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What is Paint Correction & Do You Need It?

What is Paint Correction & Do You Need It?

Your car goes through many environmental challenges every day, from bad weather and bird droppings to industrial fallout. And generally, just everyday wear & tear. However, despite all your effort, there’s no helping that your car comes out at the end of the day looking a bit scratched up. But wait! There’s still hope for your car before you call the workshop to schedule a body paint appointment. It’s called ‘paint correction’.

What paint correction does to your car

Paint correction as a whole is exactly what it sounds like: correcting your car’s body paint. The paint correction process aims to reduce or fully eliminate imperfections on the surface of your car. The diagram below illustrates how the imperfections may look through a cross section of your car’s body.

Before paint correction

Paint correction works to level out or ‘cut’ the scratches away from the body paint layer. This means that the body paint layer will decrease in thickness. Achieved through various techniques, tools and products, paint correction is definitely something you should leave to professional detailers as it deals with calculated precision.

After paint correction

Importance of paint correction

Paint correction is an important step in maintaining the shine and slick of your vehicle, as scratches or micro-marring in the body paint layer creates the imperfections you see on your car. Among the imperfections that can appear are swirl marks or spider webbing, caused by improper washing and drying. Another imperfection is the hologram, caused by inexperienced detailers. And of course as mentioned earlier on, the environment also contributes to these micro-marring on your car.

Below is an example of how micro-marring can appear on your car as a swirl marks.

Before paint correction: swirl marks on car hood under bright light

Swirl marks are very apparent when your car is under bright light or the sun. As seen above, the swirl marks distorted the reflection of the light. This is what causes your car to look dull as it does not reflect any light source fully and in turn does not appear shiny. That’s why paint correction can be the solution!

After paint correction: swirl marks on car hood have been levelled out

Does your car need paint correction?

Paint correction, for the most part, is more of a personal preference or somewhat a luxury. It’s definitely not essential to your car’s general health or longevity. Correctly and frequently washing your car alongside making sure that you wash off any contaminants immediately can keep your car in great condition. However, if you’re looking to:

  1. Increase your vehicle resell price
  2. Apply IGL Coatings ceramic coating
  3. Maintain your vehicle aesthetic

The answer to paint correction is: YES!

Ask our accredited detailer what’s the best for your ride. They’ll be sure to recommend the best package according to your needs and budget. Find one in your area at https://iglcoatings.com/ today!

About IGL Coatings

IGL Coatings is the pioneer of 10H hardness coating since 2015. We’re the leading manufacturer and formulator of low and zero VOC high solids ceramic coatings. Our product range includes multiple surface coatings, cleaning and maintenance for various surfaces including paint, glass, metals, plastic and fabrics.


Find out more about how IGL Coatings can protect paintworks & enhance your detailing career at www.iglcoatings.com today! We’re also available via [email protected] and +6010 792 9888.