How to Polish Cars
A Beginners Answer to Swirl Free Results

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Polish cars!! Very few things rise to the top of the list than does the desire to polish your car to remove unwanted blemishes, create amazing shine, and restore depth and clarity to your cars paint. Very few things stir the soul of a car fanatic like myself than a freshly polished and waxed car.

Unfortunately in this digital age in which we live, many of you will likely be experiencing what I refer to as information overload; endless opinions as to what to do and what to use. 

And when it comes to car buffers and car polishing, the endless horror stories from misinformed people only make matters worse and will likely leave many of you feeling like you are chasing your tail from one car polisher review to the next. In the meantime you are not any closer to realizing your dreams of the satisfaction that comes from the ability to polish a car to professional grade results in a safe and timely manner.

"I want to learn to polish cars but I am so confused! How do I know which car polisher to buy or which car polish to use. I am tired of the endless opinions, endless hype, and horror stories!"

You are not alone!

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Car polishing is a topic full of endless opinions and endless choices when it comes to what kind of car polisher to use and which car polishes are best.

Like every other area of life though, polishing your car has become easier than ever due to technology and engineering. The industry has finally responded with a system of tools and polishes that bring professional grade results to the true new beginner.

Polish Cars: Swirl Free Guarantee!

What if I was to tell you that polishing your car with an actual buffer is so safe and easy that a true beginner like yourself can produce amazing results your very first time. And you can do it knowing with full confidence that you could polish your car to create greater depth and clarity to your paint while leaving a completely swirl free finish!

Requirements for a Swirl Free Finish:

  1. The right type of car polisher
  2. The right car polish
  3. The right polish pads

I have come to learn that the majority of people want a simplified approach to getting what they want. And for this reason I start with what my followers have come to call as the "What Would Darren Do" approach.

"What Would Darren Do"

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This simply means outlining a very specific approach that I would take myself if I was in your position as a beginner. Due to my decades of experience as well as being a complete beginner myself at one point, allows me to simplify a topic of car care that is bubbling over with bad information and massive hype: how to polish cars!

And more precisely how to polish your car:

  • Easily as possible
  • Doing so in a completely safe manner
  • Producing both swirl free and professional results

Polish Cars:
Mashine all-in-one car polishing kit

I know I am not alone when I say that more often than I want to admit; I am working within a tight budget. So I generally start with consideration of how to help you get what you want by spending less of your money, not more of it!

Maxshine M15 Pro Series II DA Dual Action Polisher & Polisher Kit 1

  • A quality car buffer for a very reasonable price
  • The exact buffer that will promise to produce professional, swirl free results (Dual action, random orbital car buffer)
  • Amazing amount of power
  • As easy as easy can get
  • Variable speed that allows you to control speed based on your experience level as well demand of the car polishing moment
  • The last car polisher you would ever need (not want, but need. Guys tend to want every buffer made)

Darren's Note: I chose this buffer as your initial stating point for a few key reasons:

Dual Action Buffer: Unlike the rotary (high speed) car polisher, the dual action (DA) buffer spins and oscillates/vibrates. This dual action motion replicates the movement of your hand if you were to polish cars by hand. Very safe, very friendly, and is part of the overall equation to a guaranteed swirl free finish.

Quality Built: Many detail snobs would call this an entry level dual action car buffer. The reality is that it is NOT an entry level car buffer despite it being less expensive than some of the other name brand car polishers you could buy.

This buffer represents what I call the winning balance of features, performance, and price without over-paying some other over-priced buffers you could polish cars with but you are paying a surcharge for the brand-name.

Reasonably Priced: Polishing cars by hand is a thing of the past. If you want true professional results when you polish cars you will need the use of a power tool like this one from Maxshine. While their are plenty of guys with deep pockets and can afford the best of the best regardless, most of us are working within a tighter budget. This car buffer offers the winning balance between quality engineering and price point.

Polish Cars:
Adams all-in-one-car polishing kit

Adam’s Swirl Killer 15mm Polisher - Orbital Polishing Paint Correcting Buffer Tool - Car Scratch Remover, Correcting Polish - Use Post Car Wash Clay Bar & Pre Wax or Ceramic Coating (Two Step Kit)

Adam's is another popular line of car detailing tools and products for car owners all the way up to professional detailers. Adam himself started out as a professional detailer and now has a complete line of all things detailing.

  • Another great car polishing kit
  • Very ergonomically friendly in your hands
  • Winning balance of features, performance, and cost
  • You could live with this one the rest of your car polishing days!

Polish Cars:
What Would Darren Do (WWDD)

Either of the above kits are great and a great way to get everything you need to polish cars. Finding a quality car polisher, polishing pads, and polishing compounds and polishes are all part of the equation.

I have many people who ask me specifically what compounds and polishes do I recommend personally. But they ask in a more direct way as they don't want to know all about the chemistry and technical "stuff", they just want to know what I would do.

So I am including the following polish since it my "go-to" polish I use for every situation, on every car.

  • The true professional grade polish that is now finally available to the public
  • The car polish I call my "sure thing" with it's ability to produce professional results regardless of the type of car paint you are working with when you polish cars
  • Not a compound! (compound destroys paint despite what the industry wants you to believe. It is outdated technology that allows the industry to continue to sell you more products)
  • A professional grade car polish that is also a sure thing for any true beginner
  • Can be used with any car buffer, any polishing pad
  • Produce swirl free results
  • Water based formulation allows you to work in direct sunlight on hot paint (95% of all my polishing is done in the direct sunlight as a professional mobile detailer)

polish cars with maxshine car polisher

Darren's Note: I have been using this exact car polish for over 10 years and continue to use it today as my professional choice. Due to it's extremely user-friendly experience, it works just as well for the complete beginner as it does for the advanced car polisher.

I have given you two size options based on your needs and budget. This product goes a long way and you likely can get away with the smaller size if polish cars means you are only going to be polishing one or two of your own cars.If you are thinking of detailing professionally, you may want to get the bigger, more economical size.

"The industry would have you believe you need extensive and professional training to achieve professional level results when polishing your car. The reality is that no longer is this the case. I have reduced the confusing polish cars topic down to a simplified approach to help you get what you really want sooner rather than later!"

polishing with griots garage car polisherHere I am performing high-level paint correction with the very same Griot's Garage kit to polish cars with.

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I thank you in advance!


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