While the degree of gloss that it produces is obviously one of its more important features, a good polishing compound also manages to work effectively against influences of chemicals, UV rays and other external influences. Professional car detailers appreciate polishing compounds that make their work fast with excellent results. But how exactly do you put that shine into a bottle?
We have already offered insights into our product development processes. Now we’ll follow the process a polish takes through to production. Once a prototype polish formulated by our development team has passed all of the necessary tests, it is finally ready for mass production. A total of 16 employees oversee all of the processes at the eight production areas and five bottling stations in our manufactory in Unna.
The first step in production is the mixing of the product formula. The ratio of ingredients in this formula exactly matches that of the formula that was developed and tested during the development phase — only in much larger quantities. To ensure that the formula is flawless, the individual ingredients are precisely weighed, placed in special production containers and mixed.
Although this mass quantity formula corresponds exactly to the formula created during development, there may be deviations in the viscosity, which could make the mixture too runny. Complex chemical processes are responsible for this happening. In cases like this, a lot more experience and hands-on attention is needed.
A thickener is added by hand to help the mixture achieve the desired bond. This ensures that the polishing compound achieves high viscosity and the associated good processability in the following production processes. After a while in the stirring tank the polish reaches the desired viscosity.
Before the process can continue, development chief Dr. Michael Hauber joins the processes once more. He compares the mixture from production with a reference sample from the development department. He polishes a test surface with each of the two mixtures and then compares the results.
Only after our head developer is fully satisfied with the results of this quality check — i.e., results that match those of the reference polish from the development phase — and gives the mix a thumbs-up can the polish be bottled.
Each and every shift fills, labels, and packages thousands of bottles of polish. We also draw a production sample from each batch. We store this sample in a numbered container for a period of two years in order to ensure the consistently high quality of our products.
The final step in the process is the shipment of our products to distributors in over 50 different countries. Research, production and distribution all from one source: this is what goes into making one of the world’s most sought-after professional polishes. Now it’s time to let that shine out of the bottle.