Paint Correction

What is Paint Correction?

Have you ever walked past a nice shiny car in the sunlight and noticed lots of hazy scratches from certain angles? It’s usually more apparent on darker coloured cars but these scratches or ‘swirls’ are created when a vehicle is incorrectly washed or slightly scratched – like when brushing past a hedge-row for instance. Swirls and marring can also be inflicted by incorrect polishing techniques or the mother of all swirl creators – the dreaded machine car wash. Paint correction is the process that can remove 99% of swirl marks and light scratches.

We offer paint analysis and machine polishing in our Enhancement and Paint Correction Details and it is this technique that can dramatically improve the appearance of your vehicle. Swirls bend light when it hits your vehicle’s paint; this refraction dampens the shine and means a dull looking finish. Paint correction involves using cutting compounds and machine polishers to remove a fraction of your vehicle’s paint surface (usually the clear-coat), leveling the paint and allowing light to reflect cleanly, resulting in a deep lustrous shine.

Impreza Bumper Paint CorrectionDuring our Enhancement and Paint Correction Details (after the car has been cleaned and de-contaminated via a clay bar or mit) your vehicle’s paint will be analysed, panel by panel, with a paint depth gauge to assess the thickness of the paint. We will simultaneously assess the swirl marks and paint damage to judge how to treat the vehicle to give the customer the best possible finish for their budget. A suitable polishing pad and cutting compound will then be selected with the aim of removing the vast majority of the paint defects present. During Enhancement Details it may not be possible to achieve a high percentage of correction in the time allowed. If this is the case we will discuss the options with the customer and either settle on a single stage polishing process or use of a polish with filling agents which mask the swirl marks and paint defects temporarily. Throughout the initial polishing phase (Paint Correction Details feature multiple stages) the cutting compound is applied via rotary or dual action polishing machine – we tend to select the machine based on the hardness of the vehicle’s paint and the areas to be rectified. This phase often features a reasonably aggressive compound that cuts through a layer of clear-coat to remove surface marks and scratches. After one or two passes with the machine, the panel is checked to assess the results. If deeper scratches and marks remain, they will be assessed to ascertain whether they can be safely removed via further polishing or wet-sanding. Once a point is reached where the paint is flawless or it can’t be improved upon we then use a finishing polish and pad to enhance the shine and refine the finish giving an unbelievable depth of shine. When our customers see un-corrected panels next to panels that have been fully machine polished using our process they are genuinely amazed at the difference. It is like a dense fog that was clouding your paint has been lifted – and you now see all the lovely detail you were previously missing out on.


To protect that now wonderful finish and to help make sure your paint stays swirl free for years (depending on the LSP and future maintenance) a last stage product (LSP) is used to seal the vehicle. This product maybe a wax, sealant or ceramic coating – depending on the detail, the duration of protection required and the customer’s requirements.




If you’ve ever been to a car show and been wowed by the finish of a particular vehicle – chances are it will have been detailed in this way. The beauty of paint correction is that it can often leave your car looking better than when it left the factory and can easily enhance its value. So, although an expensive process it can often add more than the detail’s cost to the vehicle’s value and therefore it is a wise investment in the finish of your car.

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