Paint Polishing and Enhancement
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Paint correction is a term that is commonly used by Automotive Detailers worldwide to describe the process of restoring and rejuvenating the paintwork of a vehicle. Permanently eliminating 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 things like swirl marks & fine scratches, bird dropping etching & acid rain etching, hologramming & buffer trails, and random isolated deep scratches. (see bottom of page for more info on this)
Paint Reconditioning Services
With paint reconditioning, we start with a full 2 bucket hand wash, decontamination process, clay bar process, and hand drying on the entire vehicle. Then, we use a single stage polishing process to remove nearly all the oxidation from the paint's surface. We typically remove between 30%-40% or more of minor swirl marks on the paint. We restore most of the shine and luster your paint came with when it was new. The finished surface is smooth, shiny, and very glossy. We protect this finish with either a wax or sealant. This is a great option for most customers looking to restore the shine to their vehicle again.
Door jambs, wheels, tires, and trim are cleaned and protected as well. Glass is cleaned.
Services starting at $250-$275 on a 2 or 4 door car
Services starting at $300-$325 on a 4 door truck
With paint enhancement, we start with a full 2 bucket hand wash, decontamination process, clay bar process, and hand drying on the entire vehicle. Then, we use a dual stage polishing process. The first step is to remove most minor scratches and blemishes, and we strive to remove between 60%-70% or more of swirl marks on the paint's surface. With all of the oxidation removed, and the majority of blemishes and swirl marks gone, we move to the 2nd step of polishing... the finishing step. This makes the paint is extremely glossy and smooth again. You may just think it’s an entirely new car! The color will be deeper and richer, and metallic finishes will have that ‘pop’ once again! We recommend a ceramic coating for protection after this service, but will also finish with a paint sealant.
Door jambs, wheels, tires, and trim are cleaned and protected as well. Exterior glass is cleaned with an option for coating. We also have options for polishing and coating door jambs, wheels, wheel wells, and restoring and protecting trim.
Services starting at $350-$375 on a 2 or 4 door car
Services starting at $425-$450 on a 4 door truck
Paint Correction - The Best of the Best!
With Paint Correction, we first complete the thorough wash process. Then, after metering the thickness of the paint in multiple locations on the vehicle, we use a two or three stage polishing process. While similar to paint enhancement, the goal of this service is to SAFELY remove as many blemishes, scratches, and swirls as we can. We assure you the paint will be nearly as perfect as possible when we are completed. The color will be deep, the gloss will be insane, and metallic paints might just hurt your eyes when the sunlight reflects on it! We only allow this corrected service to protected by one of our ceramic coatings, which will enhance gloss even more, help reduce future marring, and make cleaning much easier and more effective. We recommend a top coat once a year for the next 3-5 years. We can sell you the product and instruct on usage, or set up a yearly maintenance schedule for this top coat.
Door jambs, wheels, tires, and trim are cleaned and protected as well. Exterior glass is cleaned and coated as well. We also have options for polishing and coating door jambs, wheels, wheel wells, and restoring and protecting trim.
Services starting at $500+ on a 2 or 4 door car
Services starting at $550+ on a 4 door truck
For the ULTIMATE Correction and mirror-like reflection, Wet-sanding is available, please stop by to discuss in person.
Paint Protection Services
A typical carnauba based wax, when applied properly, will provide approx. 3-4 months of protection from UV Rays, minor contamination, and minor fallout. A quality sealant (think; synthetic wax) will typically provide approx. 6-8 months of protection from UV Rays, minor contamination, and minor fallout.
WAX: INCLUDED on PR or PE
But we recommend a sealant or ceramic on PE
SEALANT: $35 car, $45 truck
Available on PR or PE, we recommend Ceramic on PE
Please check our our Ceramic Coatings page for more info on all of the coatings we offer, from 3 years to a lifetime of protection!!
Ceramic coatings include first 2 maintenance washes at 1/2 price, and FREE topcoat for life of the coating with any wash service. (Maintenance Wash AKA, "Cars & Coffee" Detail, info found on main detailing page under Exteriors)
The term "paint correction" should only be used if these imperfections are properly removed and are not just merely covered up or hidden with filler based products. The actual corrective process itself comprises of a small amount of clear coat or paint being removed from the surface with the use of abrasive compounds/polishes, which are applied and worked in with appropriate polishing machines, in order to level out the surface. A true Paint Correction Specialist will finish the paint without compromising the clear coat and pigment while leaving a mere perfect finish.
When deciding which Detailing Specialist is right for you, make sure to ask how much experience they have, type of products and the type of machinery used during the process. Also, they should ask to consult and thoroughly inspect the vehicle with you before the appointment a made for anything more than a basic polishing session. For more information feel free to contact us.
When you hear "we can remove 90% of swirls & scratches with our basic 1 step polish" you need to step back and realize that when something seems too good to be true, it probably is! Unless your vehicle is NEW, removing 90% of swirls is a tedious task, not commonly accomplished with a basic polish. We are happy to consult with you, and your vehicle, on what to epect from each of our polishing options!