How to Buff Clear Coat

Clear coat buffing like a pro.
1. If clear coat finish is new, wait a day or so to let the clear harden somewhat. At this point, if you see “orange peel” or “trash” on the surface, wet sand with 1000 or 1200 grit wet or dries automotive grade sandpaper. This will smooth out the surface and allow for a super shine finish.
2. Have a buffer. A variable speed buffer with a lamb’s wool pad will be necessary to do a nice job. Single speed buffers are not recommending because of the greater chance of burning the finish down to the color coat.
3. Use a product such as 3M Micro-finish which can be purchased at automotive paint stores.
4. Apply to an area no more than two feet square at a time. Keep the buffer moving and watch how the finish is changing to a high gloss.
5. Experiment with the speed to achieve the best results. Don’t overdo it.
6. After compounding the area, wipe off any residue on the surface.
7. Replace the lamb’s wool buffing pad with a polishing pad. This may be terry cloth or foam.
8. Apply a high quality liquid or paste wax and again, in a small area buff until you are satisfied with the results. You can run the buffer at a higher speed for this step. If there are swirl marks remaining on the finish you can also purchase a swirl mark remover. This will give you a professional high gloss finish.






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