Paint Correction Lighting

I’ve recently detailed a Honda Civic Si for a client who has kept this vehicle meticulously detailed and for a 2009, it was in excellent condition. The paint was maintained by a another detail shop and although the car had a shiny clean look to it, I noticed that there were traces of light scratches and swirls all over. The color should of made it easy to see them, but the scratches were so light that it wasn’t until I brought to the SweetCars detail studio, that I could really see them under our lights. This would be a case in which lighting during the correction detail would play a huge factor in the results. I opted for correcting this vehicle in low surrounding light and using spotlights to highlight the scratches and swirls to properly correct them. Within seconds of inspecting the vehicle under this lighting, everything just seemed to jump out and I was able to correct the paint. Using a swirl finder light along the way was also necessary to spot check my progress even closer, a must-have for any paint correction work in my book. Under the most detailed approach to paint correction, lighting plays a huge role in getting the desired results. It can make the difference between an good detail to an outstanding result. Especially when a vehicle can almost seem to have a perfect finish prior to correction. – Mike Cardenas

2 thoughts on “Paint Correction Lighting

  1. Thanks for the comment John. I’m a big fan of Halogen lights myself. Because of the softer light that they emit. However, they can emit heat that can sometimes do funny things when working paint correction, thus the “easy bake oven”. The surface is no longer as cool and products tend to react differently to warmer temperatures. LED lights on the other hand, give little or no heat so this is not a factor with LED spot lights. Paint Departments at companies such as Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston Martin and McLaren are fitting booths with LED lights for final inspection at their respective factories. LED lights come in various tones and levels of brightness, which is why they are rapidly becoming the light of choice.

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