What is Paint Correction?
Paint correction is the process of removing scuffs, swirl marks, marring, shallow scratches, holograms and orange peel from paint.This can be done with mechanics such as buffing via an orbital or a dual action polisher. Some more extreme cases will require wet sanding.
Have you heard of terms like swirl marks, marring or orange peel? The majority of these defects started as a part of the paint before you even purchased your vehicle. Your paint has already been damaged before you drove off the lot. Orange peel can happen at the factory level or when the dealership ran your car through to an auto brush wash. What is the good news?
The majority of it is repairable.
The Two Methods of Paint Correction
This is the most commonly used form of paint correction. It can be done via a rotary buffer or an orbital dual action buffer. With a rotary buffer the head rotates on a single access causing heat. When paired with the proper compounds it will remove deeper scratches and swirls. A dual action polisher rotates in two directions. The easiest way to describe this is like a planet spinning on an axis while also rotating the sun. Less friction is produced using an orbital polisher and this method is designed for medium to light enhancements. Both mechanical methods rely on a “step method” going from very to less abrasive compounds.
This is used in the worst situations. Where deep scratches or heavy oxidation exist is the only time wetsanding would be employed. Wet sanding uses a sanding block and sandpaper to to abrade the surface abrasive. The “wet” part of wet sanding is the use of a very diluted soap water solution. The soap water solution prevents uneven marring of surface and the sand paper from “gunking” up. Wet Sanding also works from a more to less abrasive grit. Wet sanding is always followed up with the use of a dual action polisher to deliver a full shine.
Most Common Reasons for Paint Correction
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Why do I need Paint Correction?
The number one reason is to get that brand new depth to your vehicle’s paint. The lack of luster is caused by light entering a ‘v’ like cut in your paint as a scratch or swirl and not reflecting properly. This is very similar to how a diamond shines. A misconception is that wax, sealants or ceramic coatings create the shine on finished products. While it is true all of these add to the luster, a corrected surface is the true source.
How long will it last?
The corrections we make at our shop will last a lifetime. Our process does not involve adding cheap oil-based fillers that will wash off in the rain or at your next detailing. The most important thing to remember is that new scratches will be added if poor wash methods are used or you park in a bush again.
Is Paint Correction right for me?
Paint correction is not right for everyone. We do not believe in selling a service to those who cannot commit to changing to proper care methods. For example, if you are still going to run your car through an automated brush wash daily, there is no reason to spend the money on fixing old damage when damage will be prevalent in just days again.
How much does it cost?
Paint correction is tedious and highly skilled work. The simple answer is completely based on your expectations for the results. Simple paint enhancements called single stage polishes start at $300.