Orlando Paint Correction
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Have you ever been concerned about the looks or condition of your vehicles finish? Here are a few of the most common questions.
What is Paint Correction?
Paint Correction is the process of removing scratches, swirls, holograms, orange peel, hard water stains, etching, and other imperfections completely from the paint surface via machine polishing and/or wet-sanding. (Depending on the severity and/or how much paint their is to work with)
How does vehicle paint get in poor condition?
The number 1 leading cause to having poor paint condition is “bad maintenance.” Scratches and swirls are the most unsightly common issues. Scratches & Swirls are induced into the paint through how & what the vehicle is being touched with. Automatic drive-thru car washes do more harm than good and are the absolute worst way of caring for your vehicles finish. Holograms, swirls and buffer marks are also induced into the paint. “Marks in the paint do not just appear all by them self.” Untrained machine polishing habits can destroy a paints finish quicker than anything. (Automatic Wash Centers and Untrained Machines Practice)
Chemicals, harsh abrasive products and even what type of water is being used can also harm a paints finish. Wash shampoo’s are designed at different levels of pH. Selecting the right shampoo’s can either strip the paint or be gentle to the surface. The same could be said for wheel cleaners. Most all automated car washes and speedy detail centers will use harsh abrasive chemicals to speed up a cleaning process. However these chemicals may often times be to much or more than what was needed, thus leaving areas dull and completely stripping any protection. Compounds and polishes should only be used if the user has a full understanding of paint type, how it will react, and technique to carry out and deliver. How many times have you sat a the red light and saw a car that looked as if it had a custom paint job painted on with a buffer? This is caused from inexperienced knowledge of paint types, products, pads and machine technique. Often it is said, “you get what you pay for.” Low prices with speed and convenience can mean doom to your paint in the long run. Paying a little extra for the guy who takes pride in his/her work can save thousands and keep a car owner pleased with their purchase for years to come.
Dealership detailing can be a disaster for the guy or gal who really loves their car. Possibly a better solution than the drive thru car wash. But lets face it. Dealerships hire cheap and have super high turnover rates of their employee’s. “Not to disrespect our dealerships detailing centers, they are running a business.” But with this being said, do we really believe they have super highly trained technicians in the detail bays? 9 times out of 10 those guys working detailing at the dealership are just looking for a paycheck. Not really a care for your car, more so just about getting the job done. Most of our customers here will leave signs in the car when dropping off a vehicle for service saying, “Do Not Wash or Detail.”
Everything that touches vehicle paint has the ability to damage it. Safe practice and clean maintenance gear is the only preventable way to insure the paint stays looking it’s best for the longest period of time. Passion and pride in ones work can also say a lot.
It’s a Brand New Car?
Vehicles, even at the very high-end, undergo a build process, followed by the ordeal of transportation to the dealer. Once there, they often sit on lots or showroom floors and are frequently subjected to impromptu wipes and improperly executed washes, to say nothing of the local weather, itself – all without ever having been properly protected.
Once you’ve taken delivery of your new automotive investment, the very best way to secure it is with a professional detailing – because “new” doesn’t necessarily equate to “right”.
New Car Prep for Exotics
Most exotics are factory wet-sanded as a matter of course during the production process. Ninety percent of the time there will be at least a few D/A wet-sanding swirls remaining in the paint. Paint Correction and proper leveling are required to address those problem areas.
How to choose the right detailing company?
When looking for a detailing company to handle your automotive investment it’s important to check their qualifications. Washing and Detailing are two completely different services. The qualifications on “detailing” should demand much more experience and documentation of history involvement.
Most anybody who owns a detailing company will call themselves a professional. But does that really qualify their experience? “No” It does not. Do the right research when choosing a company to handle your detailing needs. From one professional to the next I would also highly recommend reading this article “How To Choose A Professional Detailer” by Marc Harris & Jacob Bunyan, of Auto Lavish @ Detailed Images Ask-a-Pro Blog. Us “Brian Guy,” of (AOWheels Auto Detail) and the other Professionals of this site have been recognized for our amazing knowledge, abilities and contributions to the detailing industry.
Understanding Paint Types
A true professional detailer could tell you the difference in paint types from one manufacturer to the next. This is very important in the Paint Correction process and could also be another great question to ask when seeking out a detailing company.
Different paint types and the material base of which the paint is applied, will determine a course of strategy while machine polishing. No two vehicles are the same when it comes to Paint Correction and Detailing. Manufacturers are constantly improving and developing different top coats. Understanding where they came from, how they came to be and why are all very essential to the Detailing Professionals knowledge in putting together a suited detail for the customer. This should and always will be a determining factor while holding a machine polisher to any vehicle.
A Proper Paint Correction can only be accomplished through the use of machine polishing. Often times people freak at the thought of a machine touching their vehicle. As they have every right to be because those are the machine that cause swirls and damage paint. I would say most people have had a bad experience of a detailer who has made these dreadful marks on their car. “Sad to say”
In the process to perfect paint, a machine does have to be put to the vehicle. I like to say “a machine is only as good as the person who is holding it” Not all machines are the same and they’re all designed for different proposes. (Same with Polish’s, Pads & Compounds) And I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying, “The right tool for the right job.” This holds very true. Just like in any career it takes time and training to be comfortable. Nobody on this earth has every picked up a pen and for the first time knew how to right their name. It takes practice just like anything else.
You will find here our years of hands on experience and knowledge with rotary and D/A machine work is second to none. We work with a wide & versatile range of tools and pads to accomplish the absolute best in Paint Correction.