Paint Correction

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).

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SINGLE STAGE
PAINT CORRECTION

Single stage paint correction is recommended for automobiles that require minimum correction. This service can be utilized for vehicles needing paint refinement versus paint perfection.  The final appearance is improved by up to 70% by August Precision’s Automotive Appearance Specialists™.

✓ Vehicle washed using a PH neutral shampoo-twin bucket system to prevent any stones and sharp-edged particles being transferred to the paint. Wheel arches, door, and trunk shut are properly cleaned.

✓ Hand dried using deep-pile microfiber towels and compressed air

✓ Full paint decontamination using Iron and Fallout remover, a clay bar is used to remove bonded surface contaminants

✓ Body solvent applied to dissolve and remove embedded road grime, tar, and paint splatter

✓ Paint treated to a 1 stage polish using the best combination of pads and products to remove light paint imperfections (such as minor swirl marks) to increase the gloss factor

✓ Pre-wax oil applied, which preserves and nourishes the paintwork. This solution also helps clean surfaces before a synthetic sealant is applied to protect the pain

✓ Protection synthetic sealant duration is approximately 4-6 months depending upon upkeep and storage

✓ Interior slightly cleaned

Completion Time: 1 Business Day

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$700

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MULTI-STAGE
PAINT CORRECTION

Multiple Stage Correction is a massive improvement from single stage correction. This service is recommended for car enthusiasts who demand the most from their car’s finish.  This service is a highly intensive process using multiple techniques to remove heavy swirl marks and holograms.

✓ Vehicle washed using a PH neutral shampoo-twin bucket system to prevent any stones and sharp-edged particles being transferred to the paint. Wheel arches, door, and trunk shuts are properly cleaned.

✓ Hand dried using deep-pile microfiber towels and compressed air

✓ Full paint decontamination using Iron and Fallout remover, a clay bar is used to remove bonded surface contaminants

✓ Body solvent applied to dissolve and remove embedded road grime, tar, and paint splatter

✓ Paint treated to a 3stage polish using the best combination of pads and products to remove light paint imperfections (such as heavy swirl marks) to increase the gloss factor

✓ Pre-wax oil applied, which preserves and nourishes the paintwork. This solution also helps clean surfaces before a synthetic sealant is applied to protect the pain

✓ Protection synthetic sealant duration is approximately 4-6 months depending upon upkeep and storage

Interior slightly cleaned

Completion Time: 2 Business Days

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Imperfections Removed

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$1000

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SIGNATURE
DETAIL

The signature detail package interior and exterior reconditioning process far exceeds that of all of our other detail packages. The Automotive Appearance Specialists™ at August Precision invest over 180 man hours in the restoration of your automobile.

✓ August Precision hand wash utilizing non-marring techniques

✓ Paint thickness measured on every panel

✓ Multi-stage paint correction

✓ Paintwork protected with 4-5 layers or Ceramic Coating

✓ Complete Interior Intensive steam cleaned & Protective Coatings Applied

✓ Engine thoroughly cleaned, undercarriage included, where deposits and oil collects

✓ Exterior glass polished to remove water spots and embedded grime

✓ Exterior glass protected with BEEDS DNA Ceramic Coating to increase the safety of you and your passengers as well as the comfort of driving in difficult road conditions

✓ Wheels removed cleaned and polished and protected with Gyeon Q2 Rim

✓ Brake calipers and suspension steam cleaned and protected with Q2 Rim

✓ Arches and rubber seals cleaned, dressed and protected with Gyeon Q2 Trim

Completion Time: 1-2 weeks

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Protect Your Finish

After you have taken the time to have the paint on your automobile corrected, and the exterior looks its best, is the optimal time to have a ceramic coating applied to protect the automobile’s finish!  Check out our amazing ceramic coat options to prevent having to ever correct the paint on your automobile again.

What is Paint Correction?

Swirl Marks

The term paint correction should only really be used if these imperfections are properly removed and are not just merely covered up or hidden with filler based products. The actual corrective process itself comprises of a small amount of clear coat or paint being removed from the surface with the use of abrasive polishes, which are applied and worked in with appropriate polishing machines, in order to level out the surface.

Before any paint correction is undertaken, a thorough wash and decontamination of the vehicle is performed by August Precision’s Automotive Appearance Specialists™. Paintwork is properly washed and cleaned to remove any loose dirt and debris, then after the wash process the automobile is clayed with a specialist automotive clay bar, which safely removes any bonded surface contaminants such as tar spots and industrial fallout.

It is important these contaminants are removed before the paint correction process because if they were to become dislodged and caught up in the pad of a polishing machine, they could easily inflict damage onto the surface very quickly. It also helps to leave the surface very smooth, which in turn, allows the polishing machine to move freely over the surface, reducing the possibility of hopping or sticking occurring. Lastly, claying the paintwork helps you to properly observe the progress of the correction process because you can see the true condition of the surface as you are working.

The polishing is a multistage process as a range of different grades of polish are used, ranging from heavier cutting compounds, which remove the surface material, to finer products which then remove any marks that the heavier products may have inflicted and generally refine the finish. During the paint correction process, the Automotive Appearance Specialists™ at August Precision routinely use a paint depth gauge to measure the surface thickness

Correcting Paintwork

The Automotive Appearance Specialists™ at August Precision continuously measure the thickness of the paint on the metal panel before, during and after the process to monitor how much material is being removed and ensure an excess is not removed which could leave the paint too thin or even cause irreversible damage such as a strike through the paint. We utilize specialist halogen and LED lamps which replicate the effect of direct sunlight on the surface are also used during the process to check the condition of the paintwork and show how successfully the surface scratches and imperfections are being removed.

Some scratches or imperfections may actually be too deep or severe to safely remove without risking removing to much surface paint or clear coat and so are minimized and reduced as best as possible using techniques with the machine polisher and polish products that round off the edges of the scratches and make them far less apparent in direct light.

After correction, the panels are wiped down with an isopropyl alcohol which removes any oils that may have been left over from the polish and reveals the true finish, including any areas that may have been missed or require a little more work. Once complete, the fully corrected paintwork corrected by the Automotive Appearance Specialists™ at August Precision will shine brilliantly and produce stunning reflections because there are now no longer any scratches and imperfections to scatter and reflect the light rays off in different directions.

Paint correction is a very labor intensive process and is usually the most time-consuming part of the car detailing process. Amateurs or enthusiasts should not attempt to correct their own paintwork even if they feel they have enough experience to carry it out safely, as they could cause significant harm to their automobile’s finish.

Polished Paintwork

In conclusion, paint correction performed by the Automotive Appearance Specialists™ at August Precision is the process of removing surface scratches and imperfections from a vehicles paintwork, which involves the use of machine polishers and a range of different polish products. A fully corrected vehicle when viewed in direct sunlight will show only true reflections and no swirl marks, scratches or blemishes will be visible to the naked eye.

Lastly, it is important to note the difference between paintwork that has been truly corrected, like the work performed by the Automotive Appearance Specialists™ at August Precision and paintwork that has just been treated with products that are designed to mask and fill surface imperfections such as an all in one polish for example. This low-end type of service should not be referred to as paint correction even if no scratches or blemishes are apparent, because they have not been genuinely removed and are still present under the products fillers, which in time, will wash away and reveal them once more.

Contact Us

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(800) 910-1489

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M-F: 8 am - 5 pm

S-S: By Appointment

 

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3107 Glen Royal Road

Raleigh, NC 27617

August Precision

Automotive Appearance Center
3107 Glen Royal Road
Raleigh, NC 27617

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