Before we start the paint correction process we hand wash your car to remove any surface blemishes and determine the extent of the problem. Once we have established the causes we begin the process of restoring your paintwork. The first step in this process is usually usually involves the use of a clay bar as this removes contaminants that could get caught up in the pad of a polishing machine and cause more damage.
It also helps to create a smooth surface, allowing the polishing machine to move freely over the surface, reducing the possibility of hopping or sticking occurring. Lastly, because it’s done by hand, clay barring enables you to see the true condition of the surface as you are working.
The next stage is the polishing which is carried out in stages. A range of different grades of polish and polishing pads are used depending upon the degradation of the paintwork. The premise here is that you can always go harder but you can’t go backwards.
Some scratches or imperfections may be too deep or severe to safely remove without risking removing too much surface paint or clear coat and so are minimised and reduced through a combination of different products and machine and hand polishing.
Once complete the vehicle is usually re-washed and a polish or Paint Protection product applied to bring out the colour and shine as can be seen from the image on this page.
Paint correction is a very labor intensive process and is usually the most time consuming part of the car detailing process. Your Car Care detailer has, in some cases, spent many years, perfecting their skills and as a company we ensure that we keep them up to date on the latest techniques and products.