Car Paint Correction Sydney
Paint Correction - what you need to know
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Paint correction service
What is paint correction?
Paint correction is the delicate process of permanently removing swirls marks, scratches, oxidation and other unsightly paint defects to restore your vehicles shine and gloss.
Why do you need to see my vehicle to quote it?
Fouad needs to see your vehicle before quoting paint correction to determine what thickness is the paintwork on the vehicle and confirm the defects can be removed without compromising the vehicles paintwork in the long run.
The thickness of each car’s paint varies, but in most cases the top clear coat which contains all the damage is only about 0.07mm thin! That is even thinner than the wrapper of a chocolate bar!
Unfortunately, there is a belief in the industry that the paint work just needs a ‘cut and polish’ and the swirls and defects are permanently gone. The danger with this process is not confirming the thickness of the paint before commencing. If the clear coat is too thin to cut the defects out, you will be left with paint failure which can only be fixed by respraying the vehicle.
Though swirls marks and scratches can be removed with a machine polisher, the professional experience ensures the paintwork thickness is not compromised and the paint work is restored and conserved without excessively reducing the thickness of the paint to remove those defects.
Paint correction by machines, 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.
Thanks to years of extensive testing, research and experience, Fouad at A Buff & Beyond, has refined his car paint correction methods to be effective and safe on all types of clear coats.
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 automotive paint
Simply said, paint is there to protect the panels of your car. It protects the metal from oxidation and therefore avoids rusting.
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
When does 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
- fine scratches
- buffer trails
- and random isolated deep scratches (RIDS
which can be removed with a Paint Correction service.
How is paint correction carried out?
Paint Correction works by levelling down the paint to reduce the visible defects by means of sanding, compounding and polishing.
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.
It is important to keep in mind:
- 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
- When you polish, you keep on taking away microlayers of paint 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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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