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Paint Correction Calgary

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. A dual action polisher may be used in the refining portion of the job.

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.

Paint correction is also a much better financial option then to have your vehicle repainted. Some cars can cost up to $15,000 for a full proper repaint, where paint correction done correctly can correct up to 95% of defects and start at $350.

The process of paint correction begins with examining the paint and reviewing how deep the scratches are. We always do this with our clients in person to set the expectation of what can be removed and what cannot be removed. The simple rule is, if you cannot feel the scratch with your nail, we can correct the paint. We then begin by doing a complete paint decontamination, clay bar, cutting the paint, polishing the paint, another wash to remove excess dust, degrease wipe down to remove oils left from the polishing and then a sealant and wax to complete the process. The final step (sealant or wax) can also include ceramic coating.

Please review our ceramic coating section for more information.

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The paint correction process for myself is a huge part of why I opened my own retail location. I love the fact that I can dedicate anywhere from 4 hours to 30 hours correcting a vehicles paint, and then seeing my clients reaction reminds me of why I got into detailing. When I hear of clients being quoted anywhere from $7,000 to $20,000 for a paint job, I explain to them what paint correcting is and how it is literally the fraction of the cost of a new paint job. A lot of clients know what polishing is, however, they’ve never really been explained what paint correction is.

You will see a lot of videos of “detailers” that lack experience uses improper pads, compounds and pressure during the paint correction process. This in turn will leave a hazing or hologram effect, additional swirl marks, or even burnt paint and clear coat. If your paint is burnt, the only fix now is getting it repainted. We’ve often had clients call and tell us they found someone who will polish their vehicle for $200. I cringe at these moments, but understand clients have a budget to work with. I explain to the client the old saying, “You get what you pay for”, and go into as much detail of polishing and paint correction as I can.

Once they have all the information and have still decided to go with a much more economic detailer, I give them my information and ask them to call me once the work is done and they need it repaired, as I guarantee that person has just been taken advantage of.

Give us a call today to see how we can bring the shine and life back into your vehicles paint, and to also protect it for years to come. Protect your investment, call us today!