Paintwork correction is the process of eradicating defects from the paintwork of a car. Typical defects include:
- Swirl marks caused by poor washing techniques.
- Random scratches.
- Overspray from poor bodyshop work.
- Buffer trails caused by poor machine polishing.
Careful machine polishing will remove all of the above defects apart from very deep scratches ie those that have penetrated too far into the paintwork’s clearcoat layer.
Polishing is carried out using one of several types of machine polisher (we have three with very different capabilities) to suit differing situations. Each machine will have a foam pad attached to it, these are available in a wide variety of construction types, softness and size. Polish is placed directly onto the pad which is then pressed against the paintwork whilst it rotates/oscillates mimicking a ‘hand polishing’ action albeit at a much faster speed. The polish itself is available in a wide array of cutting (how fast they remove paint) options that cater for all paint types.
Other variables include pad rotation/oscillation speed, transit speed (how fast the polisher is swept across the paint surface) and how many passes are made, the latter being the number of times the polisher passes over the same spot.
Careful examination of the paint surface, plus no small amount of experience, ensures that the right equipment, products and techniques are selected for any given situation.
The object of the polishing process is to minimise defects and to ensure that the paint surface is as smooth (and hence shiny) as possible.
Machine polishing is a labour intensive process and a single body panel can take 1-2 hours to fully correct. Due to the costs involved we only recommend full correction for high-end cars that are not subject to the rigours of daily use.
Our Enhancement Detail is a very cost effective option for cars that are used in real world conditions.
Enhancement Detail »»
Here we have a close up of an Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate. When she returned from a visit to a body shop her paintwork was in appalling condition. The before and after shots shown here were indicative of the whole vehicle. Full correction was achieved following two full days of machine polishing.