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Paint Correction for Cars in  Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey BC

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Over time, a car's appearance loses its former attractiveness. In the course of daily use, regular washing, and exposure to the elements, the vehicle's paintwork loses its original shine and attractiveness.
Let’s talk about paint on your vehicle and its DIY correction. It is widely believed that an auto surface may be damaged only in a traffic accident. However, statistics show that half of the vehicles have been with some kind of minor damage as a result of common use, be it chips, scratches, or abrasions. Early paint correction will help to extend the intervals between major repairs. Because if you do not want to treat a small crack with a protective agent in time, it is very likely that rust will appear in a year's time in its place. In this case, much more effort is required for looking up its elimination method. What is paint correction you will be able to find out in this article.

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All defects and damages to the vehicle surface

All defects of your vehicle paintwork surface are classified in the following way:

  • Older chips and scratches with corrosion or rust on the surface. To fix it, paint needs to be stripped down to the metal, rust needs to be removed with a paint converter, and then reapplied.

  • Extensive abrasions and chips (more than half of the car's surface) require the entire part to be painted.

  • Difficult damage, penetrating into metal of a car surface, requires geometry of the part to be restored first, followed by me repairing damage itself.

  • Small scratches and chips are often repaired by paint correction of a small area of the part.

  • Chips and scratches that have not penetrated the paint detailing layer can be repaired without painting by polish and applying a surface protection agent.


Let us consider the latter option, as an example for what paint correction is, in more detail.

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Ways to deal with superficial paintwork damage

Regardless of paint quality and condition, the paint finish on a car disappears from the surface. Why is this happening? The reason is that modern paint products add oily substances to their composition in order to create a clear coat. These substances should be removing themselves from the surface of a car over time, either through mechanical abrasion or natural evaporation.


Paint correction consists of restoring the surface gloss and protecting it from evaporation properly. To achieve this DIY effect, a small amount of paint and varnish must first be removed by one of following two methods:


  1. Abrasive (if the paint is not varnished).

  2. The chemical method when using acrylic paint and two or three component systems.


The latter option requires much more care because near the paint layer tends to absorb chemicals. To avoid this, there are old tried and true paint correction methods: polishing, which removes the top layer of paint. The polish removal is complete either by hand or with a machine, using these types of abrasive:


  • Fine grit restores gloss of the paintwork.

  • Coarse-grained mattifies large scratches and removes chipped paint.


The final treatment after minor repairs to vehicle scratches is use of abrasive-free pastes.

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When are chips and scratches removed without painting?

Microscopic scratches on the paintwork become visible after a car has been washed. Fender, bonnet, and door defects are especially conspicuous.


Now, if the factory finish is unaffected, and the car part is not deformed, but only lacquer surface is scratched, minor scratches may be removed by polishing the auto without paint removal and only correction. The area is then treated with a protective agent in accordance with technology.


Regular use of polish to protect them from scratches caused by something like sand or a rougher brush can lead to appreciable savings on subsequent repairs.


Paint correction has a number of advantages:


  1. It takes only half an hour for specialists to qualitatively repair minor detailing damage - traces of imperfections in the top layer of paint or a minor dent without violating the integrity of DIY paintwork.

  2. Even repairs of deep swirl marks of careless driving, which require painting, will not take more than 4 hours for one stage.(up to 3-4 stages)  The local renovation does not affect the integrity of the vehicle's factory assembly.


    Painting defect areas directly and polishing it afterward is much cheaper than buying any new car element or ordering a complete renovation to cover the entire car body. The colour on the damaged area does retain the factory colour shade of paint, but in some cases result can come to paint correction cost and its steps.

Products used to restore the paintwork layer

Acrylic takes approx. one month to cure and work. The best solvents take even longer to dry. Although it may take a couple of hours after the drying stage for the car to cure, it is still up to 30-60 days before using chemical protective agents. What chemicals are used to restore the paint layer and how to use them correctly? Here's a list:


  1. When a vehicle is near industrial dust containing iron particles, it can take days. The defect may be remedied with a special agent immediately or within two - three days at most. Afterward, it is impossible to remove the coating because it is so adherent to the surface.

  2. Resin splashes can be removed with a tar remover. Wood resin is removed with paraffin. It has a low cost.

  3. Cement or caustic li me is scrubbed off coating with vinegar, then washed with water. After polishing, protective treatment is given.

  4. Insect deposits are also removed with a specially formulated insect repellent, degreased with diluted alcohol, and rubbed down with mastic.

  5. Areas near paintwork that you have oxidised due to bird droppings are polished and protected.

  6. Acid from the car battery can easily be removed with commercially available machine cleaners.


The restoration process is complicated by fact that before final work - painting, polishing, applying a protective layer - rust and corrosion must be removed with special agents, followed by application of a primer. Sometimes not in one, but in several layers. This type of repair takes longer and is more expensive than local repair work.

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Different types of paintwork polish and how to choose them

Each type of professional paint correction polish does have its own advantages. A liquid polish, for example, is able to spread over the paintwork in a thin layer, this does mean lower consumption. Its synthetic resins, however, make it more expensive.


The easy-to-apply spray can also be used without polishing and in one easy step, but only if it contains silicone resin. The optimum quality-price ratio is achieved with solvent-based polishes that are able to remove minor defects without painting. Their disadvantage is a time-consuming process, that consists of many steps of application on a car lacquer. Car polishes are subdivided according to their composition:


  • Synthetic. To remove the oxidized paint.

  • Wax polishes. They are resistant up to the first rinse, are budget-friendly, and have a good gloss.

  • Abrasive paints remove the surface coatings. The surface needs to be protected afterward.

  • Polymeric. In addition to resins, these polymers contain urethane and Teflon that are intended to increase the lifetime of a car.


The disadvantages to painting correction are a complexity of application and high cost.

Method of restoration of the surface treatment with a polishing agent

The technology of car detailing paint and its correction using polish suggests its application on the paintwork both with and without polishing (by rubbing the paint with a damp soft rag). It is advisable to moisten creamy and stiff polishes with water before use. To find out a minimum amount of polish needed to restore the surface of a car stage without painting is an important step, it is necessary to rub it into the damaged area of lacquer to test. At the same time, excess car paint products for correction will simply flow out from underlap of the machine. It is not necessary to add polish until the polisher has successfully removed the surface layer of the paintwork.

How to get rid of excess polish?

The last step is to wipe off loose or dripping polish with a microfibre cloth and the correction of paint on your car is complete. Repairing scratches on the car better is done one section at a time in a certain direction. Do avoid driving in a single direction all the time as this can leave behind noticeable scratches.


As you can see the Paint correction process includes multiple stages,using a variety of compounds and polishing products. Average time between 8 - 16h.


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