The Paint Correction Journey to Perfect Glow

Felix Lin

If you are into car detailing, you have may have heard the term Paint Correction. This term means different things to different people, so we thought we would set the record straight. Paint correction can also be known as swirl mark removal or machine polishing, or generically as car polishing, however, it is much more detailed than that. Over time your car will lose its factory fresh shine so it is important to keep on top of it. Right?

To be clear, Paint Correction is a process used by detailers to fix minor scratches either by removing them or reducing them by applying a series of compounds, cleansers, or polish, and using special buffers to restore your car’s shine. Paint correction is not the application of paint markers or trying to hide blemishes. For very bad damage a paint restoration or respraying of the car may be necessary.

Your car faces many obstacles in its life. Most of these things cannot be avoided in the day to day operation of your vehicle. So treatment is needed to restore your car’s shine. There are two levels of paint correction:

Diminishing Abrasives Technique

Diminishing abrasive polishes start with a larger abrasive (more aggressive) that, over time, becomes finer and finer (and polishes its own scratches away) you may ask yourself how a non diminishing abrasive polish, which only uses fine abrasives can deliver the same amount of cut (polishing power)? The answer is in the amount of abrasives used. 

In order for a non diminishing abrasive polish to deliver enough polishing power to remove paint defects it must use more abrasives in general. This process takes a much longer time as compared to the traditional SMAT methods – It is not a “1-Compound” from start to finish.

Super Micro Abrasive Technique (SMAT)

Using a SMAT polish is a totally different then using a diminishing abrasive polish. There is a higher load of ultra-refined crystal abrasives working at any given time. Because SMAT are more susceptible to over working it is important stop polishing as soon as the desired effect is achieved (either removing defects or finishing).

Also, because of the reasons above, it is extremely important to keep the polishing pad clean and free of residue or excess polish. Most of the car groomer would opt for this option, it saves money and time. If you understand Chinese, the best analogy is – 一招走天下 (Using one stroke to conquer the world)

At EA Detailer, we uses only Diminishing Abrasive Technique for the following reasons:
– It is gentler on the car paint (Think of it, how could you be applying only one kind of skin care products on your face?)
– It achieve permanent and authentic results, this is not a process like SMAT when the compound can fill/cover certain scratches – we detail layer by layer until its surface present the perfect gloss.
– Every car paint is unique, SMAT assumes the same treatment to every surfaces. A Professional detailer knows what is the difference between the bumper and the bonnet 

At EA Detailer, before any paintwork correction is carried out, the entire vehicle is measured for paint thickness with a paint thickness gauge which is used throughout the paint correction process. Removing just 2 – 3 microns (out of an average 110 – 140 microns) results in maximum effect. Swirl marks, mild scratches, bird stains, buffer marks etc. will be completely removed within 2 -3 microns from all types of paint.

If you require, EA Detailer can produce a report to show you the depth of paint before and after the paint correction process is complete, also detailing any repair work previously carried out on your vehicle.

Let’s show you the effort we passionately invested in order to achieve the Perfect Gloss now.

To find out more information on how we can assist further or to make an appointment with us:

Call us at 6917 8396