Why Paint Correction is a Must-Have Service For Your Vehicle

First, let’s cover what Paint Correction is.

Paint correction, also known as paint polishing, is the corrective process of leveling paint to remove defects, including wash induced swirls, light scratches, hard water spots, bird dropping etchings, and scuffs via machine buffing. With a paint correction service from Advance Detailing Experts, the defects, swirl marks, scratches will be removed, not just hidden. Depending on the condition of your paint and the desired results, we can perform either a one-step (usually performed on light colored paint) or multi-step paint correction (usually performed on darker colored vehicles).

Paint correction is a term that is used by both professional car detailers and car-cleaning enthusiasts worldwide to describe the process of restoring and rejuvenating the paintwork of a vehicle. How? You might ask. Detailers use various techniques with a machine polisher to eliminate surface imperfections that dull, oxidize, or haze the paint job and prevent the paint from having a clean, reflective finish. These imperfections include things like swirl marks & fine scratches, bird dropping etching & acid rain etching, hologramming, buffer trails, and random isolated deep scratches (or RIDS).

A true paint correction is when almost all imperfections are properly removed from the paintwork of the vehicle, not when they are just merely covered up or hidden with filler-based products such as wax.

The actual corrective process itself comprises of a small amount of clear coat or paint being removed from the surface with the use of abrasive polishes, which are applied and worked in with appropriate tools and professional products. Simply put, polishing is the process of removing surface scratches and imperfections from a vehicle’s paintwork, which involves the use of machine polishers and a range of different polishing products. A fully corrected vehicle when viewed in direct sunlight will show only true reflections and no swirl marks, scratches or blemishes.

Before any paint correction is done, a proper and thorough wash/decontamination of the vehicle must be performed. Detailers must make sure the paintwork is properly washed and cleaned and any loose dirt and debris has been removed. After the wash process, the vehicle is clayed with a specialist automotive clay bar, which safely removes any bonded surface contaminants such as tar spots and industrial fallout. It is extremely important these contaminants are removed before the paint correction process.

Paint correction is usually a multistage process as a range of different grades of compounds and polishes are used, ranging from heavier cutting compounds, which remove the surface material, to finer products which then remove any marks that the heavier products may have inflicted and generally refine the finish. During the paint correction process, it is common for a paint thickness gauge to be used.

This gauge measures the thickness of the paint on the metal panel and is used before, during and after the process to monitor how much material is being removed and to ensure excess amounts of clear coat are not being removed. Failing to monitor the thickness of the paint during paint correction could leave the paint too thin or even cause irreversible damage such as a strike through the paint. Specialist halogen or LED lamps which replicate the effect of direct sunlight on the surface are also used during the process to check the condition of the paintwork and see how successful the surface scratches and imperfections are being removed.

Some swirl marks, fine scratches or imperfections may actually be too deep or severe to safely remove without risking too much surface paint or clear coat being removed. Thus, risks of that are minimized and reduced as best as possible using techniques with the best professional polishers and professional polishing products that round off the edges of the scratches and make them far less apparent in direct light.

Advance Detailing Experts has found the real secret to a near perfect paint correction. That secret lies in the mental strength and intelligence of the person doing the polishing. A majority of people who have not had sufficient training or experience in detailing lack the patience and knowledge to perform a well-executed paint correction. Do you know how to prepare yourself mentally for any paint corrective process? Especially with a paint correction assignment, the process is very time consuming. Advance Detailing Experts has found that the final paint correction results are truly dependent on how you are feeling that day. If you are feeling rushed because you are working within a certain time limit, stressed for either personal problems or business problems, worried about not having the right products or right equipment, or preoccupied for x reason, you won’t get the best results. As a matter of fact, your finished product will show how you were feeling that day. This is a crucial distinction that few professional detailers have – they know how to get good results and feel good about those results. For us at Advance Detailing Experts, feeling grateful has been our secret! We feel thankful for the trust the client has given us with their vehicle, thankful that we have work when most are struggling to get one customer a day, and thankful for doing what we love and getting compensated for it!

It is important to reiterate that a well-executed paint correction or what is called a fully corrected paintwork will shine brilliantly and produce stunning reflections because there are no scratches or imperfections that reflect the light rays off in different directions.

Let’s keep in mind that paint correction is a very labor-intensive process. Consequently, we recommend that amateurs or enthusiasts should only attempt to correct their own paintwork if they have been properly trained, gained some experience, and feel confident doing so. Additionally, they must  know what professional products to use and what proper polishers to use for any paint correction job.

Lastly, it is important to distinguish between paintwork that has been truly corrected and paintwork that has been masked with products that are designed to fill surface imperfections such as an all in one polish for example. Hiding swirl marks or scratches should not 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 products fillers, which in time, will wash away and reveal them once more.

Most people think that a new or nearly new vehicle that was just delivered wouldn’t need to be corrected, but unfortunately this is far from the truth. Most new vehicles need at least a one-step correction service, if not more. Defects can include wash induced marring from the dealership wash bay, holograms from the production line, or even over spray from outside repairs while sitting on the lot at the dealership.  Advance Detailing Experts has designed different paint correction packages for your vehicle. There are different corrective steps such as one step correction, two step correction , or multiple (for maximum protection after correction check out our Ceramic Pro Coatings Packages). If you’ve got a truly special vehicle that deserves a special shine, you have found the experts here at Advance Detailing Experts of Ventura County.

5 Reasons Your New Car Needs To Be Detailed Professionally

So, you’ve decided to treat yourself and buy a brand-new car, fresh off of the lot! Congratulations – we’re sure you’ll love your new vehicle.

But before you start driving it all around town, you may want to consider professional auto detailing. Whether you invest in wax, paint sealants, stain guard or ceramic protection, getting your new car detailed professionally is a good idea. Why? Here are 5 reasons.

1. It’s Probably Been On The Lot For A While

Most new cars aren’t stored in showrooms. They’re stored in parking lots – outdoors. This means they’ll be outside in the pouring rain, sleet, snow, and ice. Dirt will settle on them, debris will fall on them – and the longer a car is outside, the more weather it will have to endure.

Most dealerships will give a car a quick wash before they let you drive it off of the lot – but this is far from the paint rejuvenation and paint decontamination services you’ll get from a professional auto detailer, such as Advance Detailing Experts.

2. Brand New Doesn’t Mean “Perfect”

Just because your car is brand new doesn’t mean that the paint job is perfect, or that it’s adequately protected from the elements. Most new cars have advanced paint and anti-corrosion technology, but it’s still a good idea to invest in a professional detailing to protect your investment.

3. Car Dealers Don’t Always Do A Good Job Of Detailing

Detailing is not a specialty of the technicians and staff at auto manufacturing plants or dealerships. They may often do a poor job of detailing your car, and neglect things like interior protection, stain guard, and paint sealants. You could even end up with a car that has fine scratches and swirls due to improper finishing.

A professional auto detailing can help you restore and rejuvenate your paint, ensuring that your brand new vehicle looks great for months and years to come.

4. You Can Protect Your Investment From The Elements

Even a minor scratch or paint imperfection on your car can lead to rust and corrosion, and costly damage to your vehicle. Your paint and ceramic coating are all that protects the metal of your car from the elements.

If your car paint is damaged at all, or has any weak points, you could easily end up with corrosion or further damage to your car. For a brand-new car, that’s certainly not ideal.

5. Automakers Don’t Detail The Inside Of Your Car

When you buy a new car, you’re lucky if the interior even gets a wipe-down with a towel. But with professional auto detailing, you can get stain guard for your interior and seats, and interior protection like Scotchgard and other water-resistant protective technologies.

Come To Advance Detailing Experts – Let Us Take Care Of Your New Car!

Your new car is an investment. So don’t spare any expense when it comes to taking care of it! Come to Advance Detailing Experts now, and let us protect your vehicle with a comprehensive, all-in-one luxury detailing.

A Short and Handy Guide to Ceramic Coatings

You had quite a profitable year.

Your business is booming, and you are ready to expand into new markets. Your revenue has increased significantly, and you’ve managed to save some money and invest them into new tools and equipment. After a few months, you were able to buy a new car and finally get rid of that old and squeaky vehicle you had since forever.

Now, the question you may be asking yourself is: how can you make the most of your investment? After all, the moment you drove with your brand new car off the lot, its value depreciates by 10%.

Ouch.

Knowing all this, you put a lot of care and effort into maintaining your company car in pristine condition. You try to keep it clean and wash it regularly. You even apply wax from time to time to maintain its glowing finish.

But, despite your best efforts to protect the body’s finish, pieces of it may still chip out of place. A particularly rainy season, for instance, can make water spots highly visible. Not to mention, dirt and grime attack the metal, exposing your ride to oxidation.

So, what can you do to extend the life of your car?

Enter ceramic coating.

Ceramic coating, such as Ceramic Pro 9H, represents a new and revolutionary technology in auto paint protection that can significantly increase the longevity of your vehicle. When you apply this chemical compound to the exterior of your vehicle, it bonds to the car’s paint, creating a very efficient layer of protection. It’s a wax alternative for savvy users that don’t want to leave any room for compromise when it comes to their assets. But, unlike wax, the ceramic coating doesn’t require a frequent application, making maintenance a breeze.

You can find a variety of products depending on your needs. If you want to protect your car’s paint from environmental factors, for instance, you can use Ceramic Pro Light or Ceramic Pro Rain.

One of the primary benefits of ceramic coating is that it can reduce oxidation by protecting your automobile against UV radiations. Moreover, it can increase your car’s resistance to staining by creating a glossy finish. That way, dirt will slide easily from the body’s surface.

If these functional benefits aren’t enough for you, then you should learn that a product like Ceramic Pro Sport can also enhance the looks of your ride. By improving the reflectiveness of your paint, it will give your car, a gorgeous finish.

Another excellent benefit that ceramic coating brings is that it’s highly cost-effective. Let’s take wax as an example. Over a five year span it will cost you about $4,000 if you apply it four times a year, professional wash included. Since you only need to apply a good quality nano-ceramic coating once, you’ll cut the costs in half with an investment of just $1500. That’s an excellent deal which is hard to resist.

The Best Ceramic Coating Solutions

We specialize in revolutionary automobile paint protection technology, providing top-notch products to serve your needs. Our revolutionary formulas can help you target and solve a variety of problems fast and cost-effectively.

Here are some of our most popular products and their advantages.

Ceramic Pro 9H is a type of coating that will never wash off. You can only remove it by abrasion, but even that won’t be the case if you opt for applying it in multiple layers, over a longer period. In fact, a thick Ceramic Pro 9H coating will increase scratch resistance.

In addition to its longevity, this solution also comes with a water-repelling effect. In other words, you can say your farewell to annoying water spots that damage the aesthetics of your car. This nano-ceramic coating provides your vehicle with the gloss it needs to represent you and your business best.

If dirt and grime are your worst enemies, then Ceramic Pro Light is the best solution. With its super-hydrophobic effect, nothing will stick to your car’s surface for long. This coating will also protect your vehicle from oxidation and corrosion and has chemical resistance comparable to the Ceramic Pro 9H. However, it doesn’t withstand the test of time quite like the previous solution presented.

Ceramic Pro fabric solutions, like the omnipotent 9H or the Light, are proven to be very effective with synthetic materials. Still, for natural fibers, you may want to opt for Ceramic Pro Leather for durability and thorough protection.

Ceramic Pro Sport is a nano-ceramic coating usually used on surfaces previously treated with one of the solutions presented above. Keep in mind that it only has a lifespan of 6-12 months when used alone. Easier to apply, it refreshes the hydrophobic effect of the CP 9H or CP Light adding, UV Protection in the mix. Ceramic Pro Sport is self-cleaning and vents water spots, giving your vehicle a beautiful uniform gloss.

A very reliable Ceramic Pro interior solution is the Ceramic Pro Plastic, which was designed for rubber and plastic surfaces. Because it is a permanent finish suitable for both the interior and the exterior, the Ceramic Pro Plastic will offer excellent durability with a minimal investment.

Ceramic Pro Rain is a very popular coating solution designed for windshields and glass areas. It has a durability of up to 12 months and comes with numerous advantages. For example, this product will make the water simply flow off your windows, preventing stains of all types at any time. It also has an anti-icing effect making it very useful in the winter.

You can tell a successful entrepreneur by a mile. The way you dress, present yourself, and communicate can say a great deal about you. But if you’re an always-on-the-move type of entrepreneur, then you will realize that your car can represent your business too.

Pay close attention to the image your business portrays in the world. Invest in a vehicle that is reliable, sturdy, and relevant to your goals and mission. Make sure to extend its life by purchasing the right products.

Paint Correction and Polishing for Black Paint

Black is usually the choice for most luxury cars and SUVs – but without proper maintenance, black paint can end up becoming scratched and damaged, and lose its sheen of luxury. There are two primary types of clear coats that can be used to protect your car’s paint.

Soft Clear Coats

Soft clear coats are made of softer, less durable polymers. They have a very deep, rich color which can help bring out the natural color of your car, giving it a more rich and beautiful appearance. They’re easier to scratch, but can be quickly restored with a quick correction and paint polishing treatment.

Hard Clear Coats

Hard clear coats are much more hard and durable than soft clear coats. They will hold up to more abuse over time, and resist swirling and scratches, but they are harder to refinish, and may “dull” the color of your paint somewhat.

The choice between hard and soft clear coats depends on your specific car, driving habits, and particular needs.

Contact Advanced Detailing Experts if you’re not sure how to restore your car’s paint!

The Benefits of Steam Cleaning

As 2017 comes to an end, one question arises; are you going to keep driving that dirty ride in 2018?

Fortunately we have the solution! We can completely detail your car inside/outside. To have a lasting effect, we highly recommend steam cleaning! Our state of the art steamer is safe to use in all car surfaces as it sanitizes and deodorizes your car.

STEAM CLEANING CAR INTERIOR

Includes leather or fabric seats, carpet, mats, door jams, cup holders, dashboard, head liners, vents and central consoles. Steam cleaning rehydrates, conditions and restores leather seats and materials such as alcantara or suede.

WINDOWS

Steaming windows is completely safe and it does not leave any streaks.

CUP HOLDERS

Removes any sticky residue-from any drink.

DOOR JAMBS AND TRIM

High steam pressure cleans old dirt, grease, and stuck-on residue.

CONSOLE AND DASHBOARDS

The low moisture of the steam removes dust and dirt effectively from surfaces like the radio, steering wheel, controls, knobs, ventilation system, buttons and switches. It also removes odors and dirt.

DOOR PANELS

Steam lifts stains, oil and dirt from arm rest, speaker grills and window switches.

VENTILATION SYSTEM

Steam is the best way to kill allergens and dust mites.

CARPETS AND MATS

Steam cleaning removes dirt and odors and it rejuvenates the appearance of the carpet.

STEAM CLEANING CAR EXTERIOR

With the high pressure and temperature of the steam; tree sap, exhaust, wheels, rims and under the hood parts can also be cleaned.