Faded paint? Unappealing scratches and swirls? Maybe you simply want to bring back that like new, factory gloss of your paint? Auto Lust Detailing advanced paint correction service is the ideal choice for you!
Paint correction consists of machine polishing paint in order to soften the appearance of scratches, while removing swirl marks and other imperfections. Polishing is also known as buffing or compounding and consists of leveling out a microscopic layer of clear-coat.
This process effectively removes imperfections but also restores your clear-coat's light reflectivity, which is responsible for that deep gloss and shine.
Our paint correction services can transform your paint into a glossier, shinier surface than it was when you first brought it home- this is not an over-exaggeration!
Depending on the level of perfection you desire and the level of imperfection found within your vehicles exterior surface, our highly trained technicians can utilize even more assertive methods, such as wet-sanding, to achieve levels of gloss and brilliance you never thought possible. After a paint correction, we recommend installing a pro ceramic coating to lock in your new finish and protect it for years to come.
Paint correction should not be confused with body shop repair or paint repair. It is rather the art of softening or removing any defects that are found within the clear-coat. Anything deeper than the clear-coat can be improved upon but not typically removed. When addressing surface level damage, paint correction is however a cost-effective repair solution compared to those customarily offered by body shops.
Paint correction will contribute to you achieving a higher resale value for your vehicle. By keeping the original paint, you avoid a respray that oftentimes will not lead to a 100% match of the original color. Not to mention the first impression a prospective buyer will have of your (their) newly polished beauty.
Swirl-marks, scratches and other imperfection can come to life in many different ways. Some of these are unavoidable, such as road grit and grime. Raleigh's roads aren't free of environmental and industrial contaminants that will always inflict microscopic scratch on your car.
Bugs splatter, brake dust, bird droppings, water-spots and tar are probably the most common causes of staining or etching on your clear-coat. They can easily leave behind permanent imperfections on you paint that will require paint correction. By removing them quickly instead of leaving them to bake on your clear-coat you can avoid permanent damages but how you remove them can then leave behind marring or scratches.
This is why it is always better to remove them using the 2-bucket wash method to avoid inflecting a different kind of paint defect while trying to prevent another. When you remove these things, you can scrape the surface and leave marks. Tar and water spots can also cause clear coat problems. We know we're probably overloading you with information but our team will always assist you after a paint correction on how to maintain your better than brand new finish!
There are also instances where the car owner himself is to blame for the poor condition of the clear coat. Poor car washing techniques can leave swirl marks, micro-scratches, and other problems. For example, using a regular cloths to wash your car or a beach towel for drying your paint can create some serious swirl-marks on your car. We recommend using the two-bucket washing method with high-quality microfibre washing mitts and drying towels as a good starting point for washing your paint.
Some enthusiasts like to polish or "paint correct" their car by themselves and we applaud them for their courage and dedication. But one must be entirely sure that he has the proper equipment and experience before polish his own car. The rule of thumb is if you've never mechanically polished a car before, start with a scrap hood as you more likely to inflict more damage than anything when starting to learn the art of "paint correction".
Last but not least, getting your car serviced in an automatic touch car wash or cheap hand car wash is guaranteed to turn your paint into unsightly matte finish over the years. This is usually the #1 reason why cars are covered with swirl-marks as those kinds of car washes do not care about the integrity of your clear-coat, after all their only purpose is to get your car clean no matter the kind of damage it creates on your paint.