How do you treat a fade in paint?

Answered by Tom Adger

To treat a fade in paint, you can follow these steps:

1. Gather your materials: You will need a buffing pad, buffing compound, clean water, and a buffer or polishing machine. Make sure your buffing pad is clean and free of any debris.

2. Soak the buffing pad: Before applying the buffing compound, soak the buffing pad in water. This will help prevent any damage to the paint surface and ensure smoother buffing.

3. Apply buffing compound: Take the soaked buffing pad and apply a small amount of buffing compound to it. You can find buffing compounds specifically designed for removing paint fade at automotive stores. Choose a compound that matches the color and type of your car’s paint.

4. Apply buffing compound to the faded area: With the buffing compound on the pad, gently apply it to the faded area of the car’s surface. Use circular motions and apply even pressure. Make sure to cover the entire faded area with the compound.

5. Buff the impacted area: Once the compound is applied, you can start buffing the impacted area. Use the buffer or polishing machine with the buffing pad attached to it. Move the buffer in circular motions, working on a small section at a time. Be careful not to apply too much pressure, as this can damage the paint.

6. Repeat the buffing process: After completing one round of buffing, inspect the paint to see if the fade has improved. If necessary, repeat the buffing process at least three times, applying more buffing compound as needed. Each time, check the progress and adjust the pressure and speed of the buffer accordingly.

7. Clean off the buffer: Once you are satisfied with the results, clean off the buffer and buffing pad with clean water. This will remove any residue from the buffing compound.

8. Inspect the paint: After cleaning off the buffer, take a close look at the paint to ensure the fade has been effectively treated. If there are any remaining faded spots, you can repeat the buffing process on those specific areas.

Remember to take your time and be patient throughout the process. Buffing can be time-consuming, but it can significantly improve the appearance of faded paint. If you have any doubts or concerns, it’s always a good idea to consult a professional or seek advice from a reputable automotive store.