Step 1, Wool

Step 1 of the buffing process is using a wool pad.  The better this first step is, the better the end result will be.
  • Spend the most time in this step. 
  • Wool pads are what takes all of the grain out of clear coat. Don’t move on until the paint looks exactly as it needs to. 
  • Slow speed.  Keep the buffer running under 800-900 rpm’s 
  • Menzerna compound. 
  • Lighting: Fluorescent tubes work the best, or any similar type of soft lighting. 

3 comments

  • I’ve been buffing since wool pads were one sided, buffers were 25 pounds and one speed, and 606S was the only compound and put on with a paint brush lol! Wool is absolutely the right tool to use to properly remove the scratches you put into the paint while blocking. Polishes have less solvent in them today requiring more abrasion during the first phase, and wool is what you need to get that abrasion needed. Before making the last pass with a freshly spurred wool bonnet, I like to mist a mixture of tap water, and rubbing alcohol, 1:1 lightly over the area to be final polished with the wool pad. The alcohol water mix does two things: First it helps clean up any remaining polish residue and remove it from the panel completely, and second, the alcohol dissipates the static charge generated by the wool pad, and results in significantly less dust clinging to the surface…..

    Thomas McChesney
  • I’ve been buffing since wool pads were one sided, buffers were 25 pounds and one speed, and 606S was the only compound and put on with a paint brush lol! Wool is absolutely the right tool to use to properly remove the scratches you put into the paint while blocking. Polishes have less solvent in them today requiring more abrasion during the first phase, and wool is what you need to get that abrasion needed. Before making the last pass with a freshly spurred wool bonnet, I like to mist a mixture of tap water, and rubbing alcohol, 1:1 lightly over the area to be final polished with the wool pad. The alcohol water mix does two things: First it helps clean up any remaining polish residue and remove it from the panel completely, and second, the alcohol dissipates the static charge generated by the wool pad, and results in significantly less dust clinging to the surface…..

    Thomas McChesney
  • I also have been using the florescent light method. I have a hand-held drop light. Rechargeable style. Check the reflection as you do each section. Don’t move on unless its mirror-like. Then do the whole thing again.

    Steve Thomas

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