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Our 3-Stage Paint Correction Process:

The  3-stage paint correction is a time-tried and tested method of removing  defects from a painted surfaces. The 3 stages ensures efficient and  thorough defect removal, and removes the chance of hologramming (machine  induced swirl marks). The 3 stages refer to 3 separate stages of paint  machining. We do not factor preparation. nor the final protection into  these 3 stages. This is what makes this process a true 3-Stage Paint  Correction. 


Before  any paint correction, it is necessary to thoroughly clean the paint.  Any contamination left behind may cause swirl marks during the buffing  process. First, we usually use a chemical to strip the loose dirt and  debris from the paint, via foam cannon. We then proceed to perform a  very careful two bucket hand wash. The vehicle is then purged with  compressed air, then dried with a premium microfiber towel. Next, we  assess the level of contamination, and use the according grade of  claybar. The claybar step in preparation removes stubborn contaminants  that have adhered in the paint. The vehicle is then rewashed via  touchless method, then purged and dried. We proceed to apply masking  tape to any sensitive areas such as trim pieces, and emblems. The  vehicle's paint is now ready to be assessed and machined. 

Stage 1: Defect Removal (Cutting/Buffing)

Depending  on the level of defects, we will use one of two types of machines: a  rotary or dual action polisher. Rotary machines are used to remove heavy  defects such as deep scratches and swirl marks. A dual action polisher  can be used to remove mild to moderate defects. Each respective machine  is usually paired with a heavy cut foam or wool pad in this step.  Usually, we use a heavy cut compound in this step, depending on paint  condition. 

 We  proceed to work a small area, and monitor improvement of paint  clarity(commonly known as a test section). Once desired result is  achieved, we proceed to cut the entire vehicle, working one small  section at a time. During this step, it is common that the vehicle will  get dusty from the “cutting action”. After the cut is complete, the  vehicle is washed via touchless method, then purged and dried.

Now is the time to apply any necessary paint touch ups on stone chips etc. 

Stage 2: Paint Refinement

 In  this step, the goal is to bring the paint as close to perfection as  possible. The more thoroughly this step is performed, the easier the  last step will be. This step is usually performed with a dual action  polisher paired with a medium cut pad & compound or polish. We work a  small section at a time to confirm proper pad and compound selection.  Once desired results are achieved on the test section, we continue to  refine the rest of the panels. If the vehicle gets dusty during this  step, proceed to rewash.

Stage 3: Final Polish or "Jeweling"


In  this step, we polish or “jewel” the paint. This is done in order to  improve the gloss and clarity of the paint. We use a finishing foam pad  with a fine polish, paired with a dual action polisher, working a panel  at a time. After the final polish is complete, we then reinspect the  paint, ensuring no polishing residue remains. This will result in what  is known as your "Last Stage Product" , or LSP for short.  

LSP: Protection

In  this stage, we attempt to put a form of protection on your freshly  corrected paint. These range from 30 day protection sealants, to 5 year  ceramic coatings. Depending on customer needs, and budget, we proceed to  apply protection to all exterior painted panels. After the protection  is applied, the vehicle is then pulled outside for a thorough  inspection. Depending on the sealant, the vehicle may have to be kept  indoors for the coating to cure.

The vehicle is now ready for pickup!

Total  work time can vary from 8 hours to 30+ hours, depending on paint  condition. The 3-stage process usually brings your paint to 95% it's  full potential. This process can vary!