When cars come into the Crystal Clear Detailing studio for various detailing treatments, great care is taken in all aspects, however, paintwork correction is the most time consuming.
Paintwork correction is the process of removing defects in the clear coat or top coat of the paintwork. Defects can range from scratches, swirl marks, marring, sanding marks and many more, they are the items which prevent obtaining flawless paint. See an expample of defects in the picture below:
Before paintwork correction begins, we always measure the paintwork with an ultrasonic PTG (paint thickness gauge). This determines if any body panels have been sprayed and how thick the paintwork is before using cutting polishes to remove a very fine layer of the lacquer and therefore to eradicate the paintwork defects. It is a commonly held belief that consumers can remove scratches with materials purchased at their local motor factors. In truth, these products contain heavy silicone fillers which actually fill the paintwork defects rather than rubbing them away.
So once the paintwork has been measured, its then time to select a pad and polish combination. At Crystal Clear, we have a vast selection of polishes and pads but ALWAYS start with the least abrasive to ensure that as little of the clear coat or top finish is removed to get the job done and remove the defects. Removing too much of the lacquer may result in lacquer failure in the future and using a polish which is too aggressive may result in further refine polishing afterwards with a finer product. The picture below shows the defects have been removed.
Paintwork correction is by no means the only step in car detailing to getting flawless paint, but it is probably the largest and one of the most time consuming. Have a look at some of the 50/50 shots below and see what a difference paintwork correction makes: