Machine Polishing

Iain at Work

Iain at Work

Machine Polishing – Why?

Hand car washes, automatic car washes, dirty sponges and chamois leathers. These are the main causes of swirls and fine scratches on the paintwork of cars and SUVs.

As a specialist Iain is able to safely polish the paintwork with a wide variety of polishes to remove these defects. In most cases, a 100% correction rate is possible, subject to the paint depth and the depth of the defect requiring correction. There are no guarantees to the level of correction, but be best assured Iain will correct the paintwork to the highest possible standard without compromising the safety of the paint thickness.

A daily deposit may be required plus access to a garage, power & water. If no garage is available then Iain can make other arrangements for you to drop off and collect your car once completed.

Paint Correction Process – Cleaning, Correction, Preparation and Protection

In order to truly get the best results from the paintwork, preparation is the key. By booking Iain to remove  “swirling” and “oxidised” paintwork the results of the paintwork will be brighter, deeper and the results will last longer.

Cleaning

  • Full exterior pre-soak and wash, including wheels and wheel arches.
  • Detail claying of the vehicle to remove surface contaminants.
  • Digital paint depth gauge inspection to check the condition of the paint, depths and evaluate safe levels for machine polishing.

Correction

He will use specialist equipment to safely remove swirled and oxidised paint, below are some pictures of a Porsche where the rear wing has had half of the panel machine polished to remove the swirl marks:

Machine Polishing - Porsche Correction (Before)

Machine Polishing - Porsche Correction (Before)

Machine Polishing - Porsche Correction (Test Area)

Machine Polishing - Porsche Correction (Test Area)

Machine Polishing - Porsche Correction (After)

Machine Polishing - Porsche Correction (After)

Machine Polishing - Porsche Correction (Complete)

Machine Polishing - Porsche Correction (Complete)

Stage two of the machine polishing is used to polish and refine the paintwork, see the example pictures of Iain below:

Machine Polishing - Iain Polishing

Machine Polishing - Iain Polishing

Machine Polishing - Iain Polishing

Machine Polishing - Iain Polishing

Preparation and Protection

He uses glazes, sealants and waxes to tailor a finish to suit your requirements, leaving a long lasting finish for you to enjoy. Ensure you discuss the options and your preferences with Iain prior to the booking.

  • Alloy wheels coated with a wheel sealant.
  • All exterior trim is cleaned, tyres treated and exterior glass cleaned.

Upgrades available for higher grade Swissvax waxes, interior detailing and engine bay detailing.

See our Detail Walkthrough page for an overview with more pictures detailing the steps taken for Paint Correction.

He is also able to offer follow up detailing services once Paint Correction has been completed. He will discuss this service with you on an individual basis and tailor to your requirements. Examples of maintenance plans can be found on our Services page.

Contact Iain today to discuss what FinerDetails can do for you.


Examples of Paint Correction Detailing

Below is a selection of pictures showing the comparison before, after or during the machine polishing stages. Please note none of the cars have been pre-glazed or waxed.

 

Alfa Romeo 147

Below are two pictures of an Alfa 147.  The first shows the paintwork prior to any machine polishing.  A special torch is used to light how the car would appear in sunlight.  The second picture shows the difference after being machine polished to remove the fine scratches and swirl marks.

Machine Polishing - Alfa 147 (Before)

Machine Polishing - Alfa 147 (Before)

Machine Polishing - Alfa 147 (After)

Machine Polishing - Alfa 147 (After)

 

Aston Martin Vantage

The pictures below show how the paintwork of a car can deteriorate if washed incorrectly and harshly with a sponge and how it is brought back to life with expert machine polishing.

Machine Polishing - Aston Martin Vantage (Before)

Machine Polishing - Aston Martin Vantage (Before)

Machine Polishing - Aston Martin Vantage (After)

Machine Polishing - Aston Martin Vantage (After)

 

Audi A8

Below are pictures of the A8 before any machine polishing work. The car has already been washed and clayed to show the full extent of the defects. The pictures shows the whole bonnet panel and after the right hand side had been machine polished.

Machine Polishing - Audi A8 (Before)

Machine Polishing - Audi A8 (Before)

Machine Polishing - Audi A8 (After)

Machine Polishing - Audi A8 (After)

 

BMW 528

Iain has taped off a section of the panel and will complete the test area to establish the level of abrasion required to safely correct the paintwork.

Machine Polishing - BMW 528 (Before)

Machine Polishing - BMW 528 (Before)

Machine Polishing - BMW 528 (After)

Machine Polishing - BMW 528 (After)

 

Mazda MX5

This car was machine polished to remove oxidised paintwork and revive to a deep glossy finish.

Machine Polishing - Mazda MX5 (Wing)

Machine Polishing - Mazda MX5 (Wing)

Machine Polishing - Mazda MX5 (Bonnet)

Machine Polishing - Mazda MX5 (Bonnet)

 

Porsche 911 997 Carrera S

This car was only 12 months old yet showed severe swirl defects.

Machine Polishing - Porsche 911 (Before)

Machine Polishing - Porsche 911 (Before)

Machine Polishing - Porsche 911 (After)

Machine Polishing - Porsche 911 (After)

 

Volvo S40

Machine polished to remove oxidised paintwork, the pictures below were taken of bonnet and roof during machine polishing.

Machine Polishing - Volvo S40 (Bonnet)

Machine Polishing - Volvo S40 (Bonnet)

Machine Polishing - Volvo S40 (Roof)

Machine Polishing - Volvo S40 (Roof)