What is Paint Correction
Paint correction refers to the process of removing the imperfections on a vehicle’s finish and restoring it to an “almost” perfect state.
- Swirl marks or “spider-webbing” from circular washing and automated carwashes
- Fine scratches
- Water spots
- Bird dropping etching- thanks Tweetie
- Hologramming caused by inexperienced detailers, and more
Most detailers will only fill fine scratches, hiding the imperfections instead of fixing them. After a few washes, the bird turd etchings Tweetie so kindly left on your paint will become visible again. Thus, the only accurate way to remove these scratches for good is with paint correction.
Paint correction is important
Whether you have a Toyota or Lambo, the first thing anyone will notice about your vehicle, aside from the bird droppings, is the paint. If your paint is muddle due to machine spraying, lack of finishing procedures at the factory, improper painting techniques, or resprays, it can benefit from color correction to balance out the surface texture of your paint resulting in a clear reflection.
Paint Correction Process:
- Washing/Clay Bar. Start by removing all surface contaminants with a thorough wash process and proper drying techniques. Then clay lubricant/bar is applied to the surface to remove all stubborn pollutants that are not visible to the naked eye. If left behind, the debris is ground down into the paint damaging it.
- Wet Sanding/Leveling. When buffing and polishing doesn’t quite cut it. For imperfections such as deep scratches, wet sanding is essential. The process of wet sanding uses a series of specially designed automotive sandpaper to remove the clear top coat of paint. Next, extensive buffing and polishing are required to bring the shine back.
- Buffing/Polishing. This process varies depending on the severity of imperfections, and the type of clear coat on the vehicle. Cars that have undergone wet sanding require a multi-step polishing process. Several stages of polishing are often needed to correct the paint adequately.
- Sealing/Waxing. When the correction process is complete, the vehicle’s paint must be sealed to protect it from further scratches. This step is vital as some detailers try to cover up their botched work by slapping on a glaze, and the customer sees the scratches reappear a few weeks later. A glaze fills in the scratches and gives the false appearance of proper paint correction. Using wax sealants are the way to go to maintain the protective layer on your paint for months to come.
The color correction process is tedious, and in most cases, it’s recommended to take your vehicle to a professional. Fine Airport Parking detailers are trained and do topnotch work! So go ahead and feed Tweetie that extra Twinkie, because he’s no match for the pros at Fine!