A note on paint correction -
- Every car, no matter how well cared for will have imperfections. Paint correction is the process of removal of common paint problems such as scratches, bird stains, swirl marks, buffer marks, micro-marring, orange peel, cob webbing and 3D hologram effects, whether caused by every day wear and tear or over-eager attention and incorrect techniques. It is important for even new cars to remove any residue from the protective coverings used or problems caused by handling during transport or during the quick PDI done at the dealership. Paint correction is achieved by using a polisher and the appropriate pads and polishes providing the correct amount of abrasion to level the clear coat without compromising or 'burning through the clear' to the painted surface. Mike employs Griot's Garage BOSS (Best of Show System) machines as well as Rupes tools out of Italy - these machines - and the pads designed to be used with them - are made specifically to polish automotive painted surfaces not wood as the buffers generally used in the past for detailing.
- Digital Paint Measurement is a must for paint correction. The average paint/clear layer on your vehicle is less than the thickness of a piece of paper - you need to know what you have to work with before you use any aggressive product or process to remove existing defects. We will use this meter to measure and record the thickness of your painted surfaces both before and after each time it is polished. This metering process is also extremely helpful in determining the presence of previous paint or body work in Pre Purchase Inspections or in detecting improper use of body filler in Post Repair Inspections.
- To achieve that 'piano top' gleam, the entire painted surface may have to be polished one to multiple times ('jewelling'), using different and more aggressive products and techniques that can only be used correctly by a trained professional. Moderate imperfections and scratches may require a light wet sanding. When done properly this process allows all surfaces to reflect light perfectly at all angles, including in the harshest of direct sunlight.
- Dings and deep scratches - we can only go so far with detailing, if the imperfections in your finished surfaces are through the protective clear coat and into the paint we can introduce you to paint touch up artists or PDR (paintless dent repair) professionals for dings that do not involve the paint. These repairs should be completed before your scheduled detailing appointment.
EXAMPLES OF PAINT CORRECTION:
This was how our client received his new 2014 Aston Martin DB9 after the dealership had their detailers do the PDI.
Now a beautiful DB9 after paint correction and protection with quartz coating.
This was done by a dealership detailer to our client's Tesla as part of a "Courtesy Detail" when he had mechanical work done.
The Tesla after paint correction and finishing with a quartz coating.
A survivor from the 70's- other detailers told our client the only way to brighten up this original beauty was to do a complete repaint.
NEVER consider a repaint on an original like this without first consulting with a PROFESSIONAL detailer!
1976 Cadillac Eldorado after paint correction and application of synthetic wax sealant.
To say that this new client was less than impressed with the detailer that had just done this beautiful Aston Martin is an understatement - he brought it to Mike for correction and protection with synthetic wax sealant.
CORRECTION OF PLASTIC CLADDING AND TRIM:
Family test car - correction of plastic trim and roof rails with a coating for plastics on a 2003 Subaru Forester done 12/24/2012
Same Forester after 14 months outdoors 24/7.