Paint Correction

What does paint correction mean?

“Paint correction” refers to the process of removing imperfections in a vehicle’s finish and restoring it to an often times better-than-new finish. These imperfections include, but are not limited to; swirl marks, automated car wash marring, fine scratches, water spots, etched bird droppings, and holograms caused by improper washing techniques.The only true way to remove scratches in your vehicle’s paint is with the process of paint correction, which is one of our specialties at Gear Head. Paint correction involves the use of machine polishers and a range of different compounds, polishes and graded pads. A fully corrected vehicle when viewed in direct sunlight will show only true reflections. No swirl marks, scratches, or blemishes will be visible to the naked eye.In order to remove a scratch, the paint in the surrounding area needs to be removed or “leveled” until it’s even with the lowest point of the scratch.
So, in a way, you aren’t working on the scratch itself – you’re working on the area around it. A common concern is that too many paint corrections can end up removing the entire clear coat and expose the base layer of paint. That is absolutely correct and is why you want to bring it to us. We use paint depth reading tools to evaluate the thickness of the remaining paint prior to starting any correction work. That, paired with years and years of practice and experience, helps us to deliver a flawless finish without running the risk of permanent damage!

There are three stages of paint correction and it all depends on the condition of the vehicle’s paint. Here is a breakdown of those three stages of correction:
Stage 1 paint correction, or single-stage paint enhancement - This stage is as simple as it sounds, we go through and polish the paint with only one type of polishing compound and pad combination. This is suited for paint work that is already in good condition, with minimal visible swirls and only very minor marring.

Stage 2 paint correction - This stage is also referred to as “Cut and Buff”. We go over the paint with two different types of polishing compounds, one abrasive compound followed with a polishing compound, and two different types of polishing pads. This stage is suited for vehicles that have moderate swirl marks and light scratches.

Stage 3 paint correction - This stage involves using 3 different compound and pad combinations and may also include spot wet sanding for heavier scratches in the paint. The first step is a heavy cutting compound with a heavy cutting pad to remove those deeper swirl marks and scratches, the second step is a medium cutting compound and polishing pad to remove further swirls marks. Followed by the finishing compound and finishing pad to further refine the paint work to a swirl, mar, and hologram-free finish. This stage is suited for vehicles that have heavy swirl marks, scratches and other paint defects.

All of our paint correction packages start with a full wash, chemical decontamination, clay bar treatment, and are followed up with a wax, ceramic sealant or ceramic coating to protect the renewed paint finish.
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