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Stage 1 Paint Correction

Understanding Your Combinations

SS Commodore Paint CorrectionWhen it comes to looking at paintwork that is covered in scratches and swirl marks, you first must have some understanding of how those scratches and swirl marks got there. Most cars driven every day are usually car wash damaged. Scratches of this nature are usually deep as car washes at most times use broom heads or brushes for washing cars.

The car pictured here which was an SS that was purchased from SA was one such car. This car had loads of scratches all over its Duco. Deep ununiformed scratches usually suggest washing patterns from different attendants or scratches inflicted by brooms with really coarse bristles

One has to be able to look at a vehicle like this and be able to understand immediately what combination would be effective in removing most scratches while at the same time not maximising the removal of excessive clear coat. This car here came good with just a stage 1 paint correction treatment. It is here that determines the expertise of the paint correction specialist and his skill level with his choice of Paint correction products. A stage 1 paint correction treatment is what most cars only require for improving colour and gloss while maximising clear coat thickness. As for removing deep scratches, you sometimes have to choose more serious combinations.

car paint protection or ceramic coatings for cars have come a long way since their launch just ten years ago as of this post. Car detailing is really no longer car detailing.

This is what is actually taught in our car detailing training courses. Understanding the best and safest possible combination to choose when looking at any paint job and determining what best course of action would be required to take for restoring paintwork while ensuring maximum clear coat thickness

The SS Commodore here had been resprayed on certain panels and the paintwork was more than acceptable in condition. In any case, we were not going to take to it with any seriously harsh combination. The combination we chose here was foam cutting pads on an orbital, followed through polishing pads and Mothers compounds.

This combination removed practically everything with just two passes alone. That’s right, two passes. The aim was not to turn this car into a mirror. Just to flatten the scratches as much as possible while maintaining a uniform look with all panels. The only exception we had to make was for the bonnet.

The scratches were actually deeper on the hood of the car than anywhere else because there is more hand pressure applied on the hood most of the time.

What we did here was to apply more heat rather than changing the actual combination and this worked a treat in removing even more scratches. The end result was a normal swirl and scratch-free-looking paint job. Understand your combinations, and everything else falls in place.


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