How to Use Metal Polish

by Chris Rowling
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Over time, metal can become dulled or corroded. With regular treatment any metalwork, be it garden furniture or your car, can be kept looking good as new. The best way to do this is through regular application of a metal polish that protects against rust and other corrosion.

Step 1

Clean the metal with a cloth and detergent before polishing. If you try and polish dirty metal the impurities will get stuck and the polish will do no good. Remove any stubborn rust with some wire wool.

Step 2

Leave the metal to dry completely. You do not want to trap water between the metal and the polish.

Step 3

Apply a little polish to a dry cloth and apply in circular motions to a small area of the metal. Choose a suitable metal polish depending on what metal it is, what paint is used and what the object is used for.

Step 4

Work your way around the entire metal item applying polish to every part of it.

Firmly buff the polish off using a clean cloth to achieve a high gloss shine.


  • Make sure you buy the correct polish. There are hundreds available, most of which are for specialized purposes and will not work on all metal surfaces.
  • If required, apply a second coat of polish to the metal and repeat this process every six months.

Items you will need

  • Lint-free cloths
  • Water
  • Detergent
  • Metal polish
  • Wire wool

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