Paint Correction

The Best Paint Correction in Dallas Fort Worth

Paint Correction

The Best Paint Correction in Dallas

Do You Need Paint Correction Before Ceramic Coating?

Almost all cars need paint correction before ceramic coating, even brand new cars. A professional multi-stage paint correction not only removes the imperfections and enhances the gloss, but also preps the finish and delivers a high-performing coating.

Why Our Paint Correction Service is the Best in Dallas

We are proudly operating in one of the best detail shops - not only in Texas but most likely in the entire country. 

Extreme Lighting to Standardize Concours-Level Results

In our shop, lighting is at its extreme. When you come to our shop for paint correction, we will inspect and process your car under 800 light-bulb-equivalent lighting. Our technicians - unfortunately! -  do not have the chance to miss a single scratch or a hazing hologram.

5W LED light bulb

Multi-Stage Approach  - Up to 6 Stages

We provide by far the most advanced paint correction services in Dallas Fort Worth. Unlike the competition, we do not limit ourselves to a 3-stage paint correction, especially when the paint is very rough and a 6-stage method has the potential to deliver superior results.

MRP Software to Maximize Quality and Efficiency

We are not a bricks-and-mortar business.  We have a strong dedication to use  best-in-class business practices to maximize quality and efficiency. We are probably one of the few  - or the only  - automotive detailing and reconditioning companies in the world using a corporate-level Manufacturing Resource Planning  (MRP) software to manage workflow, quality and employee efficiency. 

Custom Tools and Set-up to Deliver Unmatched Results

We do not limit ourselves to the available tools on the market. Instead, we develop our own tools and set-up to create the best results ever possible. When you come to our shop, you will understand what we mean.

Correction

Gloss

Sanding

2000 Grit

Sanding

3000 Grit

Sanding

5000 Grit

Compounding

Heavy

Compounding

Light

Polishing

Fine

What is Paint Correction

Paint correction is the process of removing imperfections from an automotive clear-coat. It can be a 2-stage, 3-stage, or a 6-stage process.  If the paint has deep scratches, light oxidation, or etching, a 6-stage process would be the right method, as it includes three stages of wet sanding (with 2000, 3000 and 5000 grit foam disc), two stages of compounding (heavy and light), and a final polishing stage.

Wet sanding is the process that removes the scratched, oxidized clear-coat layer, but it creates a dull finish. It is followed by heavy compounding, which is much less effective in eliminating imperfections, but it restores 80-90% of the gloss. Heavy compounding is followed by light compounding and fine polishing to eliminate hazing holograms and further enhance the gloss.

Stages of Paint Correction

1-Stage

Polish

Enhances gloss

Removes hazing

2-Stage

Paint Correction

Enhances gloss

Removes hazing

Removes swirl marks

3-Stage

Paint Correction

Enhances gloss

Removes hazing

Removes swirl marks

Removes water marks

Removes light scratches

6-Stage

Paint Correction

Enhances gloss

Removes hazing

Removes swirl marks

Removes water marks

Removes deep scratches


Flood wash

No-rinse steam wash

Clay bar treatment

Fine polishing


Flood wash

No-rinse steam wash

Clay bar treatment

Light Compounding

Fine polishing


Flood wash

No-rinse steam wash

Clay bar treatment

Heavy Compounding

Light Compounding

Fine polishing


Flood wash

No-rinse steam wash

Clay bar treatment

2000 Grit Wet Sanding

3000 Grit Wet Sanding

5000 Grit Wet Sanding

Heavy Compounding

Light Compounding

Fine polishing


Best for near-perfect or light color brand-new paint


Best for most brand-new paint, especially dark colors


Best for remarkably swirled and/or lightly scratched paint


Best for remarkably swirled and scratched paint

Only when needed, no extra charges apply

Paint Correction Steps

Paint Correction is the process of removing imperfections - such as scratches, swirl marks, or even scuffs - from an automotive clear-coat and a standard procedure to prep automotive paints for protective coatings and films. The process include the following steps. 

Flood Wash

The process begins with a car wash. We will use a foam cannon and a heavy-duty degreaser to completely foam your car and lift-off the dirt. We will use a pressure washer running at 2.2 GPM to rinse your car and fresh microfiber towels - at least 6 or 10 of them depending on the size of your vehicle - to collect the remaining dirt and dry the exterior.

Deep Exterior Decontamination

In most cases, power washing does not remove 100% decontaminate the exterior of a vehicle. Depending on the type and intensity of the contaminants and deposits, we will either use our industrial steam cleaner with a chemical injection capability to steam-wash your vehicle, or follow the conventional procedure and use iron removers and clay bars to chemically lift-off the deposits and mechanically collect them.

Multi-Stage Paint Correction

Depending on the depth and intensity of imperfections on the automotive paint, 2-stage, 3-stage, or 6-stage paint correction are the methods that we utilize to bring showroom shine back to the paint. If it is a brand-new car, and especially if it is black, 2-stage paint correction will give the best results. On light-color brand-new cars, 1-stage paint correction can also deliver quite satisfactory results, depending on the case. A 3-stage paint correction, on the other hand, will dramatically improve the look of an average 2-3-year-old pre-owned car. If you are seeking absolute perfection on a rough pre-owned car, a 6-stage paint correction will give the best results.

Common Paint Damages & Repair Methods

In Alphabetical Order

Chipping

Rock Chips

A professional paint touch-up is the most common way to repair rock chips. If there are dozens of big chips on a hood, a paint job would be a better option.

Road Rash

RestorFX® is a good option to repair mild road rash damages on hoods and fenders. On bumpers , the indentations are usually much deeper - going all the way through the plastic - which makes painting a stronger option.

Deposits

Overspray

There are various methods to remove overspray on a paint. The common practice is to find the right method with trial and error. Depending on the type, amount, and freshness of the deposit, some are easy to remove, some are not. On a used car, overspray usually accompanies other paint imperfections, such as scratches. In such cases, it makes more sense to use a technique that solves multiple problems, not only just overspray.

To give an example, wiping the paint with an alcohol or a clay bar can successfully remove the overspray, but does not repair scratches. RestorFX® paint restoration and 5-stage paint correction, on the other hand, can remove of overspray, watermarks, and scratches at the same time.

Etching

Bird Dropping Etching

If your car's paint is not ceramic coated, it will be prone to bird dropping etching. Bird droppings have very aggressive chemical structures and can etch the entire clear-coat, base-coat, or even primer, if not removed quickly. For this reason, conventional paint correction or RestorFX® can only offer a partial repair. A paint job is the ultimate solution.

Recommended: Auto painting

Tree Sap Etching

If your car's paint is not ceramic coated, it will be prone to tree sap etching. Tree saps have very aggressive chemical structures and can etch the entire clear-coat, base-coat, or even primer, if not removed quickly. For this reason, conventional paint correction or RestorFX® can only offer a partial repair. A paint job is the ultimate solution.

Recommended: Auto painting

Oxidation

Light Oxidation

Oxidation increases the porosity of the paint and fades it. An oxidized paint benefits from paint correction quite a lot as it will restore shine and slow down or stop the oxidation process.

If the paint is lightly oxidized, a 3 or 5-stage paint correction, or RestorFX® can be used to restore shine and remove oxidation.

Heavy Oxidation

If there are blotchy white areas on the paint, it means there is no clear-coat left to restore or correct. The only option to repair such heavily-oxidized paint is painting.

Recommended: Auto painting

Peeling

Clear-Coat or Paint Peeling

Peeling can take place if the paint is oxidized, poorly repainted, or washed at very high pressure. Whatever the reason is, it needs to be repainted, even if the peeling is only at the clear-coat.

Recommended: Auto painting

Scratches

Clear-Coat Scratches

Clear-coat scratches are by far the most common type of scratch found on cars. They do not expose the base-coat or metal, but this doesn't mean they can be easily buffed out. With traditional paint correction, it is not difficult or impossible to remove a deep clear-coat scratch, but it can be a risky process. If the scratch is deep, there is the so-called "paint burn" risk. For this reason, most professionals do not take the extra risk and prefer a partial repair.

Clear-coat scratches usually have a V-shaped cross-section profile. When the light bounces off the scratch walls, it creates a white hue. Because of this reason, on white cars, individual scratches are not easily noticeable from 6 feet or longer distance, but if they are high in number, they fade the white paint dramatically.

On black cars, a deep clear-coat scratch can be noticed even from 15 to 20 feet distance. They not only fade the paint but also depreciate the value of the car.

Car Wash Scratches

Car wash scratches are basically clear-coat scratches and it is not very difficult to buff them out. If a car is washed too many times in a drive-thru car wash, however - such as a car with a rental history - it may take days to correct the paint. In such cars, RestorFX&reg creates better results.

Base-Coat Scratches

As the name implies, a base-coat scratch goes all the way through the base-coat. If a scratch is not going through the primer or metal, it should be regarded as cosmetic damage, so as a base-coat scratch.

Although it is a cosmetic damage, a complete repair of a base-coat scratch requires a paint job. This is, however, not an inexpensive option. If the scratches are in few points or covering a small area, a professional paint touch-up usually generates acceptable results.

Primer Scratches

A primer-coat scratch goes all the way through the primer and metal. Unless the body is aluminum, it must be repaired to prevent corrosion. If the scratch area is small, a professional paint touch-up can be a cost-effective solution, if not, the panel needs to be painted.

Scuffs

Bumper Scuffs

If the scuff is in the clear-coat, RestorFX® would be the best option. If the damage is going all the way through the plastic but not big, a professional touch-up can be a good option. If the damage is big and noticeable, we recommend a local or full-bumper painting.

Fender Scuffs

After bumpers, fenders scuff the most, but they are more expensive to paint.  If the damage is relatively small, we recommend the RestorFX® process. It will remove most of the scuff marks, if there are few marks left, a paint touch-up  can do the rest. If the damage is relatively big,  it would be better to get the panel repainted.

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