The Lowdown on Paint Correction

Have you ever come across the term “paint correction” and wonder what it exactly means? Paint correction is a term used by professional car detailers and car cleaners. It refers to the process of restoring the paintwork of a car.

Paint correction eliminates the imperfections on the vehicle’s surface, especially the dull and hazy appearance. This method involves directing the reflection of light in various directions to restore the original beauty of your vehicle without any swirl marks, scratches, bird droppings and other imperfections. It consists of using a machine polisher and polish products to help correct the exterior.

Here are some steps to follow:

  1. Wash your car thoroughly.

This will help get rid of any loose dirt and debris on the surface. Then use a clay bar to remove any bonded contaminants on the exterior.

Getting rid of the particles in the surface is very important prior to the paint correction process. Otherwise, these particles can cause damage to the polishing machine and the paint exterior. A contaminant-free exterior will allow the machine to move smoothly and freely over the surface.

    1. Prepare the right tools for the job.
    Use a paint depth gauge to help you measure the thickness of the paint on the metal panel and monitor how much substance is being removed to avoid leaving the paint too thin.

      An LED lamp will replicate the sunlight over the surface. This will help check the condition of your vehicle’s paintwork while the contaminants or imperfections are being removed.

      Since some scratches may be too deep to remove without affecting the surface paint, use a machine polisher and polish products to round off the tips of the scratches.

      1. Use an isopropyl alcohol to remove the oil residue from the polish.
      Once removed, you’ll be able to see the corrected paintwork clearly.

        The process of paint correction is labor intensive and time-consuming. This is why professional detailers often charge high premiums for this service. Amateur car owners and enthusiasts should only attempt to do this if they have the experience and knowledge to do so.

        A fully corrected vehicle once exposed to direct sunlight should reflect a clear paint surface without any visible signs of swirl marks, scratches, and blemishes.

        Remember that a paint correction is an entirely different process from masking paint imperfections. If you use products to help conceal the imperfection on the surface without entirely removing it, then it is not considered as a paint correction.

        To maintain a shiny and polished vehicle, use our KevianClean Quick Wax.

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