How to polish a car with no clear coat?

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I will break down how to polish your car or bakkie with no clear coat.


First you need to know how the paint differs from each other.

A 2k flat paint needs no clear coat on top. It is basically a clear coat with color powder mixed in. It is already UV resistant up to a point.

A 2 stage base coat and clear coat paint is separated. The base coat has the color powder and then followed by the clear coat .

The clear coat has more UV resistant power and shine than a 1 stage 2k paint.


Next let's look at the polishing compound you need to use.

A wide verity of compounds are available on the market.

A rubbing compound that is mostly found in any hardware store. This is very abrasive and should never be used on any car.

Then you get a coarse polishing compound from an auto paint dealer. This is used to remove deep scratches or down to 1500 grid sanding paper scratches. This is also not advised as you will most likely polish straight through your paint if you are not a trained professional.



Next you will find a fine abrasive polishing compound or also known as finishing polish also from an auto paint dealer. The abrasives is very fine but can still be felt between your fingers. This is what you are looking for.



Next you have wax. This is sold at auto parts stores and most gas stations. Can be found in a liquid spray or a paste form.




You will also need some masking tape to tape off any beadings. The polisher will burn into the beadings so make sure not to skip this step.

You need to do this in the shade or preferably under a roof away from the sun but with good lighting.

You can polish your car using the finishing polish compound. For the best results you will need a rotary polisher or a dual action polisher in the shape of a grinder. Not the polisher you buy from auto parts shops with two handles on the sides.



Add a few drops of water with your polishing compound and start moving. Do not stand still at one spot or you risk polishing through your paint.

Don't move too fast, but don't come to a standstill. An average speed of about 5cm per second and your polisher speed almost at the lowest will be good enough if you are not a professional polisher.

Take your time. It is a good idea to do one panel at a time then wash and dry it to see the progress and if you missed any spots.


Make sure to wash off all the polish the same hour. After that you might have polish burning into your paint.


Good luck.


If you do not want to risk polishing through the paint, let us do it for you.