Paint Correction is the correct and professional term used to describe polishing paintwork. People often refer to a ‘cut and polish’ which in professional terms would be called a multi stage correction. Polishing the car a number of times to achieve the desired result.
No. This is a common concern and a myth brought about by incorrect technique and use of the machine and polishing products.
You can, however. Once you finish a quarter of the bonnet, your arm and shoulder will be screaming and you definitely won’t give the rest of the car the same attention as that feeling gets worse. Your arm/hand can not achieve the RPM that a machine can, which reduces the effectiveness of the polish and can actually leave your car with hazing, looking worse.
Polishing with a machine allows a consistent speed and pressure over the entire surface with reduced body fatigue, allowing incredible results when done professionally.
The car wash is going to spend maybe 30 minutes washing and polishing your car. This is not even close to enough time to polish it properly or even prepare it ready for polishing. They’ll probably splatter polish everywhere, run the polisher over plastic trim staining it and leave holograms and marring in the paint because they haven’t refined or finished down the polishing.
We will first wash and dry your car. Then chemically and mechanically decontaminate the paint to remove all contamination and things stuck to the paint. We’ll wash and dry it again to remove those residues. After washing we then tape/mask up all plastic/rubber trim so we don’t get polish on them. We will measure the depth of the paint on every panel to ensure safe polishing. We polish 40cm x 40cm section of paint at a time, which is vital to break down all of the abrasives in the polish to leave a clear finish. We then do a panel wipe to remove any polishing residues from the paint before applying a ceramic sealant to provide gloss and protection.