Correcting paint damage
Once your paint
is damaged, you have two options: You can either have the
vehicle repainted, and in some cases this is your only option, but if you act quickly you can
have the paint corrected by a qualified detailer.
paint is much less expensive and much faster to do than repainting
the vehicle. In many cases the end result also looks better and leaves you with a more durable
finish. A decent paint job will cost you on average 4000$ to
5000$. We can do a complete restoration for roughly 10% to 20%
of that amount and a partial restoration for even less.
So what is
paint correcting? The detailer will use a power tool to apply
a compound on your paint. The compound is basically a very fine
liquid sandpaper that will remove
all the light and medium scratches, etchings and various forms of light to medium damage to your paint.
Some deep scratches can also be removed by wet sanding them. It all depends on the depth of the scratch
and the thickness of the paint on your vehicle that is available to work with.
correcting process has been done, your paint will be free of about
95% of the defects. After compounding we have to polish it back to a high shine and restore
that new paint look.
We offer 4 levels of paint correction:
Level 1 is a polishing. It is a one step process
where we use a polishing cream to remove
micro-scratches and oxidation to restore the shine of the paint.
This will not remove defects or scratches.
Level 2 is a two step process where we use polishing
compound to remove paint defects and then proceed with a
polishing to restore shine.
Level 3 is a 3 step process where a compound is done to
remove imperfections from the paint. We then
follow with an aggressive polish to remove the
compounding scratches. Finally a very fine
compound is used to jewel the paint to it's maximum
shine. This process is usually done on cars that
do not go on the roads. The exception being if the
process is done before applying a coating.
Otherwise, for daily drivers, this would be a waste of
money because the first time the car would be washed,
the paint would revert to a normal quality and loose
it's extra brilliance.
Level 4 is a 3 step process where we start by wet
sanding the paint to remove the defects and level it
(removes orange peel). We then do a polishing
compound to remove the scratches made by the sand paper
and finally we polish the paint to restore shine.
In general, this should not be done on factory paint.
The thickness of factory paint is usually too low to
remove the amount of paint by this process and still
have a viable paint system afterwards. This
process is normally used on repaint where the body shop
was instructed to apply extra clearcoat so this process
can be done safely.