This part of our website was created to give the average consumer some base knowledge about paint correction, buffing and polishing, and automotive paint in general.
Understanding key trade words will help you make a better decision on paint correction services.
This information should help you identify your paint issues, as well as the limitation of your paint.
Buffing refers to the process of removal of thin layers of paint (or clear coat) from an (automotive) finish. Buffing is synonymous with compounding, cutting, and leveling. It is the first step of correction in our 3-Stage Cut & Polish service. Buffing differs from polishing, in the way that buffing is used to fix more heavy paint defects such as scratches, heavy swirl marks, etching, oxidization, and much more.
Polishing is used to address milder paint issues such as swirl marks, buffer swirls, or light scratches. In addition to correcting paint, polishing can be used to refine the gloss and enhance the look of an automotive paint. This step in paint correction is where experience shows, as it is the difference between a vehicle's paint being 90 percent corrected vs 99 percent corrected. Being able to deliver the last 10 percent of perfection is what separates our skilled paint correction services from others.
Paint correction is the entirety of the process of removing defects from automotive paint. Paint correction can employ any variation or buffing, polishing, and scratch repair. Claybar is a part of the prep in a paint correction process, but does not correct paint on it's own. Applying sealant is usually the final step in the paint correction procedure, but does not do anything to remove defects.
Sealants essentially seal in an automotive finish, usually after the paint correction process. They range from short term paste wax to permanent, ceramic and nano coatings. Sealants protect your finish from the environment, and prevent defects such as oxidization, UV damage, bird etchings, hard water spots. Ceramic Coatings protect against all these factors, as well as scratches (to an extent). In addition to the paint protection benefits, sealants can enhance the look or appearance of an automotive finish.
Wax is an old school method of adding protection and gloss to an automobile. It is a common misconception that “waxing” is the same as buffing, polishing, and paint correction in general. Waxing does nothing to treat actual defects. Waxing a vehicle simply fills in scratches on a temporary basis , and provides a slick finish. Paint correction is permanent removal of defects, waxing is not.
This is not to say that waxing doesn't have some advantages!
The process of removing automotive paint scratches through abrasion. Some scratches may be repaired with less aggressive polishing, while certain scratches will require heavy buffing, and wet sanding. Unfortunately, certain scratches are out of the scope of our services. For instances, if your scratch has a dent, or a large portion of paint missing, we may not be able to repair it. However, we offer touch up services for moderate scratches.
A claybar is used to remove surface contamination from automotive paint. It is done by gliding a soft man made putty across the surface. With each motion, it removes embedded particles that are not removed during car washes.
Contrary to popular belief, claybar does not remove scratches. It is a preparation step in the paint correction process.
Watersanding is the most agressive method of paint correction. It involves rapid removal of clear coat (or paint) via abrasive papers, lubricated with water. Watersanding is used to remove deep defects where buffing would prove ineffective. Watersanding can be used to remove paint texture, as well as remove ceramic coatings. Watersanding is always a last resort to remove defects. It is important to remove the minimum amount of material to achieve desired results.
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