Our Vancouver car polishing clients frequently ask us what “polishing” means. There are two basic types of polishing: compounding (sometimes referred to as “cut polishing”) and finish polishing. Cut polishing and finish polishing serve two different purposes, although there are many similarities. Gleamworks Opti-Coat packages and car detailing packages use both types.
In car polishing, the term “compounding” or “cut-polishing” refers to a clear coat and paint correction technique. Your vehicle’s clear coat protects paint, but also becomes scratched, oxidized, faded and dull. These imperfections, if shallow, are embedded in the clear coat. Deeper scratches may be in paint layer itself. Compounding paste or spray – containing microscopic abrasives – is applied to the car’s surface and polished with a rotary polisher, removing fine scratches, oxidation, and hazing. This step is done before ceramic coating is applied, and is vital for achieving a flawless, glossy finish.
In exterior detailing, finish polishing, as the name implies, is the final polish application, which is applied after protective coatings. Gleamworks uses Optimum Hyper Polish to remove any micro-scratches, swirl marks and minute imperfections. We then finish with Optimum Finish polish. The result is a clean, highly-reflective, deep, gloss finish.
Compounding (also called “cut polishing”) uses microscopic abrasives suspended in a paste or spray, which remove microns of clear coat containing scratches, swirl marks, and hazing. “Finish polishing” buffs out remaining micro-scratches, swirl marks, resulting in smooth, slick and glossy surface.
Yes, car polishing will remove swirl marks.
Yes, cut polishing removes light to medium scratches, swirl marks; and, oxidation and hazing from UV rays and chemical pollution. 1 or 2 “cuts” of compounding are usually required. For deeper scratches, more passes of compounding may be applied provided your car has enough clear coat. We have to leave 20 microns of clear coat intact to protect your car’s paint.
Cut polishing and finish polishing are part of our Opti-Coat and detailing packages. Please refer to those pages for pricing.
When car polishing is part of our Opti-Coat packages, the process can take 1-3 days. When part of a detailing package, it takes 1/2 day to 1 day.
Polishing is appropriate for any vehicle whether a compact car, family sedan, SUV, van, truck, luxury vehicle or exotic car.
Gleamworks provides car polishing in our Vancouver shop, although our customers come from many areas of the Lower Mainland of BC, including: Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and beyond.