Paint correction is a term that is used by both pro auto detailers and car enthusiasts alike  to describe the process of restoring and rejuvenating the paint of a vehicle. This is done mainly through the elimination of surface imperfections and scratches. These imperfections include things like oxidation, haze, swirl marks, fine scratches, bird dropping etching, acid rain etching, holograms & buffer marks.


Paint correction is a very time consuming and labor intensive task. It is best if it is done by a professional auto detailer. Call Vivid Detailz today for your professional paint corrections needs!


Paint Correction Services

How it Works?

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The term paint correction should only be used if the imperfections in your vehicles paint are properly removed and are not just merely covered up or hidden with filler products. The actual corrective process itself consists of a small amount of clear coat or paint being removed from the surface with the use of abrasive polishes. These abrasive polishes are applied and worked in with the appropriate polishing machines, in order to level out the surface of your vehicles paint.

Before any paint correction can be though, a thorough wash and decontamination of the vehicle is performed. Once the paintwork is properly washed and cleaned to remove any loose dirt and debris, the vehicle is “clayed” with a special automotive clay bar. This safely removes any bonded surface contaminants such as tar and industrial fallout.

Perfect Polishing

It is important that these contaminants are removed before the paint correction process. If they are not removed they could become dislodged and caught up in the pad of a polishing machine, and they could easily cause damage to the surface very quickly. By leaving the surface very smooth the polishing machine will be able to move freely over the surface, reducing the possibility of hopping or sticking. Lastly, by “claying” the paintwork you are able to properly see the progress of the correction process since you can see the true condition of the surface as you are working.

Polishing is usually a multistage process as a range of different grades of polish are used. These polishes range from heavier cutting compounds, to finer products. The heavy cutting compounds remove any surface material, while the finer products remove any marks caused by the heavier products and refine the finished product. During the paint correction process it is common for a paint depth gauge to be used.

A paint depth gauge measures the thickness of the paint on the metal panel and is used before, during and after the process to monitor how much material is being removed and ensure that just the right amount of paint is removed. If too little or to much is removed it can cause irreversible damage such as a strike through the paint. Special halogen or LED lamps replicate the effect of direct sunlight on the surface of the vehicle are also used during the process to check the condition of the paintwork and see how successfully the surface scratches and imperfections are being removed.

Some of the scratches or imperfections may be too deep or severe to safely remove without risking removing to much surface paint or clear coat. These scratches or imperfections are minimized and reduced as best as possible using a machine polisher and polishing products that round off the edges of the scratches. This process makes them far less apparent in the direct light.

After the paint correction, the panels are wiped down with an isopropyl alcohol which removes any oils that may have been left over from the polish. The alcohol also reveals the true finish, and any areas that may have been missed or require a little more work. Once complete the fully corrected paintwork will shine brilliantly. The finished product will also give off a mirror finish because there are now no longer any scratches or imperfections to reflect the light rays in different directions.

Paint correction is a very labor intensive process and is usually the most time consuming part of the car detailing process. Because of the long process, it commands higher premiums from professional detailers & car cleaners.  Amateurs or  car enthusiasts should only attempt to correct their own paintwork if they are completely confident in doing so or have enough experience to carry it out safely as they can cause more harm than good.

 Protect Your Investment

In conclusion, paint correction is the process of removing surface scratches and imperfections from a vehicles paintwork, that involves the use of machine polishers and a range of different polishing products. A fully paint corrected vehicle will show only true reflections and no swirl marks, scratches, or blemishes when viewed in direct sunlight.

It is also important to distinguish between paintwork that has been truly corrected and paintwork that has been treated with products that are designed to mask and fill surface imperfections. This should never be referred to as paint correction even if no scratches or blemishes are apparent, because they have not been genuinely removed and are still present under the filler products. These filler products will wash away in time and leave your car looking worse than when you took it to have the paint correction done. Always use a reputable vehicle detailing company when having your paint corrected.


1. Detailing

Detailing alone is the washing and cleaning of the exterior, interior, wheels and even includes the engine bay.  With our Aquatic Therapy swirl-free car wash, your car will look significantly better then when washed with any automated car wash. Your vehicle is washed in a safe manner that does not use any harsh chemicals or create marring in the paint.  This is just the beginning of the total detailing system that will leave your vehicle looking better then brand new.

2.  Paint Correction

The 2nd part of your total vehicle detailing is to fix any defects in the surface of the paint.  This is very different from a “polish” or a “buff as it doesn’t use any fillers to smooth the surface of the paint.  The removal of the top layer or layers of clear coat to permanently remove the various defects such as micro marring, rids, oxidation, etc…  will be improve your paint exponentially and you will be able to see the vehicles truest color.  However this process should not be done to the car more then 2 or 3 times in it’s lifetime or a repaint will be necessary.  That is why once the vehicle’s paint is perfected, a strong protection should be chosen in order to protect the paint from being damaged again.

3. Protection

Paint protection is the most critical step in the total detailing of your vehicle.  It can save hours and hours of future cleaning and detailing.  It will also provide a brilliant finish and add a true measurable lasting value to your vehicle.  There are three aspects to consider when choosing a coating for your freshly polished vehicle; Protection, Longevity and Appearance.  We have used everything from waxes to sealants and found that nothing is going to protect your car’s appearance as completely as a Ceramic Glass coating.  Ceramic Glass coatings are at the forefront of paint protection technologies. Ceramic Pro is the absolute pinnacle of vehicle coating systems.  Ceramic Pro coating systems offer a true lifetime warranty against light scratches, UV damage and corrosion. These coating also have an amazing clarity, brilliance and luster.  We will walk through all of the different options with you and show you why Ceramic Pro will surpass all of your expectations for the total care of your car.

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Call Vivid Detailz today for the highest quality vehicle detailing job in Redding, CA! We use only high quality cleaning supplies, products and equipment. We are experts in detailing, and know the ideal finish that your vehicle needs! We specialize in all different types of vehicle detailing, RV Detailing, Boat Detailing, and Airplane Detailing! Leave it to the pros! If it floats, flies or drives…call the Vivid Detailz Guys!

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