The paint on my '91 Jetta is chalky and I'd like to begin the process of bringing it back. I have used Rubbing/Polishing compound in the past with mixed results and wonder if anyone in here has any tips and or tricks.

I don't currently own an orbital buffer and I am hesitant to use one because it seems that is what happened to our Cabby paint before we bought it. The angles and hard lines are down to primer because of taking too much of the paint off.

Any advice is appreciated. I'd like to do it right the first time and would like it to last as long as possible. I've considered going to a professional but I wonder how many detailers have a good handle on the process since these cars are so old now.