Time for Buffing
So here it is. The moment you've been waiting for. Instant gratification. Or more likely, the instant revelation of everything you screwed up along the way.
Time to break out the buffing wheel.
Apply a small amount of automotive rubbing compound to your wheel. How much? About this much:
Now start compounding. Apply pressure during the first pass. Not a lot of pressure, but some steady down pressure. Then apply light pressure with a second pass. Then a third pass with only the weight of the buffer. Last, apply a gentle upward pressure so the wheel is just kissing the surface:
"Gently now, you just wanna kiss the [speaker], just a little peck, a smooch like you're kissing your sister. "
Wipe away the little remaining compound and you have this:
At first you pat yourself on the back and think, "That's right! Who's the man? WHO'S THE MAN??"
Then you look closer and say "wow look at those tiny scratches I didn't get sanded out", or "wow you can see how uneven the base coat is" or the ever popular "crap, I f--kin burned through the finish there. And there.. Jeez and there"
But we're not done yet. If your OCD kicks in feel free to break out the sandpaper. Ya freak.
The rest of us move on the the glaze. Glaze will remove the small swirl marks from the compound and make the surface super smooth. I didn't link a pic because it looks the same to the camera. In reality, it wanted to slide off the bench when I was glazing. Definitely smooth.