When you are thinking about maintaining a great coat of paint on your car, it can seem as simple as a bit of polish every few months. When it comes to keeping a black cars paint job well-maintained this becomes a bit more complicated. With any car, a good paint job comes from consistency and from ensuring you are not simply polishing. You need to wash, prep, polish, protect, and maintain your car. Remember throughout all of this that you are going to be polishing the clear coat of your car, not the paint. This means we need to be light and especially careful not to wear off the entire clear coat.
How to polish a black car
When it comes to maintaining a great coat of paint on a black car, you need to be sure to take additional notice of any discrepancies in the appearance. Avoiding direct sunlight when cleaning and polishing are best for this, put the car in the garage with some good lights not directly above it. Before you get started on the full process of polishing your car, you are going to need
- Clay bar
- Low alkaline soap
- Microfibre towel
- Car polish
- Microfiber pads
- Car wax
- Detailer lubricant
Step 1: Cleaning off the dirt
If you fail to remove any dirt or residue initially on the surface of your car, you will be sealing this further into the coat of paint on your car. Simply take some soapy water and give your car a quick once-over with a soapy sponge. Remember not to use dish soap as these have a high alkaline level which will wear through your cars paint.
Step 2: Dry and prep
Take your microfiber towel and completely dry the car, inspecting for any swirls or scratches on the surface of the car. The best method for this is vigilance, you would usually do a quick check walking around the car for other colors of paint, but with black you need to look from different angles.
Step 3: Clean with a clay bar
Once you are sure the paint on your car is free from any defects, it’s time to get out your clay bar. Moulding the bar into a flat wafer shape similar to a pancake, lubricate the clay with a detailer lubricant then wipe across the whole car. The clay will act like playdoh and take off little discrepancies from the car, so it may not look like much at first glance.
Step 4: Polishing with pads
Apply a light dab of your polish to your microfiber pad, slowly wiping this in an up-down motion over the entire car. This should be done with medium force and some pace, however, if you feel the pad starting to stick just add more polish.
Step 5: Wax for protection
While your car's paint is nice and shiny now, it’s also open to any potential harm from the elements. Sealing the cars outer with some wax will ensure you don’t need to worry about cleaning again for some time and will increase the length of time your car shines. Simply spray some wax on the body and wipe it off after 5 minutes with a microfiber towel. Best result achieved if you use car polisher.
Step 6: Apply sealant, if you wish
How to restore a faded black car
It’s all well and good to go through all of these steps when you have a brand new car, but for faded cars that are in need of revamping the process is more intense. You are going to need
- Compressed air
- Microfiber towel
- Car detergent
- Sticky soap
- Clay bar
- Self-drying soap
- Fallout remover
- Precoat polish
- Microfiber pad
Step 1: Inspect
While a faded paint job will appear to be a sea of worry, it’s important to firstly inspect whether there are any scratches that run especially deep. If this is the case, you will need to seek out additional methods to remove these scratches first.
Step 2: Apply the foamy soap layer
Through combining equal parts of detergent and soap, you can create a foamy mixture that will only have to be left to sit on the body. Using a citrus-based detergent and a sticky soap, both of which are suitable for a car, will provide a great base to remove dirt. Apply this to the body of the car, leaving it to rise, this should take around 10 minutes.
Step 3: Wash down the body
A quick wash with some self-drying soap and a sponge will remove the last bits of dirt from the body.
Step 4: Apply clay bar and rinse
Creating a small circular pad from your clay bar, apply a dab of fallout remover, and wipe down the body. Apply more liquid as the clay bar becomes harder to wipe. Once the body is all wiped down, rinse it again with the self-drying soap.
Step 5: Dry with compressed air
At this point, the car has already been wet and dried many times, to ensure the coat is completely dry for the final buff it’s best to use a can of compressed air to dry rather than a microfiber towel.
Step 6: Buff with pads
Slowly alternate between a lighter and heavier pad when buffing the car finally. Ideally, you will want to use a heavy pad first, then a medium pad before applying precoat polish to a microfiber towel to wipe onto the car to finish. Depending on how hazy the finish of your car seems, you may require a lighter pad.