How to Restore White Car Paint


White car paint is subject to many problems including grease and dirt stains and the most common problem, oxidization. If you want to get that gleaming white color back, the paint surface must be restored and rejuvenated using professional techniques and tools. This multi-step process is a little more extensive than a car wash and wax, but the results will be long lasting and noticeable.

Things You'll Need

  • Circular polisher
  • Pad lubricant
  • Compounding agent
  • Polishing agent
  • Finishing product
  • Pad or micro fiber towel
  • Apply a light coat of pad lubricant to a foam compound pad on a circular polisher. Apply a compound agent (which removes oxidization) to the car's white paint in the area you are about to work on. Then spread the compound across a 2 foot section of paint with the pad.

  • Set the polisher to 1000 rpm and work it over the surface of the car in a figure eight style, removing the excess, deteriorated wax and seal coating. There will be a milky residue left on the car afterward, this is normal. Do this to the entire car working in 2 foot sections and applying the compound to each section before you begin.

  • Clean the surface with isopropyl alcohol and a clean rag to remove the compound.

  • Apply polishing lubricant to a foam, polishing pad on the circular polisher. Spread polishing compound over the car and then smooth out the compound using the polisher pad. Polish the surface at 1000 rpm moving the polisher in a circle eight pattern. The white paint should be gleaming now after the polishing.

  • Add finishing paint protection to a dry microfiber towel or pad and apply this to the vehicle surface by hand in short consistent strokes.

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