How to Get Rid of Hazing on Car Paint

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Over time, rubbing compound, wax and grime can build up on a car’s surface and create hazing, making the paint look dull and unattractive. Car detailing services can charge hefty fees to restore your car’s glossy finish. Fortunately, multiple products on the market allow you to get rid of hazing from the paint on your car.

Things You'll Need

  • Polisher
  • 3M Fine Cut Compound
  • Alcohol
  • Water
  • Microfiber towel
  • Turtle Wax
  • Use a machine polisher with an adapter. Attach the wool-polishing disc on the plate.

  • Apply rubbing compound on a small area directly on the car’s surface. Use a product like 3M Fine Cut Compound.

  • Press the wool disc against the car (over the area with compound), and turn on the machine. Spread compound with your wool disc on the polisher. Place the speed dial between 3.5 and 4. Go over the area in a figure-8 pattern from left to right, and up and down. Do this multiple times until the compound starts to dry.

  • Remove compound residue with a 50/50 solution of isopropyl alcohol and water. Dry the area with a microfiber towel. Feel the surface with your fingers and make sure it’s smooth. If the surface isn’t smooth or the haze is still present, apply the compound and repeat the procedure until you get rid of the hazing and the finish is bright.

  • Opt for Turtle Wax instead to remove hazing and obtain a shiny finish. Wash your car thoroughly and dry it completely. To remove haze or old grime, you’ll get better results if you use the paste wax. Although it requires more work, the pressure you apply to remove the wax will also remove the haze. Apply the wax in small sections using small, circular motions. Remove the wax with a soft cotton rag.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wax your car in small sections. The wax is more difficult to remove if it stays on the car too long.
  • Avoid waxing your car in direct sunlight. Heat from the sun can soften the paint and make it more vulnerable to scratching.

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