Car Paint Defects
Car paint defects can be a frustrating and unsightly problem for any vehicle owner. These defects can range from small scratches and scuffs to larger issues such as swirl marks and oxidation. Fortunately, many of these types of paint defects can be fixed with a process known as paint correction.
Paint correction is a multi-step process for “cutting” and polishing a car’s clear coat in order to level it out beyond the defects, either removing them entirely or reducing their appearance, and maximizing its shine.
Automotive Paint Defects
Swirl marks are very common new car paint defects. These marks are often caused by improper washing techniques, such as washing with an abrasive or dirty mitt or going through an automatic car wash. Paint correction can help remove these marks by polishing them out completely or greatly reduce their visibility, all depending on the severity of the swirling
Minor Scratches & Scuffs
Small scratches and scuffs are some of the easiest to remove with paint correction. These car paint defects can be caused by a variety of factors, such as keys, gravel, bushes, even fingernails. With paint correction, these marks can be buffed out, leaving the paint looking smoother.
A scratch is considered “deep” when it has gone beyond the clear coat and into the paint or even the metal surface. This level of scratch cannot be repaired with paint correction and requires more advanced techniques such as a paint touch-up or full panel repainting.
Water spots are car paint defects caused by mineral buildup from hard water. Not drying a vehicle well enough after a wash or getting hit with sprinklers are common culprits. Water spot remover can eliminate more recent spots, but the longer the spot has been on the paint the harder it is to remove. That’s where paint correction may be able to help. Again, depending on the severity of the mineral deposit and how long it’s been left on the paint, a process of correction is often able to remove or reduce water spot marks, but is not fully guaranteed.
Etching from Bird Droppings
The acidity of bird droppings can burn into the paint if left for too long. It leaves an etching in the clear coat which must be leveled by performing a paint correction. However, if the etching has gone too deep, paint correction won’t be enough.
Car paint oxidation occurs when a vehicle’s paint is exposed to the elements, the main culprit being UV rays. This can cause the paint to become dull and faded. If enough clear coat is still intact, then paint correction can help bring back the shine, otherwise….
Heavy Oxidation and Clear Coat Failure
When heavy oxidation is present it often means the clear coat has been severely damaged to the point paint correction cannot repair. Further clear coat failure can look like it’s peeling, flaking, or blistering. This is another scenario where repainting is the only option.
CAR PAINT DEFECTS
While paint correction is an effective way to fix many common paint defects, there are some that cannot be fixed with this process.
By regularly maintaining your vehicle’s paint with routine washes and protective coating application, you can keep your vehicle looking new and prolong the life of your paint.