As polishing machines can be expensive, and as it not always possible to machine polish the whole car, sometimes hand polishing may be required. Thankfully, there are some great products available that can help you achieve some great results without the use of any machine.
So let's go through the options you have available:
1. Machine Polishing Pads
Thanks to Flexipads you can use almost any pad with a hand holder. So you can also use any pad by hand. Use the pad to apply the polish in either a circular motion or straight lines, which every you find easier. You will have to apply quite a lot of pressure to remove the swirls. After a few motions the compound will have been worked in, remove the product residue with a clean microfibre towel. It is unlikely that you will have removed all the swirls but you will have made a vast difference
Using Flexipads hand Polishing or Cutting Pads
You will want to use a similar method to prime the pad . Use the pad to apply the polish in either circular motions or straight lines which every you find easier. You will have to put a lot of pressure to remove the swirls. After a few repeated stokes the compound will have been worked in, remove the product residue with a clean microfiber towel. It is unlikely that you will have removed all the swirls, but you will have made a vast difference
All man-made products designed to protect paintwork and other parts usually contain synthetic polymers and other synthetic elements. These help to repel water and dirt; they also help to protect the surface of the vehicle. They are normally easy to apply, and can be removed easier than the natural carnauba wax. Many of today's Synthetic sealants are available in sprays so they can be simply sprayed on and then wiped off, making protecting your car a lot easier. Most now can even be applied in sunlight. ( please read manufacturer's instructions ).
Applying Synthetic Sealant.
Like with carnauba wax you need to ensure that you have first treated the surface with a pre-wax cleaner or IPA. This helps to clean the surface and ensure maximum bonding, enabling an improved performance from the product.
Apply a small amount of the synthetic sealant onto a foam or microfiber applicator pad and apply in a circular motion, or straight lines, which every you find easier. You will not need to apply much pressure during this application process. We always recommend that you do the door and boot shuts as well. Let the sealant dry, one way to tell if the product is dry is by wiping over the surface with your finger. If the surface appears glossy, you know that it is fully dry and can be wiped off, however, if it smears you will know that it needs a little more time to dry fully before it can be wiped off.
You can apply multiple coats of Synthetic sealant to ensure maximum gloss finish and protection.
Please always read the manufacturers instructions to ensure the products are applied in accordance with their recommendations.