Paint correction is a term that is now commonly used by both professional car detailers and car cleaning enthusiasts worldwide to describe the process of restoring and rejuvenating the paintwork of a vehicle, mostly through the elimination of surface imperfections, that dull, oxidize, or haze the surface by reflecting light off in various directions, therefore detracting from a true and proper, clean, sharp, reflection. These imperfections include things like swirl marks & fine scratches, bird dropping etching & acid rain etching, hologramming & buffer trails, and random isolated deep scratches (or RIDS).
This BMW had noticeable swirl marks, although they are only light marks they become very visible due to the dark color of the car. You may have noticed that swirl marks show up most on black and other dark-colored cars. This is because the sides of the scratches reflect light. Black being the biggest contrast to white causes the reflections to be more prominent.
This carbon fiber hood is suffering from clear coat oxidation. A paint job that is suffering from heavy oxidation will have a dull, chalky surface. The final stage of oxidation means the clear coat will deteriorate, causing patches of paint to dissolve permanently. That opens the door for rust, and means you’ll need to repaint the car. In this case, we had to wet sand the paint, compound then polish. We've also made sure to protect it with ceramic pro 9H and ceramic pro light to prevent from coming back to this state.
Our Prep work includes masking all plastic trims, Chrome and Existing PPF.
This stage requires time and patience. We polish the paint "a shoe box at a time". This method came from our training days, years ago.
This is a 50/50 shot of the GTR's quarter panel. See the difference between the side with swirl marks and the other half with a clean paint.
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