Polishing are important steps in detailing to return the gloss to your paint and to prepare the surface for a coat of protection. Polishing removes imperfection, oxidation, swirls and scratches depending on the aggressiveness of the polishes, pad and machine used.
Polishes in pure form do not provide any protection to your paint unlike waxing, polishes need to be worked to breakdown the abrasives by heat or friction from pads to achieve the correction, by hand it should be limited to cleaner, light polishes and glazes only
For details or how to polish please refer to detailing tips
Different levels of polishing jobs require different types of polishes
Heavy cut polishes or compounds for neglected finishes with heavy swirls and oxidation
Medium cut polishes for average condition with medium swirls and scratches from daily wear and tear
Finishing polish for light swirls and marring left from more aggressive polish and to bring back the gloss in paint
Paint Cleaners for removing oxidation, old wax and sealant by using chemicals and this includes cleaner wax and all in one type products that uses chemicals to clean the surface and finish with a layer of protection at the same time
Glazes are designed to improve the brilliance and clarity of painted surfaces, and mask or visually reduce the extent of any remaining imperfections.
In our opinion, it is far better to apply a glaze on a regular basis and hide any defects rather than polish your paint with abrasive products on a regular basis. We only tend to polish our own cars with abrasive polishes once a year, and in the intervening period we use glazes to keep them looking good. Every time when you use an abrasive polish you remove a further fraction of your clearcoat. Do this too often and you risk compromising the long-term integrity of your clearcoat. Keeping daily drivers' cars looking good is hard, but glazes offer a highly convenient solution that avoids the risk of ever over polishing your paint. Secondly, once a glaze is applied you should apply sealant or wax protection immediately, in order to seal in the fillers. If you fail to do this, the fillers and gloss enhancing oils will be washed off the next time it rains or when you next wash your car, negating the benefits of applying it in the first place.