What is Paint Correction?
Paint correction the process of leveling & removing swirl marks, scratches, and surface imperfections on the top layer of your paint's finish. These imperfections dull, oxidize or haze the surface by reflecting light off in various directions, therefore detracting from a true and proper, clean, sharp, reflection. Our Shine Addictz Team can restore and revive your vehicle's paintwork through the elimination of surface imperfections.
Examples of Surface imperfections
· Road dirt
· Brake dust
· Tree Sap
· Bird Droppings stains
· Hard Water spots
· Improper washing techniques/car washes
· Buffer Trial Holograms
· People brushing against the car with their clothing or bags
Before any paint correction is undertaken, a thorough wash and paint decontamination of the vehicle is performed removing any surface contaminants. This is achieved using a chemical process, a clay bar process, or a combination of the two. This process will bring your car's paint back to a very smooth finish. These contaminants must be removed before the paint correction process to prevent any particles from catching on to the polishing pad and causing damage to the paints very quickly.
The actual corrective process itself comprises of a small amount of clear coat being removed from the surface with a polishing machine and the use of abrasive polishes. Polishes range from heavier cutting compounds to finer products, which are applied and worked in with appropriate polishing machines, and polishing pads to level out the surface and refine the finish.
Our process is different on every paint job. Paint can vary in hardness, thickness, and depth of imperfections. Every vehicle requires a different process or combination of machines based on the curves of the panels.
Specialist halogen or LED lamps which replicate the effect of direct sunlight on the surface are also used during the process to check the condition of the paintwork and see how successfully the surface scratches and imperfections are being removed.
Some scratches or imperfections may be too deep or severe to safely remove without risking removing too much surface paint or clear coat. Therefore, using techniques with the machine polisher and polish products will round off edges of the scratches minimizing and making them far less apparent.
Once complete, fully corrected paintwork will shine brilliantly and produce stunning reflections because there are now no longer any scratches and imperfections to scatter and reflect the light rays off in different directions.
How does Ceramic Coatings compare to waxes or sealants ?
Ceramic coatings are completely clear and do not have the ability to hide any defects in the paint like some waxes and sealants do. This is where paint correction is very different from a basic low priced detail. Waxes and sealants appear to make the vehicle look better when you pick it up, but after a few washes remove the fillers from your paint, you will see the same scratches that were supposed to be removed. This is where paint correction differs. Paint correction removes the scratches by slowly leveling the defect from the paint.