Change to special foam pad number two and again apply a small amount of polish to the surface. Continue to buff about four square feet as before. You will soon develop a tremendous shine that really looks dazzling, but we're still not quite there. Next we are going to develop that incredibly deep, molten look of show-quality paint.
As you work, keep an eye out for scratches. At this point they are going to be extremely fine, but if you see any coarser straight-line scratches that you missed with the original buffing pad, change back to the sheepskin number one pad and take them out before going on. But keep in mind that the more you buff with the number one cutting pad, the more paint you will take off. Finally, finish buffing with the number three, fine sponge buffer pad.
At this point you will be looking at a stunningly beautiful finish with just a little residue on the surface, because you have not yet dry buffed using the microfine cloth included in the kit. This residue will come off quickly and easily with the special cloth, so do not be tempted to touch the surface with an ordinary Turkish towel, because it will scratch your work if you do.
By this time your classic will look dazzling, but to bring out the final richness and depth, wipe on a little of the new System One Body Armor. Then give yourself a little oh and ah time to appreciate your car's finish. You'll be delighted at how good it looks. And if you keep the truck indoors under a cover and only drive it occasionally, then you can stop here, because a hard wax will only build up and dull the finish if you maintain it in the traditional way.
If your old hauler will be used regularly and will sit outdoors frequently, apply a quality carnauba wax with no cleaners in it and rub it in gently. Don't continue to apply wax in order to build up a thick coat, though. It will protect no better than a thin coat of wax, and the heavier the wax is applied, the more pressure is needed to remove it, thus causing more scratches. And contrary to what you might think, a thicker coat of wax will only dull and yellow the surface.
The only reason you would ever need to heavily apply wax is to cover up errors. And if there are still fine scratches in the surface of your hauler's finish, they should be dealt with in the proper way by more polishing. Otherwise, you will simply mask your mistakes. Old paint, marginal paint and even good paintwork straight from the gun can all be made beautiful using this technique, and once it is done, all that's required is a little routine maintenance for your classic truck's finish to last years and years.
Finish by wiping the truck...
Finish by wiping the truck down with the microfine finishing cloth to remove any residue.
A toothbrush or other fine...
A toothbrush or other fine brush can be used to remove any residue from cracks.
Here's the author's truck...
Here's the author's truck after polishing.