Free Shipping over $149 w/coupon DIFree | 2,850+ Products | 91 Brands | 12,000+ Reviews | 1,800+ Detailing Articles
Close Menu
Clean ⋅ Shine ⋅ Protect
Cookies are disabled in your web browser. To shop with Detailed Image, please turn cookies on and then refresh the page.

How The Compounding To Final Polishing Looks


Every now and then some people will ask me what it takes, how long, what it should look like, etc. when it comes to paint correction work. Many factors apply, but the results from each step should have a relatively uniform look.

What I mean by that is after compounding, the paint should look a certain way – HAZY. After polishing, then paint should not have any haze to it at all, and be left with zero straight-line scratches, swirl marks, or faded paint. Below is an example of what I mean:

Starting condition of the paint after washing and claying the paint:

This is what the paint should look like after compounding away all the defects. Now, different compounds will yield different results based on a few factors such as color and hardness, but the general look is this:

This is what the paint should look like after polishing the paint after compounding it. It’s free of defects such as scratches and swirl marks, and is giving off a high gloss and luster.

So from start to finish the process is the following:

  • Wash to remove loose dirt
  • Clay to remove bonded dirt
  • Compound to remove deeper scratches and defects
  • Polish to remove compound haze and restore gloss
  • Clean paint
  • Protect paint
Eric Schuster Envious Detailing
Eric Schuster
Envious Detailing
Orange County, CA

3 comments on How The Compounding To Final Polishing Looks

  1. Aurelius says:

    thank you, good for beginners like me

  2. Mike says:

    How do you clean and protect the paint as in the final steps listed above? I’m guessing sealant to protect?

  3. trinidad says:

    After compounding and polishing, do you wash the paint to remove the dust and polishing oils? How do you keep from introducing more defects to the paint? How would you clean the paint?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Commenting Rules

  • Try to keep your comments as relevant as possible.
  • Don't be abusive: no personal attacks or any other nastiness.
  • Feel free to express your opinion, but do so in an eloquent way.

If you do not respect these rules your comments may be edited or even deleted.

My Offers
Rupes Price Drop Sale
Free Stuff
Big Discounts While Supplies Last - Clearance Items - Shop Now
TireBib A Bib For Your Tire - Buy Now
Close overlay