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Everything You Need To Know About Paint Correction

Proper detailing and paint correction on your car’s paint can leave a slick and glossy look that, with a proper ceramic coating and maintenance, can last for many years to come. However, the process of creating such a surface can take many hours depending on the existing condition of the car. Even new cars from the dealership can come swirled up and cosmetically damaged. Below is a list of cosmetic damage that can happen to the vehicle.

  1. Washing the Car

Washing the car gets rid of above surface dirt and grime. This can get rid of bug splatters and other chemicals that can, over time, etch the surface and permanently damage the paint. This is why regularly washing your car is important.

2. Clay Bar Treatment

Clay, in the auto detailing world, refers to a sticky non-abrasive piece of moldable clay which, in the presence of the correct lubrication, removes below surface contamination and dirt that isn’t picked by simply washing the car. This also makes the surface smooth to touch.

3. Iron and Fallout Removal

When you drive your car on the road, it attracts brake dust and several industrial fallouts which can cut through the paint like microscopic razors that embed themselves onto the car’s paint. Using a high quality iron remover and proper methodology, these can be dissolved while further enhancing the gloss and slickness of the vehicle. This fallout is noticeable on lighter vehicles, especially white cars.

4. Water Spot Removal

Not every car comes with mineral deposits left by hard water. However, these water spots need to be removed immediately or they will cut through the clear coat to leave deep and stubborn permanent blemishes. Water spots, if caught early on, can be removed using a high quality water removal product and procedure.

5. Compounding the Vehicle

If the vehicle has deeper scratches, blemishes or requires a full restoration, a two-step correction process is used. The first of these two steps is compounding the vehicle which is a very aggressive process that uses a high-speed buffer combined with a chemical compound that cuts through the clear coat. This process is so aggressive that, even though the car looks amazing after this, it leaves its own micro swirls which will have to be removed to leave a mirror finish. This is a slow process that has to be done 1’x1’ or 2’x1’ sections at a time all over the vehicle.

6. Polishing the Vehicle

With most of the deeper scratches cleared out, the final step is polishing the vehicle which removes the remaining fine scratches and swirls while also removing the swirls created by compounding the vehicle. This leaves an extremely slick, glossy and wet look when all the processes above are performed correctly.

7. Coating or waxing the vehicle

The last step is to leave something to protect this mirror-like finish. Either a wax or coating can be used. We recommend using coatings as they last longer(years) than waxes or sealants(weeks to months). A package that gives your vehicle a full make-over using all the steps listed above is our “Two Step Correction & Coating” which is ideal for new vehicles that you’d like to take to an extreme level of gloss and aesthetics or giving a vehicle 3+ years old a full make-over. Book now!

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