Best Paint Correction Around Charlotte North Carolina

Paint Correction Around Charlotte NC

Premium paint correction is an extensive form of paint protection, but it doesn’t stop at just protecting the paint. As you’ve probably heard about in articles, paint correction is a multi-step process that was created in order to remove paint imperfections and make the painted surface look new again.

Before After

How does paint correction work?

  • 100% Hand Car Wash
    Using PH neutral soap and a clean wash mitt and safe towel to dry.
  • Paint Decontamination
    Clay bar treatment to mechanically decontaminate the paint followed by a chemical decontamination with iron removers.
  • Cutting With Machine & Abrasive
    The cutting phase of paint correction will remove a large number of defects but it also leaves behind smaller defects and requires refining.
  • Polishing
    Polishing is required after cutting in order to refine & add gloss to the surface. It requires a different set of pads & compounds then cutting.


There are different levels of paint correction. Depending on the amount of defects you want removed, you can choose a polish only, a cut and polish, or a cut, polish & finish. We call these "steps" or "stages" of paint correction.

Yes, you can polish your car on your own but if you don't have experience or the right tools, you take a very high risk of leaving holograms or burning the clear coat.

If you look at your car in direct sunlight and it appears dull or oxidized, you need paint correction. If you see swirls on your car left behind by machine car wash bristles, your car needs paint correction. The best way to see the severity of the paint is to stop by your local detail shop and have them show you the defects under special color-matching LED lights.

What is Paint Correction

Paint correction is a type of paint restoration that seeks to improve the quality and clarity of your clear coat. It can be a very time-consuming process, but it can also increase the maximum potential resale value of your car. The resulting clarity and depth in your paint is often described as ‘swimming pool reflection’ , with the whole surface appearing to be made up of microscopic flat discs that reflect light.

The term “paint correction” refers to the process of removing defects from your paint, such as scratches, etching, oxidation, etc. using different stages of machine polishing. A variety of different types of polishing pads are used to refine the paintwork and remove these imperfections from the paintwork.

It is often referred to as buffing or cutting or even polishing – we refine the paintwork until these imperfections are removed and the paint is leveled again, giving greater clarity and gloss.


What causes Swirl marks and how to prevent them?

Streamline Auto Care is North Carolina’s Premier Paint Protection Specialists. We provide paint correction service in the Piedmont Triad area of NC, including South Charlotte, Ballantyne, Wesley Chapel, Monroe, Indian Land, Fort Mill and Weddington and surrounding cities.

We provide paint correction service, paint protection service and ceramic coating in Waxhaw.

The results of the process include 100% surface perfection and freedom from swirl marks and an even mirror shine that lasts for years.

When we speak about paint protection and paint correction, what we’re really talking about is removing thousands of tiny scratches from the surface of a car. These tiny scratches, called swirl marks, are a result of improper washing and drying techniques

When you go for a regular hand wash at your neighborhood car wash or drive through a convenience store, you’re actually doing more harm than good to your paint finish. During the process, all those little brushes and sponges rub along the surface of your ride. This rubbing action creates thousands of microscopic scratches in the paint finish, and over time these will add up to create an obvious problem called swirl marks.

Swirl marks are scratch marks in the clear coat of a vehicle’s paint job. Car care professionals can correct or remove them by compounding and polishing.

The best way to prevent them is through hand washing and careful drying with microfiber products. The use of a drying aid also helps prevent swirls and marring. We can provide you with a full maintenance kit that we sell at our shop with everything in it to properly wash, dry and protect your vehicle! 

Do I need paint protection?

Paint protection is an important part of caring for your vehicle’s paint. After all, the paint on your car represents its brand new factory fresh look and serves as a shield against harmful UV rays, environmental contaminants, acid rain and other things that can cause irreversible damage to your car’s exterior. The best way to protect it from these elements is to regularly take your car in for a paint protection service!

Don’t wait! It’s best to schedule an appointment today before the busy season gets the best of you and there’s no availability left!

What is ceramic coating?

At Streamline Auto Care, we provide many protection services and products to protect every surface of your vehicle inside and out! One of the best protection products we carry and use is Bombshell Coatings. Our ceramic coating bonds to your vehicles paint, trim, wheels, glass and interior providing years of protection against the harsh elements. 

Ceramic coatings fill the super small nano sized pores of the paint and provide a barrier against harsh chemicals, acid rain, bird droppings, and more from harming your vehicles finish. We offer multiple options depending on your budget and needs ranging from 6 months of protection up to 4+ years. 

What are the stages of paint correction

There are numerous stages in the paint correction process and it’s important for a professional detailer to understand the entire process and how they fit into it. The stages of correction can be broken down into three categories: wet sanding, polishing and finishing.

Wet Sanding

First, we start with wet-sanding the paint with 1500-2000-grit sandpaper. This level of abrasion is employed to remove severe imperfections (i.e. deep scratches, acid rain etchings, faded paint). The scratch pattern left behind by this aggressive sanding will be obvious and incomprehensibly terrible looking. At this stage it’s all about removing a lot of paint fast in order to get down to the good stuff beneath.


Polishing is about removing a fine level of paint imperfections and creating a high degree of surface clarity. In this stage we’ll use a cutting polish that’s designed to remove light scratches and haze, then follow up with a lighter polishing compound to further refine the paint’s surface. It’s important to remember that polishing is about removing paint not adding it! Therefore, we should always follow up a heavy cutting polish with a lighter finishing or refining polish.

Finish / Finishing

This stage is perhaps the most misunderstood of all because so many people believe that a paint can be finished to perfection by polishing alone. We’ll spend the majority of time at this stage but it’s correcting the paint not polishing it. However, we need to use both polishing and finishing products because they serve different purposes. In this stage we will employ a combination of compounds and machine polishes that are progressively finer (“finishing”) to remove swirl marks and create a more glossy, glass-like surface. However, we can’t polish our way to perfection so this stage will include a variety of compounds, polishes and machine polishers that will greatly improve the gloss and clarity of our paint.


How much does Paint Protection cost?

Paint protection costs anywhere between $250 and $650. Paint correction can cost up to $1500.

The price of paint protection depends on the size of your car and how much time is needed for this process. The labor, equipment and materials required to perform the job all factor in when determining what you’ll pay. If one or more of these factors increase, you will have to pay more. This typically only happens when a car has been previously damaged and is being repaired as well, or if the paintwork on your car is extremely neglected (acid rain spot, heavy scratches, swirl marks, oxidation, etc).

Single Stage Polish

Like New Finish

$ 350 Starting

Removes 60%+ of defects from the painted surfaces. Recommended for lightly swirled and marred vehicles.

- Wash, clay and chemically decontaminate all exterior surfaces
- One step polish is performed to remove swirl marks, oxidation, holograms/buffer trails and light scratches or imperfections.
- 2nd wash and wipe down to remove all polishing oils in order to prep for sealant.
- 3+ Month Paint Sealant (Paint, Glass, Trim, & Wheels)
**Add any “Bombshell Ceramic Coating”. Call for pricing!
5+ Hours of Work

2 Stage Polish

Better Than New Finish

$ 650 Starting

Removes 80%+ of defects from painted surfaces. Recommended for vehicles with heavier swirls, holograms and imperfections.

- Wash, clay, and chemically decontaminate all exterior surfaces
- Medium to heavy cut polish is first used to level most imperfections.
- 2nd step uses a finish polish to enhance the gloss and depth to the paint surface and remove any hazing from the 1st polishing step.
- 2nd wash and wipe down to remove all polishing oils in order to prep for sealant.
- 3+ Month Paint Sealant (Paint, Glass, Trim, & Wheels)
**Add any “Bombshell Ceramic Coating”. Call for pricing!
10+ Hours of Work

3 Stage Polish

Show Car Finish

$ 950 Starting

Removes 90%+ of defects from painted surfaces. Recommended for vehicles with major scratches, swirl marks, holograms, and imperfections. Show quality results are achieved with this level.

- Wash, clay, and chemically decontaminate all exterior surfaces
- Safely mark and wet sand any spots needed with 2500-5000 grit sandpaper.
- Heavy machine polish to remove any sanding marks and heavy imperfections.
- Medium to fine polish to remove hazing and bring gloss back to the surface.
- Finish machine polish for the ultimate depth and glossy finish.
- 2nd wash and wipe down to remove all polishing oils in order to prep for sealant.