Paint Correction

The Art of Paint Correction

‘Paint Correction’ is the technical term for the permanent removal or reduction of imperfections within the top layer of your car’s paintwork to reveal a more refined finish. Defects such as swirl marks, holograms, water marks, fading and oxidation can all be reduced or removed while leaving the paintwork glossy and clear with depth.

You can think of paint correction as ‘buffing’ or ‘cut and polish’. While these are essentially all names for the same thing, a professional paint correction is on an entirely different level. It is a complete transformation of your car’s paintwork and requires a lot of time and expertise, it is for those who are looking for the best possible finish for their car’s paintwork.

The Correction Process

Automotive paintwork can come in various forms, such as single stage (i.e. no clear coat), or the more common two stage (clear over base). At Reflections, we can correct a majority of paint types, however as an example, we shall explain the paint correction process of a two stage paint.

The paint on your car may look ‘thick’ but the reality is far from the case. The paintwork on most cars typically ranges from 80um to 200um. To put this in perspective, a sheet of paper is only 100um thick!

Two stage paint typically comprises of the following layers:

  • A primer coat over the metal, plastic or fibreglass panel
  • A base coat which gives the car its colour
  • A clear coat, which adds gloss and depth to the base coat

Defects such as swirl marks, scratches and etching can be present in one or more layers of paint, as shown in this picture.

In order for us to properly remove defects or ‘correct’ the paintwork, we must remove a small amount of the clear coat using specialised polishing tools. The paint correction itself typically comprises of two main stages:

  • Compounding Stage – Utilising special products, tools and techniques to safely remove scratches and defects without compromising the paint thickness
  • Polishing Stage – Finishing the paint with finer polishes to achieve a high gloss appearance

The entire process takes numerous hours or even days to undertake, but once completed professionally, the difference can often be like night and day. The paint correction can last for many years and it is not something that needs to be repeated frequently. Proper washing, protection and maintenance are the keys to keeping the paint in excellent condition following the correction.

A common concern from clients, is that they have seen or heard horror stories of someone getting their car ‘detailed’ or ‘buffed’ only for the car to end up worse than it began. Incorrect ‘cut and polish’ tools and techniques can often lead to further damage such as holograms and buffing marks, or even burn or buff through the paintwork. While many other detailers simply use glazes or products with ‘fillers’ which disguise the defects in the paint, rather than removing them.

When your car is in our studio, you can rest assured that we not only have the correct tools and products for your car, but we also have the proper techniques and experience to achieve a flawless result, and often a ‘better than new’ finish. We also use the least aggressive methods possible to ensure that the longevity of your car’s existing paintwork is not impacted.

We utilise the very best car polishes, abrasives and polishing equipment imported from Germany, Korea and the US to revive your car. These are highly effective on nearly all paint finishes including single stage, clear coat and even the latest ceramic-clear coatings.

At Reflections, we also use a specialist car hoist and lighting to be able to see all of the paint defects, and ensure we focus on every area of your car.

The Initial Inspection

Prior to booking your car in for the paint correction, we prefer to schedule a time for an inspection of your car. The purpose of this inspection is to:

  • Identify the desired result
  • Evaluate the car and current paint condition
  • Identify the thickness of the paint. Correction work can be limited by the paint thickness reading
  • With permission, perform a paint correction demonstration on your car to show you what kind of result you can expect

Based on our experience and considering these factors to fully assess your car, we will provide you a package recommendation, with an accurate time and cost for correcting your paintwork.

Our Paint Correction Packages

At Reflections, we offer three paint correction packages, these are:

  • Bronze Package – entry level or light coloured cars
  • Silver Package – mid-level or dark coloured cars
  • Gold Package – the ultimate detail

All of our packages include a full exterior wash and detail, as well as a quality “Last Step Product” (LSP) such as an SiO2 sealant, providing up to 6 months of protection.

Each package can be tailored to suit your needs, car and budget. They can be upgraded to include additional services, such as:

  • Interior Detailing
  • Leather Treatment
  • Engine Bay Detail
  • Headlight restoration
  • ‘Wheels Off’ Detail

Furthermore, you can choose to upgrade the LSP to either:

  • An exclusive Carnauba Wax, applied by hand
  • C.Quartz Paint Protection

Looking for quality paint correction for your vehicle?

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