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Do you have a car that needs some TLC? Are you unsure of how to get started? Have no fear! Reverse by Torque Detail is here to help. 


Smooth Out Ugly Scratches & Swirls…In Just Seconds


496+ 5-star reviews

Reverse is the newest car detailing product that easily removes scratches and swirls by hand. This car scratch remover and car paint scratch repair compound will bring your paint back to new. It’s also a water spot remover and swirl remover. Make paint correction easy with this all in one formula.

This blog post will provide step-by-step instructions on how to polish your car to perfection using our easy-to-use product. We will also answer some common questions about car polish and explain why it is an important part of car care. So read on and learn how you can restore your vehicle’s shine in just minutes!

What Does “Polishing a Car” Mean and Why Should You Do It?

While most people think of car wax when they think of car polishing there is actually a big difference.

Car polish is an abrasive compound used to remove surface-level imperfections:

…such as swirl marks

Swirl Marks on the car's surface

…and water spots

Water spots on the car's surface.

Car wax, on the other hand, does not contain any abrasives. Instead, it simply provides a layer of protection for the paint.

After washing your car and drying it, your next step is to polish it. You do this before applying your wax. The polishing job is what truly separates the beginners from the pros because you’re focusing on so many subtle details.

How to Polish Your First Car The Easy Way

Polishing a car should never feel like a chore. In fact, it should be something you enjoy doing. Torque Details Reverse takes all of the guesswork and frustration out of polishing your car. With our easy-to-use guide, you will be able to quickly and easily remove swirls, scratches, and other imperfections from your paint. Plus, our unique polishing process will leave your car with a deep, glossy shine that will last for months.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Step One

Cropped view of a man washing his car with a microfiber towel.

The first and most important step is to wash your car. This step is vital because you want to remove any dirt or debris that could potentially scratch your car’s surface during the polishing process. Use Torque Detail’s Decon Wash to ensure the car is completely free of dirt, grime, and other contaminants.

Using a decon wash will also help to remove any waxes or sealants that may be on the surface of your car. This is important because you want the polishing compound to be able to bond with the paint. It is also important because there are many contaminants that aren’t visible to the naked eye that will significantly hinder the polishing process.

The Decon Wash Pack has decon soap and a wash mitt designed to make this process as easy as possible. Use the soap as you would any car washing soap and be sure to work the decon soap into the surface with a back-and-forth motion. Rinse the car thoroughly after you have finished washing it.

If needed use a second round of decon soap to remove any stubborn contaminants.

Step Two

Cropped view of a man drying his car with a soft microfiber towel.

Dry your car. Use a soft microfiber towel to gently dry your car. Do not use a regular terrycloth towel because it can leave behind lint that will get caught in the polishing process.

Once the car is dry, examine it closely for any swirls, scratches, or other imperfections. If you find any, make a note of them so you can focus your polishing efforts on those areas.

Step Three

Cropped view of a hand gently rubbing the surface of the car using a soft microfiber towel with Torque Detail's Reverse.

Apply Reverse. Now that your car is clean and free of contaminants, it’s time to apply the polishing compound. Torque Detail’s Reverse is a high-quality polishing compound that will quickly and easily remove swirls, scratches, and other imperfections.

To apply the polishing compound, simply pour a small amount onto a clean, dry microfiber towel. Gently rub the compound into the surface of your car, using small circular motions. Focus on one area at a time and be sure to apply even pressure.

Step Four

After applying the compound to the desired locations, go back over the area with a clean microfiber towel to remove any excess. You want to be sure to remove all of the leftover compound because if any is left behind, it can dry and become difficult to remove.

Give the entire car a once over with the towel to be safe. If you notice any spots or scratches, add another layer of Reverse and focus solely on this location.

Step Five

Cropped view of a hand gently rubbing the surface of the car using a soft microfiber towel with Torque Detail's Mirror Shine.

Seal the finish. Once you have removed all of the swirls, scratches, and other imperfections, it’s time to seal in the shine. This step is important because it will protect your car’s finish and ensure that it stays looking its best for weeks to come.

To seal the finish, simply apply a small amount of Torque Detail’s Mirror Shine to a clean, dry microfiber towel and gently rub it into the surface of your car. As with the polishing compound, use small, circular motions and focus on one area at a time.

After you have applied Mirror Shine to the entire car, go back and buff it out with a clean microfiber towel. This will remove any excess and ensure that the finish is protected.

And that’s it! You’ve now successfully polished your car using Reverse. You’ve removed scratches, swirl marks, and water spots in just minutes — your car will look shiny and new again!

How Often Should I Polish My Car to Keep That Mirror-looking finish?

We recommend polishing your car every 6 months to one year. It really depends on what wax/coating you are using to protect your vehicle. If you’re using one that lasts up to a year, it will protect your polishing job for longer.

How to Choose the Car Polish for Your Vehicle

Car polishes are not created equal. There are different types of polish, each designed for a specific purpose. For example, some polishes are designed for clear coats, while others are meant for single-stage paints. You can use some polishes on both types of paint.

Different types of car polish include compound polishes, rubbing polishes, pre-wax cleaners, and all-in-one polishes.

  • Compound polishes are the most aggressive type of polish. They are designed to remove heavy scratches and swirl marks.
  • Rubbing polishes are less aggressive and are meant to remove light scratches and imperfections.
  • Pre-wax cleaners are used to clean the paint before waxing.
  • All-in-one polishes clean, polish, and protect the paint all in one step.

To make the decision easy, Torque Detail Reverse is an all-in-one polish you can use on clear coats and single-stage paints. It’s a great choice for anyone who wants to polish their car without buying multiple products. it is also the easiest choice for those who what a beautiful shine without taking too much time.

How Do I Know if My Car Needs to Be Polished?

The best way to tell if your car needs to be polished is to do a water test. Splash some water on your car’s paint and see if it beads up or if it spreads out.

If the water beads up, the paint is still in good condition and doesn’t need to be polished. If the water spreads out, the paint is dull and could benefit from a polish.

You may also notice that your car’s paint looks dull, faded, or has lost its shine. These are all signs that the paint could use good polishing.

Should I Polish by Hand or with a Machine?

You can easily remove water spots, scratches, and swirls with rotary, orbital, and dual-action polishers. However, if you don’t feel comfortable using a machine, you can also polish your car by hand. Using a polishing machine has a learning curve, so it is important to know how to use one before operating it on your car’s paint.

Polishing by hand is much more flexible than using a machine, so you’re less likely to damage the paint on your car’s curves and corners. However, you should learn how to polish by hand before investing in a machine because it will give you time to study how different compounds affect your car’s paint job.

Consider the Car

The first thing you should do is figure out how hard your car’s clear coat is. You might get a feel for this over time as you experiment with different types of polishing pads and chemicals. But if you want to save yourself some time, your best bet would be to contact the manufacturer directly and ask about your specific model.

If you want a tougher clear coat, be prepared to put in more polishing time, which is where a machine can come in handy. However, if you don’t use the machine correctly, it will be easier to hand-polish softer clear coats and more difficult to fix if you make a mistake.

You might need to consider the paint’s thickness before you polish it. Professional detailers use a Paint Thickness Gauge (PTG) to check how much clear coat is left on a car before they start polishing. 

This shouldn’t be an issue if your car is new or fairly new. However, if your vehicle is old and has factory paint with no additional layers of protection, you should probably assume that the clear coat layer is thin so that you don’t damage the paint underneath. In this case, hand-polishing would be the best option.

Machines Don’t Fit Everywhere

If you want to polish by machine, remember that you’ll need to hand-polish areas that are too tiny or narrow to fit a machine with a cutting pad. Almost always, the painted regions around the grill, headlights, taillights, and curved surfaces where the pad can’t bend around curves, necessitate hand polishing using a flexible foam applicator or even a microfiber towel. 

Work small amounts of the polishing compound across these areas in circular motions, then wipe clean.

Should You Wax Or Polish A Car First?

Polish should be applied before the wax, as it aids in the restoration of automobile paint that has lost its luster due to oxidation. Car polish accomplishes this by removing a microscopic layer of the paintwork, reducing the look of scratches as they settle into the coat. The degrees of abrasiveness in car polishes differ considerably.

Should I Decon My Car Before Polishing?

No, you do not need to decon your car before polishing. Decon is a process of deep cleaning the car’s paintwork. This is not necessary before polishing and can actually strip away some of the existing protection on the paint, making it more susceptible to scratches and swirl marks. However, if you have heavy contamination on the paint, such as tree sap or bird droppings, it is best to remove this before polishing. Use our Clay Decon Kit for this purpose.


Smooth Out Ugly Scratches & Swirls…In Just Seconds


496+ 5-star reviews

Reverse is the newest car detailing product that easily removes scratches and swirls by hand. This car scratch remover and car paint scratch repair compound will bring your paint back to new. It’s also a water spot remover and swirl remover. Make paint correction easy with this all in one formula.

Keep Your Car Clean and Pristine 

Polishing your car is a great way to remove scratches, swirl marks, and water spots. It can also help to restore the paint and make it look new again. Hand polishing is the preferred method by most car enthusiasts, but you can also use a machine polisher. 

To get the job done, Reverse is the best compound to use for polishing your car. It will remove scratches, swirl marks, and water spots quickly and easily.

  • Published on Nov 11, 2023