Paint Correction

At LUSTR Detail paint correction is our specialty and we are proud to stake our reputation on it. Paint correction is a long and labor intensive process through which paint is properly compounded, polished and restored to bring back that like-new or even better than new finish. Utilizing some of the best products and safest techniques, we’re able to take paint in any condition to a whole new level of clarity and shine, without jeopardizing the paint thickness.


Here is a video demonstrating the dramatic results we can accomplish through proper paint correction. Be sure to select the HD setting for the best quality.

NOTE: We recorded this video to show exactly what we do on a daily basis, which is correcting paint via machine polishing. Here we can see the difference between our Enhance Detail (1 stage of polishing) on the left, as well as Level 1 and 2 Paint Correction on the right.  The far left 1/4th of the trunk received our Enhance Detail, which is one quick stage of polishing.  This greatly improves the gloss and eliminates some light swirl marks. The 2nd 1/4th (going left to right) is the condition of paint before we did any work on it, which is obviously extremely damaged and really needed some work. The right half of the trunk received 2 and 3 stages of polishing, which safely eliminated most defects leaving a mirror finish.  In the middle of the right half of the trunk, there is a thin section showing how the Enhance compares to actual paint correction. While the Enhance looks great compared to the before condition, the level 1 and 2 correction blows it out of the water leaving near perfect paint.

Many times we will perform such testing on a client’s vehicle in order to show exactly what results can be expected from each level of correction. Depending on the condition of the paint and level of sensitivity, we can normally remove anywhere from 25-75% swirl marks and lighter defects with the Enhancement Detail and 80-95%+ with Paint Correction.


Below are a few sample photos showing what paint correction can accomplish on a moderately swirled paint job.


We focus individually on each vehicle and develop a process that’s specifically tailored for that vehicle. Before any paint correction work is scheduled, we perform a thorough assessment. During this assessment we evaluate the paintwork, measure the clearcoat thickness and thoroughly discuss the owner’s concerns and expectations. In addition to the paint correction services, we highly recommend an application of a Protective Coating to help maintain and preserve the finish for a long period of time.


Paint Correction

Paint Correction is our most valuable and beneficial service for almost any vehicle. Utilizing two or more stages of machine polishing, the paint is greatly improved and many times looks better than new condition. This is achieved by removing unsightly swirl marks, greatly improving deep scratches or defects and bringing out a clarity that brings the shine, gloss and reflections of the paint to a whole new level. While the level of improvement will greatly depend on the paint type and condition, we are normally able to accomplish 80-95%+ defect removal after two or three stages of paint correction. Recommended for vehicles with paint in fairly poor condition, having moderate defects like fading, oxidation, large amounts of swirl marks, scratches, etc. – Time required: 15 or more hours

  • Vehicle is hand washed using sheepskin mitts, then dried with a blower and soft microfiber towels
  • Paint is completely decontaminated using a clay bar, leaving a smooth finish
  • Two or more paint polishing stages are utilized to remove swirl marks, light scratches and as many severe defects as safely possible to restore paint depth, gloss and shine (some defects may require additional polishing steps or may be too severe to safely remove)
  • Door jambs are dried and wiped down
  • Wheel faces and barrels are cleaned with appropriate brushes
  • Tires are washed and dressed
  • Exhaust tips are washed and lightly polished
  • Paint sealant is applied to exterior painted surfaces and wheels for shine and protection
  • NOTE: Paint correction doesn’t remove paint chips or deep scratches in the paint

Level 1 Paint Correction (50-75% improvement) starts at $700-800 for cars and $800-1050 for SUVs

Level 2 Paint Correction (75-95%+ improvement) starts at $1250-1500 for cars and $1400-1800 for SUVs


*All services are performed only by appointment.
*Estimates for most services can be given through email or over the phone based on the year, make and model of the vehicle.
*Exact quote is given after a physical assessment and depends on size, type and overall condition of the vehicle.
*Paint correction, coatings and PPF services require a non-refundable retainer of 20%.
*Payment Accepted: Cash, Check, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and PayPal. (3% fee for Credit Cards and Paypal)
*Cancellation Policy: A cancellation fee of 15% will be charged for appointments cancelled less than 48 hours in advance.