What Is Paint Correction?

Updated: Jan 10

At The Detail Doc we get asked this question all the time. Paint correction is sometimes misinformed. So here is some content regarding what paint correction is,

Paint correction is the process by which we remove visual defects in the paint work of a vehicle. We use machine polishers to do this. We use the polishers with micro abrasive compounds to remove defects such as swirl marks and scratches.

The reason we see defects such as swirl marks and scratches has to do with light. When light enters a scratch it is refracted and sent many different ways making the scratch appear white. When light is reflected from a smooth, scratch-free surface and it enters our eyes, we just see a glossy, deep paint surface.

We use a combination of different polishers, pads, polishes, and compounds to do paint correction. Paint correction is done by removing a thin layer of the vehicle's clear coat in order to reveal a fresh, un-blemished layer. The result is a shiny, glossy, rich looking surface. Not all paint correction leads to perfection though. It all depends on the particular level of service you are looking for. Paint correction can be as simple as an enhancement to remove the majority of defects and enhance the shine. While two step and multi-step paint corrections can achieve much more defect removal.

Paint correction is something we ideally want to avoid and do as infrequently as possible. Clear coat is made to protect your paint and there is not an infinite amount on your vehicle. Rigorous paint correction should be done very minimally as it is removing paint from your vehicle. This is also sometimes the reason why chasing down deep scratches is sometimes avoided or not recommended. Beyond a certain point removing too much clear coat to remove a scratch may cause the paint to be very susceptible to oxidation and failure.

If you're looking for a shiny, glossy vehicle with minimal defects in your paint, then paint correction is right for you.

We always recommend protecting aa paint corrected surface with a ceramic coating. A ceramic coating is going to provide protection for your paint. The Detail Doc has many videos and blog posts about ceramic coatings as well.

If you have any further questions about paint correction or ceramic coatings please feel free to contact The Detail Doc, we would be happy to help you out.

Thanks for reading, Seth Vue

The Detail Doc, Ceramic Coating and Paint Correction Specialist for Bay City, Saginaw, and Midland, MI.


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