Metal polishing paste is a material used to restore old paint and acts as a new finish coat for the car. In addition, it also helps to hide scratches in the paint on it. First, wash your car thoroughly with soap and water. Then use sandpaper and an orbital polisher to smooth out any existing scratches. You can easily apply the polishing paste with any polishing machine or microfiber cloth to bring dull or damaged paint back to life!
Part 1 of 3: Washing the car
Step 1. Fill a bucket with water and 2 to 5 tablespoons of soap
It is helpful to prepare a soapy mixture to wash your car. Washing it removes any loose dirt, dust, or mud. You should always use soap or conditioner to wash your car to avoid damaging the paint. Squeeze some soap into the bucket and use a hose to fill it with water.
If you're removing scratches, washing the car lifts up any excess dirt. This makes it easier to see scratches clearly
Step 2. Dip a clean cloth in a bucket and wash the car
Dip the cloth so that it is soaked in the soapy mixture and rub it all over the car, starting from the top. Move your hand in a circular motion to pick up dirt and debris. Cover the car with soapy bubbles to keep it completely clean!
- While cleaning the car, dip the cloth back into the bucket to use a fresh soap mixture.
- If the water turns black and cloudy, change it with soap and new water.
Step 3. Rinse the cart with the hose to remove soap residue or bubbles
Hold the hose 2 to 3 feet (0.5 to 1 m) away from the car and allow the water to drip onto the surfaces of the vehicle. Wash the entire car, so that no soap residue remains.
If you want, you can park the car in a sunny spot so it can dry quickly
Part 2 of 3: Repair any paint scratches
Step 1. Apply shoe polish to the car if you have any scratches in the paint
You can't remove scratches, but you can sand the paint around the scratch to make it invisible. Take another unused cloth and wipe it with a small dollop of shoe polish from the container. Bitumen makes scratches easier to see, so you don't sand down too far down the scratch.
- Washing the car makes it easier to see any scratches on the car.
- Use black shoe polish if your car is bright in color.
- Use a white polish if you have a dark-colored car.
- If you don't have scratches on the car, this is not necessary.
Step 2. Spray soap and water on the scratches to make them easier to sand
Dip a clean cloth in soapy water and wipe it over the scratches. Adding a little water helps lubricate the area, making paint scratches easier to repair.
If the water is dirty, it is better to mix soap and fresh water. That way, you don't add any more extra scratches to the car
Step 3. Use ultra-fine sandpaper and sand the scratches at a 60 degree angle
Place the sandpaper on a piece of wood so you don't have a flat edge to sand and hold it in place. Angle the sandpaper so that it is at a 60-degree angle to the scratch and rub lightly in a front-to-back motion.
- Remember, you need to sand the paint around the scratch. Look for the bitumen sign and sand directly next to it.
- For best results, use 2000 to 3000 grit wet or dry sandpaper.
- Do this if you are repairing paint scratches.
Step 4. Dip the sandpaper in soapy water while you sand the scratches
To facilitate and speed up the process, it is useful to lubricate the sandpaper with soapy water. Dip a piece of sandpaper in a bucket, then wrap it around the piece of wood. Sand again over the scratched areas until all the bitumen is gone.
- You can sand the paint with dry sandpaper first, then wet it to smooth the surface. This makes it easier to fix scratches.
- If you find any additional scratches on the car, sand it down now.
Step 5. Clean scratched areas with a damp cloth
After you've sanded all the scratches, turn on the hose and soak the cloth. Rinse off any remaining soap and wipe it off with the cloth when you're done. Then use it to clean up any paint or dust.
You can move your hand in wide, circular motions over the entire car
Part 3 of 3: Applying the Metal Polishing Paste
Step 1. Rent or buy an orbital polisher to apply the paste professionally
For the most effective polishing paste application, you can rent or purchase an orbital polisher from most home supply stores. When rubbing the paste all over the car, use a soft cloth.
On average, a polisher has a moderate value of US $ 30 and a new one has a higher value of US $ 70 (Q150 to Q350)
Step 2. Use a clean, dry microfiber towel to apply the paste by hand
While orbital polishers do a better job of spreading metal polish paste, you can also use a towel effectively.
- Make sure the towel is completely clean so you don't rub dirt or debris on the car.
- Do this if you don't have access to a polisher or want to remove scratches on a budget.
Step 3. Apply a thin line of metal polish paste directly to scratches
You may want to cover scratched areas with paste. If the polishing paste comes in a tube, you can squeeze it directly onto the scratches. If it doesn't come in a tube, you can have some using a paper napkin or cloth.
- Metal polishing paste helps smooth newly sanded areas so scratches are not visible.
- Make sure the car is not in direct sunlight before applying the paste.
Step 4. Hold the orbital polisher on the scratches for 10-20 seconds
Use a wool cloth if you are using a polisher. Place the polisher directly on the scratch and pull the trigger or press the button to turn the appliance on.
The orbital polisher will spin quickly on the surface of the car, spreading the polishing paste over the scratches
Step 5. Use a metal polishing paste all over the car to polish the entire surface
Apply about 1 teaspoon of the paste to the cloth or polisher after spreading it over the scratched areas. Start at the top of the cart and apply the paste in 1 to 2 ft (0.3 to 0.5 m) sections. Move your hands or the shock absorber in a circular motion to apply the paste.
In addition to removing scratches, metal polishing paste refreshes the car's color and makes it look shiny. It basically acts as a polisher for the car
Step 6. Rub the polishing paste on the surface of the car until it is no longer visible
Run the orbital polisher or microfiber cloth in small circles until all the paste is rubbed off. Press down on the surface of the car with moderate force as you apply the paste. It rubs all over the car when you can't see any residue or stains on the car.
- With moderate force, the metal polishing paste should wear off in 1 to 2 minutes, on average.
- Check to make sure all the dots are bright and pretty when you're done. At this point you can go back to the areas you forgot.
Step 7. Rinse the car with water to get rid of any remaining polishing paste
Stand with the hose 3 feet (1 meter) away from the car so that you can spray the water evenly on the vehicle. This removes any residual paste and any dirt or dust that gets up.