Gather your materials: You will need an orbital polisher, polishing pads, a polishing compound, and a microfiber towel.
Prepare the car: Before you begin polishing, make sure your car is clean and dry. You don't want to polish over dirt and grime as it can scratch the paint. Also, tape off any areas that you don't want to get polished, such as rubber trim or plastic parts.
Apply the polishing compound: Apply a small amount of polishing compound to the pad. You don't need a lot, as too much can cause the pad to become saturated and less effective. Spread the compound evenly over the pad.
Set the polisher speed: Set the polisher to a low speed setting to start with. This will allow you to get a feel for how the polisher works and prevent you from burning through the paint.
Begin polishing: Place the polishing pad on the paint and turn on the polisher. Work in small sections, moving the polisher back and forth in straight lines. Keep the pad flat against the surface and avoid tilting it at an angle, as this can cause swirl marks.
Apply gentle pressure: Apply gentle pressure to the polisher as you work, but don't press too hard. The weight of the polisher should be enough to do the work for you.
Monitor the pad: Check the pad frequently to make sure it hasn't become caked with compound. If it does, remove the pad and clean it with a brush or compressed air.
Wipe off excess compound: Once you've finished polishing a section, wipe off any excess compound with a microfiber towel. This will also help you to inspect your work and see if any areas need further polishing.
Repeat the process: Continue polishing in small sections until you've completed the entire car. You may need to change the pad or apply more compound as you go.
Apply wax or sealant: Once you've finished polishing, apply a layer of wax to protect the paint and add shine.
By following these steps, you can achieve a professional-looking polish on your car with an orbital polisher.