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Paint Enhancement vs. Paint Correction

Posted on May 20, 2024

What is a Paint Enhancement?

Paint enhancement involves polishing a vehicle to improve its appearance, enhancing the paint's gloss without removing it. This process uses products with minimal abrasives and built-in protectants, such as SiO2 or carnauba. Paint enhancement is a temporary service that requires periodic repetition, unlike paint correction, which only needs to be repeated if the vehicle is not maintained properly.

What is Paint Correction?

Paint correction removes hazing, minor scratches, marring, swirl marks, and other blemishes from a vehicle's clear coat. This is achieved using specialized machines like rotary or dual-action polishers and polishing compounds to gradually remove microscopic layers of the clear coat until the surface is smooth.

What's the Difference?

The primary difference lies in the products & supplies used.

  • One Step Correction: Uses a polish with abrasives to achieve 50-70% defect removal. This method eliminates steps in cutting, polishing, and finishing, making it faster than multi-step correction but still requiring careful application to avoid marring.
  • Paint Enhancement: Similar to One Step Correction but uses a product with little to no abrasives and a finishing pad. The focus is on enhancing the paint's gloss and shine rather than defect removal, typically achieving 10-20% defect removal.


  • One Step Correction: Ranges from $500-$800, depending on vehicle size. The goal is partial defect removal, not full correction.
  • Paint Enhancement: Ranges from $200-$500, depending on vehicle size. The focus is on making the paint look clean and shiny, not on defect removal.

Why Offer Both?

Offering both services provides me the flexibility to meet my customer's budget and expectations.

  • Multi-Step Correction: For extensive defect removal. Removing up to 70%-90% of swirls.
  • One Step Correction: A more affordable option removing 60%-70% of swirls
  • Paint Enhancement: The most budget-friendly option focusing on appearance rather than defect removal.

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