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Hand Polishing vs. Machine Polishing

Let's talk about polishing. Sometimes hand polishing is appropriate, sometimes a machine buffer is needed, and other times there should be no polishing done at all. We wanted to break down what polishing methods were appropriate for which scenarios in the simplest way possible. Hand polishing: Small areas Door handles that are riddled Read More

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Scratched Matte Paint

We've blogged about this topic on more than one occasion, but we still receive tons of comments and questions from our customers about scratched matte paint. Matte 101 There are some basic matte paint rules to know. Matte paint cannot be clayed, polished, or waxed. Ordinarily, these are the processes one would use to remove scratches from glossy Read More

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Polishing Outside? Risks and Alternatives

Polishing a car outside in the elements doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. However, there are restrictions that limit people from adhering to best practices. So how do we make the best of the situation? What to do Before You Polish a Car The two main steps to prep a car to be polished are clean and decontaminate.  Cleaning is obvious, but Read More

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How to Avoid Polishing a Car

The title of this article may throw you for a loop. I understand. When you see a car that has some issues, your first instinct may be to grab a tool and go fix it. The only issue with that is that you're being extremely aggressive with your car's paint when you do that. As a result of using your machine buffer, something going to give, and it's Read More

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12 Traits To Look For When Choosing A Polish

My idea of a great polish is one that cuts paint in order to remove defects that are embedded in a car's finish. But it needs to do this without being overly aggressive. While you do need some amount of cutting from a polish, one that is too aggressive will remove more clear coat than is necessary, which can greatly limit the durability and Read More

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12 Tips for Removing Swirls…The Correct Way

Last week we published an article, "12 Tips for Preventing Swirls". We enjoyed writing that article because it focused on many mistakes that companies make when not focused on the details or beginners who are still learning the ropes. Well, I wanted to write a follow up article that focused more on what you should be doing rather than what you Read More

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12 Tips for Preventing Swirl Marks

Removing swirl marks is a little like cleaning up after yourself, or at least cleaning up after someone else's mess. Swirls may be the professional detailer's most despised surface flaw because they are almost exclusively caused by the detailer’s polishing technique. Because they are less visible in the shade but spectacularly obvious in sunlight, Read More

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7 Step Process to Detailing an Audi A7

  The other day a gentleman came into the detailing shop we own in Chicago to get a "Complete Exterior". We took a look at this car and saw that it was in fair condition with a few deep scratches in key areas.  We decided to take it in and told him he could pick it up at the end of the day.  Do not misinterpret this, just because it doesn't Read More

The Best Polish You’ll Ever Buy

...is a paint sealant. No, really, it is. You see, the idea behind polishing is that, by use of abrasives, you can revive your car's beaten paint back to pristine condition. While this is true and achievable, there is a major cost here: your clear coat. As I've mentioned before, overpolishing has become a major problem in the detailing world. What Read More

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The Over Polishing Problem

Every industry has its own quirks, but car care and detailing is fairly unique in that we deal with probably the second most expensive possession someone will purchase aside from their house. Sure, for some this isn't an issue... but for the vast majority of us, it sure as hell is. We want our vehicles to last a long time and look good until we Read More