Paint Correction, Paint Protection & Your Car

Protective coatings add shine and, obviously, protection to your paint, glass, wheels, plastics and more. However, you may not be familiar with the process in applying these Capitol Shine products. It all starts with figuring out if your vehicle has any imperfections in the the paint, such as scratch or swirl marks, after which we can perform a Paint Correction treatment. Why fix the scratches now? A protective coating forms a permanent bond with the paint and would lock in any swirls or scratches, so these imperfections need to first be fixed.

Let’s Start with Paint Defects

The truth is, many owners may not even know whether their vehicle requires any paint correction services. At first glance, a car may appear glossy and free of defects. Upon further inspection, however, there can be more than meets the eye. Consider the 2008 AcuraTL type S in the above picture that recently received Capitol Shine’s Ceramic Pro. As you will see, it doesn’t matter if your car is new or old when it comes to paint correction!

When this vehicle first arrived in our shop, we looked it over and inspected it closely. What we found were a number of scratched areas all over the car, which means our paint correction services were needed. Click on any image below for larger version:

What Is Paint Correction?

Paint correction, as the name implies, is the process of fixing scratches, marring and other defects in the vehicle’s paint. As explained in a previous article (follow this link), the layers of your car’s exterior consist of a clear coat, a paint base coat and a primer coat.

The majority of the time, the scratches are on the top layer (clear coat) and therefore haven’t actually damaged your paint yet. Over time, however, the clear coat scratches will continue to wear down until it reaches your paint base coat, which is where touch-up paint comes in handy. The trick is fixing the scratches before this happens, as can be seen in the following pictures of the same Acura. Click on any image below for larger version:

For this 2008 Acura TL type S, a three-stage paint correction process was implemented and, as can be seen in the above pictures, the results speak for themselves. Fixing these scratches and swirls can make a huge difference in the appearance and gloss of your vehicle.

Here’s another before and after shot of the Acura, see the difference in shine:

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After Capitol Shine’s trained professionals fixed the defects, the Acura was ready to receive a protective coating. The owner chose Capitol Shine’s Ceramic Pro GOLD package, which includes:

  • 4 layers of 9H Glass Shield on all painted exterior surfaces
  • 1 layer of Light Glass Shield on all surfaces
  • 1 layer of 9H Glass Shield on plastic and rims
  • 1 layer of Rain on all windows and glass

If you are unsure whether or not your vehicle requires paint correction services, that’s no problem! We can give you a FREE estimate in just 30 minutes. To schedule this estimate, a protective coating like Ceramic ProOpti-Coat Pro or Paint Protection Film, or any of our other services, please head over to our scheduling page and make an appointment online. Or you may send us a message [HERE] with any questions!

Please schedule at least 24 hours in advance to ensure time and date.