Maybe you have seen in many motor vehicle advertising Cut and polish, or paint correction, but what it means? It may be sound very straight forward and simple, however it is not always the case.
Cut and polish or paint correction is a term used by many professional car detailers around the globe to express the process of restoring the paintwork of the vehicle by removing a fine layer of the clear coat by using a particular cutting and polishing compound.
The proper professional Cutting method requires a professional cutting technique with correct tools, and a particular compound, don't forget patience, passion and attention to detail is a crucial ingredient too to achieve a great result.
This process will remove: The light scratches, swirl marks, marring, holograms and bring back the shine of your vehicle paintwork.
Process that Not using the correct tools or improper technique or using a Cheap and Abrasive compound can be considered as Poor Cutting and polishing Method.
This process may cause
Thinning Your Vehicle Clear coat or no more clear layer to protect your vehicle base paint.
Note: Your vehicle clear coat, work like a shield against UV, pollutant and chemical contamination (such as bird dropping, tree gum etc.)
without its protection, The UV ray will start to bake your vehicle base colour, and this will create oxidation, Haze, Cracked or Peeled clear coat and rust.
Buffer trial, Haze, hologram, create a new micro swirl marks
Worst-case scenario: burned paintwork and may cause thousands dollar to repair.
What is the difference between Cutting and Polishing
As we mentioned above, Cutting is the process of removing imperfection of your vehicle paintwork.
Polishing is a broad term, but it generally is the next process after cutting, is a process to maintain paintwork, remove minor paint defect and to protect your vehicle paint job and bring back the paintwork gloss or shine.
Polishing is best after decontamination or clay bar treatment and Cutting.
Most Common Paintwork Imperfection
One of the most common imperfection in most of the car.
Swirl marks are microscopic scratches in the paintwork surface and looks like a spiderweb under the intense light or sun.
Cause: Incorrect washing and Drying method.
Dry the Vehicle using Abrasive/harsh cloths.
Can cut and polish remove this? : Yes.
Door Handle Marks: Light Scratches, An awful-looking marks around the Door handle.
Cause: Fingernails, jewellery like rings, keys.
Can cut and polish remove this? : Yes, but depend how deep is the scratches.
Trail, minor scratches
Cause: Tree branches, keys in the pocket, slight scrubbing, or abrasive fabric.
Can cut and polish remove this? : Yes, but depend how deep is the scratches
Oxidised paintwork, Haze
This is a commonly appear on the repainted panel or repaired panel with single stage Paintwork (paint job without clear coat)
Cause: Poor cut and polish method, Unprotected paint job and exposure to the sun, Chemical Contamination, or unwashed vehicle.
Can cut and polish remove this? : Yes and No, but depend what cause the haze.
Holograms, Buffer Trails, Marred
Cause: A poor Cutting method, Not using the correct tools and improper technique or using a Cheap and Abrasive compound improper use of the polisher Or buffer machine.
Note: Most of these awful marks are hidden till you wash your car a couple of times after detailing.
Can cut and polish remove this? : Yes
Burned car paint due to improper cut and polish
This the worst-case scenario.
Cause: A poor Cutting method, Not using the correct tools and improper technique or using a Cheap and Abrasive compound
Can cut and polish remove this? : No, repaint is the only option to fix this.