Protecting the finish on your vehicle is beneficial in a number of ways. First of all, it helps keep up the resale value. But it’s more than mere practicality. Making your vehicle look its best makes it more enjoyable to own and drive.
A regular and thorough washing are essential to protecting the finish on your vehicle. But if you really want to go all the way, you also need to buff and wax your vehicle regularly as well. Here’s how:
# 2 - If there are scratched and weathered areas, use buffing compound.
Use the buffing pad to spread the compound on any damaged area. Buff the area using circular motions, all the while keeping the buffer totally flat on the surface. You know you are done buffing when the finish looks brand new.
# 3 - Or just use car polish instead
If your finish looks pretty good to begin with, use car polish instead of buffing compound. Using car polish, buff the entire surface of your vehicle using a circular motion until it looks new.
Buffing may seem like a lot of work but here’s the good news: you only need to do it about once a year.
# 4 - Time to wax!
Use a new buffer pad and apply the appropriate amount of wax according to instructions on the label. As you go about buffing with the wax, let on and off of the trigger. Pulse the buffer, in other words. After doing about ¼ of a panel, wipe off the wax using a microfiber cloth, using circular motions.
Though there are many differing opinions, it is generally recommended that you wax your vehicle about every three months.