Start by using the sheepskin number one pad on the buffer. Apply a small amount of System One compound (about the size of a quarter) to the surface or the pad, because this stuff goes a long way. In fact, if your buffer is throwing polish everywhere, you are using too much compound. Besides, this compound won't burn the paint the way conventional compounds will. Also, place the buffer on the spot of compound so it spins it into the pad rather than out of it and all over everything.

Set the buffer on the slowest speed and slightly tilt it toward the working surface-this will get easier to do as time goes on-and work a surface area of about four square feet. Only use the 12:00, 9:00, or 3:00 o'clock positions on the pad to do the work. Also, tilt your buffer so you are buffing off of (away from) sharp edges along doors and hoods rather than onto them so you don't take off too much paint.

Though you do not moisten the pad with water before using System One like you do with some other polishes, never let the buffing pad go dry of compound. Dry buffing is when there is no polish on the surface or on the pad. This condition will burn the paint and can be a very expensive mistake. Also, keep the buffer moving across the finish to avoid heat buildup, and don't apply a lot of pressure. Just let the buffer and the compound do the work.

Never flat buff with the whole pad on your truck's surface, because you can easily lose control of the buffer. As you begin to buff a surface, you will be surprised at how rapidly it comes to a beautiful polished shine in such a short time. If you have buffed before, you will be amazed at how quickly System One polish works. That's because it is made with fine aluminum oxide rather than the diatomaceous earth in most cutting compounds.

Be critical of the entire area you are polishing, and look carefully for very fine scratches. Continue to buff until you no longer see them. You will wind up with a highly polished surface, but upon close inspection, you will still be able to see a very slight scratch pattern left by the pad and the polish. This is in fact 7,000-grit spider webbing that will appear as a subtle sort of angel hair haze.