensure that they are clean before being used. Debris on the cloth can inadvertently cause scratches. An orbital buffer will be a useful piece of equipment to use when large sections of metal need to be polished. These can often be obtained from an equipment hire company and are highly effective at bringing out the shine in metal surfaces.
When undertaking metal polishing on a car, you should gather the polish on a cloth rather than applying it directly to the vehicle. This will give you more control while you work and will help to avoid the risk of the polish seeping onto the paintwork. If you are using a liquid polish from a spray bottle rather than a hard type, it is a good idea to spray some of the liquid into a small container rather than using it directly. A cloth can then be dipped into the polish from the vessel. Work methodically by applying small amounts of polish with light circular swirling motions, starting at the top and working your way down. This will enable you to ensure that every part of the surface is treated and the process is completed thoroughly.