At Tempus Detailing polishing is always a multi-stage process, with multiple grades of cutting compounds and different levels of finishing polishes, and pads that can vary from Heavy wool, to the finest foam finishing pads. Before we start the process we like to pull multiple measurements of the paint thickness on each panel this helps us know just how much we have to work with and in paint correction cases how much we can safely remove during the paint correction process. It is important for a paint depth gauge to be used. This measures the thickness of the paint on the panel and is used before, during and after the correction to monitor how much material is being removed. Without proper management there is the potential for the paint to become too thin or even cause irreversible damage. Specialty lighting replicates the effects of direct sunlight on the surface to not only ensure success removing imperfections but to also make sure a perfect reflection once we have finish each panel.
Paint correction the name used by both professional car detailers and car detailing enthusiasts to describe the process of resurfacing and rejuvenating the paintwork of a vehicle. Taking specific steps to eliminate surface imperfections that dull, oxidize, haze or otherwise diminish the surface smoothness in turn casting reflecting light off in various directions, therefore detracting from a true and proper, clean, sharp reflection. The following are some of the most common surface imperfections; automated car washes or improper hand car wash scratches "swirl marks," surface marring & fine scratches, hard water spots, bird dropping & acid rain etching, holograms, buffer trails, and isolated deep scratches.
We take paint correction seriously, it's our passion and what we love to do. This level of work can be done on just about anything, We have no shortage of experience performing this level of service on everything from Yachts to Motorcycles and everything in between. This service even after all of the hours of sanding, polishing, and surface leveling we still needs one last thing, Protection. We have several options for this, high end carnuaba wax, synthetic sealant, and nano ceramic coatings, we are happy to use whatever fits your vehicles use best. If this is a show car or a car that only come out when the sun is out and gets little drive time, we have you covered, perhaps it's a daily driver that you cherish, and is professionally detailed regularly we have that to, or you want to jump right over the top to the best protection possible we recommend a nano ceramic coating (please see our section on Ceramic Pro.) .
Tempus Detailing MUST see the car in person to give an accurate estimate. No estimates can be done over the phone without visual inspection. Pricing based on paint condition and protection level requested.
Paint correction overall is a process that requires proper steps being taken to ensure that not only are the surface flaws remedied but the are remedied safely, and are not just covered up or hidden with filler based products. The actual corrective process itself comprises of a very small amount of clear coat or paint being removed from the surface by utilizing various abrasive polishes and polishing pad combinations.
Paint correction as a whole is a very labor intensive and time consuming process. Consequently, it commands a high premium should only be attempted by a highly trained professional under the right lighting conditions using the highest caliber tools and abrasives as possible.
We also offer Wet and dry sanding, this is a service that is not always neccessary but can be in the cases of severe scratches or "orange peel" removal. This comes with a significant cost and time requirement. After sanding and correction, the entire worked surface gets a final inspection, and anything left behind gets addressed and corrected before moving on to the final polishing.
A properly corrected vehicle, when viewed in direct sunlight, will show true reflection, no swirl marks,holograms, scratches or blemishes.
Some scratches or imperfections may actually be too deep or severe to safely remove without risking damage to the paint or clear coat. In these severe cases we can dramatically reduce the appearance of these blemishes by smoothing out the edges of the scratch thus reducing the scratches ability to catch and reflect light in direct sunlight.