What is Paint Correction/Polishing

Paint correction and polishing are techniques used to restore the shine and luster of a vehicle's paint job. The process involves using specialized tools and products to remove imperfections such as scratches, swirl marks, and oxidation.

The process begins with a thorough wash and drying of the vehicle. Next, a clay bar treatment removes any contaminants embedded in the paint. After that, progressively finer grit polishes remove imperfections and restore the paint's shine.

Paint correction can be done by hand or machine, such as a dual-action or rotary polisher. It requires a certain level of skill and experience to get the best results, as using the wrong technique or too much pressure can cause damage to the paint.

It is important to note that even if paint correction is done on a car, proper maintenance, such as keeping the car covered, regular washing and drying, and regular waxing, should be done to maintain the finish and avoid the need for frequent correction and polishing.

Also, to avoid scratches, swirl marks, and other imperfections which may require paint correction, it is best to avoid using abrasive materials and aggressive washing methods on the paint surface.

For modern and new models of cars, it is also essential to know the thickness of your paint as the clear coat has been getting thinner over the years. So when your vehicle leaves the factory, there is less on there vs. a decade ago. This can limit how often it can be polished before burning through the paint. This is why we at Strong Auto Detail prefer 1-step polishes. It removes about 50% of swirls and paint defects while preserving as much clear coat as possible for the future.

If you're thinking of getting your car's paint corrected or polished, it's best to consult a professional detailer who can assess the condition of your paint and recommend the best course of action to achieve the desired results.