How to Correctly Buff Your Car


Nobody likes a grody, worn out car. Good thing there’s a way to make your car spick and span despite it’s scratches, bruises, and dust accumulation. Buffing your car will clean up all the nasty freckles your car has gathered over the years. A nice maintenance on your car’s surface will turn heads and help you sell it for a higher price.

But, before we break down the buffing process, let’s point out something that’s not talked about. People confuse polishing for buffering. It’s time we learn the difference.

 How to Correctly Buff Your Car

Difference between Polishing and Buffing

 Polishing and buffing are two separate processes. One comes before the other. Specifically, you would polish your vehicle before you buff it. The process will not keep you from taking an online traffic school, but could assist you in getting a date.

Polishing refers to the process of covering up the scratches and scars with a chemical compound made special for your car. It may be as easy as looking up your free VIN check. When applying the chemical to your vehicle, you will notice there’s lines and marks from the compound and applier. To remove these, you will use a buffer to shiner to remove the lines and create some shines.

As a result, you’ll have a crystal clear finish – if you buff your car correctly.

Clear a space for your car

 You’ll need plenty of room to buff your car. Clear a space to make every part of your vehicle accessible. The best place to do this is in the shade. Park your car in the shade to prevent its paint from flaking and blistering in the sun.

Clear the space from any debris or other dust causing agents. Make sure to keep it out of the way from anything that could cause a bruise or bump, too!

 Clean car surface of dust and grime 

Now that you found your car’s perfect parking spot, you can get to work. Before you start polishing or buffing, you must remove dust and grime. That’s right. We’re talking a full body car wash.

Specs of dust are tiny but can lead to scratches and paint damage during the polishing and buffing process. That’s why cleaning the car is recommended. Don’t just dump a rag into a bucket of soap water either. Grab a microfiber towel to clean your car, because it will diminish small scratches and tear to the paint.

Choose a buffing compound 

The buffing compound you use is specific to your car’s paint. There’re different compounds used for different colors. So, don’t use a black buff compound for a red car. Do the research before to determine the best buffing compound for your vehicle.

When you have the right ingredient, follow the instructors on the label to properly apply it. This step is important, because applying too much could also damage your vehicle. Who knew buffing a car could be so dangerous?

Buff the Car 

Now we’ve reached the final step: buffing the car. The high-speed buffer is a standard tool used to clean up the freckles of your vehicle. These contraptions could be hard to handle for first timers. So, usage discretion is advised. 

Gently buff your car with circular motions. This will wipe away the marks on the car left over from polishing and cleaning. Don’t get overzealous with your buffing and circular motions, however. If you’re overdoing it, you could cause damage to the vehicle. Have steady hands when holding your high-speed buffer. Maintaining a circular motion until you have the shine you want is the best way to buff the car.

When you’re finished, take a step back and marvel at your masterpiece. Give yourself a pat on the back, because you just buffed your own car.