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What is Paint Correction? And the Truth behind it!

Updated: Mar 11, 2020




What is Paint Correction?


Paint correction is a commonly used term for auto detailing professionals, which is the process of minimizing or removing scratches, swirls, and defects. This term only refers to correcting the very top layer of your vehicle's paint job, the clear coat (with the exception of single stage paint).


You may have also heard terms such as power polishing, cut and polish, machine polishing, or buffing. They are all synonyms of paint correction.


To truly understand paint correction, you must have some understanding of your vehicles paintwork.

To visualize it, pay attention to this excellent diagram made by Oahu Auto Detailing. This effectively shows what kind of defects you may encounter on your vehicle and how deep it may have engraved into the clear coat.


For anyone who has previously thought "well paint correction didn't remove everything, I still have so many scratches". As paint correction specialists, we must take into consideration the integrity and limitations of your paint and cannot risk breaking through the clear coat. As shown above, many scratches and defects in your clear coat can be too deep or too close to the next layer of paint, base coat. With that being said, preserving and maintaining a safe amount of clear coat is necessary to prevent a costly new paint job.


In theory, a successful paint correction would level and flatten the microscopic potholes in the clear coat and resulting in a extremely reflective and mirror finish. Trusting reputable detailers is highly recommended, as many polishing and detailing products have fillers in them and cause the deception or illusion t