Reflective Desire paint correction is a high quality service with a difference. Our experience and attention to detail will always guarantee a brilliant result.
For the vast majority of cars, paint correction really can make an unimaginable difference and will completely remove or significantly reduce most marks.
Not only this, but the resulting finish will have an unbelievable shine, depth of clarity and slickness.
What Is Paint Correction?
Paint correction is also known as swirl mark removal, machine polishing or buffing. The definition of paint correction is the removal of all imperfections in paintwork, such as scratches, water marks, dried bug remains and fading, to reproduce an as new condition or better. The process is undertaken by a professional detailer or someone with quite a few years experience in understanding how the structure of paint is applied on a vehicle. It involves the use of a machine polisher (usually a rotary buffer or a dual action buffer), a selection of abrasive compounds and an assortment of buffing pads, together with regular checks with a paint depth gauge whilst polishing, to keep record of exactly how much paint is being abraded away.
Why Consider Paint Correction?
A car’s paint has to endure a lot of challenges thrown up by the environment:
- Traffic grime and grit
- Tree sap, industrial fallout, bird muck, dead bugs
- Water spots
- People brushing against the car with their clothing or bags
- Poor valeting techniques and/or products
- Poor machine or hand polishing techniques
- Cheap and nasty car washes
Sadly all of these things can leave the finish of a car looking less than perfect and at worst, dull, faded and covered in light scratches, swirls and other marring. Those things detract from your car’s appearance and ultimately reduce its value.
How Does Machine Polishing Work?
This simple diagram illustrates the typical make up of modern car paint where the top most clear coat layer contains a number of marks or scratches.
The red dotted line provides an example of where the clear coat may be reduced to following polishing. As illustrated, some marks will have been completely removed while others will have been made much smaller and are likely to be harder to see.
The number of marks removed depends on the existing safe levels of paint and which paint correction service is chosen.
The technique removes microscopic amounts of the surface in order to smooth away problems. It could be likened to ultra-fine sanding but when we talk about microscopic we are referring to a few microns (a micron is 1/1000th of a millimetre)!
A combination of cleansers and polishes of various grades are applied to a car’s paint using specifically designed buffing pads (there are many grades and types available) and either rotary or dual action polishers. Each stage is meticulously controlled and vigorously re-inspected using specialist lamps and paint depth gauges.
To be able to do the job properly requires being able to judge the existing condition of your car’s paint and foresee likely issues before starting work. This demands not only the use of the right equipment, but also years of experience and an understanding of the many different paint systems used on cars.
Machine polishing is also suitable for paint on older or classic cars which may not include a clear coat.
Will Removed Marks Reappear?
NO. Any marring is permanently removed by our paint correction techniques, so the marks cannot reappear.
New marks may appear over time (we can’t stop future scratches), but we’ll provide you with free simple advice to help limit future damage caused by careless valeting and keep the paintwork in top condition.
At Reflective Desire our services are designed around you. We provide car care packages to suit your needs, so that we are able to polish your car whenever you feel it is needed. To book your car paint correction service or to find out more, contact us today.