How to Custom Paint a Car : Applying a Car Buffing Compound When Painting

Hi I’m Doug. I work with 20 great guys in
St. Louis at Doug Jenkins Custom Hot Rods. And we’re going to some work for you today
on Expert Village. The first step in buffing a car is done with this heavy foam pad. We
put the compound in these little mustard bottles you can use anything you want. And this is
the kind of coarse pad; it takes off a lot of material. And it will leave little swirl
marks in the paint. We’ll come back later with a finer pad and some finer compound to
clean it up better. You’ll see Tony’s wearing an apron to keep the goop that slings off
the car from getting on his clothes. And he’s also wearing gloves. Years and years and years
of holding a vibrating, spinning, whirling buffer will cause circulation troubles. Your
hands get numb when you’re buffing a car pretty easily, so he uses the gloves to kind of pad
it a little bit. Using a little bit of the edge of the pad, a lot of the flat of the
pad and he’s always really careful that the wheel is turning away from any sharp edges.
If the wheel grabs a sharp edge you can burn through the paint and you get primer and bare
steel real quick. So this creates heat and it cleans up the paint and shines it up.