Glazing your paint is a step that many professional detailers have used for years that is now becoming popular among weekend detailers. The reason glazes are so popular is for how well they work at hiding imperfections and adding gloss to the finish. True glazes are ultra fine polishes designed to cling to imperfections and fill them in. The oils in the glaze will reflect the color of the surrounding paint to make the paint’s finish look uniform. The glaze will also make the surface look rich and glossy for a show room finish. This is a perfect step for: after using polishes, newer vehicles that do not want to use polishes yet, vehicle’s entered in shows and anyone looking to really make their paint “pop”.
The picture above shows how the glaze will help fill in and hide swirls and scratches that could not be removed by buffing. The clay and oil fillers cling to the sides of the imperfection and optically make the paint look like the imperfections have disappeared or been reduced. Make sure you follow up with a sealant and / or wax to protect the glaze and extend its life. This is discussed in detail during the next step.
Glazes can really make the paint glow and look its best. You’ll be very happy with the deep shine that a glaze leaves behind. This step will not remove swirls and other imperfections but it will fill them in as you can see in the picture above. A variety of factors will affect the results of the detail such as: manufacturer’s clear coating process, age and condition of vehicle, type of product, hand or buffer application, type of pad or applicator, skill of detailer and more. All of these factors ultimately mean that finding out what works best for your particular vehicle takes a little bit of trial and error.
At this point the vehicle should be wash & dried, and already treated with clay bar, cutting polish and finishing polish if desired. For ease of use and best results the vehicle should be worked on in a shaded area where the paint is cool to the touch. Attach the appropriate pad to the Porter Cable 7424, centering the pad on the backing plate. Whether doing the application by hand or with a buffer be sure to match the aggressiveness of the product with the aggressiveness of the pad
Instructions for Applying a Glaze:
- Dispense a few dabs of product around the outer edge of the pad. (Note: If the pad is brand new add a little extra product)
- With the PC off smear the product over a 18" x 18" area on the clear coat.
- To help spread the product thinly and evenly, turn the PC unit on at a low speed setting (about speed setting 3) and spread the product out evenly over the 18" x 18" section
- Increase the speed setting to 4 or 5 and before you begin.
- Start in the top left corner of your 18" x 18" area and move the PC from left to right at a pace of 3 ” per second. As you reach the far side of your box, move the PC down enough so that you would overlap the previous pass by about 50%. Continue this pattern until you have passed over each part of the 18" x 18" box. Proceed to follow the same pattern with verticle passes and move the buffer left to right until the entire 18" x 18" area has been buffed.
- After completing a section or panel use a paint safe microfiber towel to wipe off any remaining excess product. Replace towel if it smears or becomes saturated with product. On average we recommend allocating 3 towels per coat to ensure no streaking from excess product build up.
- After a few panels take the time to remove excess product from the pad so it does not get saturated, or ideally, replace the pad with a fresh one at this time. To clean the pad, simply spin the buffer on a low speed and agitate it with a clean soft bristled toothbrush to remove product build up in the pores of the foam pad.
- Continue this entire process until the entire vehicle has been buffed.
- When finished, clean your pads immediately to extend the life of your pads and maintain the highest quality results possible.
After Using a Glaze...
After applying a glaze, protect the fillers and your vehicle with a coat of sealant and / or wax. Sealants typically give you 3 - 6 months of protection on your paint, as well as enhance the shine of your vehicle. Carnauba waxes provide around 2 - 8 weeks of protection, but further enhance the depth and gloss of the vehicle. Waxes can also provide another layer of strong protection that helps in bird dropping etching, water spots and more. Many detailing enthusiasts use a combination of both a synthetic sealant as the base coat of protection and top it (after the sealant has cured) with a natural carnauba wax.