Paint Enhancement and Correction

Good bye swirl marks and scratches

Are you tired of seeing the swirls and light scratches on your car paint? Is your paint brand new but not looking as crisp or clear as it should be? Originally designed for some of the world’s toughest Concours d’Elegance events, Paint Correction is a labor intensive process utilizing the finest refinishing tools and nanotechnology abrasives to remove surface defects, swirl marks, scratches and water etching.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"

Our paint correction truly separates us from the rest. Our process will always outperform the competition and produce high-quality paint correction work that you simply won’t be able to find elsewhere. Many detailing shops will simply FILL in the scratches by using sub-par polishes and waxes to HIDE scratches, we will permanently REMOVE them.

We spend a great amount of time fixing work that was done incorrectly by unskilled buffer operators from other detailers, body shops, manufacturers, and dealership prep departments. This process reveals the exterior paint’s true potential and is the pinnacle of safe, modern, and proper polishing techniques. From modern two-component clear coat to retro single-stage paint, Squirrel Shine was built around our exceptional paint correction services over the years and is ideal for discerning clients looking for unparalleled quality and finish.

What are swirl Marks?

Swirl marks are scratches caused by small particles making abrasive contact with the finish of a car. The term swirl comes from the fact that these scratches typically occur when one is washing or detailing a vehicle. The usage of low quality and dirty cloths, impure water, or both (typically the case of automated car wash machines) can cause unwanted particles to leave behind deep scratches.

Ironically, another source of swirl marks comes from lesser detailing shops. In order to save time and cost, these shops often re-use towels and water thereby increasing the amount of abrasive particles coming in contact with a vehicle’s finish.

There are absolutely no short-cuts to completely reversing these imperfections; a typical paint correction treatment may take anywhere between 10 to 30 hours depending on the severity.

What comes with Paint Correction?

  • Foam Bath & Hand Wash
  • Deep detail wheels
  • Claybar Decontamination
  • Paint Iron Particles Decontamination
  • Detail Door Jambs
  • Polish Exhaust Tips
  • Condition Tires and Wells
  • Exterior & Interior Glass
  • Paint Sanitation
  • Paint Inspection
  • Trim Masking
  • Paint Correction and Refinement Polish
  • Premium Paint Sealant Protection
  • Top of the Line Wax
  • Complimentary Vacuum and Wipe down

Frequently Asked Questions

Decontamination (sometimes referred to as “decon”) is the process of removing those “things” that do not come off with just a car wash. These contaminants may come in the form of iron deposits, tar, paint overspray, concrete splatter, or sap. This is a crucial pre-paint correction step to deliver the best results.

This is the most crucial step prior to a multi-stage paint correction. The thought of having multiple high speed tools touching the vehicle’s paint surface is often times daunting. While this commonly happens at most dealerships and inexperienced detail shops, here at Squirrel Shine, it is our number one priority to produce the most striking result without creating further damage by incorporating next generation equipment. The vehicle is thoroughly inspected using multiple light sources including high powered LEDs, direct sunlight, and a sun gun to reveal all imperfections. A high powered digital magnifying microscope will be used to look into deeper scratches providing high resolution details at 500x magnification. The next step is to measure the paint’s clear coat using an ultrasonic paint depth meter to make sure there is enough clear coat to work with. This is a very important process and commonly overlooked by most detailing shops. It determines the thickness of the paint and the possibility of burning through the clear coat. All panel edges, plastics and sensitive areas will be protected using body safe masking tapes. Another step most detailing shops will ignore. Masking these areas will prevent the buffer from burning through the clear coat, since the paint is always the thinnest towards the edge of the panels.It is the process of taping off 

We get this all the time. We usually get the vehicle with a bunch of holograms in the paint and wax all in the emblems and honeycomb areas. This is clear signs of an inexperienced detailer with a rotary and a wool pad and with too much compound or polish, and not properly trim masking around vehicle prior to polishing.

Typically, we offer up to 3 stages of paint correction on a vehicle. The first stage is the cutting stage. Here, we use an aggressive cutting pad, typically made of microfiber or wool, along with a cutting compound liquid, to remove heavy defects and swirls from the paint. The next step is polishing. This is done typically using a foam polishing pad, and a liquid polish. This does 2 things, remove more minor swirl marks and scratches, and leave the surface extremely clear and glossy in preparation for coating. The 3rd and final step, which is less common, is ultra fine polishing. This is done with a very very mild polishing pad, and heavy polishing liquid. This is done to further exchange the gloss and overall appearance of the painted surface prior to coating.

It is a common misconception that a brand new vehicle requires no paint correction and that the paint is fresh from the factory. It is the dealership’s usual practice to do a new car prep before delivering to the customer. Dealerships will always use the fastest and cost effective way to prep the car, which inevitably creates these imperfections. In addition to that, the dealership detailers uses a body shop glaze and a combination of high speed machines with dirty wool pads to create that show car shine under the showroom lights. This merely helps to create extra gloss, hiding all the imperfections remaining.

Paint Correction normally takes anywhere between six to 30 hours, depending on the vehicle. Price will be determined based on number of hours required, the type of vehicle and customer expectations. We do not give prices for paint correction over the phone, but we can set you up for an in-person appointment to inspect the paint and go from there. [Click here]

Squirrel Shine is fully insured for liability, theft, fire and property damage. 

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