The True Art of Paint Correction Done Right
LI Detailers provides superior paint correction services in the Long Island, NY area. Paint correction is a term that is universally used by both professional car detailers and car cleaning enthusiasts worldwide to describe the process of restoring and rejuvenating the paintwork of a vehicle, through the elimination of surface imperfections, which dull, oxidize, or haze the surface by reflecting light off in various directions, therefore detracting from a true and proper, clean, sharp reflection. These imperfections include swirl marks, surface marring & fine scratches as well as bird dropping & acid rain etching, holograms, buffer trails, and random isolated deep scratches.
The term paint correction should only be referenced if these imperfections are properly removed and are not just merely covered up or hidden with filler based products. The actual corrective process itself comprises of a small amount of clear coat or paint being removed from the surface by utilizing various abrasive polishes. These polishes are applied and worked across the paintwork with appropriate polishing machines and pads to ensure complete leveling of the surface.
Before any paint correction is undertaken, a thorough wash and multi-stage decontamination process of the vehicle is performed. Paintwork is properly washed and cleaned to remove any loose dirt and debris, then the paintwork is cleansed to remove embedded iron and industrial fallout followed by the final clay stage which safely removes any final bonded surface contaminants. It is important these contaminants are removed prior to the paint correction process because if they were to become dislodged and caught up in the polishing pad they could easily inflict damage to the surface.
Polishing is usually a multi-stage process with multiple grades of cutting compounds and different levels of finishing polishes. The process begins with a cutting compound (if required) followed by a varying range of fine polishes that remove any and all imperfections. During the paint correction process it is important for a paint depth gauge to be used.
This measures the thickness of the paint on the metal panel and is used before, during and after the correction to monitor how much material is being removed. Without proper management there is the potential for the paint to become too thin or even cause irreversible damage. Specialty halogen and/or LED lights replicate the effects of direct sunlight on the surface to identify imperfections as well as to visually monitor the condition of the paintwork to see how successfully the surface scratches and imperfections are being removed.
Some scratches or imperfections may actually be too deep or severe to safely remove without risking damage to the paint or clear coat and so are minimized and reduced as best as possible using techniques with the machine polisher and polish products that round off the edges of the scratches and make them far less apparent in direct light. Wet sanding is also another avenue to rectify or improve these scratches but comes at a significant cost and time requirement.
After correction, the panels are wiped down with a specialty solution which removes any oils that may have been left over from the polish and reveals the true finish, including any areas that may have been missed or require a little more work. Once complete, fully corrected paintwork will shine brilliantly and produce stunning reflections because there are now no longer any scratches or imperfections to scatter and reflect the light rays off in different directions.
Paint correction is a very labor intensive process and is usually the most time consuming part of the car detailing process. Consequently, it commands a high premium should only be attempted by a highly trained professional.
In conclusion, paint correction is the process of removing surface scratches and imperfections from a vehicles paintwork, which involves the use of machine polishers and a range of different polishing products. A fully corrected vehicle, when viewed in direct sunlight, the surface will show true reflections, no swirl marks, scratches or blemishes.
Lastly, it is important to distinguish between paintwork that has been truly corrected and paintwork that has been treated with glaze products that are designed to mask and fill surface imperfections. This should not be referred to as paint correction even if no scratches or blemishes are apparent, because they have not been genuinely removed and are still present under the products fillers, which in time, will wash away and reveal them once more.
Long Island Detailers is the preferred Ceramic Pro Distributor & Authorized Application Center for New York and the Tri-State Area. Long Island Detailers can be contacted anytime at 631.940.7749 or drop us a line here.
Paint must be fully corrected before applying a protective coating (nano or ceramic) due to the fact that once the coating is on your car it becomes a new surface on top of your clearcoat. Anything left on the paint will be locked in and require a complete polishing process to correct.
To get an accurate quote for your Ceramic Pro New York Ceramic Coating & Paint Correction, stop by our Long Island location located at: 258 Broad Hollow Road. Farmingdale, NY 11729