• Proper Car Glaze Techniques

    Car glaze is a step between polishing and waxing a vehicle. It’s a way of adding to the shine, which is why manufacturers use it on new cars. It’s something that should be done after any paint job, as it will make the vehicle look a great deal better when you take it on the road.

    How Car Glaze Works

    Car glaze is something you should use after the car polish. It uses oils and emollients and very fine friction to bring a real shine to the paint on the car. Car glaze will help rid the paintwork of swirls and tiny scratches and the oils in the glaze will make the finish smoother.

    Types Of Glaze

    Using a car glaze is part of car detailing. You’ll achieve the best results if you use the correct type of glaze for your car-for instance, a dark paint glaze if your car has dark paint. A show car glaze will give the highest possible finish. Remember, though, that no glaze will offer protection to the paint work. In order to do that, you’ll need to apply wax on top of the glaze. Do this as soon as you’ve fully buffed the glaze.

    Tools

    Use the proper tools to apply the glaze. Ideally you should have a glazer that will attach to your orbital or rotary buffer. You can also apply by hand, but you’ll find the process a great deal slower, and you won’t penetrate in quite the same way, as you won’t go as deep into the paint.

    Technique

    However you apply the car glaze it’s important to go one small section at a time. This way there’s no danger of the glaze drying out a little, and you won’t need to put too much of it on the paintwork at any one time. Work it in thoroughly so that none of the glaze color can still be seen. Make sure you cover the area completely, working in the glaze, before you move on to the next section.

    There is one type of glaze, M7, that’s applied differently. It’s meant to sink into the pores of the paintwork so it needs to sit on the car, much like a wax, before it’s rubbed off. With the other types of car glaze you shouldn’t let the glaze sit at all. With any mechanical sander, you don’t need to press down. Let the ingredients in the car glaze do the work for you. Just run the tool over the surface lightly until you can’t see the glaze. Be certain that you cover all the paint.

    Amount

    You don’t need to use a great deal of car glaze on each section. You will find it works best when used quite sparingly. One squirt along the length of a section is perfectly adequate. Keep the sections quite small; instead of glazing all the hood at once, split it into 2 sections, for instance. This will also give you greater control over the glazing.