Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Houston, Tx. USA
Re: Buffing and cleaning 14 yr old lacquer paint
I'm using 3M Microfinishing compound. You sand it, then wash, then buff, then wash, then glaze (swirl mark remover), wash if necessary and then I hand wax. The washing is very important! First you wash and scrub the car before starting. Next you wet sand with the hose in one hand giving you a trickle of water to keep the fine paper from filling up. Don't sand where you can't buff like real close to emblems and trim. Rinse car to get get sanding residue off, let dry and start with your compound. When you have finished you will need to wash all the compound grit of the car or it will contaminant your next step with the glaze. You can't get the swirls out if your glaze is picking up the coarser girt of the compound. If you don't have experience with a buffer better to start on a beater car first, it can get away from you, grab loose clothing, and burn right through the paint and primer and leave you looking at bare metal. You will need to use clean buffing pads also. If you only have one pad you will need to wash the compound out of it before moving onto the glaze.