Paint Correction is a term thrown around on the internet forums, in advertising, at detail shops, during car meets - really constantly in the automotive world. Ever wondered what the term Paint Correction (or Paint Enhancement) means? The Process of Paint Correction? Where to Get Paint Correction?
What is Paint Correction?:
When Kings Valet mentions Paint Correction they are referring to the process of removing defects from paint; not any form of repainting. Kings Valet can permanently fix swirl marks, light scratches, spider-webs, orange peel and scuffs / paint transfer. Because of the belief of staying with one primary focus Kings Valet does not do any form of repainting - ie. rock chips, deep scratches, crows feet or failing clear coats.
Before and After Paint Correction on a 2021 Range Rover Sport
When to get Paint Correction?:
When you think you have dull paint is the most common time. Dull paint is caused by a poor reflection (called refraction) when any light is reflected through the clear coat. Refraction: Think of a spoon in a cup of water. Correcting paint defects is done through removing a microscopically thin layer of clear coat. Think of polishing a diamond.
Where to get Paint Correction?:
Kings Valet of course! Paint Correction is available in conjunction with any Ceramic Coating Package.
The Process of Paint Correction:
A Swirl Mark Under Inspection Light.. Swirl Marks are Caused by Poor Wash Methods.
After the Vehicle is Washed and Prepped - All Badges, Trim and Rubber is Taped Off.
This is a Dual Action Buffer (DA) with Medium Cut Compound and a Cutting Pad.
The Buffing Process - This Removes a Microscopic Layer of Clear Coat to Restore Shine.
Same Inspection Light on the Hood Showing Results After Single Step Paint Correction.
Panel Prep is Preformed with IPA Before Ceramic Coating Is Applied to Ensure Solid Bond.
Ceramic Coating is Applied in a Cross-Hatch Pattern to Ensure Full Coverage.
Final Inspections of Ceramic Coating Application (Under Cloudy Sky) - Checking for High Spots.
Paint Correction with Ceramic Coating After Curing Overnight. Amazing Before and After.
Paint Correction FAQ:
Can Paint Correction Fix Scratches?:
The rule of thumb (literally) is as follows: Run your thumb nail over the scratch. If you can feel it - this repair should be done in a body shop. If your thumb nail does not catch on the scratch; a detail shop can remove it.
Before and After Paint Correction on a 1984 Corvette
Does Paint Correction Remove Clear Coat?
Yes. It is a microscopically thin layer of clear. Essentially a scratch is a valley in an otherwise level surface. Rather than add more clear coat back on (body shop), Kings Valet removes the clear coat down to the lowest level of said scratch. This is why Kings Valet will not fix scratches that can be easily felt by a thumb nail. These scratches are deep and would require a large amount of clear coat to be removed.
What is Wet Sanding?:
Wet-sanding is something you will love today and hate in a decade. Wet-sanding is an extremely aggressive way to fix defects. It is the only fix for "orange-peel" and may seem like a great choice on your vehicle right now, but... You are removing YEARS of life on your vehicle's clear coat. Kings Valet heavily advocates against fixing orange peel as EVERY vehicle produced today has it and the reward is not worth the sacrifice. New cars are also being produced with less and less paint / clear coat. Average measurement to metal is only 4 mils on a New Car. A decade ago this was 6-7 mils. The only application for wet-sanding Kings Valet supports is spot touch up. If you have one area on your vehicle that has a couple deeper marks it would be worth it; otherwise run away.
Paint Correction FAQ:
How Much Does Paint Correction Cost?:
Kings Valet charges $350-$400 for a single step of paint correction (medium cut and polish) or $700-$800 for two steps of Paint Correction (heavy cut, medium cut, polish). 95% of our clients are blown away with a single step of Paint Correction. Reiterating that Kings Valet does not offer Paint Correction as a stand alone service. If you are correcting it you should be protecting it. Paint Correction is only available to Ceramic Coating clients.
Before and After Paint Correction on a 2021 Truck Bumper
Paint Correction versus Polish?
Paint Correction uses compounds that have abrasives present to slowly remove clear coat and defects. Paint Correction also uses a "harder" (more dense) system of pads to create more friction. Polish ("Paint Enhancement") is designed to add shine, not remove defects. Most polishes do not contain abrasives and when polishing it is traditional to use a very soft backing pad. Even polishes with abrasives only remove very fine marring; not defects like scratches or swirl marks.
Is Paint Correction Worth It?:
Without sounding too bias - Kings Valet absolutely believes a defect-free; shiny car is worth it. If they didn't - Paint Correction and Paint Protection (Ceramic Coatings) - wouldn't be their only offering. Paint Correction is a permanent fix; not some cheap filler like wax.
Before and After Paint Correction on a Porsche 911