Car glazes fill in scratches and swirl marks to deliver a pristine post-clean finish. In this post, we’ll touch on the step-by-step processes of using car glazes, whether by hand or mechanical buffer.
To apply a car glaze: Clean the car’s exterior before application, shake the glazing compound, apply several small dots on an applicator pad and blot across a car body panel, and buff evenly by hand or using a mechanical buffer.
Products You’ll Need to Apply a Car Glaze
Gather the following supplies:
- Pre-cleaning materials:
- Car glaze
- An applicator pad or mechanical buffer
Ensure that the car’s exterior is clean
Before applying a car glaze, ensuring the vehicle’s exterior is as clean as possible is critical. If you haven’t done so, wash the car thoroughly with shampoo. Wash all exterior surfaces and dry thoroughly.
Take the extra step with a detailing clay
Standard washes will remove most light dirt and debris. However, tiny particles can embed themselves within the clear coat, and these cannot be removed by washing alone. That’s where a detailing clay comes in. For steps on using a detailing clay, check out our blog found herHar. For the quick, basic steps, follow below:
- Mold the detailing clay into a small square that fits between your middle three fingers in a rectangle shape.
- Spray a quick detailer or clay lubricant onto the paint.
- Lightly glide the clay over areas, folding dirty clay inward as you go.
- Swap out detailing clay as needed if it gets dirty.
- Finish off by toweling excess spray with a microfiber towel.
Important: Apply a wax or sealant after using a glaze
If there isn’t a coating on the vehicle, it’s best to apply that after using a glaze. A wax or sealant provides additional protection to the paint for weeks to months. They work best if they bond directly to the surface of the clearcoat – as opposed to a layer in between.
Shake the glazing compound
Over time, contents within glaze can settle and spread out. Before applying, shake the bottle to mix the contents thoroughly.
Apply several small dots on an applicator pad and blot across a car body panel
Dispense five pea-sized glaze dots onto your applicator pad, then lightly blot over an area roughly 20 by 20 inches. Once you have the area covered, move on to buffing by hand or with a mechanical buffer.
Buff evenly by hand or using a mechanical buffer
With the glaze spread on the body panel, you can begin working it in. There are two ways to accomplish this: by hand or with a mechanical buffer.
Buffing by Hand
Buffing by hand is perfect for quick touch-ups or missed spots. You can use this method to glaze an entire car, however it will take more time and effort than a mechanical buffer.
To buff glaze by hand, follow these steps:
- Use a microfiber towel or application pad and buff using a crosshatch motion.
- Reapply glaze to the applicator pad and body as needed.
- Wait the recommended amount of time for the product to bond (typically 20 minutes).
- Buff off any haziness or product with a fresh applicator pad or microfiber towel.
- Repeat steps 1-4 until finished.
Buffing with a Mechanical Buffer
Mechanical buffers are the way to go if you’re dealing with deep imperfections or want to reduce application time. The only drawbacks to using an automatic buffer are that it can cause damage if used incorrectly and can have a high upfront cost. Here’s how to apply a car glaze using a mechanical buffer:
- Blot small dots of glaze onto the exterior.
- Begin by using a slow speed and minimal pressure. Move the buffer continuously.
- Move the buffer in a ‘S’ shape to cover all areas of your vehicle.
- Apply additional glaze as needed.
- Wait for the product to bond (typically 20 minutes).
- Buff any haziness or excess product off a fresh microfiber towel or pad.
Mechanical buffers save you time and yield the best results; however, they can be tricky to work with in small areas such as the car pillars or mirrors. For these small areas, use a microfiber towel and buff manually.
Glaze for Days
Car glazes are the cherry on top of your fresh detail. They provide that extra shine and help vehicles look spotless, whether for a show or on the road. Follow these steps to make your exterior look flawless after a fresh clean: Clean the car’s exterior before application, shake the glazing compound, apply several small dots on an applicator pad and blot across a car body panel, and buff evenly by hand or using a mechanical buffer. Enjoy the shine, and enjoy the ride!