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4. Mike moved in a side-to-side motion with light to moderate pressure. After making a few passes, he stopped and checked his progress. If the paint is shiny, then the speed and pressure are good. If you can still see scratches, turn up the buffer 100 rpm more and make a few more passes. The amount of compound shown in the previous image was enough to do about a 6x14-inch area. While you don't want the area to be soaking wet with material, you also don't want it dry either. The compound will leave a very light, oily-looking haze on the paint. If that is not present, then it's too dry and needs a little more product.