How to Restore a Car's Paint Job


Wash your car thoroughly before you do anything else. You can even use an all-purpose dish soap to remove all traces of dirt, pollen and other debris from your car.


Abrade away the top layer of oxidized paint from the car. To do so, obtain a foam compounding pad and begin sloughing the car. This process might leave a surface haze, but this is normal.


Polish the car to remove haze and to maintain a glossy surface. Make sure to use a mild polish and apply it with a circular polisher. White foam polishing pads usually result in the most shine.


Finish the car to protect its surface area. You can do this with an orbital polisher or by hand. If you use an orbital polisher, start at a low speed and gradually build. Work 18- to 24-inch areas so you can keep track of your progress.

All paint finishes weaken and deteriorate over time and unfortunately, this includes car paint as well. The oxidation process causes paint deterioration, and ultraviolet light, pollution and even bird droppings exacerbate the process. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help restore the paint finish on your car.