Paint correction is the process of restoring and rejuvenating the paintwork of a vehicle. The process involves the elimination of surface imperfections that dull, oxidize, or haze the surface. These imperfections reflect light off in various directions, therefore detracting from a true and proper, clean, sharp, reflection.
These imperfections include:
- Swirl marks
- Fine scratches
- Bird dropping etching
- Acid rain etching
- Hologramming & buffer trails
- Random isolated deep scratches
Before any paint correction is undertaken, a thorough wash and decontamination of the vehicle is performed. Paintwork is properly washed and cleaned to remove any loose dirt and debris. Then, after the wash process, the paintwork is clayed with a special automotive clay bar which safely removes any bonded surface contaminants such as tar spots and industrial fallout.
The paintwork is then polished using a multistage process. Different grades of polish are used, ranging from heavier cutting compounds, which remove the surface material, to finer products which then remove any marks that the heavier products may have caused. The polishing process is done to generally refine the finish. During the paint correction process a paint depth gauge is used.
To summarize, paint correction is the process of removing surface scratches and imperfections from a vehicles paintwork. The process involves the use of machine polishers and a range of different polish products. A fully corrected vehicle, when viewed in direct sunlight, will show only true reflections. No swirl marks, scratches or blemishes will be visible to the naked eye.