Car polish is one kind of protection of any car’s outer surface so that the car looks like new. It is used to remove grease, dirt, scrapes and scratches that cannot be removed from washing. Polish comes in the form of creams, sprays and liquids and contains solvents that will remove impurities to allow the paint to shine through.

Exterior detailing involves cleaning and either restoring or exceeding the original condition of the surface of the car's finish (usually a paint with a glossy finish), windows, wheels, and tires, as well as other visible components on a vehicle's exterior. A wide array of detailing products and techniques is used based on the vehicle's surface type and condition or the detailer's preference.