Scratch Removal & Paint Correction Services
Scratch removal, better known as paint correction, is a long and labor intensive process through which paint is properly compounded, polished and restored to bring back that like-new or even better than new finish. Utilizing some of the best products and safest techniques, we’re able to take paint in any condition to a whole new level of clarity and shine, without jeopardizing the paint thickness.
What Is Car Paint Correction?
Also known as swirl mark removal or machine polishing, paintwork correction is the reduction or removal of marks in the top layer of paint to produce a more refined finish.
Paint correction can involve either the hand or machine application of varying grades of cleanser, polish or compound. The majority of work is usually done with rotary machine polishers to get the best level of correction.
Good paint correction requires a high degree of skill and concentration, but done properly, it really can transform the look of a car by dealing with (amongst other things); hard water marks, etching caused by bird muck or fly squash, swirl marks, scratches and fading.
Done professionally, paint correction is entirely safe and will not cause any issues for your paint.
A Proper Cleaning: The Causes of Swirl Marks
Every time a car is wiped down, dusted off or washed, there is a risk of adding miniature scratches (often known as swirl marks) into the paint. Terrible swirl marks are oftentimes seen on even the most cherished automobiles.
The most frequently asked questions are; where do swirl marks come from and how to get rid of them? Here are some answers.
Anytime you push an object across a painted surface you’ll induce micro scratches. Small dust and dirt particles act like sandpaper. Even some towels, if made from low quality polyester fibers, will scratch the paint.
Here are some of the common causes of swirl marks:
- Car duster, if used on very dirty surfaces and pressed too hard
- Dragging a car cover over your vehicle, especially if it’s dusty or dirty
- Wiping down a dry car with a dry towel with the intent of keeping it clean (This is the most common cause of swirl marks!)
- Infrequent rinsing of your wash mitt or sponge while washing
- Using a dirty chamois to dry the car
- Using towels for drying and/or wipe downs that are not suitable for paint finishes
- Not thoroughly rinsing the vehicle before washing
- Not thoroughly cleaning the vehicle before drying
- Using harsh polishes, waxes and/or cleaners
- Direct drive polishers or a poorly designed random orbital system
- Using an automated or drive-through car wash, even “Touchless” drive-through car washes will scratch because of high-pressure water jets.