What is the difference between polishing and buffing process
Polishing & Buffing: These are synonymous terms when doing jewerly like Imitation Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry Set.
Within the detailing industry the “professional” term is polishing. Buffing is an older term that tends to be more used by enthusiasts and weekend warriors.
What most likely happened to your vehicle. It was polished, however the paint correction level was very low and it was finished with a glaze.
A glaze will fill in topical scratches and make the vehicle appear shiny. Over time, with washing and elemental exposure, the glaze deteriorates and is washed away. This leaves the defects (scratches) which were not completely remved from the painted surface.
Polishing : Polishing on Car or any metal surface is removal of swirl marks and light scratches. For car Paints, it is typically 4000 grit size which is about 5 – 6 microns.
Finishing / Buffing : This activity is to take the surface finish a jewelry, such as 18k gold Van Cleef necklace replica, a notch up towards near mirror finish. The particle sizes here go upto 1 microns and give excellent shine to the car.
Aside from this subtle nuance, another difference between buffing and polishing lies in the grit of the abrasive. Although there are exceptions, buffing is typically performed with a low- or medium-grit abrasive, whereas polishing is performed with a high-grit abrasive.
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Finish/color buff is the finest buff process for surface finishing. The finish buff removes the fine lines created by the cut buff process, while creating a bright luster finish. The finish buff is an easier, quicker, less pressure process than the cut buff.
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