Paint Correction

Sydney Specialists In Car Detailing Paint Correction And Paint Protection Services

Paint Correction And Restoring Scratched And Faded Car Paintwork


Paint CorrectionWhat Is Paint Correction?

Paint correction is basically what is known as professional car buffing. Basically put it is car paint restoration at its best. Paint correction for cars is the process of removing car paint imperfections such as scratches, swirl marks, washing marks and paint etching marks from auto paintwork using high speed and advanced buffers and tools with a polish or cutting compound for restoring and perfecting auto paint to a mirror finish. Only the best car detailing in Sydney would have any knowledge of understanding how paint correction works

It is the only way to remove swirl marks and paint flaws from car paint. Especially with black car paint or dark coloured cars. It is the polish with a difference. At Dr Buff car detailing, we may not be cheap detailers or mobile paint correction experts but we provide in our opinion, what we consider to be the best paint correction treatments for restoring car paintwork in Sydney. Maximum depth of colour and gloss that stops traffic.

We are the professional car detailers that train other detailers and transform them into highly skilled professionals. So feel comfortable that you are dealing with the best in the industry.

There are lots of auto diy techniques you can find online but nothing beats the hands of a skilled auto paint technician who can wave a buff over paintwork like a magic wand and as Meguiars certified detailers, that’s exactly what we do. At Dr Buff, we have paint correction that starts from stage 1 and goes to stage 3 with the strength of treatment varying with each stage.

Have you ever wondered how to remove swirl marks from black car paint with paint correction ? or even white car paint ? Highly skilled machine polishing which involves actually restoring car paint with buffers, that’s how.

This is what exterior detailing should really be but unfortunately, by most, it is not carried out this way. I often get the question ” I have swirl marks on a new car, how do I remove scratches or swirl marks from car paint by hand ” and God’s honest truth really is that the only way you can safely remove swirl marks on car paint is to machine buff car paint.


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Why Do I Need To Machine Polish Car Scratches Instead Of Hand Polish?


Paint Correction Before and AfterAlthough you can hand polish with most polishes manufactured today, when it comes to removing scratches or swirl marks by hand, it becomes a rather arduous task.

If you want to do things the easy way on how to buff a car with a buffer, then you’d better gain some insight before taking it to your paint or leave it to professional detailers but machine buffing car paint will always be easier in terms of removing damage as fast as possible and not wearing out your shoulder

The Reason I stress that machine polishing car paint is better and more effective is that machines provide speed which assists in breaking down compounds and polishes which aids in restoring car paint as fast as possible to the highest possible shine.


What Is The Difference Between Car Detailing and Paint Correction?


  1. Car Detailing use fillers or in many cases three in one compound which contains some abrasive, some polish and polymer sealers.
  2. Paint correction a single stage pass
  3. First pass which is abrasive
  4. Second pass which is polishing
  5. Third pass which is paint sealing

To detail a car is to purely enhance the overall appearance of the vehicle in question. Paint correction is always single stage passes, the only way to remove light scratches or swirl marks from auto paint with buffers and to actually restore painted surfaces on a permanent basis.

These are the differences. If you’ve ever been in a situation where a car detailing specialists has left your car with swirl marks after polishing a car, then you have dealt with a poor car detailing individual.


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What Are Detailing Compounds And Can They Remove Swirl Marks?


Primary compounds for detailing purposes usually consist of three bases. A slight cutting agent, a polishing agent and a paint protection agent. It’s what I like to call a mildly abrasive polish that cuts and polishes at the same time while also adding some paint protection for restored paint as well. This is only meant to remove only very light swirl marks from car paint. It is not paint correction.

Car Paint CorrectionThe primary purpose is to complete this phase within one pass. Usually, though three in one product don’t always cut as deep or as fast as a single pass product.

This is the reason why cheap detailers always choose cutting compounds over other compounds because they just cut fast and deep but also leave a trail of destruction..  Hence why they leave swirl marks and also remove huge amounts of paint.

These are the reasons why they don’t complete the entire process When you have to add more passes, it is no longer really detailing, it becomes complicated and no longer cost-effective. Paint correction on the other hand is what is known as the professional level of car detailing.

This is an entirely different approach to car detailing. With actually removing swirl marks and light scratches from car paint with buffers, everything is accomplished in stages using single base products, from the cutting compound right through to the finishing compound. We use Autoglym, Meguiars, Mothers, 3M, Menzerna and more so we never run out of choices. Hence why the procedure is much more effective. 

Removing swirl marks and light scratches or even deep scratches from car paint can only really be done with paint correction. It is everything from car washing to clay barring for removing paint contaminants, to car polishing and to the final  stage of car waxing which keeps your car looking like a rolling polished mirror.

The results however are really something that leave you speechless and not wanting to drive your car. I’ve heard the words  “THE CAR DIDN’T LOOK LIKE THIS WHEN I BOUGHT IT NEW”  quite a few times let me tell you. These are results that last. They are an actual restoration of your surfaces. It is a permanent fix. How long that fix lasts depends on your care and what steps you take to maintain it.

If by any chance you have a vehicle that does have severely damaged paint surfaces, and you have been informed that your vehicle will need a paint re-spray, please see us first.

Paint correction may be your last resort as buffing with car detailing products may not be sufficient. The detailing services we carry out have saved quite a few vehicles from re-sprays. If you have any questions on what can be achieved on your vehicle just call me and we can discuss any level of treatment, including paint correction

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Some Other Paint Correction Question People Ask


What Does Paint Correction Do?

Many people ask what does paint correction do and the simple answer to that is what paint correction does is restore damaged, faded or severely weathered car paintwork or Duco. Paint correction restores factory gloss by removing damage such as scratches and other imperfections or impurities from car paint by use of machine buffers and a combination of pads, cutting compounds and finishing polishes. Once all the damage has been removed, there is nothing left but pure clean and undamaged car paint work which is just colour shine and is therefore ready for car paint protection

How Much Is A Full Paint Correction?

How much a full paint correction is or costs depend largely on the level of damage such as scratches, car fade or other imperfections that need to be removed takes in total time. In most cases, the average paint correction cost is about 110-140 an hour. How much it costs in total depends on the hours it takes to complete a vehicle from the correction process to polishing and then to paint sealing. This will give you your total cost for a full paint correction cost. Having said this, the average paint correction cost normally runs between 1500-2500 on average for a full paint correction cost. Paint correction is not car detailing as it is a highly skilled understanding of working with machines, pads and compounds while understanding how to work with heat. This is what car detailers you choose must understand when it comes to restoring damaged car paint work

Can You Do Paint Correction Yourself?

Yes you can do paint correction yourself provided you understand how the products you are about to use on your car work and what results they deliver. This largely also depends on whether you are planning on attempting machine polishing yourself, or are actually doing paint correction by hand. Either way, if you do not understand the theory of paint correction or how to correctly apply to your car paintwork, you can inadvertently do more damage, even by hand than machine just by doing it wrong

Does Paint Correction Fix Scratches ?

As answered in the top of of our page, yes paint correction does fix scratches. Paint correction fixes scratches by using a process of machine polishing, pad, compound and polishing combinations that work with heat to remove scratches, faded car paint and other impurities or imperfections from car paint. By removing damaged surface paint, brings out clean and undamaged car paint with has depth and excessive levels of gloss.

Is Paint Correction Bad For Your Car?

Many people do often ask at times is paint correction bad for your car? But the only way paint correction is bad for your car is that to restore a damaged car paint surface, you must remove scratches and damaged car paint by removing damaged car paint. It’s just a question of how much damage needs to be removed and that you don’t intrude into undamaged car paint excessively. When you remove serious levels of car paint, only then can you consider paint correction to be bad for your car, but not so much because of paint correction, but more so because the correction technician has little knowledge or understanding about how to apply effective paint correction without removing excess materials of car paint.

Is Paint Correction Permanent?

Yes, paint correction is permanent but only if you understand how to maintain your new surfaces without scratching them during your care or maintenance. If you start subjecting your car to car washes or using rags to wash your car, you new paint correction will not be permanent for very long. Use only approved products for washing your car and drying it and you should see your new paint surface last you a very long time.

How Much Is A Single Stage Correction ?

How much a single-stage correction costs largely depends on the knowledge of your correction technician and the combination he is going to apply on your vehicle to restore your car paintwork from damage. In saying this though, there is really no such thing as a single-stage correction. Proper paint correction completed thoroughly is generally a minimum of three passes. The correction process, the polishing process and the paint protection process once the polishing pass is completed. Anything other than this is a mediocre job designed to cut down on the cost of proper paint restoration. Having said this, we prefer to call it overcharged paint detailing rather than correction which usually costs on average about 400-600 dollars for a so-called single-stage correction.

Does  Paint Correction Fix Chips?

Although paint correction does not fix chips, correcting paint as a whole is the process of restoring damaged car paint. This includes anything from scratches to faded car paint and even chips if a technician is highly experienced at fixing or repairing paint chips. Having said this though, paint correction from a single service standpoint is not responsible for fixing paint chips

Is Paint Correction The Same As A Polish?

Yes, polishing is part of the paint correction process but not 100 percent paint correction on its own, as a single polish pass. Anything to do with permanently removing damage either deep or light can be considered as correction. Most people see polish as a cut n polish which is a 20tnh century understanding of paint correction but to polish a car is not to fully correct a car even though it is considered correcting. Polishing enhances the depth and shine of car paint and will remove very light swirls but is not what is considered to be 100 % paint correction. If your car has good paint and very few swirls then a good polish will suffice. Serious correction involves using hard cutting pads and serious cutting compounds. Only this can be considered as correction within the industry when applying these combinations. To answer the question as simply as possible, paint correction is the same as a polish if permanently removing damage from paint surfaces, whether deep or light.


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