Is a term that is now commonly used by both professional car detailers and car cleaning enthusiasts worldwide to describe the process of restoring and rejuvenating the paintwork of a vehicle, mostly through the elimination of surface imperfections, that dull, oxidize, or haze the surface by reflecting light off in various directions, therefore detracting from a true and proper, clean, sharp, reflection.
These imperfections include things like swirl marks & fine scratches, bird dropping etching & acid rain etching, hologramming & buffer trails, and random isolated deep scratches (or RIDS)
PROFESIONAL PREP DETAIL
- Hand wash, paint decontamination, wheels and fender wells cleaned and dressed.
- Glass decontamination.
- Emblems properly cleaned, license plates removed for paint correction and coating.
- Finally paint surface cleaned and prepped for coating.
- Paintwork defects such as scratches, swirls and holograms are all removed by different levels of paint correction involving machine polishing and compounding.
Paintwork defects such as scratches, swirls and holograms are all removable by machine polishing. Machine polishing is a recognised method of paint correction for professionals.
The thickness of the paint you see on your car is measured in microns (µm), 1 micron is equivalent to one thousandth of a millimetre (1/1000mm). It’s comprised of three layers: Primer, Base Colour Coat and Clear Coat (lacquer). The most common paintwork imperfections occur as swirl marks, deep marring and scratches (usually introduced during the wash process), etching caused by acid rain and calcium carbonate deposits from environmental and industrial fallout, as well as buffer marks resulting from poor machine polishing techniques!
The eventual damages of sun and weather exposure to unprotected paint. Unless we protect the paint on our cars, or the gelcoats on out boats, it will cause paint oxidation and filure.
Overspray is any contaminant that sits on top of the clear coat and other surface panels that cannot be easily washed off of the vehicle. As a result, there is usually a rough, gritty to the touch texture on the vehicle’s surface. Some overspray, like fire soot and chemical fallout, settle very low on the clear coat and will seep into pores of the finish which would require a deep polish using our proprietary releasing agents to repair the vehicle.