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Is hand polishing still worth the work?

Taking the time to make the painted surfaces on a car look as good as possible is nothing new. Humans were polishing materials like brass or copper centuries before the advent of modern paint. With cars being a status symbol, and also ever more expensive, it makes sense to keep them looking as good as possible. To accomplish that, there is no shortage of specialty tools and products to get that perfect mirror finish on your paint. Dual-action buffers are considered standard for most that do regular amounts of compounding and polishing—which is quickly becoming labeled as "paint correction"—but there will always be someone who swears by the ol' manual labor hand-rub method. Are they as crazy as they seem?


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Yes!!! I only break out the orbital when the paint is in dyer need of renewal.