Paint correction, which is alternately known as swirl marks removal or machine polishing, refers to the reduction or removal of marks in the top layer of paint to produce more refined finish. Paint correction generally includes either hand or machine usage of different grades of cleaner or polish. The task is primarily done with rotary machine polishers to achieve the desired level of transformation. On the other hand, car detailing refers to cleaning and polishing all parts of a car from top to bottom. The process of car detailing requires the use of specialist tools and products that would not be typically used by an average car cleaner. Although both paint correction and car detailing involve cleaning and correction, there are some fundamental differences between the two.
Car detailing is specifically broken down into two categories: exterior and interior. Exterior detailing features cleaning and restoring the original look and condition of the surface of the car’s finish. Paint correction focuses solely on the environmental challenges that the exterior of a vehicle faces (such as exterior scratches, swirl marks, fading, water spots etc). Paint correction is done with the sole objective to bring back the original finish of the vehicle and prevent the surface of the vehicle from fading and scratches.
Detailing focuses on wash, wax, interior clean up apart from exterior cleaning and repairing. Car detailing is done even for changing wheels, tires to make everything look shiny and new. We resort to the detailing process after a vehicle gets back in dirty condition after a long days outing. In such cases, the vehicle will be washed to clean up the dirt to revert it back to the condition of the beginning of the day.
No concentration is given on painting aspects in case of car detailing. The focus of detailing is mainly on the interior as people spend most of their time driving the car. Paint correction, on the other hand, takes into account the issues with the paint. If you are looking to remove swirl marks, scratches, oxidation, etchings etc from the paint, then you are definitely considering to resort to paint correction process.
Paint correction requires more professional expertise and normally takes a lot more time than just the detailing process. Therefore, paint correction is more labor intensive and demands more knowledge on various tricks and methods of paintings and scratch removal procedure. So, the process requires an extensive understanding of the needs and wants of the clients.
Paint correction involves greater risk than car detailing process. That is why the professional needs to have thorough understanding of the client’s demand. There is always the risk to burn the paint, over thin clear coats or leave too much or too little paint on an expensive vehicle. So, the margin of error for the correction is too little. On the contrary, car detailing process involves less risks.
Paint correction generally requires more cost as it involves the use of specialized machines (buffing machines) and polishing agents to remove scratches and swirl marks. However, car detailing involves less complicated machines and takes less time than the correction process.
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