Paint Correction

Paint correction really sets detailing apart from valeting; it is the process where machine polishers are used to correct many defects in the paint finish like swirl marks, small scratches or oxidisation (fading).

The first step is to measure the paint thickness on the panels of the vehicle, using a state-of-the-art digital meter, so to minimise the danger of ‘burning’ through the paints clearcoat finish.

Once it is known how much paint/clearcoat is present, polish and pad combinations are chosen depending on the condition and type of paint. The aim is to cut the minimum amount of clearcoat to remove any paint defects, then to provide a 'final finish' using a refining/finishing polish. This gives the paint clarity and the deepest reflections, the paint correction process can take up many hours alone to get the finest possible finish; most people think that this gloss come's from the wax, yet actually most of the shine and finish is brought out at this stage.

The wax layer can enhance it, magnify it, and add depth - but it is only enhancing a finish that has already been achieved. This means that paint correction is probably the single-most important stage of any detail.