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Cars/Mini-trucks: Starting at $250.00
Black cars: $Starting at $265.00
Small Suv's/Mini-vans/Mini trucks (Plus-cabs): Starting at $270.00
Black small SUV's/Mini-vans/X-tended cabs: Starting at $300.00
Full-sized SUV's/Vans/Trucks: Starting at $350.00
Black full-sized SUV's/Vans/Trucks: Starting at $375.00
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RIDS (Random Isolated Deep Scratches) are below surface paint defects. These are larger and deeper occurring scratches are most often revealed during paint correction. They aren’t always visible during initial vehicle inspections because the lighter topical scratches, associated with spider web swirl marks, commonly layer on top of RIDS, camouflaging them from view. It can be a common issue that vehicle owners will claim that detailers inflict such scratches into their vehicle after a detail. Detailers can easily avoid this misunderstanding by simply educating clients about RIDS when encountering a vehicle which contains a large amount of heavy defects in the surface.
Swirl mark/ scratch
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starting at $150
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Black small SUV's/Mini-vans/X-tended cabs:
Starting at $200.00
Type I Water Spots are topical paint defects and are usually a result of mineral deposits left behind by water which has evaporated. These spots are typically indicative of “hard water,” meaning water with a high concentration of mineral solids. Type I spots can also be created by water being introduced to a soiled surface and suspending dirt/dust/loose topical contamination which was already on the vehicle surface prior to water exposure. Typically Type I water spots are easily removed with a microfiber cloth and quick detail spray, or spray wax, light finger rubbing, or a traditional wash. Sometimes a water spot removal chemical is needed for particularly heavily mineral water.
Common Auto Detailing Paint Defects:
A List to Assist Paint Correction*
Crow’s Feet is a below surface paint defect of an area which contains a concentrated amount of small cracks within the paint. This is actually a paint failure issue. Many times, crow’s feet are many cracks adjacent to one another, while sometimes they are connected. This was typically a problem of laquer based paint and the term ‘laquer checking’ was used to describe the defect. Even today the term ‘checking’ is used almost interchangeably with ‘crow’s feet.’ If seen on a modern automobile it could quite possibly indicate that the section in question has been repainted in a cheap and quick fashion or that the OEM paint and or prep was of poor quality to begin with. Note that this defect may not be visible until after a paint correction is preformed.
Buffer Trails and Holograms, are topical paint defects which are inflicted by human hands. These lovely art inspired designs are left by either: a rotary machine moved entirely too fast or a buffer used without much skill behind it. Typically body shops leave these topical paint defects when they are trying to crank out freshly painted panels. Often times, vehicle owners are completely unaware of buffer trails or holograms in their vehicle since they are temporarily covered by a glaze or wax in order to get a car out of the shop quickly. However, once the glaze or wax degrades these lovely flames and holograms become vehicle art; on display for all to see. These are also often created by the corner car washes which advertise, “$99.95 Full Detail – Inside and Out!.” These “detail centers” are also playing the numbers game and are trying to pump out as many $99 specials per day to increase their bottom line. So, WHO really suffers in the end? The customer and the poor vehicle, because the vehicle appears shiny and clean for about 3-6 washes, then, when the glaze or paint wear off, those lovely buffer trails and holograms start to appear. Of course these are MUCH more prevalent in darker colored cars due to the nature of contrast, but they are equally as abundant on lighter colored vehicles. The cure for these “designs” is hiring a skilled detailer with quality processes. The price will, of course, be higher, but then again, so will the level of work and the vehicle finish will last much much longer.
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Type II Water Spots have partially penetrated below the surface of the clear coat, having partially etched the surface. For this reason, they are considered below surface paint defects. The etching appears as a subtle crater type recessed blemish in the surface of the clear coat. Some Type II water spots barely etch the painted surface, while others can deeply etch the surface, depending on the minerals or chemical contamination present in the water while it dried on the painted surface. Type II water spots cannot be removed with a chemical means alone, they must be polished and possibly cannot be removed completely, if they have etched too deeply. However, they can be minimized in appearance with polishing, as the jagged edges of those craters can be softened to a great degree.
Bird Droppings are topical paint defects which can cause paint etching, and morph into below surface paint defects (if left unattended) due to the extreme acidity of the droppings. (Etching appears as a subtle recessed blemishes in the surface of the clear coat.) The strength of the uric acid in bird droppings can vary greatly due to what particular bird(s) eat. In more rural areas, bird bombs tend to be more acidic, and thus more aggressive on paint, due to a diet high in seeds and other vegetation low on the Ph scale. The sooner bird bombs are noticed and removed from painted surfaces, the lower the likelihood of them etching into the clear coat. While some light bird etchings can be removed via polishing, deeper etchings can only be minimized by polishing due to their severity and eliminating them entirely would require polishing past safe levels, jeopardizing the integrity of the clear coat as a protective paint layer..
ABOVE: Bird Etchings are a result of Bird Droppings NOT being removed from a painted surface.
Spider Web Swirl Marks are the common all direction scratches visible on the majority of vehicles on the road. These below surface paint defects are caused by lack of regular wash cycles which cause vehicles to be washed with a high concentration of topical dirt and grime on them, greatly increasing the likelihood of scratching during the wash process. Also, improper wash technique; which usually means the wash media (mitt or sponge) is not cleaned out enough during the washing process, contributes to these swirl marks. If a vehicle is washed with no rhyme or reason of methodology, then the filth from the lowest 1/4 of the car, where the majority of chemical contamination and the heaviest concentration of larger contamination particulates appear, can be transferred to the rest of the paint, creating a large number of deeper defects in the process. Spider web swirls can also be caused by touching of the paint with material that is not safe for automotive purposes, therefore great care needs to be taken to ensure that any media which will touch ANY painted surface is gentle and not cause defects itself.
Any Paint correction detail done on a customers car will follow up with instruction of proper wash methods to reduce the change of spider web swirls along with an optional biweekly maintenance program.
Paint Oxidation & Color Fading – These conditions are topical paint defects, arising from long term exposure the sun’s UV rays and elemental exposure. Married together, oxidation and UV cause paint to appear dull and sometimes, in more extreme cases, a bit whitish or chalky in appearance. While it would seem natural to tackle these as two independent topics, they frequently occur together, usually when paint is completely neglected for extended intervals of time. For this reason, they will be discussed together. While the sun’s UV rays directly strike only the surface of paint, oxidation and color failure could also be classified as a below surface defect, because they require polishing (abrasion) to remove, because the UV rays actually penetrate a bit beyond the outer most layer of paint which is exposed to the air. Therefore, the “dead” top layer of oxidized paint must be removed to expose fresh clear coat which is optically clear, thus restoring the appearance of the paint’s color, clarity, gloss, and reflectivity.
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1] Topical Defects and Contamination: Paint Defects which Exist ABOVE, or on top of, the painted surface.
2] Below Surface Defects: Paint defects which are embedded in, or below, the surface of the clear coat (top coat in single stage paint).
Topical Paint Defects are typically more mild in nature and are removed with Decontamination processes which are usually abrasive and/or chemical in nature. These processes include traditional clay bars, nano mitts, and pads (synthetic clay replacements), and may also call for the use chemicals to dissolve topical contaminants or to loosen them up so slight agitation (abrasion) will remove them entirely.
Below Surface Paint Defects exist embedded within the layers of the paint itself or even deeper. Sometimes, these can be removed with the aid of chemical decontamination, however, most below surface paint defects are mainly removed through paint polishing– either by hand or machine. While machines can make for faster, more efficient, and less invasive means of defect removal, there are many times where hard to reach areas still require a skilled hand and methodologies to fix defects. Below surface paint defects require much more skill and knowledge to remove, depending on their severity and the conditions surrounding the defects.
Water Spots – Types I, II
ABOVE: Bird Bomb sits, baking into the sun to potentially become the defect below; known as bird etchings.
In order to properly deduce and correct flaws in automotive paint, it is necessary that detailers have a clear understanding of what it is they are looking at. Furthermore, it is important to understand the cause and most plausible solution to cure the common defects with plague most vehicles on the road. This article explores the types of common auto detailing paint defects that most professional or enthusiast detailers will encounter on their mission to paint correction perfection.While this is not meant to be an encyclopedia on the subject, the vast majority of questions for commonplace paint defect conditions, on most daily drivers and garage queens, should be found here.
In order to effectively discuss common auto detailing paint defects, they must first be classified by type.
The two major paint defect classification types are:
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Spider Web Swirls Marks/ Buffer trails(halograms)/ RIDS/ Bird droppings/ Water spots
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Insect Remnants or Love Bug guts are yet another topical contaminant which has the ability to create below surface paint defects (etching) if not removed ASAP. This is because the remnants of insects contain their bodily fluids or other possibly harmful chemical materials which are acidic in nature. The Bigger the insects, the more acid their remnants may contain. Ask anyone in the southeastern United States, and the mere mention of the words “love bugs” will make them shake their heads or release a sigh in disgust. Suggested treatment: keep a quick detailer sprayer in the vehicle with clean microfiber cloths to remove the majority of insect parts ASAP!
Clear Coat Failure is a below surface paint defect where paint has oxidized to the point where the clear coat, the topical protective layer of paint, has completely failed and the elements have begun to wear on the base (color) layer of paint. Often, the beginning stages of clear coat failure appear as subtly dull or white patches on the horizontal surfaces of a vehicle. As the oxidation process continues, paint eventually starts to crack and flake off; similar to the picture above. Failure usually begins on the horizontal areas of vehicles because they are subject to the most intense and longest duration of UV and elemental exposure. Also, these areas are susceptible to the most amount of topical contamination due to a high volume of surface area which collects particles. At this point complete sanding of paint and application of new paint (paint job) is recommended.