Paint Correction

Paint Correction

What is Paint Correction?

Paint correction is a meticulous process aimed at restoring and rejuvenating the exterior paintwork of a vehicle. It involves the careful removal of imperfections such as swirl marks, scratches, oxidation, and other blemishes that may have accumulated over time. Paint correction is performed by utilizing specialized tools, compounds, and techniques to gently abrade the clear coat, gradually leveling the surface to achieve a smooth and flawless finish. This intensive procedure not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the car but also revitalizes the paint, restoring its depth, clarity, and brilliance. The result is a showroom-quality shine that transforms the appearance of the vehicle, making it look as good as, and sometimes bettern than, new.

Paint Correction Prices in Dallas Texas

Ceramic Coating Prices here in Dallas are fair. Prices range from $500-2000 depending on the type of Ceramic Coating you choose. Here are our prices:

Single Stage Paint Correction

Starting at $595

*Removes about 50% of paint imperfections.

Double Stage Paint Correction

Starting at $795

*Removes about 80% of paint imperfections and swirls.

Triple Stage Paint Correction

Starting at $1195

*Removes 99% of all paint imperfections and swirls!

What does Paint Correction fix?

The level of restoration with paint correction is dependent on the level of effort put into the process.  There are four types of paint correction from basic to extremely time and skill intensive.

One Step Paint Correction

The single step paint correction involves using a combined cut and polish with a semi-abrasive pad  This process will remove up to 50% of paint imperfections. 

Two Step Paint Correction

A double step paint correction involves using a cutting agent or rubbing compound with an abrasive pad followed with a fine polish and a finishing pad.  This process is much more intensive and will remove up to 80% of swirl marks paint imperfections.

Three Step Paint Correction

A triple step paint correction involves the use of a strong compound with a heavy cut pad.  This process requires skill and experience and will ruin a cars clear coat finish if done incorrectly.  After the abrasive cut a medium compound and medium cut pad is used over the surface.  Once this is complete a fine polish is used with a fine cut/finishing pad.  This is the most intensive process and will correct up to 99% of swirls, abrasions, fine scratches, and paint imperfections.

Four Step Paint Correction

A quadruple step paint correction takes the three step paint correction to the next level by starting with wet sanding.  Wet sanding a vehicle involves the use of fine-grit sandpaper and water to gently remove imperfections from the paint surface, such as orange peel texture or deep scratches.  As with using a heavy cutting agent, this process will ruin a cars clear coat if not done properly.  After the wet sanding is complete a three step paint correction is completed.  This process will not only remove up to 100% of paint imperfections but can also remove deep scratches from the surface.

What is needed for Paint Correction?

To complete the paint correction process you will need a dual action rotary polisher, polishes, compounds, and high quality polishing pads.


When choosing a polisher you want to look for both quality and technology.  A good polisher uses a random action with pressure sensitivity.  This action ensure there is no burn on the paint will making the job smoother and easier.  Argus recommends Rupes or Flex brand polishers.  It is best to get a large polisher for big surface areas and a smaller polisher for harder to reach and smaller spots.

Polishing Pads

Polishing pads are required for the polisher to work and will need to be replaced over time with use.  Just like a piece of sandpaper these polishing pads will wear out over time.  Choose the right level of cut based on how many steps of paint correction you are completing.  Match the polishing pads to your polisher.  Argus recommends Rupes polishing and cutting pads.

Cutting Compound and Polish

Cutting compounds and polishes are automotive detailing products designed to remove imperfections, such as scratches and swirl marks, from a vehicle’s paint surface; cutting compounds are more abrasive and tackle deeper flaws, while polishes refine and enhance the paint, leaving a smooth and glossy finish.  Argus recommends Rupes or Koch Chemie compounds and polishes.

How do correct paint?

Approximate Time: 12 – 18 hours

Complete your paint correction by following the steps below:

  1. Remove any dirt and debris with a full detail.
  2. Clay bar the entire exterior of the vehicle.
  3. Complete a full iron decontamination.
  4. Apply a small amount of compound to the pad.
  5. Go over a small section with your polisher making multiple passes in multiple directions.
  6. Buff away any compound with a clean, soft microfiber towel.
  7. Repeat steps 4 – 6 over the entire vehicle, then repeat 4 – 7 for each step of your paint correction.

You are ready for Paint Correction. What next?

Given the time investment and experience required, Argus recommends visiting a specialized paint correction shop with skilled professionals. It’s crucial to choose a reputable detailer with experience and quality products to ensure proper paint preparation and correction.

If you’re in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and considering Paint Correction, contact Argus Professional Detailing or visit the Charge Mods shop for a consultation on available packages and services tailored to your needs. Our team will guide you through the process and ensure you receive the best solution for protecting your vehicle’s paint.

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