There are a many ways your vehicle’s paint can become contaminated. Whether it’s swirl marks, scratches, fading, chipping, a lack of shine or more, it never ends well. In detailing, these are commonly referred to as “paint defects.” Did you know, just driving through an automatic car wash can result in swirl marks? Or choosing the wrong car cover may scratch your paint?

But how do you know if your paint is damaged, or if it’s just dirty? Here’s how you tell: First, wash your vehicle (or have it hand-washed by a certain detailing company – hint, hint). Then, park your car out in the sunlight, which will show any imperfections in the paint. If your vehicle is freshly washed, you should be able to run your hand over the surface, which SHOULD feel as smooth as glass. If it feels grainy, it does not necessarily mean your paint is beyond saving – THERE ARE SOLUTIONS.

Improper detailing and buffing can lead to swirl marks:

There are many vehicles where the paint may look beyond saving, however, that may not be the case. After a wash, we can assess where your vehicle’s paint stands. If more extreme measures are needed, we can arrange that. Your vehicle may just need our Wash + Wax. This process consists of a paint-safe hand wash and dry of the exterior, trunk and door jambs, windows, mirrors, dashboard, console, wheels and tires. Then we use bug and tar removal, a clay bar surface treatment, and a dressing of the outside plastics and rubber. We then hand WAX the exterior and polish it all off with a light hand buff – properly, of course.

Sometimes, no amount of clay bar or wax can fix a scratch or swirl. Deep scratches or swirl marks require more attention, and the sooner it can be fixed, the better. If you are unsure (or just don’t have time) about the type of scratch or how deep it goes, we can help with that. The first step it to schedule an appointment where we can assess your paint (it only takes 30 minutes). Often times, a paint correction process is needed. Capitol Shine will first wash your vehicle and then inspect the paint for any scratches and imperfections. Then, we can give you some options on the best way to proceed.

Protective Coatings

After any scratches and imperfections have been fixed, you may decide to invest in something that can prevent this problem in the future. Capitol Shine’s Pro Line line of coatings provide a layer of protection unlike any other. Ceramic Pro or Opti-Coat Pro can help PREVENT scratches, fading, corrosion and more. If you would like to know more about ceramic coatings or to schedule a FREE estimate, please send us a message.


To schedule your Hand Wash, Wash + Wax or Pro Line Coating assessment, head on over to our scheduling page. Please try to schedule at least 24 hours in advance to secure your appointment time. We’ll see you there!

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