The process of refreshing and restoring the exterior paintwork of a car can be quite extensive. As an example, I’ll be briefly walking you through the process on a blue Corvette that we detailed at our sister company, Simon’s Shine Shop. Using only the highest quality products, an outline such as this is essential in learning to preserve and promote your car’s beauty.
Before any exterior detail, a quality hand wash is an absolute necessity. Once the car is washed and dried, spray a section of the car with a lubricant in preparation for clay.
Clay is an important step to a paintwork detail for multiple reasons. First things first, claying your car removes microscopic debris from the surface of your vehicle that washing doesn’t remove. Often times, debris such as this ends up causing swirl marks and hairline scratches during the buffing or waxing process. Claying your car preps your paintwork for proper adherence of waxes or sealants.
With clay in hand, rub gently along the lubricated surface as shown. While doing so, the clay should glide along the car effortlessly as it traps surface contaminants. I strongly recommend mentally dividing the car into sections and working one at a time… this will help you be thorough and also give you an opportunity to knead the clay in between sections.
With the car fully clayed, wipe off excess lubricant and the car is ready to be safely buffed. Only a professional, or someone with experience, should perform buffing as improper technique can cause cutting and an uneven surface (we will be posting an instructional buffing video in the upcoming weeks).
Through the buffing process, it is important to keep steady and apply even pressure with the buffer to properly polish the surface in combination with the glaze or polish product being used.
Once the car is buffed, wash again to remove excess polish. At this point, your car should be looking amazing and blemish free. Once dry, it’s time for the ever important protect step.
To begin waxing your car, it is once again beneficial to divide the vehicle into 5-7 segments. A good rule of thumb is to go panel by panel. As you begin the process, whether using liquid or paste carnauba wax, cover a microfiber applicator liberally. Next we apply the wax to the painted surface in a circular and symmetrical pattern as shown.
Unlike Mr. Miyagi’s method, the application process is not finished until the wax is allowed proper time to cure to the paint. Cured wax has a noticeable opaque appearance and will haze over the entire surface. Like the photo, this is your cue that it’s time to “wax-off” with a microfiber towel.
The full paintwork correction detail process is done for a number of reasons. First and foremost, protecting your car’s paintwork is an important and valuable towards extending the life of your investment. As far as restoration goes, a complete paintwork correction process such as this can rid your car from minor scratches, embedded swirl marks, and cloudy paint. All in all you’re treating your car’s paintwork to the best possible treatment so long as the quality of products matches the quality of the process. This process is recommended 1-2 times per year to keep your paint shining like the day you drove it off the lot.
Follow up with Dr. Beasley’s and our team for instructional and educational videos coming soon!