How to know if I need paint correction?

If you’ve noticed that your car’s paint job has started to look dingy, scratched and otherwise dull then you might want to consider taking it to get paint correction. Paint correction is a simple process that will remove the scratches, swirling, and imperfections from your car’s paint. It is not a necessary part of your car’s maintenance, but it will certainly improve the appearance of your vehicle astronomically.

How does paint correction work?

To remove minor scratches and other imperfections from your vehicle, a professional detailer will utilize an electric polisher, a microfiber buffing pad and a special cutting compound to level out the clear coat of your paint. It can be quite a slow process, as the detailer must take great care so as to not cut too deep. This could damage your car’s clear coat. But, when done correctly by a seasoned professional, this process can leave your car looking as good as new.

If you want to know if your car could benefit from paint correction then pay attention to these signs listed below.


  • Your car is noticeably scratched – Let’s start with an easy one. If you’re annoyed by the scratches on your vehicle, but it hasn’t gotten to the point where it needs a totally new paint job yet, then paint corrections might be just the answer that you’ve been looking for. Now, it is important to consider that paint correction will not work on all scratches. Because of the way paint correction works, it can only correct imperfections in the clear coat itself. Any major deep gouges require a different method of correction altogether.


  • You notice swirl marks when light shines on your car – These infamous swirl marks are a tell tale sign that your car could certainly benefit from a paint correction. These marks are caused by micro scratches that are usually caused from improper car washing techniques (often from using towels that are too rough). They are unattractive and especially noticeable on black vehicles. If your car has these swirl marks, then paint correction may be the solution for you. To prevent swirl marks on your car from coming back after receiving paint correction, be sure to alway use the right tools for the job when washing your car. And when in doubt, hire a professional detail service. 


  • You have an important event or are going to a car show – The best time to get a paint correction is just before a major event like a wedding, vacation or important work trip. A well executed paint correction can make even older model vehicles look nearly brand new. An even better reason to get a paint correction would be if you plan on entering your car into a show or competition. The attention to detail will certainly make your car stand out on the line up.


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