No matter how careful you are while driving, odds are, tar and other caked up grime builds up over time, causing the paintwork to look weathered and dull. A buffing compound can easily take care of general signs of aging on cars, as well as more severe imperfections, such as scratches, paint transfer and more stubborn stains. If you’re unfamiliar with how to use compounds or simply looking for some more guidance, you can find everything you need in this handy guide.
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A polishing compound is used to clean and shine, as well as removing small imperfections on the vehicle’s paint surface. It can be used to:
TIP: You should always follow a polishing compound treatment with car polish or car wax to refine the shine and to protect the paint.
We recommend using the rubbing compound for more severe damage to the car’s paint, which cannot be removed using milder formulas. Some of these include:
TIP: Avoid using a rubbing compound for new car paintwork restoration. Ensure to only use it after less aggressive products have been tested first, such as Turtle Wax Scratch Repair & Renew.
Most of the common imperfections, such as scratches, paint transfer, oxidation, and water spots, can be removed by hand. Turtle Wax compounds are formulated with the consumer in mind, meaning that you can easily achieve a like-new finish without the need for a laborious and time-consuming application process.
Sometimes the compound application becomes quite difficult to do by hand, especially if working on harder paint or on a large surface. In this case, it might be a good idea to use a dual-action (DA) polisher. If you’re inexperienced with this tool, we would recommend taking extra care and practicing on an old bonnet prior to beginning this process on your vehicle.
If you are willing to try this yourself, make sure to assess the severity of the damage before starting the restoration process. Make sure to take care when using the more aggressive formulas to ensure that paintwork doesn’t get subjected to further damage and test the product on a small area before continuing with the restoration process.
We have a range of how-to guides for common car surface imperfections, therefore we recommend checking out our Solutions section or the related articles linked at the bottom of this article.
Why shouldn’t a compound be allowed to dry on paint finish?
Water and oils in a compound provide key lubrication to the compound’s cleaning ingredients. A compound that dries may be difficult to remove or be too aggressive to the finish during removal. Always apply a compound with a damp applicator or cloth and remove it immediately to assure safe performance.
Can I use Rubbing Compound to remove scratches from my new car?
No. New car finishes should not be subjected to a rubbing compound first. Use a rubbing compound only after less aggressive products have been tested first, like Scratch Repair and Renew.
How do I repair deep scratches?
Use Turtle Wax Scratch Repair and Renew. This product is designed for repairing and sealing scratches.
When should I use a scratch and swirl remover?
Use anytime on unsightly scratches & blemishes. Turtle Wax Scratch Repair and Renew contains powerful, ultra-fine polishing agents that quickly cut and remove scratches in the clear coat. It leaves the finish repaired with clear coat resin and ready for the application of car wax to restore the like-new shine and protection.
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