Car polishing is explained in this PDR advanced technique guide.
After completing a dent repair it is advisable you give the car polishing, but there are certain things to think about before you start. The last thing you want to do after repairing a small dent, is be trapped into polishing a whole car, some of you may think of this as an extra service and great customer building, that’s great. I personally want to keep them happy and concentrate on the next job.
Of course I don’t suggest leaving a car with grubby hand prints all over it, but take care you don’t polish an area of the car, and find that it is far to shiny compared to the rest of the vehicle.
This is a problem on older cars that have faded paintwork, so I would suggest explaining this to the customer before you polish, or maybe even suggest that you could polish the rest of the car for X amount of dollars.
The best way to polish I have found is to purchase yourself a buffing pad that fits into your drill, this way you can eliminate a lot of extra equipment you may need. They can be found at just about any
store or your local hardware store.
Carry fresh clean rags.
This is a must, and there easy to get. Most body shops I work in have bags of them lying around, but make sure you ask them before pinching there stuff, or that 5 cent rag, may cost you thousands.
The best cleaning rag I have found is called cheese cloth, it is as it suggests the cloth wrapped around cheese as it cures. It is soft and will not mark or scratch the paint.
Another time saver, is to wear gloves, this not only makes PDR look more technical, it saves valuable clean up time.
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