What Is Paint Correction?

If you see a used car with a glossy, showroom-quality finish, then chances are it’s undergone some form of paint correction. Paint correction is the process of removing imperfections from a vehicle’s clearcoat to restore its original appearance. This process can be performed on most vehicles, from classic cars and trucks to new models and even motorcycles. Here’s a brief overview of what paint correction is, some of its benefits, and why we proudly offer it for our customers.

Paint Correction

Paint correction is the process of removing scratches, swirl marks, oxidation, and water spots from an automobile’s clearcoat. This can be done by using various tools including buffing pads, polishers, and cutting compounds. The overall goal of paint correction is to restore the original color and clarity of your vehicle’s clearcoat.

This process uses techniques like compounding and polishing to restore automotive paint. For instance, compounding involves using an abrasive material to remove oxidation, scratches, and other blemishes. Polishing follows this up by removing any remaining damage or discoloration, giving your vehicle’s exterior an even glossier finish.

Benefits of Paint Correction

The most obvious benefit of paint correction is that your vehicle will look brighter, fresher, and newer than ever. Not only will this make you smile when driving around town, but it’ll also help keep your vehicle’s resale value high if you plan to sell at some point in the future. Plus, removing surface imperfections helps to protect against rusting, which can save you thousands of dollars in repair bills.

Paint correction is often performed before applying a ceramic coating. This allows the coating to bond more effectively to the clearcoat. When followed by a ceramic coating, paint correction keeps most dirt, grime, and contaminants away from your car’s exterior paint. This translates to less frequent washing and detailing—saving you both time and money overall.

When Should I Get Paint Correction?

You should generally have paint correction done once a year, depending on how well you take care of your vehicle’s paint. However, your exact needs will depend on your area’s climate, the type of vehicle you drive, and whether you park outside or in a garage.

We always recommend hiring a professional to perform paint correction. That way, you don’t have to worry about accidentally damaging your vehicle’s clearcoat, factory paintjob, or exterior components. Plus, professional auto detailers have the tools, experience, and techniques needed to perform paint correction on just about every make and model imaginable.

Our Paint Correction Process

We proudly provide paint correction with each of our ceramic coating packages. Along with an included hand wash, iron decontamination, and clay bar treatment, this process ensures the ceramic coating properly adheres to the clearcoat. Without paint correction, it’s likely that the coating wouldn’t bond evenly or last as long as it should.

We start with an exterior hand wash, iron decontamination, clay bar treatment. From there we will use our Dual Action Polisher with the appropriate pad and compound. Once we remove major imperfections, we will perform our panel prep process to remove any excess compounds, allowing us to apply a ceramic sealant or install a true ceramic coating.

After our paint correction is finished, it’s time to apply and thoroughly cure the ceramic coating. This will help protect the vehicle’s finish against potential damage, making it much easier to clean in the future.

Protect Your Investment

Paint correction is an effective way to restore your vehicle’s original beauty without expensive paintjobs or extensive repairs. With proper care and maintenance, it can easily keep your vehicle’s paint looking great for months, if not years, to come. Whether you’re looking for an easy way to improve your car’s shine between washes or simply want to restore its condition before selling it, paint correction might just be what you need.

Give your favorite vehicle the attention it deserves. If you have any questions or concerns about paint correction, then please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Our shop is conveniently located in southeast Lincoln, Nebraska, for all your interior and exterior detailing needs.