Buffing removes swirls and minor scratches that affect the integrity of your vehicle’s paint by removing a layer of its clear coat. It also prevents paint oxidation, rejuvenates headlights, removes chemical etching and restores paint luster.

However, buffing a vehicle is not as simple as it seems. Different vehicles have different numbers of clear coat layers. High-end vehicles have 10 to15 layers while cheaper ones have 4-5.

This is why buffing a vehicle should be done with utmost precaution. A misstep can damage a vehicle’s paint which, in time, can lead to costly repaint jobs.

The Magis Auto Body Vehicle Buffing Process

1. The surface is washed with chemical-free vehicle soap or shampoo

This step ensures that all traces of dirt, sand and other contaminants are removed from the surface. Even a tiny speck of sand that gets stuck on the buffer head can cause minute scratches that can worsen in time. For best results we use organic cleaning products. These do not contain harsh chemicals that can damage vehicle paint. We wash the surface with chemical-free vehicle soap or shampoo.

2. Steam-cleaning

Your vehicle’s exterior takes a lot of pummeling from natural and man-made materials. Pebbles, sharp wood chips and sand can cause paint chips. Stiff brushes and contaminated rags in automatic vehicle washes cause paint swirls and scratches. These paint damages leave minute cracks where dust and dirt can accumulate. Washing alone will not remove them, but steam cleaning can. It’s because steam can dislodge dust and dirt from minute cracks, leaving you with a smooth, dirt-free surface.

3. Dry it

We dry the vehicle’s surface with microfiber cloths. Waxing a slightly wet surface leads to uneven application and consequently, streaking.

4. to remove minute contaminants from the surface

We use a clay bar because clay bar removes slight imperfections and haze.

5. We wipe the surface with a microfiber towel

Microfiber towels are really amazing not only for drying wet areas but for removing all types of residues.

6. We put a tablespoon of polish on the applicator pad

We put a tablespoon of polish on the applicator pad then spread that polish onto the surface to be buffed. Doing so ensures that the area is lubricated enough. A dry buffer can damage your paint so keep this tip in mind.

7. We work the polish into the paint in circular motions

We work the polish into the paint in circular motions to make sure that every single inch of the surface is buffed properly.

8. We always work in small sections

Wax dries easily, especially when we’re doing it in an open area. The thing is, once the wax hardens, it’ll be extremely difficult to remove. We avoid this by working on a small area at a time.

9. We polish until only a thin film remains

We never go overboard, though. Otherwise, we may end up damaging the vehicle’s paint and spend unnecessarily on an expensive repaint job.

10. We use the microfiber buff cloth to buff polish residue from the area you worked

We use only the microfiber buff cloth to buff polish residue from the area you worked