What does a Paint Correction do?

March 24, 2022

Light scratches and direct sunlight will fade and cause damage to the car's paint. We need to use a specialised procedure known as Paint Correction to fix defects in your paintwork. This article will explain why we need Paint Correction.

What is Paint Correction?

Paint correction is multiple steps of eliminating imperfections in the paint's surface. Water spots, paint overspray, wash scratches, wipe down marks, bird droppings, surface stains, oxidation, and buffer holograms are examples of issues and causes. It entails using specialty polishing machines of various sizes, numerous diminishing abrasives, different compounding/polishing pads, and, on occasion, sandpaper. 

Every paint job requires a unique process. The hardness, thickness, and depth of imperfections can all vary. Depending on the curves of the panels, each vehicle necessitates a different approach or combination of machines.

What does a Paint Correction do?

Professional paint correction will remove unsightly defects and restore the luster of your vehicle. A paint correction will not only remove scratches but will also convert your car's clear coat, giving it that perfect shine once again.

How many stages are in Paint Correction Process?

Paint Correction consists of multiple steps of removing imperfections. It depends on the quality of the car's paint to determine the level of correction needed.

Stage 1

The first step in restoring a vehicle's finish is to remove all surface contaminants. It begins with a thorough wash, drying, and applying the clay bar treatment. If your paint has heavy contamination or paint overspray, the finish may feel rough like sandpaper. This decontamination process is critical before proceeding to the subsequent buffing and polishing stages.

Stage 2

Buffing alone will not remove imperfections from a vehicle's surface. To remove the heavier deep scratches, we often use a variety of wool or foam pads and an aggressive compound. The idea is to level the paintwork and remove these imperfections. 

Stage 3

The polishing of the vehicle is the third step in the paint correction process. The combination of machine, pad, and polish will vary from vehicle to vehicle depending on various elements such as the amount and type of clear coat, whether or not the paint is single stage, and the severity of the imperfections.

Several stages of polishing are frequently required to achieve complete correction. The first is the most abrasive, followed by a fine finishing polish. 

It is also essential to understand the level of correction needed in the paint to bring the best result.

How long does Paint Correction take?

This procedure can take time. We can spend over 30 hours on a vehicle, but most vehicles require 6-12 hours. It depends on the quality of the car's paint. 

Paint Correction, Is it cheap or expensive?

To have a professional detailer such as Legendary Auto Salon do the job, you're staring at around $500. Numerous factors go into determining a price. The state of your paint, the surface area of your car, and even the color of your car all play a role (darker colors show more scratches and therefore often require more work).

Should we do Paint Correction before applying Ceramic Coating?

Yes, we should.

Before applying a ceramic coating, the detailer will eliminate the paint to the depth of the scratch or swirl marks. Paint correction must be done before coating any vehicle to help the Ceramic Coating bond to the vehicle's paint.

Why don't we repaint the entire panel or car?

Repainting is costly, in high end luxury and supercars, factory original paint is a valuable asset. Newly painted body panels are usually far from perfect and require some paint correction.

Contact us today for cost effective paint correction services! At Legendary Auto Salon, our team is committed to providing the best service. A

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