Car buffing and paint correction is an art that professionals in the car detailing industry have been studying and correcting paintwork for a long time. Today it is a continual learning process for even the most experienced professionals due to new paints, new cars, new technology, new products and new training available on the market.
Car buffing and paint correction is done when a car has paintwork that looks like this in the sun. When your paintwork looks like this these are called swirls marks. They are called swirls because of their circular appearance. The main cause of the swirls is from incorrect washing techniques. Most weekend car washers use sponges to clean the surface of their vehicles. Unfortunately sponges are very abrasive and when combined with dirt particles on the exterior they become like a fine sand paper on the paintwork during washing which I am sure you can imagine is not a good idea!
Car buffing and paint correction is the technique used to “correct the paint” and get it back to a showroom shine! In order to do this a very specific wash process has to be performed and then machine polishing of the paintwork surface. During the wash process the surface has to be clayed which removes all the fine particulars from the paintwork that the eye cannot see. You can feel those particles on the surface after washing with your hand – if the surface feels rough that is called paintwork contamination. The contamination must be removed before polishing.
Specially selected dual action and rotary car polishing machines, polishing pads and polish/compound are carefully selected for the particular vehicle and condition. Depending on the level paint correction required and the customer’s budget really determines how much work can be done. If a car is in a bad condition then it will need more time to get it right.
Car Buffing and Polishing By Hand
We perform hand polishing on vehicles day in day out. It’s a step that can be done to give you vehicle a new lease of life. Hand polishing is exactly that – polishing the car by hand using a specially designed polishing sponge and some polish. Hand polishing does a good job when cars paintwork is in good shape for instance maybe a car which is brand new. Check out our blog on hand polishing if you would like to try it yourself!
Unfortunately we have seen many polish jobs that have not gone well. If someone offers you the “cut and polish” beware. If you look at these photos you will see strange looking lines across the surface which shows up in the sun. These are called holograms, buffer trails,The cause of this can be a number of things like incorrect preparation, wrong selection of pads or polish and also in experience. If you get a cheap quote for machine polishing please be aware that this could happen. In some cases the damage that is done with cheap polishing can be irreversible bearing in mind that the thickness of most paint is the same as a bank note. So taking care when selecting a professional is vital for your cars health!
In conclusion, paint correction is the process of removing surface scratches and imperfections from a vehicles paintwork, which involves the use of machine polishers and a range of different polish products.
Lastly, it is important to distinguish between paintwork that has been truly corrected and paintwork that has been treated with products that are designed to mask and fill surface imperfections such as an all in one polish for example. This should not be referred to as paint correction even if no scratches or blemishes are apparent, because they have not been genuinely removed and are still present under the products fillers, which in time, will wash away and reveal them once more.
Our mobile car buffing and polishing service can come straight to your home. We request access to a garage to polish out of daylight. We bring all the right car polishes, polishing machines and experience to handle the job right the first time and leave your vehicle looking like new again.
There are a few things we would like you to know and understand about paint correction:
Any scratches deeper than the clear coat layer can not be removed – they need to be resprayed.
You should only really correct a cars paintwork once – anymore than this and you may compromise the clear coat.
After paint correction we highly recommend you protect the paintwork with a high quality paint protection system.
The preparation before and during paint correcting is of key importance to the finish which only professional will understand.
Please call us for a quote regarding car buffing and paint correction.