Expert Paint Correction & Protection


Paint correction comes in many forms: polishing, compounding, and wet sanding are the most common. Here at Palm Wash we always start with the least aggressive and work our way to the appropriate method. It is necessary to understand that no two cars are the same, even the same year, make, and model car can have different thickness and hardness to the paint. Because of this, it is crucial to perform a test section and determine the best method for the vehicle. It is also important to note that different panels on the same car can also have slightly different characteristics.

Paint correction levels

For most daily driven vehicles 60-80% paint correction is a desirable level. Correcting beyond 80% is not advisable for daily Drivers because of the amount of time it takes to get above 80% correction increases exponentially. If you have a show car, exotic, or any other vehicle that is not driven on a daily basis and kept out of the harsh environment that most vehicles see, getting to 90 or 100% correction makes more sense. Daily drivers will get scratches from people walking past in parking lots, debris falling from trees, and from cinders and debris coming up off the road. 

Polishing - With our water-based polish, we can correct most paint defects and provide a fantastic shine at the same time. Our polish does not include any paint protection which means it is designed to do one thing really well, correct paint. After we correct the paint we apply our sealant which lasts for six months. Coatings are also available after correction.

Compounding - If the defects in your paint are more complex then what our polish can correct, or the polish takes too long, we may choose to use our compound to properly remove the defects before following it up with our polish to remove any minor compound marks. Compounding is not something you would plan for or, necessarily need in a detail. We inform our clients when this step is necessary.

Wet Sanding - Much like the compounding step, we only use this method when required to get the desired results. Imagine having a panel that has swirls on it and maybe a few deep scratches. After polishing the swirls out, we may still see the deep scratches, and if the compound does not work to remove them effectively, we may opt for wet sanding that particular area. We always try to avoid wet sanding when we can. 

Paint protection 

Spray wax - Our spray wax protects the paint for up to 45 days; however, we do recommend having this service performed every month to ensure continued protection. In South Carolinas, harsh environment waxes and sealants tend to break down quicker. Becuase the UV rays are intense it is imperative to keep protection on the vehicle. 

Spray Sealant - Our spray sealant is an upgrade to our maintenance wash package and provides 90 days protection. 

Cleaner Wax - Our cleaner wax contains mild diminishing abrasives that correct minor imperfections on the clear coat while laying down three months paint protection. This product also hides some minor scratching, making it an excellent choice for customers who want some protection and a better overall look but are not concerned with properly correcting the paint.

Sealant - Our sealant service provides six months paint protection as well as hydrophobic properties that help reduce contaminants from bonding to the paint. Our sealant makes maintenance easier with less wear on your car. 

Coating - Our coating service provides 12 months of unsurpassed protection. When adequately maintained you can expect to see a full 36 months of protection. This service is excellent for new vehicles as an initial service. 


**When something sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Make sure to ask a lot of questions if you are concidering a coating service with another shop.**