-a few rags
-wet/dry sandpaper (in various grits)
-a polishing compound
-a buffer (optional)
1. Start by washing your car. This will remove any dirt and grime that could potentially scratch the paint when you start sanding.
2. Fill your bucket with water and add a few drops of dish soap.
3. Soak your sponge in the soapy water and then run it over the entire car to create a soapy film.
4. Start sanding with a low grit sandpaper (around 400). Wet the sandpaper with soapy water before you start sanding.
5. Sand in a circular motion and apply moderate pressure. Focus on one small area at a time.
6. Once you’ve gone over the entire car with the low grit sandpaper move on to a higher grit (800-1000). Again wet the sandpaper and sand in a circular motion.
7. Continue sanding with progressively higher grits of sandpaper until you’ve used the highest grit you have (2000+).
8. Rinse the car with clean water to remove any residual soap or sanding debris.
9. Dry the car with a soft towel.
10. Apply a polishing compound to a clean rag and rub it into the paint in a circular motion.
11. Buff the compound into the paint with a buffer (if you have one) or by hand.
12. Wash and dry the car one final time. Enjoy your newly sanded and buffed car!
What is the best way to wet sand a car?
The best way to wet sand a car is to use a medium or high-grit sandpaper with soapy water.
You will want to start with a coarse grit and move to a finer grit until the desired finish is achieved.
What is the best way to avoid damaging the paint while wet sanding?
The best way to avoid damaging the paint while wet sanding is to keep the paper wet and to use light pressure.
How do you know when you are finished wet sanding?
You will know you are finished wet sanding when the paint is smooth and even.
What is the best way to buff a car?
The best way to buff a car is to use a dual action polisher with a soft foam pad.
You will want to start with a low speed and increase the speed as needed.
How do you know when you are finished buffing?
You will know you are finished buffing when the paint is shiny and smooth.
What is the best way to avoid damaging the paint while buffing?
The best way to avoid damaging the paint while buffing is to use a light touch and to avoid going over the same area multiple times.
What is the difference between wet sanding and buffing?
Wet sanding is a process of using sandpaper to level and smooth the paint.
Buffing is a process of using a polishing pad to shine and protect the paint.
Is it better to wet sand or buff a car?
It is better to wet sand a car if you are trying to level the paint or remove imperfections.
It is better to buff a car if you are trying to achieve a high shine.
What are the benefits of wet sanding a car?
Wet sanding a car can remove imperfections level the paint and provide a smooth finish.
What are the benefits of buffing a car?
Buffing a car can remove light imperfections provide a high shine and protect the paint.
Can you wet sand without buffing?
Yes you can wet sand without buffing.
However the paint will not be as smooth or shiny.
Can you buff without wet sanding?
No you cannot buff without wet sanding first.
The buffing process will not be as effective without wet sanding first.
How long does wet sanding take?
Wet sanding can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending on the size of the car and the desired finish.
How long does buffing take?
Buffing can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours depending on the size of the car and the desired finish.
What is the difference between a dual action polisher and a rotary polisher?
A dual action polisher oscillates and revolves which makes it safer to use as it is less likely to cause damage.
A rotary polisher only revolves which makes it more likely to cause damage.