Cut & Polish

Experience the ultimate transformation for your vehicle with our premium cut and polishing service. At Jim’s Cleaning New Zealand, we specialise in reviving the original luster of your car’s paintwork, erasing signs of wear, and delivering a mirror-like finish. Our skilled technicians employ a meticulous multi-step process, starting with a thorough wash to remove any surface contaminants. We then carefully assess your vehicle’s paint condition to tailor our cutting and polishing techniques, ensuring we precisely target scratches, swirl marks, and oxidation without compromising the paint depth

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Why choose Jim’s Cleaning?


Our team of certified professionals is dedicated to delivering exceptional service with every visit. We use the latest cleaning techniques and high-quality products to ensure your space is not only clean but also healthy and safe.


We pride ourselves on our reliability. Our punctual and consistent cleaning services mean you can enjoy a spotless environment without any hassle. We're here for you, rain or shine.


Security is our priority. We conduct thorough background checks on all our staff, and we're fully insured and bonded. You can trust us to respect your privacy and take care of your property.


Quality is at the heart of everything we do. From our customer service to our sparkling finishes, we guarantee a top-tier cleaning experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Cut & Polish In A Car?

Cut and polish on a car is a two-stage process that helps to restore the colours and condition of your vehicle’s paintwork.

The “cut” stage involves the removal of a thin layer of clear paint that manufacturers use to protect the actual paint on your car. This thin layer is removed to smooth out the surface and to correct issues, such as debris buildup, light scratches and swirl marks, that are damaging the overall appearance of your car.

Once this top layer is removed, the “polish” stage begins. As the name suggests, this process requires a high-quality polishing compound to bring out the true gloss of your car’s paint. The polish stage gives your vehicle that new car shine again.

At Jim’s Cleaning NZ, we offer comprehensive car cut and polish services that include:

  • Handwashing of car’s exterior
  • Removal of bugs and tar
  • Chamois drying
  • Removal of contaminants from car’s paintwork with a clay bar treatment
  • Removal of light scratches and swirl marks using the single-stage cut and polish method
  • Application of premium quality wax sealant
  • Cleaning and dressing of wheels and tyres

Will Cut & Polish Remove Scratches?

The cut and polish process can help to remove unwanted scratches on the exterior of your car’s surface. During the cutting process, our car detailers use rotary tools to apply a cutting compound that helps to remove oxidation buildup and smooth out the car’s surface. As the surface is smoothed, the scratches will disappear. This process also helps to remove noticeable swirl marks that may develop from hand washing your car.

This process works best for light scratches that affect only the top layer of paint. Deeper, more pronounced scratches may require additional work. If you’re unsure if a professional cut and polish will remove all the scratches on your vehicle, give us a call at 0800 454 654 to learn more.

What Is the Difference Between Polishing & Buffering

Many people outside the car industry use the terms buffing and polishing interchangeably. The reality is that these are two distinct processes that utilise different techniques and provide varying results. While an abrasive substance is used during both the buffing and polishing process, the type of abrasive used differs.

Buffing uses a loose abrasive that typically consists of low to medium-grade grit. Polishing, on the other hand, uses a secured abrasive that is usually made from a high-grade grit. These differences may seem quite subtle, but polishing is considered by most experts to be a more aggressive process. In addition, polishing usually provides a brighter, more noticeable shine than buffing.

How Often do you need to cut & polish a Car?

Some experts recommend scheduling a car cut and polish service two times a year. The reality is, however, that this is a personal choice and depends on several factors, such as how often you drive your car and under what conditions. It’s important to understand, however, that the cut and polish process doesn’t damage your vehicle’s paintwork. In fact, it helps to improve your car’s overall appearance.

The cut and polish process helps to remove dirt and oxidation buildup from the surface of your vehicle that can’t be removed by simply handwashing your care. It can also diminish the look of light scratches, swirl marks and other imperfections.

To determine how often you should cut and polish your car, you need to consider how important your vehicle’s appearance is to you. If you want your car to have a new car shine instead of a dull and hazy appearance, scheduling an annual or biannual cut and polish car service is your best option.

Is Cut & Polish good?

When done correctly, the car cut and polish process can help keep your vehicle looking new and shiny even years after you bought it. However, if the wrong cutting and polishing compounds or techniques are used, it can result in lasting damage to your vehicle’s paintwork. This makes it crucial to let professionals handle the process.

At Jim’s Car Detailing, we have extensive experience working with all makes and models of vehicles. We carefully examine all cars to identify problem areas and determine which techniques and solutions to use. This combination added to our attention to detail can provide you with peace of mind knowing that when you bring your vehicle to Jim’s for our Cut & Polish service, you’re sure to get the results you want.

What Makes Jim’s Cleaning NZ the best Cut & Polish?

For over 25 years, our team at Jim’s Cleaning NZ has maintained a strong reputation for providing top-quality New Zealand car detailing services at affordable rates. We employ only the best of the best. Our car detailers are fully trained and come with years of experience. You can rest assured that when you work with us, your vehicle will come out looking great.

Our team also offers a range of additional car detailing services, such as car bio cleaning, interior deluxe detailing, car headlight restoration, paintless dent removal and speciality detailing services. Our primary goal is to provide the best cut and polish for your car, truck, boat, caravan or bus.

You don’t have to settle for a dull-looking car or live with unwanted scratches or swirl marks. Instead, you can rejuvenate the exterior look of your vehicle by scheduling a cut and polish service with us. Contact our office at 0800 454 654 for more information, or complete our online form to obtain a free, no-obligation estimate today.

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