What is “Paint Correction?”

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Paint correction is often times mistaken by many for repainting a vehicle. Many think that the term paint correction refers to fixing scrapes, stone chips, dents, dings, etc. 

While all those horrible mishaps can be fixed with other methods, they are not fixed by a machine polisher or “paint correction”.

Paint correction is the process of reducing, minimizing and/or eliminating imperfections in a vehicle’s clear coat. 

A vehicle has a few layers to the pretty shiny stuff you see: typically there’s a primer layer, a base coat or “color” layer, and the clear coat or top coat which makes the surface appear ultra shiny/glossy. Imperfections in clear coat can be caused by a plethora of things, such as a cat walking across the hood, someone keying a vehicle, wiping it down improperly, improper washing/care methods, bird poo droppings, acid rain, California dusters, tree sap , the list goes on! 

 

So how do you get rid of the scratches?

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Paint correction can involve a number of measures (literally) including measuring paint depth to ensure there is enough clear coat available to correct (otherwise you’ll burn through to the base coat or beyond!), as well as choosing the right machine, pads, compounds and polishes to correct the issue.  

Ask the abused Maserati above, he’ll show you what we did. See the scratches/swirls/spider webs/unholiness in the paint? Well here is after

 

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Another example below 

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For more behind the science of paint correction and what you’re actually seeing, head over to our paint correction page where we dive into the process. Click here

 

 

Happy Detailing All!

- Chris Parker  

Co-Owner Detail BOSS

Detail BOSS owners Christian and Chris continue education with Jason Killmer of KXK Dynamics AKA “The SandMan”

Sanding paint isn’t for the faint of heart. One wrong stroke and you could go through the vehicle’s clearcoat, ruining it and compromising its originality if it needs to be resprayed. 

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We attended Jason’s Killmer’s sanding course at Renny Doyle’s Detailing Success HQ, located in Big Bear, CA. Jason is known world-wide for his incredible sanding skills on world class automobiles; despite having cerebral palsy, Jason has mastered his craft and trains people across the country. During the course we learned the proper techniques to assess paint texture, what tools and skills are required to tackle tricky corners and seams, and of course the art of hand sanding to minimize paint texture for that perfect mirror finish we all know and love! 

 

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We attend a number of continued education courses, seminars and webinars throughout each year. This allows us to continue to be industry leaders within the art of paint correction and other services we offer to our clientele. Until next time, happy detailing! 

 

 - Chris Co-owner Detail BOSS

Want to get your hands on some KXK Sanding Stix? Visit Jason’s website here


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2018 Porsche 911 Exclusive Edition: Full Body Suntek Ultra Paint Protection Film (Clear Bra)

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The Porsche Turbo S 911 Exclusive Edition is immediately noticed from afar with its dominant black stripes, however upon closer inspection, you notice it is real carbon fiber weave shown through the Golden Yellow paint. There is carbon fiber accents noted throughout the vehicle, from the side mirrors, air ducts on the rear, rear spoiler, to the subtly golden woven carbon fiber on the interior; Porsche hasn’t left a detail untouched on this one.

Boasting the 3.8L Flat-Six, the Exclusive puts down a healthy 607HP with 553 lb-ft of torque. With a 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 205MPH, it all feels so linear in Porsche’s 7 speed PDK Transmission.

THE DETAILS

The vehicle was brought in from factory and gone over with our client meticulously. We decided to wrap the entire car in Suntek’s Ultra paint protection film (PPF), as this is the best barrier to protect a vehicle’s paint from the elements of our environment (stone chips, sap, tar, bugs, road paint, etc).

The car was first washed, decontaminated with an environmental fallout remover, claybarred, and inspected for imperfections.

Upon completion, we prepped the car for wrap. Many clients who inquire about our PPF services are educated as to how each pattern is custom fitted to ensure all edges are tucked and rolled where possible, leaving a virtually seamless installation.

Finally, we did a post-wash to rid the surface of any install solution, and prepped for application of Ceramic Pro.

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With our 5 year package, we coat the film in two different products, 1 layer of each. The first, providing superior and added UV protection to the film, and the second providing an ultra slick, buttery smooth hydrophobic layer to ensure optimal hydrophobicity, gloss, and ease of cleaning. Washing a vehicle was never this easy!

For more information on our paint protection film services, click here

For more information on our coating options, click here

Below you will find a brief video capturing the wrapping and coating process performed on the Porsche.

Porsche Carrera GT in for paint correction and ceramic pro!

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This stunning 3800 mile Porsche Carrera GT is in for our stage 2 paint correction to remove minor surface imperfections and prepare the surface for application for our 7 year ceramic coating! The interior, glass and wheel faces are also being protected with Ceramic Pro  

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2017 Camaro ZL-1 vinyl wrap

We had a client bring in his beautiful Jet Black Camaro ZL-1 for some paint correction. While it was in for its special touch, the owner decided to throw a big curve-ball and wanted his car purple!  

After going back and forth with several purple options to choose from, our client landed in Gloss Plum Explosion by 3M.  

We had the vehicle a full week to perform the transformation. From disassembly or door handles, bumpers and spoiler, to tucking and rolling all edges on every surface, we ensure our vinyl wrap installations are the highest quality you’ll receive.  

Upon completion, we steamed, as well as polished the vinyl to massage and remove any haze and imperfections that were placed on the material during shipping and installation. We then topped the entire car with Ceramic Pro. This not only adds UV protection and makes the wrap a cinch to take care of, but also adds another level of depth to the film for an enriched, high gloss finish.