How to Make My Dull Car Paint Shine?

Updated February 21, 2017

Don't you love the shine of a new car? This is because the car was just recently painted and buffed with a paint shine finisher; on top of all this, the new car was most likely recently waxed. As a vehicle ages the shine begins fade, but it need not become dull. With these easy steps, you can have your car shining like new again.

Wash your car thoroughly with a sponge and car soap. Wipe dry with a towel.

Park your car in a shady area out of the sun. Dampen a towel with water and begin to apply the car wax in a circular motion.

Allow the wax to dry for a little bit. A good rule of thumb is doing one side of the car at a time and beginning to remove the wax where you started waxing on each side. Use a new dry towel to circularly buff and wipe the wax off the car. Remember to clean off all the wax, even the wax that gets into car seams and cracks should be rubbed and scraped off completely.

Rent or purchase an air or electric buffer. Connect a soft foam car polisher pad to the buffer. Turn on the buffer and with circular motions buff your entire car again with just the polisher pad.


Wax your car at least once every three months to keep the shine.

Things You'll Need

  • Car Wax
  • Sponge
  • Towels
  • Car wash soap
  • Hose and water supply
  • 6 inch foam polishing pad
  • Buffer tool
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