Pad Washer - A mechanical device used to clean buffing pads of compounds, cleaners , waxes, etc.
Paint Burn - To literally remove paint from a vehicle due to the friction generated by a rotary buffer.
Paint Cleaner - A product that contains mild abrasive used for removing oxidation, light scratches and minor surface imperfections from the paint surface. Normally less aggressive than rubbing compounds and offers
Paint Etching - Damage that can occur to a paint finish when an acidic substance rests on the surface “eating” into the paint.
Paint Film Thickness - The measure of the amount of film on the vehicle. Measured in mils which is thousandths of an inch.
Paint Sealant - A protective product applied by hand or machine to automotive paint, which coats, seals and protects the surface.
Paint Thickness Gauge - A magnetic or electronic instrument that measures the film thickness (primer and paint) on a metal vehicle surface (typically ferrous metal.)
PEL - Permissible Exposure Limit
pH Scale - Is a scale from 0-14 to determine the acidic or alkaline nature of a chemical. 0-6 is Acidic; 8-14 is alkaline, 7 is considered neutral. The lower the number the more acidic a chemical, the higher the
number the more alkaline or caustic the chemical.
Petroleum Distillates - Compounds that are derived from crude oil through the refining process, capable of dissolving other substances.
Petroleum Solvents - Liquids, derived from crude oil through the refining process, capable of dissolving other substances.
Polish - A chemical formulated to produce a smooth, bright and glossy paint surface. It can also remove swirl marks. Can also be called a swirl remover.
Polishing - Term if often used to describe the action of a rotary or dual action buffer to remove swirls and/or smooth the paint to a high gloss finish.
Polisher - Another name for a rotary or dual action buffer.
Polishing Pad - A sheepskin or foam pad that is used with a rotary or dual action buffer to remove swirls or smooth the paint.
Polymer - From the Greek word “poly” meaning many or the “mer” meaning units. For example, “polyurethane.”
Polyurethane - A catalyst type of paint known for exceptional durability.
Pressure Washer - A machine that uses a piston pump to increase water pressure to a psi of 500 to over 3000. Used to clear engines, wheels and wash and rinse vehicles.
Pre-Wash - First step in preparing a vehicle for detailing, by removing dirt, tar, etc.
Professional - A person completely knowledgeable, trained and skilled in all aspects of their profession.
Primer - Material applied to the surface to seal, fill scratches and improve adhesion of paint.
P.S.I. - Pounds Per Square Inch – a measure of air and water pressure.