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 important 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. This is why it is important 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 the purposes of most daily driven vehicles 50-70% paint correction is a desirable level. This is because the amount of time it takes to get above 70% correction increases exponentially. If you have a show car, exotic, or any other vehicle that is not driven on a daily basis and is kept out of the harsh environment that most vehicles see, getting to 80,90 or 100% correction makes more sense. This is because these vehicles will not get scratched as easily so it will not need constant correcting. Daily driven vehicles will get scratches from people walking past in parking lots, debris falling from trees, cinders and debris coming up off the road. 

Polishing - With our water based polish, we are able to correct most paint defects and provide an amazing 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 last for 6 months. 

Compounding - If the defects in your paint are more complex then what our polish is able to correct, or the polish takes too long, we may bump up to our compound to properly remove the defects before following it up with our polish to remove any minor compound marks. This is not something you would plan for or even need. We will let you know when we need to go to this step in the detail process. 

Wet Sanding - Much like the compounding step, we only use this method when required to get the desired results. Picture 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, if the compound does not work to remove them effectivley we may opt for wet sanding that particular area. Keep in mind we always try to avoid wet sanding when we can, in fact only about 2% of vehicles getting the paint corrected actually need any wet sanding. 

Paint protection 

Spray wax - Our spray wax protects paint for up to 45 days; however, we do recommend having this service performed every month to ensure continued protection. In the harsh environment that is South Carolina waxes and sealants tend to break down quicker. This is why it is very important 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 containes mild diminishing abrasives that correct minor imperfections while laying down three months paint protection. This product also hides some minor scratching, making it a good choice for customers who want some protection and a better overall look but are not worried about correcting the paint.

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

Coating - Our coating service provides 12 months of unsurpased protection. When properly maintened you can expect to see a full 36 months of protection. This service is great for new vehicles as an initial service