BUffing and polishing
What is buffing and polishing?
Essentially, it's a method of getting your vehicle's paintwork to look brand new again and ready for a showroom. Also, the terms of buffing and polishing are usually interchanged because they involve the same process.
If your automobile is afflicted with scratches or minor defects in the paint, buffing would be ideal for your vehicle. Polishing will also get rid of scratches, swirls, oxidation, dirt, and more.
What's the difference?
Buffing will utilize a buffing pad and a sort of abrasive compound to remove medium-deep imperfections (such as scratches) on the clear coat of the car. It will help eliminate faded car paint as well.
Polishing is very similar but removes a very fine layer of the paintwork so even more superficial scratches are minimized. Polishes can vary in the level of abrasiveness and utilizes softer materials (than buffing pads) with it's own compounds.
Oftentimes, for buffing and polishing a machine will be used with a buffing pad and compound (for buffing) and then a lamb/sheep wool polishing bonnet and compound as well.
Generally people will have their car buffed first and then polished for a beautiful, restorative finish.