What Is Paint Correction?
Paint correction-sometimes known as polishing or buffing-is a term used by professional detailers worldwide to describe the process of restoring and rejuvenating the paintwork of a vehicle, mostly through the elimination of surface imperfections, that 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, fine scratches, drop etchings, acid rain etchings, hologramming/buffer trails, and random isolated deep scratches (or RIDS).
What needs correcting?
While the average consumer thinks a deep mirror-like finish is achieved through a ceramic coating this is not the case as most of the depth and clarity in the paint is gotten during the refining and paint correction stage. Once the paint is refined a ceramic coating or paint protection film is put in place in order to maintain that glossy finish.
Do I need to get a paint correction prior to ceramic coating?
Paint correction is not a required step prior to having a ceramic coating or paint protection film installed, however most cars have flawed paint, even brand new cars. You may be wondering why a brand new car would have flawed paint? When paint is brand new, bare, and unprotected it is at it’s most delicate stage, paint can easily be scratched in transit, or from getting washed at the dealership prior to sale especially if it’s a brushed drive through wash. Sometimes flawed paint is visible and sometimes it is not as visible to the eye. If a coating or film is applied to even slightly flawed paint, the flaws will stand out more. Even most brand-new cars benefit from a single-stage paint correction prior to having paint protection film or a ceramic coating installed. During our single-stage paint correction process our correction specialists use a range of high end compounds in conjunction with diminishing abrasives ion order to remove 50% to 80% of defects.