Does My Car Need a Buff?

It goes without saying that your car was made to take on outside elements. Whether it’s rain, sleet, snow, ice, leaves, pollen or any other weather, your paint can usually stand the abuse for a long time. After a while, however, even the outside elements will take their toll on your car’s appearance. You may start to notice that your paint is not as shiny as it once was, and that’s where buffing comes into play.

Buffing is actually the process of removing a minuscule layer of your car’s exterior clear coat/paint. Why in the world would you want to remove any layers? When done properly and by using the right wax or wax sealant, the benefits of buffing include, but are not limited to:

1) Removing small and minor scratches from the clear coat

2) A SHINIER appearance

3) Prolonging the life of your car’s paint

Buffing helps remove the scratched layer of clear coat off which results in a smoother, brighter and shinier finish. Think of it as sanding a rough piece of wood, which is the same type of process. With a car, however, it’s important to use the right type of compound (wax paste, liquid wax, etc.) that blends into the paint and creates that shine. In addition, the wax or wax sealant helps provide an extra layer of protection against outside elements.

Buffing can be done by hand or with an electronic high-speed buffer. The latter method should be done by a professional as a high-speed buffer can cause damage if done incorrectly.

If you believe your car could use a buff and wax, head on over to Capitol Shine and let us perform our Wash + Wax package at any of our locations in Arlington, Bethesda or Washington, D.C. Schedule your appointment right on our website here.

When the Scratches Are Deeper

Sometimes, no amount of buffing can fix a scratch. Deep scratches require more attention, and the sooner it can be fixed, the better. If you are unsure (or just don’t have time!) about the type of scratch or how deep it goes, we can help with that. The first step it to schedule an appointment where we can assess your paint. Often times, a paint correction process is needed. Capitol Shine will first wash your vehicle and then inspect the paint for any scratches and imperfections. Then, we can give you some options on the best way to proceed.

Preventing Future Scratches

After any scratches and imperfections have been fixed, you may decide to invest in something that can prevent this problem in the future. Capitol Shine’s line of ceramic coatings provide a layer of protection unlike any other. Ceramic ProOpti-Coat Pro or Paint Protection Film can help PREVENT scratches, fading, corrosion and more. If you would like to know more about ceramic coatings or would like to schedule a FREE estimate, please send us a message.