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Articles related to correction

How to restore oxidized paint

Paintwork can, in some cases, become oxidized. Making it turn matte and slightly fade color. If untreated, it can eventually cause the lacquer and/or paintwork to completely fail. It is most common on red cars, but it can happen with every color.

What is a RDS

RDS is an abbreviation for Random Deep Scratch. This refers to a scratch of which the origin is not directly clear or obvious, it is most often an isolated mark. RDS do not all have to be the same size or depth.

What is IPA

IPA stands for IsoPropyl Alcohol, and is a chemical compound often used in the world of detailing to remove polish residue. The liquid is colorless with a strong odor. Caution is required for this liquid is very highly flammable!

What is marring

Marring is a superficial surface imperfection most commonly seen after claying. It is slightly similar to a combination between swirls and holograms.

What is a testspot

A test spot is done to determine what combination of polish, polishpads and technique will give you the best results when correcting a surface. A test spot is done in a small area before you start to fully detail the entire vehicle.

What is a washmitt

A popular item to be used by detailers and valeters alike is the washmitt. This accessory allows you to safely wash off dirt and grime from a surface with a minimum risk of creating swirls. Thus preserving the finish you achieved after polishing and refining the surface.

Why you shouldn’t tape off 50/50 shots

A very common and popular practice on social media is the picture of the 50/50 shot. This shows a very clear line that divides a fully polished section and an uncorrected section. This is done to demonstrate the difference you can get from a full correction.

How do you do a testspot

A testspot is a small area where you try out different combinations of polish, polishing pads and even machines or techniques, to see what works best with the given situation.

Why use a washmitt

When you ask a detailer for a starter pack, they will often begin with 2 buckets and a proper washmitt. But why? What’s so special about a washmitt that you need to have it? A washmitt is essential in taken care of your vehicle in a way that will minimize the amount of surface imperfections you create.

What is overspray

Overspray is caused by the mist that is created when spray painting a surface. The tiny paint particles are light enough to float around in the air, when they land they slowly start to harden and become overspray. Overspray can be removed safely in many cases.

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