Preparation is the same as in an Enhancement Detail. Before being treated to a multi stage machine polish to remove ALL light to medium paint defects, a couple of extra steps are taken in preparation.
All fragile areas are masked off, areas which could be potentially damaged during the machine polishing process. Front and rear bumper edges are masked off, as most are made of plastic and would be damaged, door handles, rubber window trims, plastic trim and britework are all areas which are masked off.
Next up, before any machine polishing is carried out, it is vital that we carry out and record paint depth cluster readings all around the car. This is so we know the thickness of the paint on each and every area of each and every panel. The machine polishing process actually removes part of the clear coat, hence why the paint correction is PERMANENT.
Typically, around 3 - 5 microns are removed during a multi stage Full Paint Correction Detail (1 micron = 1000th inch).
Consistent readings all over the car will indicate that there is a good chance that the paintwork is factory original. If there are inconsistences on a certain panel(s) then they may have been resprayed at some point, in which case we may have to be careful. If the reading overall are low then we know how much we can remove and hold a llittle back during the machine polishing process. Readings on panels are taken throughout the machine polishing stage
The next stage is the test area. Part of the bonnet will be masked off and several different compounds will be tested on the area using a variety of pads. We will start off by using the least aggressive combination, and slowly work our way up to a more aggressive combination until we achieve the desired results. This combination of compound and pads will then be applied to the rest of the body work except the bumpers, as they are made of plastic, therefore the paint on the bumpers heats up at a lesser temperature than the rest of the car. We have to therefore use a less aggressive combination to achieve the desired results otherwise we will risk burning through the paint completely.
Once these techniques are applied to the rest of the car then the results are staggering. Here are a Before/After progress pictures to illustrate the difference on the same image.
The difference in the darker coloured cars is quite obvious, but there seems to be popular misconception that those with white or light coloured cars can 'get away' with the swirl marks and defected paintwork because it is more difficult to see them on lighter coloured cars.
We would argue that it is just as important to have a white or light coloured car to be as defect free as possible. The range of white colour available from manufacturers these days is endless. From pearlescent white, spring white, seafoam white, ceramic white, pure brilliant white (ok, we made that last one up) etc etc, but all of these whites have a slightly different effect, and if the car is covered in swirls and defects then the light hitting off the car has the exact same effect as if it was a dark coloured car, which is that when you are looking at the car, you are not seeing the colour intended. Instead the light is bouncing off the car and flying in all sort of direction, ruining the colour by the time it reaches your eye.
Here is an examples of the before and after of bumper correction on a Bentley GTC, as mentioned before, they need to be corrected using a less aggressive process, but an excellent result can be achieved neverthe
After the whole car has been fully corrected, the clients choice of protection, as discussed in the Protection Detail page, is applied to the vehicle. This will repel dirt and road grime, keeping your car cleaner for longer, meaning you don't have to wash it as often. Protection also protects your paintwork from rust, acid rain, UV rays, industrial fallout, bird dropping stains and more.
** A quotation for a Full Paint Correction Detail CANNOT be given until the condition of the paintwork has been inspected by us in person.