Paint Correction - Restore, Clarify, Enhance

This is the process of removing visual defects from a vehicle's paintwork. We do this by using our machine polishers to remove a very thin layer of the clear coat to reveal a fresh and unblemished layer. Commonly referred to as "buffing," "wheeling," and polishing.

What can paint correction fix?

✅Swirl marks from machine car washes

✅Light scratches from rub marks and keys

✅Water spotting and oxidation

✅Bug etchings and bird poop etchings

✅Enhances the shine, gloss, and clarity

The Detail Doc is your paint correction specialists for Bay City, Midland, Saginaw, and Freeland, MI. We are professionally trained and experienced professionals for performing paint correction. Rest assured your vehicle is in the right hands.

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Paint Correction

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Want to Learn More? Watch Our Video Explaining Paint Correction.

Levels of Paint Correction

Gloss Enhancement Polish

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This level of paint correction is just to enhance the gloss and clarity of the paint. Perfect for a vehicle in pristine condition that needs a little more gloss, or for a daily driver that is looking for some extra shine.

♦️Our thorough foam wash and deep wheel cleaning

♦️Clay bar treatment to remove embedded contamination and iron fallout removal

♦️Gloss enhancement polish to amp up gloss and clarity

♦️Panel wipe prep to ensure a perfectly clean surface

♦️6-month silica-based sealant applied for protection

One Step Correction

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This level of paint correction is included with our pro level ceramic coatings. This removes the majority of swirls and leaves behind an amazing finish. For newer vehicles it will achieve amazing defect removal. Great for daily drivers, commuter cars, and a dramatic difference.

♦️Our thorough foam wash and deep wheel cleaning

♦️Clay bar treatment to remove embedded contamination and iron fallout removal

♦️One stage of paint correction to enhance the paint and remove the majority of swirl marks and blemishes

♦️Panel wipe prep to ensure a perfectly clean surface

♦️6 month silica based sealant applied for protection

♦️We highly recommend protecting freshly corrected paint with our ceramic coatings to preserve the finish and ease of cleaning

Two-Step Correction

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This level of correction is for those who want a shine like no other and a near defect-free surface. We start with a heavy compounding step to fix the swirl marks and remove most scratches. This is for vehicles that will be garage kept, well maintained, or that weekend driver. Also recommended for vehicles in poor condition needing a makeover to be acceptable.

♦️Our thorough foam wash and deep wheel cleaning

♦️Clay bar treatment to remove embedded contamination and iron fallout removal

♦️Heavy compounding step to remove swirl marks

♦️Finishing polish to refine compounding marks and leave a mirror finish

♦️6-month silica-based sealant applied for protection

♦️With a two-stage correction, it is absolutely recommended to preserve and protect the amazing finish with our ceramic coatings.

Multi-stage Correction

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This level of correction is for those who want the absolute best. Recommended for the garage queens, show cars, and extremely well-kept vehicles. We take every measure within our means to fix as many defects as reasonably possible. Not recommended for daily driven vehicles.

♦️Our thorough foam wash and light wheel clean

♦️Clay bar treatment to remove embedded contamination and iron fallout removal

♦️Multiple stages of compounding and spot wet sanding to remove swirl marks and scratches

♦️We chase down isolated scratches to address as many defects as possible

♦️Finishing polish to refine compounding marks and leave a mirror finish

♦️Must be paired with a ceramic coating to protect the near-flawless finish

Here's some of our recent work!

2020 Challenger Scat Pack
2020 Challenger Scat Pack

9-year Gtechniq crystal serum ultra. Wheels and glass coatings. Ceramic coating and paint correction specialists. Bay City, Midland, Freeland, and Saginaw.

2020 Camaro SS Wheels off Ceramic Coating
2020 Camaro SS Wheels off Ceramic Coating

5-year Gtechniq crystal serum light black. Wheels-off coatings and glass coatings. Ceramic coating and paint correction specialists. Bay City, Midland, Freeland, and Saginaw.

Toyota Tacoma
Toyota Tacoma

One step enhancement and 6 month coating.

2020 Challenger Scat Pack
2020 Challenger Scat Pack

9-year Gtechniq crystal serum ultra. Wheels and glass coatings. Ceramic coating and paint correction specialists. Bay City, Midland, Freeland, and Saginaw.

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Frequently asked questions

What is paint correction?


Paint correction is the name of the process by which we use machine polishers and micro-abrasives to remove a thin layer of clear coat on a vehicle to fix blemishes. At The Detail Doc, we pride ourselves on transparency, openness, and education. At any time should you have questions prior to, or after ceramic coating application, we would love to hear from you. You can contact us: (989) 244-0505 seth@thedetaildoc.co Ceramic Coating and Paint Correction Specialists near Bay City, Midland, Saginaw, and Freeland, MI.




What can it fix? What are the limitations?


Paint correction fixes damage such as swirl marks from improper washing, scrathes from rubs, keys, trees, etc. It can fix water spots, etchings, and oxidation. There are limitations. Paint correction and body work are different. It does not fix dents, dings, rock chips, or peeling paint. We do offer PDR and rock chip touch up as well, but they are seperate services from paint correction. At The Detail Doc, we pride ourselves on transparency, openness, and education. At any time should you have questions prior to, or after ceramic coating application, we would love to hear from you. You can contact us: (989) 244-0505 seth@thedetaildoc.co Ceramic Coating and Paint Correction Specialists near Bay City, Saginaw, Freeland, and Midland, MI.




How much does paint correction cost?


There are numerous factors that go into the cost of paint correction. These include and are not limited to the size of the vehicle, how old the vehicle is, it's color, size, and condition. We have a blog post and video that go more in deoth explaining the cost of paint correction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3x-hsOAWcSM




Why are ceramic coatings recommended after correction?


Ceramic coatings are recommended because we spend numerous hours making your paint look great. They protect our hard work better than anything else can and preserve the surfaces for years. Please refer to our ceramic coating pages for more information. https://youtu.be/m-QC1b5JLFk




Does my car need paint correction?


If you are having us install a ceramic coating then yes, it does need some form of paint correction to allow for proper coating adhesion and bonding. If you are looking to restore the gloss, shine, and clarity of your paint then yes. If you want to remove the eye soring swirl marks, scratches, and other defects then yes. Have a new vehicle? Yes! Even brand new vehicles has factory defects or swirl marks from dealership washing. At The Detail Doc, we pride ourselves on transparency, openness, and education. At any time should you have questions prior to, or after ceramic coating application, we would love to hear from you. You can contact us: (989) 244-0505 seth@thedetaildoc.co Ceramic Coating and Paint Correction Specialists near Bay City, Midland, Freeland, and Saginaw, MI.




Can I do it myself?


Paint correction requires a trained skillset. We invest lots of time and money into the proper training and certifications in order to produce a quality product. A professional will know the proper tools, pads, products, abrasives, etc. to use on your vehicle. We understand the techniques, nuances and how to avoid issues compared to everday consumers. In short, yes, you can do paint correction yourself. However you will have the gamble of choosing the right machine, pads, liquids, towels, and much more to use. We have a system that consistently produces great results. We have all the tools neccesary, pads, machines, liquids, and have done our research and are professionally trained.




Does my brand new car need the clay bar treatment and paint correction?


Yes, even brand new vehicles will need at minimum a light polish to clean the paint and remove any blemishes. Even brand new vehicles can have swirl marks, factory sanding marks, and other defects due to improper dealer washing and factory defects. This is extremely common so every vehicle we perform a mimimum of one stage of paint correction before installing a ceramic coating. This step is absolutely neccessary as an unpolished surface may have contamination or remenants of other protection that may inhibit the bonding of a ceramic coating.





Our clients share their experience

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Kerry Loessel

"I can honestly say I have never been so happy with a service. From the start, Seth was amazing to work with. I found him through Facebook and loved his story. Someone who has a dream and is working hard to get there. I could tell he took pride in his work and knew I was making the right choice choosing him. I got the 9 year ceramic coating and also did my rims and glass. I bought this car brand new in May and it looks better than the day I picked it up from the dealership. Thank you Detail Doc for the awesome experience and for making my dream car look AMAZING!!!!"

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Lyssa Mayhew

"Seth did an absolutely amazing job on my 2017 Cadillac CTS - he literally transformed the car inside and out. He performed a 2 step paint correction and finished it off with a 4 year IGL Kenzo ceramic coating. He also coated the wheels and glass! My car is extremely glossy and free of swirl marks and scratches because of Seth. Not only is Seth extremely knowledgeable in the industry, but he has awesome attention to detail! His customer service is outstanding and his work speaks for itself, here's a few pics. The services Seth offers are worth EVERY PENNY. He is the best of the best and I will continue to give him my business for years to come and you should too!"

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Rick Roenicke

'Seth does an incredible job of detailing my vehicles. I have used Seth and his company for a couple years now and multiple vehicles and he always does an excellent job!! I’ve had interior cleaning, paint correction and ceramic coating done on three of my vehicles and every time the final result has been amazing!! Would highly recommend Seth and his company for any of your detailing needs!! Definitely a five star company!!'