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Paint Correction in Redding

Paint correction is a term that is used by both pro auto detailers and car enthusiasts alike to describe the process of restoring and rejuvenating the paint of a vehicle. This is done mainly through the elimination of surface imperfections and scratches. These imperfections include things like oxidation, haze, swirl marks, fine scratches, bird dropping etching, acid rain etching, hard water spotting holograms, and buffer marks.

How it Works?

The term paint correction should only be used if the imperfections in your vehicle’s paint are properly removed. The corrective process consists of a small amount of clear coat or paint being removed from the surface with the use of abrasive polishes. These polishes are applied with the appropriate polishing machines, in order to level out the surface of your vehicle’s paint. Before paint correction is done, the vehicle is properly washed and cleaned to remove any loose dirt and debris. Then, the vehicle is “clayed” with a special automotive clay bar. This safely removes any bonded surface contaminants such as tar and industrial fallout.

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It’s important that contaminants are removed before the paint correction process. If they’re not removed they could become dislodged and caught in the pad of a polishing machine, causing damage to the surface very quickly. By leaving the surface very smooth the polishing machine will be able to move freely over the surface, reducing the possibility of hopping or sticking. By “claying” the paintwork you are able to properly see the progress of the correction process as you’re working.

Polishing is a multistage process using a range of different grades of polish. These polishes range from heavier cutting compounds, to finer products. The heavy cutting compounds remove any surface material, while the finer products remove any marks caused by the heavier products and refine the finished product. During the paint correction process it is common for a paint depth gauge to be used.

A paint depth gauge measures the thickness of the paint on the metal panel and is used before, during, and after the process to monitor and make sure the right amount of paint is removed. If too little or too much is removed it can cause irreversible damage to the paint. Special lamps that replicate the effect of direct sunlight on the vehicle’s surface are used to check the condition of the paintwork and see how successfully the surface scratches and imperfections are being removed.

Some of the scratches or imperfections may be too deep or severe to safely remove without risking removing too much surface paint or clear coat. These scratches or imperfections are minimized and reduced as best as possible using a machine polisher and polishing products that round off the edges of the scratches. This process makes them far less apparent in the direct light.

After the paint correction, the panels are wiped down with isopropyl alcohol which removes any oils that may have been left over from the polish. The alcohol also reveals the true finish, and any areas that may have been missed or require a little more work. Once complete the fully corrected paintwork will shine brilliantly. The finished product will also give off a mirror finish because there are now no longer any scratches or imperfections to reflect the light rays in different directions.

Paint correction is a very labor intensive process and is usually the most time consuming part of the car detailing process. Because of the long process, it commands higher premiums from professional detailers & car cleaners. Amateurs or car enthusiasts should only attempt to correct their own paintwork if they are completely confident in doing so or have enough experience to carry it out safely as they can cause more harm than good.


In conclusion, paint correction is the process of removing surface scratches and imperfections from a vehicles paintwork, that involves the use of machine polishers and a range of different polishing products. A fully paint corrected vehicle will show only true reflections and no swirl marks, scratches, or blemishes when viewed in direct sunlight.

It is also important to distinguish between paintwork that has been truly corrected and paintwork that has been treated with products that are designed to mask and fill surface imperfections. This should never be referred to as paint correction even if no scratches or blemishes are apparent, because they have not been genuinely removed and are still present under the filler products. These filler products will wash away in time and leave your car looking worse than when you took it to have the paint correction done. Unfortunately, these practices are being used all too often. Always use a reputable vehicle detailing company when having your paint corrected.



At Vivid Detailz we pride ourselves on giving you the most up to date services to keep your vehicle looking new for the life of the car. One of the ways we are doing this is by offering the very best form of vehicle protection called, Ceramic Coatings. Ceramic coatings are on the cutting edge of vehicle preservation available. It is a multi-layerable, clear, liquid nano-ceramic coating. When cured, this technology will transform itself on the surface to a beautiful, durable yet flexible glass shield. Ceramic coatings can be described as an additional clear coat, with 3 times the hardness and self cleaning properties. We only use the very best Ceramic Coating offered on the market today.

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Ceramic Coating Packages

How It Works?

Ceramic is a multi-layerable, clear, liquid nano-ceramic coating. When it cures, the nano technology will transform itself on the surface of your vehicle to a semi-permanent, rigid, yet flexible glass shield. Ceramic Coatings can be described as an additional clear coat, with 3 times the hardness and self cleaning properties.

This nano technology allows the Ceramic Coatings nanoparticles to fill even the smallest of pores in the paint which makes the Ceramic Coating glass shield shiny, smooth and extremely slick or hydrophobic. Ceramic Coatings dramatically lowers the surface tension preventing environmental contaminants such as: bird droppings, bugs, dirt, tar and graffiti paint from bonding to the surface. Water easily removes dirt from the surface by encapsulating it while rolling off the surface. This is called the self-cleaning effect.

Once the Ceramic is cured, it is measured to have hardness above 9H. A normal clear coat has hardness between 2H and 4H. This increase in the hardness of the coated surface is huge and makes it the hardest paint coating on the market today. This new glass shield prevents any minor scratches to your clear coat and acts as a sacrificial layer. This layer helps preserve the original factory paint.

Any surface scratches that happen in the clear coating are easily removed with a light polishing that will not weaken the integrity of the original clear coat. With a quality Ceramic coating, your paint won’t fade or age due to the UV protection in the glass coating. Think of Ceramic coatings an additional clear coat layer, only a lot harder. All of this allows for more peace of mind and a longer, fuller life of your vehicle, even in harsh environments.

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Are ceramic coatings safe for my paint or clear coat?

Yes, ceramic coating products are formulated to be safe for all surfaces including your paint. Ceramic will not damage your clear coat or paint and will not void any manufacturer warranties.

Do ceramic coatings peel, crack, fade, or yellow?

No, ceramic coating products will not crack, peel or yellow. Our products have undergone SGS testing and real-life testing in some of the world’s harshest environments, and surpassed every one of them.

Are ceramic coatings an alternative to wax?

Yes, once the ceramic coating is applied you won’t need to wax or polish your vehicle for the length of your warranty. Cleaning your vehicle’s paint is as easy as maintaining your glass and windshield. No need for abrasive washes or any waxes or sealants.

Will a quality ceramic coating protect my vehicle from scratches?

Yes, after the ceramic coating cures it becomes 3 times harder than paint. The coating is much more resistant to scratching. The ceramic is a glass coating, and while glass can still be scratched and chipped, it is much more resistant than your clear coat.

Can a ceramic coating protect my vinyl wrap?

Yes, a quality vinyl ceramic coating will protect your vinyl from accidental spills, stains, oil/grime, and UV rays. Ceramic coatings are completely flexible and will not crack or peel from your vinyl. As with all surfaces, ceramic coatings offer a self-cleaning effect allowing your vinyl to be easily cleaned. Say goodbye to countless vinyl cleaning agents.

Can a ceramic coating be applied to my windshield?

Yes, our complete line of ceramic coating products are completely versatile. We have a glass specific coating that we apply to the windshield that is a water repellent.

How long does a ceramic coating last?

Our Kenzo Package has a 4-year warranty and our Poly Package has a 1-year warranty. For more information, contact us today.

Will ceramic coatings protect my chrome/polished finishes?

Yes, ceramic coatings do an excellent job protecting your chrome/polished finishes from corrosion, oxidation and discoloration. The ceramic coating has a self-cleaning effect that makes maintenance a breeze. No need to continuously polish your chrome/polished finishes to keep its original luster.

What is the application process and how long does it take?

Applying your ceramic coating will take between 1-5 days depending on the condition of your paint, the size of the vehicle and the packages you select. The 1st step is to wash and prep the vehicle. The 2nd step is to correct all the imperfections in the paint such as swirls and scratches. Once the vehicle is properly prepped, a body shop safe prep solvent will be applied to the entire vehicle to get to bare paint. At this stage the coating process will begin, and each panel of the vehicle will have the ceramic coating applied, leveled, and stacked to achieve the package you have selected.

What should I use to maintain my ceramic coating?

That’s the great thing about ceramic coating products. Water and a mild soap will do the trick. Goodbye harsh chemicals, clay bars, etc. We recommend a no rinse lubricant/wash to quickly and easily maintain your coating.

Do I still need to wax my vehicle after a ceramic coating is applied?

No! Ceramic coating products are the permanent replacement to wax and sealants. You can throw those products in the trash!

How long should I wait to wash my vehicle after a ceramic coating is applied?

You should wait 10-14 days before the 1st wash to allow the solvent to outgas and the coating to fully cure. If you notice that your car gets water spots, bird droppings, tree sap etc. during these two weeks immediately remove it following our care instructions. Keep in mind the coating is softer so work on the paint very gently.


Vivid Detailz offers high quality ceramic coatings, paint protection, and auto detailing services in Redding, CA for all your vehicles.

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