Paint correction is an automotive detailing to remove surface scratches and imperfections from a vehicle’s paintwork. This process often involves several stages, starting with washing and drying the car, clay bar decontamination, mechanical polishing, and finally sealing the paint for protection. The goal is to restore the car’s paint as close to its original, flawless condition.

Here’s a brief description of each stage:

Washing and Drying: This is the initial step where the car is thoroughly washed & dried to remove any dirt or grime on the surface.  Be sure to focus on all areas of the vehicle as thorough preparation leads to efficiency within each following step.
Clay Bar Application: A clay bar (clay towelclay pad or clay sponge) is used to remove industrial fallout creating embedded contaminants in the paint that washing can’t remove alone.  Simply mist the surface of your work area with a clay lubricant and glide over the surface to exfoliate contaminates from the clear coat.
Polishing: This is where the actual paint correction happens. A random orbital combined with appropriate compound and pad is used to remove a thin layer of clear coat from the car’s surface to eliminate scratches and swirl marks.
Sealing: The final step is to seal the paint with a protective layer to maintain the high gloss and protect against future damage.  Many choose ceramic coating as the final stage for long term protection and enhancing vehicles appearance.

When in doubt, paint correction can be performed by professionals as it involves the use of specific tools and techniques. If incorrectly done, it can lead to more damage to the vehicle’s paintwork.  If interested in learning proper techniques and product combinations we offer trainings at Southern California facilities.

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