What Level Of Paint Correction Do I Need?

You'll see the various versions of the above image quite a lot on our website. That's because we've created it to highlight the different levels of paint defects that you're likely to find within paint and then colour coded our services to show what defects you can expect to be removed. If you haven't read our "What Is Paint Correction?" page yet, it's worth starting there before continuing.

Each defect within paint is at a different depth within the clearcoat however, we've categorised these into 3 groups to keep things as simple as possible.

The first layer of defects are most commonly referred to as "swirls". These are caused during the incorrect washing of the car and are what create that all over haze in moderate to bright light.

The next layer are faint scratches, often hidden amongst the swirls and can be caused by a number of things but often by rubbing or brushing by the paint when dirty or scraping by bushes or twigs in narrow country lanes.

The 3rd layer are deep scratches. These are often the lines you can see even through the swirls and are the ones you generally see all the time when looking at the paint as opposed to only when the light catches them.

Now we know the different depths of defects, it's time to cover the services that correct them.

You'll noticed there are 3 colours displayed above, green, yellow and red. Each coloured layer represents each of our 3 services:

Paint Enhancement - Single stage polish designed to reduce the appearance of swirls 

Light Paint Correction - 2 stage polish designed to remove all swirls and light scratches

Heavy Paint Correction - Multi stage process aiming for paint perfection

You'll notice that each of the layers, with the exception of a Heavy Paint Correction, do not completely remove each stage of defect. For example:

If you want to completely remove swirls from the paint then you should opt for a light paint correction. A paint enhancement will reduce the appearance of swirls but will not remove all of them entirely.

The same goes for tackling scratches. While a light correction will reduce the appearance of scratches, only a heavy correction will remove all scratches (where safe to do so).

We hope this helps answer which service you need however, if you're still unsure then please do not hesitate to contact us.