Car Polishing

What is car polishing

Car Polishing clients frequently ask us what “polishing” means. There are two basic types of polishing: compounding (sometimes referred to as “cut polishing”) and finish polishing. Cut polishing and finish polishing serve two different purposes, although there are many similarities. Gleamworks Ceramic Coating packages and car detailing packages use both types.

We polish:

  • Paint
  • Metal
  • Rims and trim
  • Headlights and tail lights

Cut Polishing

In car polishing, the term “compounding” or “cut-polishing” refers to a clear coat and paint correction technique. Your vehicle’s clear coat protects paint, but also becomes scratched, oxidized, faded and dull. These imperfections, if shallow, are embedded in the clear coat. Deeper scratches may be in paint layer itself. Compounding paste or spray – containing microscopic abrasives – is applied to the auto surface and polished with a rotary polisher, removing fine scratches, oxidation, and hazing. This step is done before ceramic coating is applied, and is vital for achieving a flawless, glossy finish.

Finish Polishing

In exterior detailing, finish polishing, as the name implies, is the final polish application, which is applied after paint correction done. Autogard uses the best professional products by CARPRO to remove any micro-scratches, swirl marks and minute imperfections. We then finish with Finish polish. The result is a clean, highly-reflective, deep, gloss finish.