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Paint Correction
 

Paint Correction

Paint Correction is the permanent removal of imperfections within your car paint to reveal a perfect, deep, glossy shine – just like the day your car left the factory. Paint Correction is not a just ‘cut or buff’ it is a complete transformation of your car’s paintwork and requires a lot of time and expertise, it is for customers who are looking for the best possible finish for their car paint.

Daily wear and paint imperfections like; swirl marks, water spots, light scratches and even bird etching marks can leave your paint looking tired and dull. Paint Correction can usually remove all of these without the high cost and inconvenience of a respray.

At Mr Detail we inspect your car to evaluate the paint condition and the thickness of the paint before we offer a recommendation and quotation. Based on our years’ of experience and considering these factors to fully assess your car, will allow us to provide you with an informative and accurate time and cost for correcting your paintwork.

Proper preparation is also the key to good results, your car will be snow foamed to dissolve all the dirt and grime, de-waxed to remove any old polishes or waxes that maybe hiding more defects, decontaminated to remove road tar, tram dust, tree and more – and then taped up with 3M automotive tape to protect the trim, rubbers and other areas that are sensitive. This preparation takes time but ensures the very best results – most other ‘car detailers’ do not bother.

We use only the very best car polishes, abrasives and polishing equipment to revive your car, imported from Germany and the US, these are highly effective on nearly all paint finishes including single stage, clear coat and even the latest ceramic-clear coatings. We also use specialist lighting to be able to see all of the paint imperfections, and ensure we focus on every area of your car, this lighting imitates sunlight which as any enthusiast knows shows off paintwork to its very best or very worst!

After permanently renewing your paint, Mr Detail will then detail the rest of the exterior of your car, and protect your paint with the carnauba wax, paint sealant or coating of your choice. This will seal in that deep, clear gloss ensuring it remains longer and makes it easier for you to wash and keep your car immaculate.

Once completed professionally, good paint correction can last for many years, it is not something that needs to be repeated frequently – proper washing, protection and maintenance are the key to keeping your paint in excellent condition.

 

FAQ – Paint Correction

How do we examine your paint to evaluate the condition?

Firstly we use a ‘Paint Thickness Gauge’ that tells us the overall thickness of your paint in microns, these professional gauges are worth hundreds or thousands of dollars and can provide valuable information to the history of the paint. We also include our years of detailing experience to investigate the paint using xenon light, to also find if the car has been resprayed or repaired, as these are also important factors.

How long does Paint Correction take?

It depends entirely on the current condition of your paint. Some minor paint corrections can take 2 days, while some serious corrections for badly weathered and worn paint can take 6-7 days – yes that is up to 50 hours of polishing, refinement and finishing for one car.

How much does Paint Correction cost?

Time and quality equal cost, so it depends on how long a Paint Correction is going to take. Generally the price starts at $600 for a minor correction, and our hourly charge is $70 per hour ongoing.

Does Paint Correction remove a lot of paint and endanger my car?

If done by a real professional like Mr Detail, that knows about paint types, hardness, depth and uses the best car care products and modern techniques – No. The majority of imperfections are within the first 5-10 microns of paint/clear coat, a modern car should come with 100-140 microns of paint. If the correct techniques are used then the removal of paint is minimal and consistent, a lot of cars have more paint ‘hacked off and unevenly’ by some unqualified detailers and car washes that offer a cheap ‘cut and buff’.

When you polish a car with a machine, it leaves holograms and swirl marks?

Incorrect. When car paint is polished badly using poor technique, cheap products, dirty pads or insufficient preparation then yes, holograms / buffer trails or swirl marks are left in the paint and these can be seen in the sunlight. At Mr Detail we prepare the paint surface properly, use only the best products and 15+ years of experience – we guarantee results.

Why don’t you offer Stage 1 or 2 details?

Some detailers offer stage 1, 2 or 3 details / corrections / enhancements. We do not believe in this kind of ‘detail’ – let alone for a ‘paint correction’. The reality is that the paint on your car is in varying conditions on different areas/panels. For example; the paint on your bonnet or boot is probably in worse condition due to harsher circumstances than the paint on your doors, perhaps. Therefore it will take more time, more ‘stages’ with the polisher and a range of polishes and pads – so while 1 stage might give good results for some areas, it will not for all. We analysis and treat every area of your car with focused techniques to deliver real results and bring all panels up to the same standard, some panels need 1 or 2 stages while others may need 4 or 5 to achieve the same finish.

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