The Effects of Paint Correction
Before and After

Whether your vehicle is going through a full car detailing process or you’re looking to protect its surface from scratches and other imperfections, the difference made by paint correction before and after application makes it a must-have maintenance procedure.

Using the latest techniques and technology, the Eightyeight Detailing crew does more than give your car paint a light polish for a mirror finish. We use a complete process to safely remove deep scratches, marks from stone chips, and more from other cars’ doors.

In this piece, we will look at the details and benefits of car paint correction and how consumers can best protect their vehicles.

What Paint Correction Can Do for Your Car

Paint correction is a skilful, multi-step polishing process that removes layers of damaged car paint. In most cases, these marks present themselves in various ways.



Before applying any corrective measures, the finish of your car can experience the following issues that require removal:

  • Swirl Marks

These look like holograms and are usually a result of misused buffing tools on your vehicle. Swirl marks are often a sign of poor workmanship.

  • Scratches

These usually result from general wear and tear, such as other car doors hitting yours and contact with keys. The scratches make the surface of a car look dull and cause the paint to lose its shine.

  • Water spots

Hard water spots appear after rain and dirty water contaminated by smog and other environmental factors come into contact with your vehicle.

  • Bird droppings

We’ve all had birds leave behind a part of themselves on our cars. The problem is that these are acidic and stick to the vehicle, causing corrosion.

  • Oxidation

This is the natural breakdown of your car’s paint surface due to a lack of maintenance on the finish.



After removing bug splatter, swirl marks and other bonded materials and going through the paint correction measures with our crew of professional detailers, the final results will improve the shine and clarity of your car’s exterior. 

It has a noticeable difference, helping you to achieve a clean, smooth and mirror finish.

Give Your Car Paint Surface the Best Paint Correction Finish

By fixing your car’s exterior flaws, you’re helping it last longer and giving it a better chance of selling for more money, should you wish for it. When we undertake this process, you will see the difference between before and after and the positive effect it has on your ride. Our steps include the following:

Step 1: Evaluation of Paint Defects

The first steps include going through several inspection processes to determine the level of damage that needs fixing, including:

  • Measuring paint thickness
  • Investigating the car’s exterior with a xenon light
  • Inspecting any visible marks

Step 2: Wash & Clay Bar

While your car’s exterior may be clean at first glance, removing the less noticeable contaminants before undergoing restoration is essential. We then rub the surface with a clay bar to remove any remaining bits of dirt or road grit. 

Step 3: Restore the Paint Finish

The last step is the polishing process, where you will noticeably see the before and after results. The oxidation, swirls, and scratches undergo buffing and polishing to achieve a shiny, smooth exterior finish using machine polishing pads.  

We use paintless dent removal where possible, a quick and seamless process that pulls dents out rather than being buffed and polished.

Proper Paint Correction Vs Repainting

It’s not uncommon for customers to ask whether paint correction is superior to repainting a vehicle. While some may consider repainting the easier option, it’s not always the right choice. Repainting requires wet sanding, removing panels, and a lot of prep work. 


Paint correction is less invasive and keeps the integrity of the surface, which is what car enthusiasts prefer. In addition, it takes less time than repainting, saving money in the long run.

Paint correction

Paint Correction Process for Cars Old and New

Cars of all ages will get scratches that need correcting, even those straight from the showroom. For example, with a new car, when travelling between the factory, dealership, or anywhere else, they can encounter stone chips while on the truck or swirl marks from incorrect cleaning in showrooms.

Older cars need correction because of exposure to bugs, tree sap, road damage, car washes, and other everyday exposures that scratch and cause damage to a car’s exterior. However, the most common issue is oxidation, which fades the paint and gives your ride a washed-out look.

Add Paint Protection With a Graphene or Ceramic Coating Finish

Once your vehicle’s exterior has undergone paint correction, most car owners choose to add graphene or ceramic coating for car paint protection. We highly recommend this clear coat as part of the paint correction process because it helps protect your exterior from further damage, meaning less chance of needing to correct your car’s exterior.

Is Paint Correction Worth Undertaking?

No one wants a weathered-looking car, especially if you’re an enthusiast who likes to make a statement. The three main benefits of undergoing paint correction are more than just producing a clear, smooth finish. The process is worth it because it:

  • Adds longevity to your ride by making it look better for longer.
  • Makes the features of your car stand out, like sleek lines.
  • Can be the difference between a hard-to-sell vehicle and excellent resale value.

Ask For a Free Quote From Eightyeight Detailing

When your vehicle needs paint correction, you can be confident that it will look dramatically different after the Eightyeight crew has gone through the process. The process is more than simple buffing and polishing and will clear the exterior of your vehicle of scratches, swirls, and other imperfections.

Contact us to enquire about paint correction for your vehicle; our crew will offer you a free quote and give you details about the process and how they will transport your paintwork.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *