Car Paint Correction Sydney

Paint Correction

Looking for a Car Paint Correction service? Let A Buff & Beyond restore that shine for you.

Get a better understanding of what PAINT CORRECTION means, what it involves and when you should consider paint correction for your car. We will explain what paint is and its characteristics, as well as the procedures of paint correction. At the end of this article, we hope you will be able to make a sound decision on whether this is the right service for you.

The Structure of Car Paint

What is it?

Simply said, paint is there to protect the panels of your car. It protects the metal from oxidation and therefore avoids rusting.

Cross section of automotive paint

The layers of paint are:

The thickness of each car’s paint varies, but it is good to know that in most cases the topcoat is only about 0.076mm thin! That is even thinner than the wrapper of a chocolate bar!

The topcoat (clear coat) does not contain any colour or pigment and its role is to protect the base colour of your car.

The primer is designed to keep the moisture away from the bare metal surface to prevent it from rusting etc.

The characteristics of paint:

  • Car paint has 4 layers, and each of these layers is shifting and expanding/contracting at different speeds at the same time when exposed to heat either via environmental circumstances such as sun or physical circumstances such as polishing
  • All individual layers move independently while they must stick to each other. This will have an impact on your polishing and overall outcome

Paint Correction

What is it?

Paint Correction is the delicate process of restoring and rejuvenating the paintwork of your car. It is trying to minimise the impact of the damage cosmetically and is needed to bring back the accuracy of reflection as much as the possible while considering your cars paint condition.

When would your car need paint correction?

Your car may need to undergo paint correction when the topcoat of the car’s paintwork is damaged. Once the damage is done, sunlight diffracts in these damaged areas and reflects its imperfections which we notice.

You may notice defects such as

  • swirl marks
  • oxidation
  • etchings
  • fine scratches
  • buffer trails
  • and random isolated deep scratches (RIDS

which can be removed with a Paint Correction service.

Cross Section of automotive paint light reflection

How it is done

Paint Correction

Paint Correction works by levelling down the paint to reduce the visible defects.                                         

The following procedures may be used for it:

  • polishing
  • compounding
  • sanding

A variety of different compounds, sand paper, polishes, pads and machines are used while taking into consideration the condition of the paint.

Check out some of our videos that provide a brief glimpse into the world of paint correction.

Before getting started

Important things to consider

It is important to keep in mind:

  1. The topcoat has ingredients included that are designed to fight off damage such as the effects of the sun. By levelling down the paint, some of the UV and heavy-duty protection will be removed with it automatically
  2. When you polish, you keep on taking away microlayers of paint
  3. It is reducing the thickness of your paint. The topcoat is generally only about 0.076mm thin which is thinner than the wrapper of a post-it note
  4. Too fast and too much heat polishing means the layers will shift which will cause distension on the top layer. Therefore, the micromechanical attachments detach. This will result in delamination which will not be visible at once but over time your car’s paint might fade into cloudy looking paint

 Remember: If you polish too fast with too much heat, your car paint will lose its connection and you will burnt the paint which will require a full respray to repair.

Different Stages of Paint Correction

What do they mean?
Paint correction
Results vary depending on the degree of paint defects present as well as on the car's paint type

Minor Paint Correction (Gloss Enhancement)

The paintwork will be polished in one stage or one step with only one type of polish and pad combination. View our Gloss Enhancement SILVER package here.

  • approx 50% of your car’s paint defects to be removed
  • Challenge is to remove defects whilst finishing down the paintwork to leave behind a high level gloss finish in one step
  • Defect removal dependant on paint’s characteristics (hard or soft) and depth of defects
  • 1 day / 5-8 hours depending on the size of the car and the condition of the paint

Outcome: Good level of gloss and clarity.

Medium Paint Correction

Involves multiple polish and pad combinations ‘dialled in’ to provide the best results. View our Medium Paint Correction GOLD package here.

The first step is designed to remove deeper paint defects by using a more aggressive method of pads and compounding. This aggressive process actually instils defects of its own into the paintwork. A side effect in removing the deeper defects.  The second step is to refine the paintwork by removing the haze and scratches instil in the first process and and bring back the gloss of the paint to a very high level.

  • 70-85% defect removal
  • Required for the removal of medium to heavy swirl marks, deeper marring and scratches.
  • Removal of deeper acid etchings like bird droppings stains and watermarks.
  • Removes heavy oxidisation
  • 2 days / 10-16 hours depending on the size of the car and the condition of the paint

Outcome: Intense gloss and mirror like reflection

Major Paint Correction

As many steps and methods needed to remove the deepest defects and bring back your car’s paintwork as close to perfection as possible! View our Major Paint Correction PLATINUM package here.

  • 90-95% defect removal
  • Heavy swirl marks, marring and scratches.
  • The surface is refined to the highest possible level and maximum results are achieved in the paints finish.
  • Up to 1 week – an estimate duration will be provided after the assessment of your car’s paint.

Outcome: As perfect as the paint can be. Paintwork will look deep, rich and glossy.


the choice is yours

Paint correction is great if you would like to enhance or restore the paintwork of your car.

It is a ‘permanent’ fix and can bring amazing changes to your car’s paint. However, Paint Correction is also limited and not always the solution.

Depending on the thickness of your car’s paint it might be better to smooth out the damage with ‘fillers’, so the visible defects are not as harsh.

A professional assessment of your car’s paintwork is always recommended as it identifies problem areas and what is the best solution for your car’s paintwork.

If you would like us to assess your car to receive an honest opinion and recommendation on how to restore/revive your car’s paintwork, then we would love to hear from you 😊


Our BRONZE car detailing package is specifically designed for new car owners seeking the best in ceramic coating paint protection. Utilising the latest in coating technology, we offer the best protection for your paintwork, wheels and interior.

Our SILVER car detailing package is the best value for your money. Suitable for vehicles with minor paint defects, a high gloss and glass-like paint finish is achieved by means of paint correction before applying a high-grade paint protection coating.

Our GOLD car detailing package is designed for vehicles with medium level paint defects such as swirls, scratches and reduced depth of colour. The rejuvenated paintwork is then locked in with a high grade professional paint protection coating.


Our PLATINUM car detailing package is suited to cars with a high level of paint defects, which requires intensive paint correction to restore a flawless finish. Once completed, the paint is then locked in with a high grade professional paint protection coating.


Or just pop in and show us your car in person, any time we’re open.


We love to build relationships with our Clients, that is why all our services include direct contact and discussion with Fouad about your vehicle, including maintenance training, product advice and even after-hours support for years to come. 

Mehir Lewis
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Fouad was very professional in his approach for this job. He takes pride in his work which is an excellent quality. The job that he did on my car was amazing!! I would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone else.
Mike Keane
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Fouad is very respectful and professional, my car is absolutely divine after Fouad did ceramic coating & detailing. My car is brand new he made it looks even newer than when I bought it. Job very well done, if you want your car to look amazing you need to have it done by Buff & Beyond. Can't thank you enough, I drive it with pride now.
Adam Chan-Sew
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Fouad’s obsession with cars and attention to detail is evident through his work. I left the keys of my pride and joy with him for one day and I was amazed when I returned to see a mirror finish all over with incredible colour depth. A complete transformation! Thanks Fouad. Will be recommending your services.
Leon Very
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Fouad spent 2 days completing a Stage 1 paint correction and Graphene coating to my Aston Martin. The result is incredible! The detail and professionalism shown by Fouad is second to none. He is a perfectionist and is very knowledgeable in his craft. Above all he is a great guy and very easy to deal with. Thanks very much Fouad, we are very happy!
Adam Ullman
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I can’t recommend this place enough. Amazing attention to detail and Fouad really did go above and beyond. He even sent me video updates during the process. It’s really obvious that he loves what he does and the result speaks for itself! 😍
Shareen Anthony
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Fouad is a great guy, friendly and professional and an expert is his field. He did an amazing stage 1 correction and headlight restoration on my black 370z which now looks super shiny and beautiful! Makes the whole experience of driving my sports car even more enjoyable. Fouad even gave me a after care plan on maintaining the shine and smoothness of the car with recommendations of products to buy and how to use them for best results. Definitely recommend a buff and beyond to anyone looking for a safe, friendly and professional service 🙂
Adrian Suseno
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We didn't want to leave our car with just anyone. We heard about Fouad's work ethic and attention to detail and when we saw the results, we were not disappointed. Loved the graphene coating. Highly recommend!
Castle Hill Collision Repairs
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We were more then happy with the detailing job. Very professional and courteous. A absolute gentleman who takes enormous pride in his work. Highly recommend.

Car Detailing Information

We understand there is a lot of information out there about car detailing, paint correction,  graphene and ceramic coatings. It can be overwhelming and frustrating at times to go through all that information only to be more confused and have more questions than when you first started. That’s why we have written these accurate, comprehensive yet simple to understand articles regarding paint protection, paint correction, graphene coatings and ceramic coatings – so that you can be informed to make the right decision for your car.

CAR Paint Correction - Let us bring back the shine and the smiles

Thanks to years of extensive testing and research at A Buff & Beyond, we have refined our car paint correction methods to be effective and safe on all types of clear coats.

Paint correction by machines, despite how complicated some websites and videos will attempt to make it look, is really just ‘sanding’. The difference is in the skill, patience and understanding behind diminishing and non-diminishing compounds, pressures, machine speeds, backing plate angles, heat and temperatures, surface areas, residue control, paint thickness, tooling and more – a balancing act that becomes an art with experience.