Restoring Your Car's Shine
Paint Correction Saves & Restores Your Shine
It wasn’t until the 1980s that car manufacturers began applying several layers of “clear coat” on top of automotive paint in hopes of extending the brilliance of the paint. The clear coat greatly contributes to a vehicle’s gloss, but the environment and climate rage against the clear coat in the same way it does single-stage paint. That protective barrier takes the impact of any incoming assault on the paint, but damage to the clear coat blocks the luster of the paint. Oxidation and fading clouds the clear coat and the fine scratches caused by road rash and everyday activity like bumping up against it with bags, keys, jewelry, etc., still prevent the brightness of the paint from showing through.
If your aging vehicle does not seem to shine up like it used to, even after a good wax, it is an excellent candidate for paint correction. Many people think they automatically need a repaint, but as long as there is no rust present, you can save thousands of dollars by letting paint correction specialist Michael Dowdy of Auto Detailing HQ repair the clear coat.
Don’t Try This at Home
Unlike clay bar, which cleans contaminants from the paint, paint correction uses a precision abrasive technique to remove that minuscule layer of damaged clear coat – about 1/100th of the thickness of a sheet of typing paper, followed by a skillful machine buffing, to bring the surface back to a high gloss.
This highly specialized detailing technique is known as Paint Correction, and if it sounds hazardous, it is if performed by anyone but a skillfully trained detailer and paint correction specialist! Lack of understanding or experience at paint correction can do more harm than good to the exterior of your vehicle.
Michael Dowdy is certified in detailing and Paint Correction. Not only is he trained on how to correctly measure the thickness of the paint so he can determine how much clear coat to safely remove, but he is also properly trained and equipped with the finest, safest, and most effective professional equipment to ensure he does not burn the paint during the finely-tuned polishing process.
The result is a shine often more brilliant than it was the day you drove it off the showroom floor!
Speaking of Which …. New Cars Often Need Paint Correction Too!
Your new vehicle, even expensive sports cars and exotics, are mostly painted by automated machines and robots at the manufacturer. This process leaves plenty of room for uneven paint and holograms caused by the process.
On its way to the car lot or showroom, your new vehicle has been exposed to all types of unsavory contamination like railway dust and freight debris. Many new vehicles are left sitting for some time in storage where they pick up environmental contaminants.
Once they arrive at the dealership, they are placed outdoors on the lot or driven onto the showroom floor where they are manhandled by trucking companies, automotive service technicians, sales representatives, and a slew of potential buyers, long before you signed the papers!
Once Corrected, Now We Protect it
Most frequent questions and answers
Paint correction (or paint restoration) is a process that removes scratches and other imperfections from your vehicle’s paint. Imperfections may include swirl marks, etching due to environmental hazards such as bird droppings or acid rain, holograms, water spots, marring, and/or light paint scratches.
The term ‘paint correction’ refers to a specific, professional process that is labor-intensive and requires special training. This service corrects defects by evening out and polishing the paint rather than hiding them with filler-based products.
The paint restoration process is complex and involves a number of steps. First, the vehicle is washed and sanitized to remove dirt, dust, and chemicals.
Each car is unique. The next step is to perform tests to measure the condition and depth of your paint and to find out if any areas have been repainted in the past. The results will help the paint specialist decide which machine polishers and products are needed to complete the job.
The polishing and buffing process is next. This step may use a range of different rubbing compounds and grades of polish to even out the painted surface. The polishers round off the edges of the damaged areas to make them harder to see. The technician may use special lights during this process that create the effect of direct sunlight to help them check their progress.
As a final step, the area is wiped down with alcohol to remove any oils and reveal the paint’s luster. If any area does not look finished, the paint specialist will repeat the process until the surface looks perfect.
A fully restored paint job will shine with the gloss and clarity of a showroom-new car!
Unless your car is in need of a body shop for a repaint, vehicle paint correction can be a much better alternative than an expensive respray. A respray requires that the entire panel be stripped, color-matched, fully repainted and polished.
Contact Auto Detailing HQ today for more details. Paint specialist Michael Dowdy is a certified trained professional.
Each car is unique and so is its paint. Even if you take amazing care of your car’s exterior (washing regularly to remove dirt, minimizing exposure to the sun) damage can and will still happen over time. Just exposure to heat and air will eventually cause the paint to fade.
If you’re starting to notice scratches, swirls, fading, dents, dings, pits, or spots it is time to give your car’s paint job some attention. The question then becomes whether to respray or restore your paint.
Unless your car requires extensive bodywork there are a number of reasons to opt for restoration over respray. The first is cost. A quality full car respray can run anywhere between $2400 to $7500 depending on the vehicle. Second is time. It takes at least a week to complete a respray. The technicians remove the entire interior to avoid damage and overspray, prep the body and remove the old paint before they even start the actual paint job and finishing. Paint correction, on the other hand, takes an average of 8-12 hours to complete for average scratches.
In addition to cost and time, there is quality to consider. If you are only getting a partial respray (say one panel), it may never quite match the rest of the car. Also, unless you are paying a premium for top-tier service it is possible that the body shop may cut corners by using lower quality paint and finishing materials that can lead to pitting, blistering, uneven blending or even peeling.
Paint restoration works with the clear coat of your original paint job so it will always match, never blister, crack or peel.
Car polishing and buffing are different parts of the paint correction process. Polishing uses aggressive cutting compounds and pads to even out the painted surface. Buffing is a less aggressive process that brings the car’s paint to a deep and glossy finish.