How to Restore Dull or Faded Paintwork

Wiping a black car door with a G Plus Cloth

Age, oxidisation, lack of protective polish or wax and the weather all contribute to the dulling and fading of paintwork over time. The result is a flat, lifeless finish that won’t shine, no matter how much polish is used.

G3 Pro has a number of restoration products that contain lighter abrasives designed to bring life back to faded paintwork; both by hand (via G3 Pro All-in-One Polish or G3 Pro Colour Restorer) or by machine (with a Dual Action Polishing Machine, G3 Pro D.A. Fine Polish and a Foam Polishing Pad) - restoring oxidation, swirls, holograms and minor defects

Before Polishing: Clean

Before doing any form of paint rectification, it's important to ensure the surface is sufficiently clean of any dirt or contaminants; we recommend you follow our best practice guide to Safely and Effectively Clean Paintwork before following this guide - Snow Foam followed by Shampoo application with the "Two Bucket" Car Wash Method will lift harmful contaminants and allow you to properly assess the surface condition.

G3 Pro Snow Foam being sprayed onto a black car via a pressure washer

We recommend a: Pre-wash with snow foam...

Lambswool wash mitt being used on the side of a car

...Followed by a shampoo wash

Restore ...by Hand

G3 Pro All-in-One Polish - a light abrasive polish designed to restore oxidised surfaces, remove holograms, minor defects and swirls - is the most versatile; capable of being used by hand or machine and offering a slightly more coarse abrasive than G3 Pro Colour Restorer.

G3 Pro Colour Restorer is a great alternative for those on a tighter budget or for those following on from using a coarser product like Scratch Remover having removed defects.

Both products can be applied with either a soft microfibre cloth or the black G3 Pro Applicator Waffle Pad.

G3 Pro All-in-One Polish being applied to a microfibre cloth

Choose G3 Pro All-in-One Polish...

With either a microfibre cloth or black applicator pad for a restored surface and high gloss finish, and a base water repellent.
G3 Pro Colour Restorer being applied to a Black G3 Pro Applicator Waffle Pad

...or G3 Pro Colour Restorer

Using either a microfibre cloth or black applicator pad to restore the paintwork to its original showroom condition.
Checking the temperature of a car panel by touch

Make sure the surface is cool

Shaking a green label G3 Pro product in front of a black car

Shake the bottle well....

Rubbing compound onto a car door with a microfibre cloth

Rub the polish over the defect

Work the polish in small, grid-like movements.
Wiping a black car door with a G Plus Cloth

...and buff to a high shine! 😎

Restore ...by Machine

For best results, Farécla recommend the use of G3 Pro D.A. Fine Polish with G3 Pro Foam Polishing Pad on a G Plus Dual Action Polishing Machine to restore dull, oxidised or faded surfaces.

This combination glides over the surface making restoration less labour intensive, faster and more effective.

DID YOU KNOW? G3 Pro All-in-One Polish is not only a great product by hand...  it can also be used with a Dual Action or Rotary Polishing Machine! We recommend using with a Dual Action polisher with a foam polishing pad at 3500 opm.

Checking the temperature of a car panel by touch

Make sure the surface is cool

Attaching an orange foam polishing pad to a dual action polishing machine

Attach the polishing pad...

G3 Pro Dual Action Polish being applied to an orange foam polishing pad attached to a dual action polishing machine

...and a small amount of G3 Pro D.A. Fine Polish

Too much application can lead to unnecessary splatter.
Using a Dual Action Polishing Machine with a Foam Polishing Pad on a car door

Polish!

Operate it at 3000 opm. The polisher should glide over the surface. If it feels rough, you need more polish on your pad.
Wiping a black car door with a G Plus Cloth

Buff to a high shine!

Buff off with a soft, clean microfibre cloth.
Shiny, defect-free car door

😎

Finish... with a wax

Once restored, you'll want to protect and maintain your newly restored finish with a wax 

The G3 Pro range includes 3 different waxes which vary in ease of application and degree of protection required:

G3 Pro SuperGloss Paste Wax 2.0 being held in front of a black car

For long-lasting protection

G3 Pro SuperGloss Paste Wax 2.0 is an easy to apply, high quality wax blend with carnauba wax. It provides an exceptional high gloss finish and up to 6 months of protection.
G3 Pro Resin Superwax being held in front of a black car

For simple, durable protection

G3 Pro Resin Super Wax is an easy to apply, high quality blend of liquid waxes and UV inhibitors that provides up to 4 months protection.
G3 Pro Spray Wax being held in front of a black car

For quick application & maintenance

G3 Pro Spray Wax is super quick to apply and increases shine and provides water repellency for up to 1 month. Ideal for maintaining and refreshing shine.

Products Used

G3 PRO ALL-IN-ONE POLISH - Photo of 500 ml size SKU on a White Background

G3 Pro All-in-One Polish removes swirls, holograms, minor defects and leaves a high gloss shine

G PLUS FINISHING CLOTH - 1 Unfolded Yellow Cloths on a White Background

G Plus Finishing Cloths are ideal for quick cleaning and drying jobs. Its microfibre technology grips dust and small dirt particles, and the cloth’s edgeless finish prevents damaging and scratches. 

G3 PRO D.A. FINE POLISH - Photo of 500 ml size SKU on a White Background

G3 Pro D.A. Fine Polish is a light abrasive liquid that removes minor imperfections for a mirror shine finish - optimised for use with a Dual Action Polisher.

G3 PRO FOAM POLISHING PAD - Photo of Foam Pad - Velour Side - Top and Side On View

The G3 Pro Foam Polishing Pad offers a light cut perfect for finishing and is ideal for OE and refinished paints.

G3 PRO COLOUR RESTORER - Photo of 500 ml size SKU on a White Background

G3 Pro Colour Restorer removes swirls, holograms and defects; restoring colour and shine to faded or oxidised surfaces.

G3 PRO APPLICATOR WAFFLE PADS - Photo of 1 White Pad, 1 Black Pad in front of Box

G3 Pro Applicator Waffle Pads allow for easy application of G3 Pro 'Restore' products and waxes for the ultimate finish.

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FAQs

How to Use: G3 Pro All-in-One Polish How to Use: G3 Pro All-in-One Polish

1. Wash and dry surface thoroughly
2. Shake bottle
3. Ensure surfaces are cool to the touch
4. Apply a small amount to the surface, microfibre cloth or foam pad
5. BY HAND: Apply with a dry, clean microfibre cloth in light, cross hatch motions
BY MACHINE Polish with a foam pad (dual action 3500 opm or rotary 800 – 1100rpm)
6. Remove residue and buff with a soft, clean, dry microfibre cloth
7. Reapply if necessary

How to Use: G3 Pro D.A. Fine Polish How to Use: G3 Pro D.A. Fine Polish

1 - Ensure surfaces are clean and cool
2 - Apply a small amount to a Foam Polishing Pad
3 - Polish at 3000opm
4 - Wipe clean
NOTE: For harsh defects use G3 Pro D.A. Cutting Compound if necessary

How to Use: G3 Pro Colour Restorer How to Use: G3 Pro Colour Restorer

1. Wash surface thoroughly
2. Ensure surfaces are cool to the touch
3. Dampen a G3 Pro White Waffle Applicator Pad
4. Apply a small amount of product to the pad
5. Rub in a back and forth motion
6. Buff off with a clean, dry, soft microfibre cloth
7. Reapply if necessary