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Paint Correction

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 ShineAddictz Team can restore and revive your vehicle's paintwork through the elimination of surface imperfections.​

 Examples of surface imperfections:

  • Road dirt

  • Brake dust

  • Tar

  • Tree sap

  • Bird droppings stains

  • Hard water spots

  • Oxidation

  • 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.

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  1. 1-Step Paint Correction:

    • A 1-step paint correction involves a single polishing step to improve the appearance of the vehicle's paint.

    • It typically includes using a medium-grade polish or compound and a polishing pad on a machine polisher.

    • The goal of a 1-step correction is to remove minor surface defects such as light swirl marks, fine scratches, oxidation, and hazing.

    • It provides a noticeable improvement in the paint's gloss and clarity but may not completely eliminate deeper defects or imperfections.

    • This process is generally faster and less aggressive than a 2-step correction, making it suitable for cars with paint in relatively good condition.

  2. 2-Step Paint Correction:

    • A 2-step paint correction is a more comprehensive process that involves two distinct polishing steps.

    • The first step typically uses a heavier abrasive compound and an aggressive cutting pad to address deeper scratches, heavy swirl marks, and more severe paint imperfections.

    • The second step involves using a finer polishing compound and a finishing pad to refine the paint's finish and remove any remaining defects from the first step.

    • A 2-step correction is capable of achieving a higher level of correction and can restore severely damaged or neglected paint to a nearly flawless finish.

    • It provides a deeper level of gloss and clarity and is often chosen for high-end or show cars that demand a showroom-quality finish.

    • A 2-step correction process is more time-consuming and requires more expertise compared to a 1-step correction.

The choice between a 1-step and 2-step paint correction depends on the condition of the vehicle's paint and the desired outcome. If the paint has minor defects and the goal is to enhance its overall appearance, a 1-step correction may be sufficient. On the other hand, if the paint has more severe defects or if you want to achieve a higher level of perfection and gloss, a 2-step correction is the better choice. Additionally, the type of paint, the products used, and the skill of the person performing the correction can also impact the results of both methods.

Wet sanding is a paint correction technique used to remove imperfections from a vehicle's paint surface, such as deep scratches, orange peel texture, paint runs, or severe oxidation. It involves sanding the paint with abrasive materials while keeping the surface wet to prevent damage and ensure a smooth finish. Wet sanding is typically performed by professionals or experienced car enthusiasts because it requires skill and care to avoid causing further damage to the paint.

Here are the key steps involved in wet sanding paint correction:

  1. Preparation: Before beginning wet sanding, thoroughly clean the car's surface to remove any dirt or contaminants. Mask off any areas that should not be sanded, such as trim, rubber seals, or emblems, to protect them from damage.

  2. Choose the Right Sandpaper: Select the appropriate grit of wet sandpaper based on the severity of the imperfections you need to correct. Typically, you'll start with a coarser grit (e.g., 1000 to 1500) to remove deep defects and then progress to finer grits (e.g., 2000 to 3000) to refine the finish.

  3. Wet the Surface: Keep the surface wet at all times during wet sanding. You can do this by using a spray bottle filled with water or by dipping the sandpaper in water frequently. This prevents the sandpaper from clogging and reduces the risk of overheating the paint.

  4. Sand Gently: Begin sanding with light pressure and use slow, controlled movements in one direction (usually back and forth or side to side). Avoid applying too much pressure, as excessive force can damage the paint. Continue sanding until the imperfections are removed, periodically checking your progress.

  5. Check Your Work: Frequently inspect the sanded area to ensure you're achieving the desired level of correction. As you work through finer grits, the surface should become smoother.

  6. Polishing: After wet sanding, the paint surface will appear dull and hazy. You will need to follow up with a polishing step using a machine polisher and a fine polishing compound to restore the gloss and remove any remaining imperfections.

  7. Protect and Seal: Once you've achieved the desired level of correction and finish, it's essential to protect the newly sanded and polished area. Apply wax or a paint sealant to provide a protective barrier and enhance the shine.

It's important to note that wet sanding is an advanced paint correction technique that should be approached with caution. If not done correctly, it can easily damage the paint. If you're not experienced with wet sanding or unsure about your abilities, it's advisable to seek the assistance of a professional detailer who has the necessary expertise and equipment to achieve the best results while minimizing the risk of paint damage.

swirls on your car paint?

Swirls in a car's paint refer to a common issue that affects the appearance of the vehicle's exterior. Also known as spider webbing or holograms, these swirls appear as fine, circular scratches on the paint surface, giving it a dull and hazy look. They are usually the result of improper washing and detailing techniques, as well as other factors.

   Swirl marks, spider webbing, and scratches can significantly diminish the overall aesthetics of a car. Paint correction techniques, such as machine polishing, are specifically designed to reduce or eliminate these imperfections. By carefully leveling the paint surface and removing the damaged layer, paint correction restores a smooth and flawless finish.

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Paint Correction



This project here was by far one of our most challenging and satisfying to date, took our two man team a total of about 22 hours to complete . It was completely worth it ! The boys in blue over at the Forsyth county sheriffs department gave us a call to help bring back their SRT truck. 

We removed the trucks old decals . Followed by a detailed wash to remove months of built up filth . Then we performed a one step polish on the whole truck . along witht thier siren lights to  remove oxidation and light sctaches and really bring back that BLACK glossy look ! Finally we went ahead and sealed it all in with meguairs ceramic sealant ! Take a look at the before and afters!

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