Welcome to our Lake Country Circular Polishing Guide. Learn how to polish out scratches and swirls using a circular/rotary polisher and CCS Smart Pads™ by Lake Country.
If you've never used a polisher before, check out our Dual Action Polishing Guide. If you're familiar with the principles of polishing and you're ready to step up to a circular polisher, you've come to the right place.
|What accessories do I need?
You will need a rotary backing plate to attach Lake Country pads to your circular polisher. Lake Country pads and the backing plates listed here have Velcro brand hook & loop fasteners. You will see it described simply as "hook & loop" on pads and backing plates with this feature. Choose from a 6 inch or 7 inch backing plate:
|Smart Foam Pad Varieties:
How do I polish out swirls and scratches?
The following is a general guide to polishing. It will take you from compounding to polishing to finishing. If your paint problems do not require compounding, skip to polishing. If you're not sure, start with polishing. Always take the least aggressive approach first! If you don't get the desired results from polishing, then use a swirl remover and light cutting pad.
The pads pictured at the beginning of each section indicate what pads can be used to perform the job described.
I. Compounding & Swirl Removal
Compounding involves using the most aggressive type of swirl remover, called a compound. Swirl removers can range from light to heavy. The application is the same.
* If you used a compound, a light haze or dullness is normal. The next step will restore the gloss.
Polishing improves the smoothness and gloss of the paint. Use a lighter grade polish, like a finishing polish or a light swirl remover, if you've just compounded or if the paint just needs a boost.
You're nearing the finish line. Just a couple more steps will make your vehicle glow.
To lock in the shine, follow up with a wax or sealant. Application of any of these products will be as follows.
Note: Because of the speed and potential heat generated by a rotary polisher, you may elect to do the finishing work by hand or with a dual action polisher. If you are comfortable using a rotary, use it at a slow speed with zero pressure. Keep the machine moving at all times.
Foam & Wool Pad Cleaning
The easiest way to clean your foam and wool pads is to drop them in pad cleaner while they are still wet with polish or wax. Dried products are more difficult to remove from the pads. To do this, mix up a bucket of water and McKee's 37 Polishing Pad Rejuvenator at the start of your detailing session. As you finish using each pad, drop it in the cleaning solution to soak. When you are finished with your detail, use the Foam Pad Conditioning Brush to agitate the pads. Then rinse the pads and lay out to dry.
Note: Dry pads with the hook and loop backing facing up so water drains away from it. Standing water on the backing material could eventually cause separation. When your clean pads are dry, put them in a sealable plastic bag or container to keep them free of dust until their next use.